Even though we have no real connection to West Ham, my wife and I opted to spend Bank Holiday Monday visiting the Boleyn Ground one final time. The occasion was a specially arranged ex-pro / celebrity match between England and Germany called ‘Farewell to the Boleyn’ and was to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1966 World Cup. Even though it wasn’t a serious occasion, it did provide an opportunity to visit a traditional old ground one final time.
Having been to see a rugby league international at the remodelled Olympic Stadium there is no doubt that it is a terrific stadium and I will relish the first opportunity I get to visit for a football match there; however I can’t help but feel like I am going to miss the Boleyn Ground. As a friend of mine commented, it is sad to see another classical football ground go.
It was a shame that the old place wasn’t full, but I guess the real farewell comes in a couple of weeks’ time after the final game.
The result of the game didn’t really matter and afterwards we headed over to the Queens pub on Green Street for a few pints and a bit of a sing-song in true cockney style.