To understand the West Ham United of now, one must go back to the club's roots, deep in East London. Here, in the Upton Park neighbourhood, was the Boleyn Ground, often referred to as Upton Park for over 110 years. Not the best area of London, but therefore exemplary for the working class image of West Ham United. A beloved stadium for West Ham United fans, away supporters and football tourists. In short, anyone who had ever been there.
Sadly, the stadium on Green Street, which closed in 2016, is now gone, but the neighbourhood is still bursting with references to West Ham as the club is still the pride of the area. Shops and cafes still wear the club colours.
Right next to the stadium, in an alley between Barking Road and Castle Street, a simple graffiti tag appeared just before the demolition. A claret background with a blue, hastily sprayed text: Long live the Boleyn. The Boleyn Ground disappeared, but the tag remains as a marker of what this place still means to West Ham fans.