LONDON — Money cannot buy what makes an English club intrinsic to the community in which it plays.
But times are changing fast in East London, where West Ham United has begun the countdown in its 112th and final year in the same stadium. Just nine more Premier League games will be played at the Hammers’ Boleyn Ground before it is bulldozed to make room for housing and shops, but the team will neither be homeless nor aimless. Starting in June, it will play in the Olympic Stadium built for the 2012 London Games.
With a 2-0 win against Liverpool on Saturday, West Ham completed its first home and away sweep of Liverpool in 52 years.
There was something as basic as English sausage and mashed potatoes to Saturday’s goals. Each came from the…