Tuesday, 27 May 2014

West Ham United FC- Boleyn Ground

 Visits: 11
West Ham United 2-2 Everton (Premiership, March 4th 2006)
West Ham United 1-0 Everton (Premiership, April 21st 2007)
West Ham United 1-2 Everton (League Cup Quarter Final, December 12th 2007)
West Ham United 1-3 Everton (Premier League, November 8th 2008)
West Ham United 1-2 Everton (Premier League, November 9th 2009)
West Ham United 1-1 Everton (Premier League, December 28th 2010)
West Ham United 1-2 Everton (Premier League, December 22nd 2012)
West Ham United 2-3 Everton (Premier League, September 21st 2013)
West Ham United 2-2 Everton AET West Ham win 9-8 on penalties (FA Cup 3rd Round Replay, January 13th 2015)
West Ham United 1-2 Everton (Premier League, May 16th 2015)
West Ham United 1-1 Everton (Premier League, November 7th 2015)
Stands I’ve Been in: Centenary Stand Lower
Ticket Price (1st Visit): £30
Attendance (1st Visit): 34,866
Address: Boleyn Ground, Green Street, Upton Park, London, E13 9AZ

Transport

Got the coach twice, train the rest. We’ll tend to get off before the game at Upton Park Station, but rather than queue up there after, will walk to Plaistow, which is about 10-15 minutes away.


Dr Martens' Stand exterior, 2007

Food & Drink

Loads of stuff on Barking Road, decent little chippy on the corner (even if they didn’t have forks, so eating beans was a bit difficult!) and the only pub that really welcome away fans is the Central. It’s a fair sized pub at least, so its usually still easy enough to get served. There is a very good spicy chicken shop opposite Upton Park Station now too.


Looking at the Dr Martens Stand, 2006

Inside the Ground

An utter dump! Tiny and poky, front rows below pitch level, far too tight a squeeze…but for some reason, I still always enjoy going there!


The East Stand, 2013

Atmosphere

Very overrated, but the banter’s always a laugh with the East Stand. On one visit, we picked out a fella in a flat cap and kept singing ‘Del Boy what's the  score’ at him! I’m a fan of most club anthems too, but there is something about Bubbles that isn’t right…I like it when they sing it during the game, but it feels very false when they sing it before the players come out, partly because they’re singing along with a recording (which I hate) and partly because the words to the song are being flashed on the hoardings while it’s on…it feels very manufactured, which is a shame, because it’s a decent anthem when they sing it spontaneously.


An epic penalty shootout in the snow in front of the Bobby Moore Stand, 2015

Anything Else


Celebrating in the Sir Trevor Brooking Stand, 2013

Overall

It’s one of those select few grounds left…a proper football ground, an absolute dump but in a good way.

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