However you feel about the move to Stratford, you can’t argue that the stadium has had a good innings, and evolved with the club (to an extent) over the decades.
And how pleasing has it been that in such an important season, Manchester United Cup quarter final aside, we’ve done it our way? The West Ham Way.
I was sat next to someone at the Watford game who told me as the game kicked off that this was his final home game of the season. He savoured absolutely every moment, he’d probably never sung Bubbles as loud, and at the end of the game, he looked pretty choked up.
How will those lucky enough to have tickets for the United game on May 10 feel come kick off and at the full-time whistle? Who knows, but let’s not have any regrets.
Let’s send off this famous old ground in the best way possible. I must admit the brilliant season we’ve had has, at times, distracted me from the fact this is our final season at Upton Park.
Our push for Europe, our excellent cup run, away victories at Man City, Arsenal, Liverpool, and Everton, and the brilliance of Dimitri Payet and Manuel Lanzini has given our team plenty to write about since August.
But we were all keen to ensure this issue was dedicated to a home we’ve all got wonderful memories of. I hope you feel we’ve done enough.