WHILE 975 of West Ham’s loyal, passionate fans sang and danced for joy at the final whistle at the AFAS Stadium in Alkmaar, a claret and blue explosion of color and noise echoed across the globe.
For the third time in our 128-year history, West Ham are in a major European final. And the feeling is great.
It’s an incredibly proud moment for everyone linked to the club after Pablo Fornals’ blistering run and magnificent finish in the dying seconds capped off a memorable Europa Conference League semi-final win – a victory we will all savor.
When the team and the manager danced with the best fans in the world at the final whistle – well, those moments just said it all and summed up how we all feel. Pure joy.
When we moved to London Stadium in 2016, we dreamed of unforgettable European nights in front of the biggest sell-out stadium in English football.
We’ve tasted it deliciously for the last two seasons – and we want more, more, more!
Great credit and praise goes to our manager David Moyes for guiding his team to two top seven Premier League finishes, a Europa League semi-final and now a Europa Conference League final in just three years.
David has spoken many times about his desire to help build and grow our club and the potential we have to become even bigger and better.
After two remarkable years of success in the Premier League, a summer of significant changes last year presented new and unique challenges. But now we stand on the brink of a European final not enjoyed by our fans in 47 years.
His success this year also proved that patience, professionalism, longevity, and the courage to block out noise continue to be valuable traits in the modern game.
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Our thanks go to David Sullivan, whose tenacity and determination to serve our fans as guardians of their beloved club has never faltered, and Daniel Kretinsky for his unwavering belief in our dreams.
Whatever happens in Prague on June 7, it was another successful and progressive season for West Ham United, another step forward in the right direction as we continue to work on our vision of consistently challenging at this level.
A total of 177 teams took part in the Europa Conference League this season and now only two remain – West Ham and Fiorentina – for the final act in Prague.
Reaching a grand European final puts us in a very select and elite group of English teams who have managed to achieve that dream in recent seasons.
Our all-conquering U18 academy team have won both the FA Youth Cup and Premier League U18 South titles.
And off the pitch we continue to devote all our energy to growth across the board, including our women’s team, for the benefit of our local community in East London and our millions of fans worldwide.
As I witnessed the celebratory scenes, I also thought of a very special man.
David Gold embodied what West Ham stands for. Hard work, humility, personality and a touch of flair.
The loss of our beloved joint chairman in January was heartbreaking for all members of the West Ham family.
However, I know he would be so proud if his team were 90 minutes away from unforgettable glory on the European stage.
And above all, like all of us, he is so happy for our supporters.