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David Moyes dances, Mark Noble holds back the tears but West Ham’s Conference League party has only just begun

Bynewsmagzines

Jun 7, 2023
David Moyes dances, Mark Noble holds back the tears but West Ham's Conference League party has only just begun

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Drink it in West Ham fans, you are the kings of Europe… of sorts.

That will be decided on Saturday when Manchester City take on Inter Milan, but forget about that right now – this is West Ham’s night.

West Ham have won the Europa Conference League

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West Ham have won the Europa Conference LeagueCredit: Getty
The West Ham fans in Prague will never forget it

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The West Ham fans in Prague will never forget itCredit: Getty
Hammers boss David Moyes was cock-a-hoop at full-time, dancing with the adoring West Ham fans

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Hammers boss David Moyes was cock-a-hoop at full-time, dancing with the adoring West Ham fansCredit: Getty

They won the Europa Conference League in dramatic fashion as Jarrod Bowen’s 90th-minute strike secured the club their first European trophy in 58 years and their first major title since 1980.

The ‘champions of Europe, we know what we are’ chants sung by those lucky enough to be in attendance at Prague’s Fortuna Arena were done with more than a bit of cheeky chappy cockney humour, but we’ll let them off this time around.

For a number of reasons, this big club that’s produced some greats of English football including Bobby Moore, Trevor Brooking and Billy Bonds has been starved of success in recent years.

But the latest great success story from ‘the academy of football’ in Declan Rice has ended the hurt of an entire generation of West Ham fans, who can now pass on these magic memories to their children and grandchildren.

Bowen shoves West Ham fan after supporter gatecrashes TV interview with Dani Dyer chant
West Ham win Conference League as Moyes runs onto pitch after late Bowen winner

There will be concerns among the Hammers faithful that their star man will be on his way out the door at the London Stadium this summer, and he had to field questions about his future amid all the ecstasy.

But before any transfer drama happens he’ll be joining West Ham in their open top bus parade on Thursday evening, which will go through the streets of east London from 7pm.

Meanwhile, former player and now club sporting director Mark Noble, who could be seen holding back the tears after the final whistle, revealed that Pablo Fornals has his wedding on Friday…

Noble,m who represented West Ham throughout his playing career, cut an emotional figure after the match

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Noble,m who represented West Ham throughout his playing career, cut an emotional figure after the matchCredit: bt sport
What a way for Rice to sign off if this is his last match as a Hammers player

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What a way for Rice to sign off if this is his last match as a Hammers playerCredit: Getty
A first major winners' medal for Moyes

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A first major winners’ medal for MoyesCredit: Getty
The players and fans will party long into the night in Prague

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The players and fans will party long into the night in PragueCredit: Getty
Bowen was the hero in Prague

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Bowen was the hero in PragueCredit: Getty
This is what it means to win a European trophy

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This is what it means to win a European trophyCredit: Getty
A nice moment for Vladimir Coufal, who tasted glory in his homeland

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A nice moment for Vladimir Coufal, who tasted glory in his homelandCredit: Getty
Said Benrahma scored the opening goal in the 2-1 win

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Said Benrahma scored the opening goal in the 2-1 winCredit: Getty
Lucas Paqueta got in amongst the West Ham fans after the match

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Lucas Paqueta got in amongst the West Ham fans after the matchCredit: Getty
Fortune is no longer hiding from West Ham

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Fortune is no longer hiding from West HamCredit: Getty

The rare old knees up, be it in Prague or back in Blighty, has only just begun.

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