Corden bids emotional farewell

James Corden bid an emotional farewell to the Boleyn Ground on Saturday but is relishing the chance to fly back to England next season and see the Hammers perform at the new Stadium.

Corden will never forget his final ever visit to Upton Park after seeing his beloved Hammers come away with a memorable 2-0 victory over Liverpool on Saturday.

The Hollywood superstar has now flown back to California and will now spend the rest of the season presenting the ever popular Late Late Show on CBS.

Corden has nothing but fond memories of his time at the Boleyn Ground and reveals he found it hard to hold back the tears as he saw the Hammers play for the final ever time at Upton Park.

Corden said: “I can't believe that was my final ever visit and I was quite surprised how emotional I felt about it.

“I know it will be even more heightened in May when we move towards the final ever game. It will be a very emotional day and we are talking over 100 years of history and a style of football that has been produced.

“People can talk about the atmosphere, but it is maintaining the sense of feeling like a family.

“I live 13 hours away, but the minute I walk through the door here I see all the old faces and still see the man who used to sell me the 'Mad Dog' in a french bread on the way to the ground.

“It is preserving that and I am incredibly excited about seeing us move into a new Stadium.

“I could see the seat in the lower Bobby Moore stand where I used to sit as a season-ticket holder and I have sat in all four parts of the ground.

“It has been such a part of my life since I first started coming as a 14-year-old. It was a very sad day, but I am very excited to move.”

Despite living in America, Corden never misses the opportunity to watch the Hammers in action and sometimes gets up in the early hours to ensure he doesn't miss out on the action.

Corden added: “I see even more of the games on television. I have got this device where you set your team and it records every game for you.

“I watch all the big games live – even when it is 4am in the States. But mostly we are on around 8 or 9am which is perfect. I have even been known to watch some of the games twice.

“It all depends on the commentators. Sometimes you get the good ones like Tony Gale, but other times you have some American dude who says 'wow it was a great shout-out by Angelo Ogbonna'!”

Corden has remained good friends with Mark Noble and took the chance to catch up with the Club skipper after the game on Saturday.

The former Gavin & Stacey star has nothing but admiration for the job Slaven Bilic has done since he took charge during the summer and is convinced the Club can achieve big things over the next few years.

“I felt nervous about the change of manager because I just wanted us to stay up this season, but all of my fears have gone.

“I have loved every second of it and the players seem so confident. It is great to see players like Antonio stepping up and showing what they can do.

“I was at the Liverpool game with John Bishop and he said you look so quick and dynamic which I think we can all agree people have not said about us for a while.

“It is wonderful to watch. The player of the season for me is Aaron Cresswell and I saw Ray Lewington on Saturday and was tearing his ear off saying he has to be in the squad!”

Corden will now be keeping close tabs on the Hammers from his luxury home in Los Angeles, but has no doubts they can start to challenge the likes of Tottenham and push for a European place when they move into the new Stadium.

“It is down to us as fans to make the new Stadium our new home. It will feel odd and strange but in a two, three, four years time, I feel we can compete with the Europa League teams like Tottenham!”