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Onwards and Upwards

What a week it has been for us Hammers!! The mixture of the U21s & a few first team players being beat 5-0 then the horrific first leg at the Etihad on Wednesday was very painful for us BUT what a win it was away from home at Cardiff! Three vital points that lift us out of the bottom three and hopefully a springboard to kick us on. I will be honest after Wednesday, I thought we would…

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Parker, Zola and me

As the snow pounds on an already winter weary Toronto, I’m thinking about July 24th 2008. That was the day I became a fan of West Ham United. That evening under a cloudy sky, and a relatively balmy night the MLS All Stars defeated the Hammers 3-2. The score didn’t matter, the Hammers were in training mode, and I saw a real football club in person for the first time. To be fair I had followed TFC from MLS, but this was different. Even David…

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West Ham goalkeeper dilemma

West Ham have been swapping goalkeepers a lot the last few games which isn’t really a good sign but I think it’s a complicated situation, Jussi didn’t deserve to be dropped he’s been an amazing keeper for us but his distribution was poor.  Adrian was so good against Spurs, coming up with key saves but also has very good distribution, so after the Spurs game he got his chance in the Premier League and…

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A new year, a new hope

I often say West Ham never play two half’s the same, if we play well in the first half then we won’t play as good second half. More often than not that seems to be the case so as we are getting to half way through the season, I’m hoping we don’t play the same way as we have been doing and I think there is reason to be hopeful that we won’t. I know it keeps being delayed but Andy Carroll really shouldn’t be too far…

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A Venture Into Statistics: What West Ham’s Goal Difference Means

A Venture Into Statistics: What West Ham’s Goal Differential Means A lot of people are worried about West Ham United right now, they believe that we are going to be in a relegation scrap and are bemoaning the chances of the team. I have thought a lot about it and, while I understand these reactions, I also believe that they are entirely based on emotion. It is true that our results haven’t been good lately and that we are only 3 points …

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We should have bought defenders

Foundations Defenders are the unsung heroes of football teams, without them no team can compete, no matter what the level of quality is elsewhere. For this reason, I have some questions: who builds a house starting with the roof? Let’s look at Arsenal, a side who last year came fourth in the Premier League, many writing them off for any chance of even a Champions League place this year, especially after losing their first game 1-3 to Aston Villa. You may point to the signing of Özil …

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The Repair of West Ham United

A Humble Suggestion for The Repair of West Ham United Football Club Since Sam Allardyce unleashed a 4-6-0 on Tottenham at White Hart Lane that was ripe with creativity, strong on defense, and selectively aggressive on the attack we have, as West Ham fans, been subjected to a series of disastrous games that have left us fearing relegation questioning both the owners and the manager, and wondering what can be done to turn things around.  It turns…

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Why can’t West Ham get the balance right?

Why can’t West Ham get the balance right? It seems Sam Allardyce and his West Ham United squad are having trouble with the balancing act of attack and defence. Away from home, before the Norwich game, we had only conceded 1 goal, and that was from a penalty. We had also had problems scoring barring the freak result against Spurs. It seems that if West Ham don’t go for the win, we manage to shut up shop, and get a clean sheet and a point. But as soon …

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Reid it and weep

Reid it and weep. It was only going to be a matter of time. We’ve been sussed out. Years after we West Ham fans worked it out, several so called bigger clubs have cottoned on to it too. And that is that Winston Reid is one hell of a good Centre Half. If we’re truthful to ourselves, we’ll admit it took us a while to unanimously agree on. A signing originally pitched to…

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Ravel Morrison and the January window

It’s nice to finally see all the praise for Ravel he’s been great and scored that amazing goal against spurs. Being so young and so good we do have to be careful it doesn’t go to his head and I think Sam and our experienced players like Noble and Nolan can do that. He’s come a long way already this season, but what about when January comes around? The £19 million…

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JONJO’S DIARY: Awards

I went to the British Red Cross Awards the day after my Nanny’s birthday because I had been shortlisted for a fundraiser award.  I try really hard to make my Nanny and Bobby proud and I w as very proud that I was shortlisted. I won Young Fundraiser of the Year and when I sat down and was looking at my trophy they called me back up – I won National Young Humanitarian…

