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Tottenham legend David Ginola and Everton's Yannick Bolasie say Upton Park was their favourite ground
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Tottenham legend David Ginola and Everton's Yannick Bolasie say Upton Park was their favourite ground

West Ham United fans still dearly miss Upton Park and it seems so to do David Ginola and Yannick Bolasie.

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West Ham left their sacred home back in 2016.

But four years on Hammers supporters still can’t take to their new London Stadium home.

Many regret the stadium move and blame owners David Sullivan and David Gold for prising them away from the famous Boleyn for a ground they feel is simply not fit for football.

The close proximity to the pitch and the traditional English style of Upton Park has been replaced by a cavernous oval arena, described by many as a ‘soulless bowl’.

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West Ham fans miss Upton Park more with every passing year

Even in the current situation with no fans attending matches, commentators and broadcasters have been highlighting how difficult it is for them during games at the London Stadium given the distance from their position in the stands to the pitch.

Nothing can bring Upton Park but West Ham fans will always have special memories.

So to it seems do two supremely talented wingers who have strutted their stuff in the Premier League.

Tottenham legend David Ginola and ex Palace star Bolasie both named Upton Park as their favourite ground on Friday.

Speaking as a guest on talkSPORT, Ginola said Upton Park was special.

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Ginola and Bolasie name Upton Park as favourite stadium to play at

“Upton Park was one of my favourites obviously,” Ginola told talkSPORT.

“I have spoken with Harry Redknapp about it and he said ‘every time we (West Ham) were playing against you (Ginola), you were putting your best game against us’.

“Sometimes (as a player) you go to a place, to a stadium, to a city and you know that in that stadium you will perform well.

“If you scored before in a stadium, it’s likely you are going to score again, it’s just a mental game.

“Upton Park was one of my favourites because it’s a derby… it’s a very partisan game, very special games (there).”

Ginola’s comments sparked a reaction from talkSPORT co-host and Hammers legend Trevor Sinclair.

He took to Twitter suggesting perhaps Ginola should have been a Hammer.

Wow David Ginola loved playing at Upton Park #shouldhavebeenahammer,” Sinclair posted.

Ginola wasn’t the only French-born former Premier League star declaring his love for Upton Park.

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‘Are you trolling us’

Next up to reminisce about the greatness of the Boleyn was Everton’s Yannick Bolasie – a former Crystal Palace star now on loan at Sporting.

Asked on Twitter what his favourite ground to play at was, Bolasie also named West Ham’s beloved former home.

“Gotta be Upton Park (West Ham) place was rocking,” Bolasie said when asked what is ‘the best stadium you’ve played at’.

West Ham supporting Sky Sports presenter Bianca Westwood replied to Bolasie asking him if he was trolling the Hammers.

And he said: “Not at all…all I can do is be honest.”

I’m not crying. You are.

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