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West Ham celebrate winning Europa Conference League

Last night’s win was the first major trophy of Moyes managerial career (credit: WHFC)

West Ham are celebrating winning their first major trophy in 43-years, having won the Europa Conference League.

The Hammers have their hands on major silverware once more after defeating ACF Fiorentina 2-1 last night (Wednesday, 7 June).

A dramatic, last minute Jarrod Bowen goal sealed success for the Hammers, who earlier led through Saïd Benrahma’s penalty, only for Giacomo Bonaventura to level.

It mattered not, thanks to Bowen’s late intervention, and the celebrations were wild.

It’s the first major silverware David Moyes has won in his managerial career.

Speaking last night, he said: “I’ve had a long career in football and you don’t get many moments like this but thankfully tonight we’ve got the result we’ve wanted.”

He celebrated by giving his winners medal to his 87-year old father.

“I thought that he was the first one that should get it, get it round his neck. He’s probably watched alot of things over the years and not had that moment.

“I hope he’s enjoyed it and I hope he can enjoy it with me later on tonight aswell.”

Having first taken charge of the Hammers in 2017, Moyes departed in 2018 and returned at the end of 2019, steering the side clear of relegation in his first season back before guiding the team to European football.

He was also asked about the last minute goal by Bowen and said: “If there was anyone who was going to score, I thought it’d be Jarrod. The minute he got through, I though this is the moment. This is the one – Jarrod will do it.”

West Ham’s captain Declan Rice was among the many people emotional saying he “loves playing” for the club.

He spoke after lifting the Europa Conference League trophy.

“The fans that were here tonight, plus another 15,000. You’ve got our staff behind the scenes that work so hard but to do it for them aswell, and see them have a good night is what makes me happy.”

Rice has been heavily linked with a move away.

He said: “To read it myself is actually getting quite boring, so look who knows actually what’s going to happen. I think it’s flattering to be wanted by alot of clubs but the badge on my chest is still West Ham. I’ve still got two years left on my contract”

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