5 of West Ham's best Premier League moments at the Boleyn Ground

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West Ham prepare to bid farewell to the Boleyn Ground tonight as they play their final home game of the season against Manchester United.

The Hammers will move to the Olympic Stadium this summer, marking an end to their 112-year association with the ground.

While it is set to be an emotional night for the fans and the players, they can look back fondly on the times it hosted some epic Premier League goals.


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5) Dimitri Payet vs. Crystal Palace

Given the role Payet has played in giving Upton Park a fantastic send-off in its final season with West Ham mounting a push for European football, it's only right that one of his famous free kicks earns another look. Just a warning, it's unhappy viewing if you happen to be one of the seven men in the Palace wall. 

4) Anton Ferdinand vs. Fulham

A centre-back by trade, Ferdinand's goal in the 2005/2006 season sent West Ham fans crazy. His volley on the turn from the edge of the box helped the home side to a 2-1 win over Fulham. Incidentally, that was also the season when the Hammers denied Spurs a place in the Champions League on the final day of the season, courtesy of a Yossi Benayoun strike.

3) Carlos Tevez vs. Tottenham Hotspur

The 4-3 reverse may have been one to forget, but Tevez' free-kick that put West Ham 2-0 up before half-time was pretty memorable nonetheless. It was the controversial Argentine's first goal in East London, and gave the fans a taste of the kind of impact he would go on to make in the Premier League. In fact, he was instrumental in their 'Great Escape' that season, also scoring the crucial goal at Manchester United to keep them up. 

2) Trevor Sinclair vs. Derby County

It's hard to choose between this attempt and his goal against Charlton in 2000, but the sheer skill from such a tight angle is incredible. Sinclair was partial to a volley or two throughout his playing days, scoring an unbelievable overhead kick for QPR (honestly, look it up). Here, West Ham went on to win 4-0 as they continued to revive under Glenn Roeder.

1) Paolo di Canio vs. Wimbledon

As the highest scorer at the stadium in the Premier League era with 31 goals, Di Canio was always going to feature in West Ham's biggest moments. However, this strike against Wimbledon has to be singled out, as it often has been, as one of the greatest Premier League goals of all time. He may not have been a hit as a manager in England, but he will always be remembered at Upton Park for this absolute stunner.

The Boleyn Ground has been a huge part of West Ham's identity and history, as the home of Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst and Billy Bonds.

West Ham must try not to lose their soul when they finally depart at the end of the season and ensure the Olympic stadium really is a game-changer in their bid to re-establish themselves among the Premier League's elite.

What's your favourite memory from Upton Park? Have your say in the comments. 

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