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Pre-match violence mars unforgettable farewell for Hammers at Boleyn

London: West Ham bid an unforgettable farewell to the Boleyn Ground as 112 years at Upton Park ended with a remarkable comeback win against Manchester United.

Former West Ham players are escorted in London cabs
Former West Ham players are escorted in London cabs

Unseemly pre-match behaviour and a 45-minute delay due to the visitors’ late arrival was hardly the ideal start, but that was soon forgotten as a wonderful 2,398th and final match before the Hammers’ summer move to the Olympic Stadium.

Bruce Reid, who scored the winning goal
Bruce Reid, who scored the winning goal

Louis van Gaal’s men looked set to be the party-poopers after Anthony Martial’s second-half brace cancelled out Diafra Sakho’s early effort, only for Michail Antonio and Winston Reid to secure West Ham a 3-2 win on a breathless and emotional evening in east London.

Fireworks explode at the Boleyn ground on Tuesday. Pics/Getty Images
Fireworks explode at the Boleyn ground on Tuesday. Pics/Getty Images

It was a night nobody will ever forget and certainly went a long way to making up for the pre-match incidents outside the ground. Pyrotechnics started a show that saw London cabs drive onto the pitch with Hammer of the Year winners from years gone by, with Trevor Brooking, Martin Peters and Paolo Di Canio among those introduced on the pitch.

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