So close to the Champions League

  • by Staff Writer
  • Thursday, 10th October 2019

Aaron Cresswell says that his favourite game as a West Ham player was the final match at the Boleyn Ground.

The experienced full back signed a new contract with West Ham yesterday - his fourth in the space of little more than five years - tying him to the club until 2023.

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And speaking to West Ham's website, he revealed that his most memorable match since becoming a Hammer in 2014 was the final fixture in Upton Park against Manchester United.

West Ham ended 112 years of history in Green Street with a 3-2 win against the Red Devils in May 2016, which came courtesy of goals from Diafra Sakho, Michail Antonio and Winston Reid.

And according to Cresswell, who played the full 90 minutes that night, it remains his most cherished match in a claret and blue shirt.

"My favourite memory is the last ever game at the Boleyn," he said. "Me and Nobes were talking about it the other week.

"I remember the atmosphere, the build-up to it and the pressure upon us for the last ever game against Manchester United with a sold-out crowd.

"It wasn't like everyone had waited for that moment but it was an emotional night.

"I just remember the final whistle going. Beating Manchester United 3-2 is always nice but to do it in the manner that we did, in the last ever game at the Boleyn, was extra special."

That win helped Slaven Bilic's West Ham to a seventh-place finish in the Premier League, the club's best finish since ending the 2001/02 season in the same position under Glenn Roeder.

In the end, West Ham finished above the likes of Liverpool and Chelsea - whilst Leicester City won the league - but still four points shy of a Champions League spot.

And to this day, that remains a disappointment to Cresswell, with the Hammers coming so tantalisingly close to securing what would have been the club's first Champions League campaign.

"We were fighting for the Champions League and we only finished four points off," he said. "So it was a little bit disappointing, but a good season.

"We finished seventh, but we broke a lot of records that year as well."

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