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Youngsters Take Centre Stage & Key Players Set To Stay

Trott receives England call Our young up and coming keeper Nathan Trott has received a Three Lions call-up for The European U19 Championships in Georgia. The 18-year-old impressed for the U23’s throughout last season but was largely left out during England’s qualification campaign for the tournament. However, he set to feature as the premier keeper during the tournament, as Keith Downing’s men face Bulgaria, Holland, and Germany in their opening group games. Trott and …

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Transfer Rumours: Strikers

Now this is a thorny subject. For some people, me included, the success of next season will depend on whether we can find a striker or two who can almost guarantee a double figure tally whilst staying fit enough to play for most of the season. This apparently is a tough ask as we have not been very successful in our attempts to make this happen recently. Last year’s scattergun…

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Where Are They Now?: Stars Of The 2008/2009 Season

The 2008/2009 Premier League campaign was a fantastic season for any West Ham fan, but just who were the key players? And where are they now? David Di Michele The swashbuckling Italian forward was instrumental during the 2008/2009 campaign, when his goals helped us to a ninth placed Premier League finish, but where is he now? The former Italian international’s spell with us would only last a season, but his impact would last …

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Worst XI: Left Midfield

Joey Beauchamp 1994 0 Apps 1994 Signed from Oxford for £1.2 Million Beauchamp was one of the more sort after players in the lower leagues and as such West Ham regarded his signing as something of a coup. The signing was a disaster for both the club and the playerending in the club transferring him to Swindon for £800,000, incurring a £400,000 loss. Then manager Billy Bonds speaking some years later said of Beauchamp “He said he couldn’t settle at West Ham, that the…

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Ex-Hammers Retire As Hammers announce Hamburg Stop

Arbeloa to retire Ex-Hammers defender Alvaro Arbeloa announced his retirement from football yesterday, just a matter of days after being released by Slaven Bilic. We signed the former World Cup winner at the start of last season as back up for Sam Byram, but Arbeloa endured a tough time at The London Stadium as we struggled last season. In the interview with Marca where he announced the end of his career, the 34 year old described…

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Loans: What’s The Point?

Down the years, our Football Club has lent it’s name to such tags such as the “Academy of Football” and while we have produced players like Frank Lampard and Rio Ferdinand in the last 20 years, what have we really produced in the last ten? Is our shambolic policy of loaning out any future prospect we may have to blame? Since defender James Tomkins successfully came through the ranks and graduated into the first…

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Fonte Plays As Portugal Push For The Semi-Final

The 2017 Confederations Cup is a week old now and has turned up more talking points than normal. Past editions of the competition have gone by without many fans taking notice and in reflection, this may be the same. It has however thrown up a few things to discuss and in large the football is not one of them. The majority of the games have produced close results but it has been more the introduction of Video Assistant Referees which …

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Transfer Rumours: Hammers Eye Attacking Options

Hammers eye Jota move It has been rumoured in the last few days by Sky Sports News HQ that we are readying a move for Brentford forward Jota. The Spaniard netted 12 goals in 27 games for The Bees last season and is being valued at around £8 million. However, the Championship Side’s Chief Executive Mark Devlin is confident that the club can keep the former Celta Vigo star, as serious talks …

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Greatest XI: The Right Backs

John Bond 1950-1966 Bond was signed from Colchester Casuals in 1950 having been spotted by West Ham Assistant Manager Ted Fenton during his time as manager of Colchester United. Bond quickly established himself in the team and formed a successful full-back partnership with Noel Cantwell, the pinnacle of which was clinching the Second Division title in 1958. Bond was known as an attacking right back with an eye for goal scoring 8 in the promotion season. Bond was a firm favourite…

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Throwback Thursday: Wembley Glory In The Modern Era

In this week’s edition of our weekly throwback segment, we speak to Tim, 56, a lifelong Hammers fan and season ticket holder about a bit of Wembley glory in the modern era. “Being a West Ham fan for the last 40 years means that trips to Wembley are unfortunately few and far between. However, having Claret and Blue blood meant that I wouldn’t have it any other way and if I was given my life over and over again, I…

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New Kit Revealed As Stars Depart

Nordtveit departs Our Norwegian former midfielder Havard Nordtveit has moved to Hoffenhiem for a fee that is believed to be in the region of £8 million. The 26-year-old endured a tough start to life in The Premier League as injuries found him thrown in at the deep end of the Hammers midfield straight away. From there on in Nordtveit lost his starting place after several diabolical performances which coincided with the extremely poor start to…

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Where Are They Now?: 80s Stars

Mark Ward 1985 -1990 Signed from Oldham in 1985 for £250,000 as a replacement for the departing Paul Allen, Ward played every game in the 1985-86 season which saw West Ham finish 3rd in the top flight. A strong busy right sided midfielder, Ward had an edge to go with his guile and his gutsy determined performances made his a popular player with the fans in the late 80’s. Ward left for Manchester City in 1990 as …

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2016/2017 Season Review Part One-Transitional Summer

In part one of our weekly 2016/2017 season review we look at June and July, two very transitional months for West Ham United. June As the dust settled on a fantastic 2015/2016 campaign, the whole West Ham United operation was moving West to Stratford. While many of The Hammers players were away dazzling the world at Euro 2016, so was the manager as Bilic was a popular pundit on ITV. During the exciting…

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Scout Report: Joe Hart

Rumours have been circling for some weeks now around a proposed move to West Ham for England number one Joe Hart. Hart was shunned by Pep Guardiola last season and was shipped off to Turin with Serie A side Torino. Now back in England it is uncertain where his future will lie but one thing to note is, if he wants to stay at City he will likely play back up to new £…

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Transfer Rumours: Midfield

Super Slav has suggested that we don’t need to sign any midfield players and when you look at what is currently available you can kind of see where he’s coming from. There may be room for one wide player apparently but according to an official source on the West Ham web-site several weeks ago, we are looking at 2-3 signings max and we already have one new acquisition. As we are in desperate need of a striker…

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Where Are They Now?: Carlton Cole

Over the years us West Ham fans have been treated to many cult heroes, but none quite like Carlton Cole. Today we ask just where is the former England star now? Carlton George Cole began his career as a youngster on the books of Claudio Ranieri’s Chelsea, making his debut as a substitute to club legend Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink in April 2002. Cole impressed in this career-starting time and Ranieri described the young…

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