By Andy Jones
- Last game for West Ham at Upton Park or Boleyn Ground
- The Hammers have played at the ground for 112 years
In case you hadn’t turned on Sky Sports News over the last 48 hours, you might not know, but this is West ham United’s final ever match at the Boleyn Ground, EVER!
Every single person to have played for the club will be there. Every celebrity who has ever been to the stadium, even just once, will be there. katy Perry, Russell Brand, Danny Dyer, Ray Winstone and James Cordon, all to give a huge send off to Upton Park, or the Boleyn Ground as its been called since the move to the Olympic stadium was announced.
The fact that United now have 4th place and Champions League qualification in their own hands seems to be a bit of a side story, and hopefully this will play out in the Red Devils favour.
Hopefully West Hams players and fans will be distracted and maybe caught up in the emotion of the day, just like United were in 2008 on the 50th anniversary of the Munich air disaster. Up until their surprise defeat last week to Swansea, the Hammers had a realistic chance of stealing that coveted 4th place spot, this now appears to be between the two Manchester clubs.
This should in itself be motivation for United to go all out for the win, but with the added prize of pipping City to the Champions league, with Guardiola fast approaching on the radar, the game is massive.
Its not the first time United have gone to Upton park, sorry, the Boleyn Ground needing to win. Back in 1995 United were going head to head with Blackburn for the title, they had to win and hope Liverpool could do the unthinkable.
Liverpool won, but United couldn’t get the victory they needed, with Ludek Miklosko playing like Gordon Banks to deny Andy Cole. A point would take it to the final game, United hosting Bournemouth and City going to an in form Swansea.
I’d love to say I’m confident of 2 wins from 2, but this current team just doesn’t fill you with any confidence. You can’t see a genuine match winner, with Martial probably sidelined with a hamstring strain.
Where is the Robson, Ince or Roy Keane to drive the team forwards and grab the win, I just don’t see it. We’ve had 4th place within reach several times this season, and blew that chance every time.
United now have 3 huge games to finish the season, and turn what looked like being another year of frustration into one which could be seen as a sign of progression.
Whatever happens regarding the manager at the end of the season, tonight’s game promises to be a real nail biter, and what is really needed is a referee with a cool head, who doesn’t make rash and controversial decisions, and doesn’t want to be the centre of attention, step forward Mr Mike Dean!
I expect red cards, controversy and shredded nerves!