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West Ham fans bid farewell to Upton Park

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>> There is nothing more quintessentially East end London than Jellied Eels, high in mash, and Westham football ground. But not for much longer. It's been torn down and turned into a block of flats as the Hammers prepare for a move to the Olympic stadium. It's match day and the team are about to face Man United for their last ever game on home turf.
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West Ham fans are some of the most passionate in English football, and their true heart is this ground behind me where you can sit in the stands and hear the Upton Park roar. I'm Reuter's reporter Lee Ann Winehurst, and I'm in East London where die hard Hammers fans are bidding an emotional farewell.
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>> There's so been many memories I've got with this club just so many. I come down the other day just to have a look about. I'm fairly quite emotional now. Yeah.>> I've missed weddings, I've missed deaths, I've missed births, I've missed parties, I've missed birthdays for West Ham.
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>> Kickoff for the final game had to be delayed 45 minutes when passions ran over. West Ham fans smashed up the Man United bus outside the stadium. The ground is steeped in history. The team began renting 112 years ago from this church, and the nuns have a role to play, too.
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Fans ask them for Jesus blessing ahead of every game.
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West Ham's club anthem, I'm for the blowing bubbles, a song that seems to predict misfortune. Tradition is the lifeblood of West Ham Football Club, something which will be missing when the team uproots to a new stadium a few miles away.
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