Legendary West Ham hardman Julian Dicks admits he'll be 'crying inside' when club leaves the Boleyn Ground

Upton Park

West Ham United legend and coach Julian Dicks has aired his thoughts on the club leaving the Boleyn Ground for the Olympic Stadium.

Dicks, a hero in East London, returned to Upton Park in the summer as coach under new manager Slaven Bilic.

And the Terminator, as he was affectionately known by the Upton Park faithful, has been speaking to the club's official website about his feelings on the club's impending move to the Olympic Stadium next summer.

The Hammers are a quarter of the way through the last season at their Upton Park home of 112 years before the big move down the road to Stratford and the fantastic 54,000 seater venue.

Olympic Park has recently dazzled onlookers and fans attending Rugby World Cup matches hosted at the stadium.

Most West Ham fans have made peace with the fact the club must move on in order to keep pace with the Premier League elite.

And while this season promises to be an emotional one as they wave goodbye to one of English football's most famous grounds, there is also an air of excitement about what the future may hold.

'Crying inside'

But hardman Dicks, who also played for Liverpool and Birmingham, has admitted he will be crying inside when it comes to the last game against Swansea City in May.

"The last year at Upton Park for me is going to be very emotional because I had 11 fantastic years here," Dicks told whufc.com.

"Listen I had many ups and downs, but playing at this stadium was incredible and in front of those fans, especially in the night games. For me they're the best fans that I've played in front of.

"I know football moves on but I will miss Upton Park like you'll never believe.

"If the Olympic Stadium can be as half as good as Upton Park then it will be a great place to play football.

"I won't cry, but listen inside I will be."

Graced by the greats

The ground has been graced by the likes of England World Cup-winning trio Bobby Moore, Sir Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters, Billy Bonds, Sir Trevor Brooking, Paolo Di Canio, Carlos Tevez and countless greats from opposing teams over the years.

So when they do depart after that final game against Swansea in May, Dicks won't be the only one crying inside.

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