A lot is to be said and written about the events that unfolded in the final ever match at our beloved Boleyn Ground against Manchester United, but I must admit I have struggled to think of the words to sum up probably the most famous night in our clubs history.
Astonishing. Remarkable. Or quite simply, magical.
If any football fan has questioned the fuss about the farewell to our home of 112 years, then the showing in the final curtain call showed why.
I don’t believe there are many who can have written a better send off for the old girl, which saw our mightly high flying Irons defeat Manchester Utd 3-2, having been 2-1 down with 18 minutes remaining.
This wasn’t a fairwell friendly – it was a must win for both teams, and it was clear that if we were to win we’d have to be at our best.
Sakho got things off to a great start by putting us ahead via a deflected shot into the bottom right hand corner. And the game should have been won by half time after Carroll and Payet were guilty of missing sitters.
However we were leading at half time, and needed to start the second half much like the first. Sadly that wasn’t the case, and it was sensed that Manchester United would force their way back into the game.
And they did – thanks to two Martial goals, which had us wondering if we would be leaving the Boleyn on our backs with a defeat.
But then the magic of the occasion took hold, and two goals in the space of 5 mins courtesy of Antonio and Reid sealed probably our most famous victory.
It was always going to be an emotional affair, and the noise generated from our fantastic home support showed that from the off. Sadly a lot of talk will surround the shameful scenes set by some attacking the away sides coach outside the ground prior to kick off.
But let’s not focus on the small negative. That will be dealt with by our club. The final game was a wonderful performance, a magical night, and one fitting of where we join and say goodbye to our wonderful home.
We now start our brave new venture in Stratford, hoping that magical nights await us there.
For now though, to our wonderful Boleyn home – we love you, and we thank you.