Robert Wheeler looks back with the fans at West Ham’s win over Spurs on their last ever visit to the Boleyn.
Pubs around Green Street before kick-off were buzzing for the final West Ham vs Spurs fixture to ever be played at Upton Park. Unfortunately the famous statue of Bobby Moore lifting the World Cup trophy had to be boarded up amid claims that Tottenham fans were threatening to destroy it.
Before the starting whistle all that could be heard was the West Ham song ‘I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles’.
The Hammers started brightly gaining a corner in the seventh minute. Dimitri Payet whipped the ball in towards Michail Antonio who headed the ball superbly past Hugo Lloris. Antonio celebrated characteristically doing the ‘Carlton Dance’ from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
The men in claret and blue came close to doubling their lead as Mark Noble fired a powerful shot from outside the box which Lloris made a fine save to keep out.
The West Ham fans were in fine voice giving Upton Park one of the best atmospheres I had experienced at the ground. Loud Anti-Tottenham chanting could be heard from all four corners of the ground. The Tottenham fans, by contrast, had been kept very quiet since the Irons took the lead.
In the 31st minute West Ham were awarded a free-kick which was in the range of Payet, however his shot lacked pace and it was claimed easily by Lloris.
West Ham’s defence was keeping Tottenham at bay while Noble was controlling the game with a passionate display.
As the first half ended the Hammers fans rejoiced but knew they were in for a nervy second half.
Spurs found it difficult to break down a well organised West Ham. Dele Alli was brought on to try and turn the game around.
An injury for James Collins allowed young Reece Oxford to get a chance back in the first team, while Andy Carroll replaced Emanuel Emenike.
The West Ham fans again got behind their team with one loud voice to encourage them to hang on and prevent Spurs nicking an equaliser, or even a last minute winner to put them top of the Premier League.
At full-time the Hammers fans stayed behind to celebrate a famous victory while West Ham players stayed to thank the fans for their support. What an incredible way to play their last Spurs fixture at the Boleyn.