Rice’s display was once again a major plus, the 19-year-old showing composure in a defensive midfield role as he adds another string to his bow after showing his talent as a central defender.
Almost 2 years ago at the London Stadium the Hammers looked on course for a win after Lucas Perez, a 78th minute replacement for Arnautovic, had turned in a rebound after fellow substitute Pedro Obiang had hit the post in the 82nd minute.
Memories of the bitter row between the clubs hung over proceedings with fans goading the visitors by holding up Tevez masks in the first league fixture between the teams since the 2007 season that saw Sheffield United relegated from the Premier League.
The match day noise and smell of food, music playing and children playing football all gone and cloak of silence surrounding the ground. I tried to imagine the match day, groups of people drinking and chatting, lining up for food, buying their programmes, voices of children calling and the sense of anticipation rising as fans poured into the stadium itself.
The Moyes effect seems to have stalled somewhat having seen the Hammers secure 1 point from a possible 6. The match against The Blades was dire and with Moyes return to London Stadium against his old club, there was little else to cheer except not losing.
Before the bulldozers rolled in to dismantle the old stadium I took one of my sons on a tour one over cast day in May 2016. For me, it was an emotional and moving experience but one I needed to take to finally see that we had left the old ground behind and we neededContinue reading “Boleyn Ground Stadium Tour”