It’s been two years since West Ham left the Boelyn Ground for the London Stadium and, for many, a large part of the club died with the move.
On the anniversary on the controversial stadium switch, the West Ham official Twitter account posted a reminder of ‘a day that will live long in the memory’ and it didn’t take too long for fans to become critical.
Since moving to the home of the 2012 Olympics, West Ham have struggled to compete and have spent the last two campaigns battling against relegation, a dramatic decline from the Europa League-chasing campaigns previously.
Rather conveniently, West Ham face Manchester United this evening in the penultimate Premier League game of the season – the same opponent that the Hammers beat in the final game at the Boelyn Ground.
While fans will fondly remember the stadium, it’s clear the wounds are still fresh and the board remain unforgiven for their decision to move homes.
Sold our soul to become West Ham London. Much to the delight and pockets of @davidgold and Sullivan.
— AllSportsView (@AllSportsView) May 10, 2018
At least we’re next level now…
If Bilic crying at the end doesn’t break your heart, nothing will. Take me back to that season
I wish I could get that feeling back again, going to a game at the Boleyn will never be replicated at the LS as it stands. Now I’d just settle for a competitive squad and some solid direction/input from the powers that be! #westham #FarewellBoleyn #likemydreams
The day we sold our soul and died as a football club, now all we are is a tourist attraction
— Tom Guy (@TomGuy93) May 10, 2018
And the soul, atmosphere, vibrancy and history was destroyed with it. All to move to a stadium not suited to football, is cold, featureless and has all the atmosphere of a morgue.
— LoneVoyager (@Fynnside57) May 10, 2018
Probably wouldn't be so bad if a proper football stadium had been built to replace Upton park.
— Kelvin Williams (@HFCkelv) May 10, 2018