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Historic Images Of Boleyn Ground As West Ham Fans Say Farewell To Upton Park

Forever blowing bubbles.

10/05/2016 11:44

West Ham fans will today say an emotional farewell to their beloved Boleyn Ground as the Hammers play their last ever match at Upton Park against Manchester United.

Built in 1904 the stadium has witnessed many memorable and historic moments during its 112 year tenure.

Joint Chairman David Sullivan told WHUFC.com: "I think there will be more tears spilt in one place and in any place in the United Kingdom since Highbury shut. 

"There will be more men crying tomorrow night than you’ll see anywhere in the UK."

We take a look at this iconic ground through the years and some of the fond memories it holds for its players and fans. 

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    The Boleyn Ground circa 1904
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    4th May 1919: Goalmouth action during a game between West Ham and Arsenal. (Photo by Roper/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)
  • Boleyn Ground in 1925
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    26th January 1929: Crowds of hat-wearing football fans at a cup tie match between West Ham United and the Corinthians at Upton Park. (Photo by Edward G. Malindine/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)
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    30th August 1930: A St John's Ambulanceman gives drinks to the crowd at the football match between West Ham United and Huddersfield Town at Upton Park. (Photo by E. F. Corcoran/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)
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    1st March 1930: The enthusiastic supporters at a London derby match between West Ham United and Arsenal at Upton Park. (Photo by J. Gaiger/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)
  • 29th August 1936: St John's Ambulancemen handing out oatmeal drinks in the heat at the football match between West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur at Upton Park. (Photo by E. Dean/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)
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    Boleyn Ground 1936
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    29th August 1936: St John's Ambulancemen carry off a casualty of the heat at a football match between West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur at Upton Park. (Photo by E. Dean/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)
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    War-time damage to the Boleyn Ground 1944
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    Football fans climbing over a fence at Upton Park football ground to watch the cup tie between West Ham and Arsenal, London, 5th January 1946. (Photo by Central Press/Picture Post/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
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    Welsh international and West Ham United football player, Phil Woosnam (1932 - 2013) at the gates to the Boleyn Ground, London, 7th November 1960. (Photo by Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
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    Football talent scout Wally St Pier (left) pictured with a group of West Ham United players whom he discovered early in their careers; (L-R) Geoff Hurst, Martin Peters, John Sissons, Bobby Moore, Jack Burkett, Ronnie Boyce, John Bond, Eddie Bovington and Ken Brown, prior to the teams FA Cup match against Burnley FC, at Upton Park, London, February 28th 1964. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
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    3rd January 1968: British actor Warren Mitchell at West Ham United's ground in his role as Alf Garnett. (Photo by Leonard Burt/Central Press/Getty Images)
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    English footballer Bobby Moore (1941 - 1993, left) in action for West Ham reserves against Plymouth Argyle reserves at West Ham's Boleyn Ground (aka Upton Park), 9th March 1974. This is his last match at the ground before his transfer to Fulham FC. (Photo by David Ashdown/Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
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    English footballer Bobby Moore (1941 - 1993) leads the West Ham reserves onto the pitch before a match against Plymouth Argyle reserves at West Ham's Boleyn Ground (aka Upton Park), 9th March 1974. This is Moore's last match at the ground before his transfer to Fulham FC. (Photo by David Ashdown/Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
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    A sign showing the entry prices in shillings and pence, following decimalisation, at West Ham Football Club, Upton Park, Newham, East London, circa 1971. (Photo by Steve Lewis/Getty Images)
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    1972: A crowd of supporters on the roof of a tower block overlooking the fourth round FA Cup match between West Ham United and Hereford. Non-league Hereford had beaten First Division Newcastle in the third round, and much interest was focussed on the match against West Ham. Hereford managed to hold West Ham 0-0 at home, but lost in the replay. (Photo by A. Jones/Express/Getty Images)
  • 11th January 1972: Football fans queuing to get tickets at West Ham's home ground Upton Park for the game against Manchester United. (Photo by Peter King/Fox Photos/Getty Images)
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    October 1980: West Ham United's floodlit Upton Park football ground. (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)
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    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 26: An aerial view of Upton Park home of West Ham United Football Club on July 26, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images)
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    LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 07: General view of supporters prior to the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Swansea City at the Boleyn Ground, May 7, 2016, London, England. (Photo by Avril Husband/West Ham United via Getty Images)
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    LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 07: General view of the home dressing room prior to the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Swansea City at the Boleyn Ground, May 7, 2016, London, England. (Photo by Avril Husband/West Ham United via Getty Images)
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    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 31: Bubbles are blown before the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Stoke City at the Bolyen Ground on August 31, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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    24 February 1991 - English Football League Divison Two - West Ham United v Millwall - A general view of Upton Park. (Photo by Mark Leech/Getty Images)
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    LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 09: A general view of a hammers gate at Upton Park / Boleyn Ground before The Emirates FA Cup match between West Ham United and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Boleyn Ground on January 9, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Sam Bagnall - AMA/Getty Images)
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    LEICESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Winston Reid of West Ham United shoots goalwards during the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and West Ham United at The King Power Stadium on April 17, 2016 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
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