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MATCH PREVIEW: Swansea vs West Ham

After a fantastic result vs Tottenham I was thoroughly hoping for an even better one against Man City; sadly this was not to be. It wasn’t a bad performance but it was a true display of how different the class is at the top. It wasn’t a bad performance from West Ham but it was far from vintage. Swansea come into this game on the back of a bitterly disappointing late…

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James Tomkins vs James Collins

Coming off of another home defeat isn’t great but considering it was against a city team tipped to win the league and a squad that cost hundreds of millions I’m not too disheartened but for the first time this season it’s called to questions our defence for many reasons including no Collins and Reid’s shocker. Our defence is normally first class so it’s down to one question Tomkins or Collins? Yes Collins was injured this week from…

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Will the ‘False Nine’ work for West Ham?

Will The ‘False Nine’ Work? In our last two games, Big Sam has adopted a new formation to send out onto the pitch as a result of the failings of Modibo Maiga up front on his own, or at least the failing to make it work. The formation Sam chose was inventive to say the least. Drawing inspiration for the incredible Spanish national team, he decided the best thing to do once he failed …

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What West Ham means to me

What West Ham United Means to Me As a fan from the United States who did not grow up as a soccer fan this is a question I struggle with regularly, not because I do not know the answer but because it is hard to articulate to my fellow American fans. Even the vocabulary is tough for me, because I find myself referring to the game as football only to have confused looks cast my way. {In America, football is an altogether different game of course, where the purpose …

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West Ham United: Fan expection

Fan expectation….Take a slice out of Kipling’s book. Suddenly, like a bolt out of the blue, we all have it. A newfound sense of optimism. Admit it – after the Hull debacle, I’ll bet you, like me were suddenly looking over the league table not with the usual early season glee, but in sheer desperation to find at least 3 teams that would be worse than us come what May. So it would …

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The return of Carlton Cole

So West Ham’s marmite player has returned on a three month contract to cover the injured Andy Carroll who we hope won’t be out too much longer. I’ve never been one to sing his praises and I’m certainly not going to start now. I’m not overly happy that he’s back he’s just not the quality he need and we can’t rely on him to score every game. We need our squad to be improving not bringing back a…

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Is there a place for Demel?

Sunday’s game saw a fantastic result for the club and one that all fans will remember for a long time. It also saw Guy Demel and Razvan Rat play and I’m not sure that’s the best way to go, yes the results proved that it worked ok and they both played well but I would defiantly rather see the pairing on Razvan Rat playing left back and Joey O’Brien playing right back, like they did against Hull. Yes Demel has a …

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How do you solve a problem like Maiga?

How do you solve a problem like Maiga? Unfortunately the question posed in the title of this article is one that I am unable to answer. In fact, it seems to be something that nobody can shed any light on at this moment in time. Sadly, the one thing that is for certain is that Big Sam’s total lack of any sort of a ‘plan B’ looks sure to prolong the mystery for the foreseeable future. Many frustrated Hammers have already taken the…

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Are you there Deano?

Are you there Deano? In 2006, a West Ham cult hero Dean Ashton joined from Norwich for a then record £7.5 million fee. Goals, goals and some more amazing goals later (reminisces bicycle kick against United, consolation or not) Deano became a legend in his own right and if not for a devastating ankle injury, would probably have become not only one of the best strikers West Ham ever had, but a key player …

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MATCH PREVIEW: Tottenham vs West Ham

Last weeks result against lowly Hull is a season low, and it can’t get much worse. Again us fans can feel robbed, another bit of bad luck has cost us. A poor referee has stolen any points from us. After last week’s disappointing result at Hull City, what better way to pick ourselves up than a London derby with Spurs. We now have a tough few fixtures ahead of us and I without …

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JONJO’S DIARY: What I have been up to

It was great going to the Everton Match and I really thought we would win.  I had new wristbands made for The Bobby Moore Fund and lots of people came to find me to buy some.  I also had a small auction that raised nearly £500 for the charity too. Last week was really busy for me, I got offered a part a new film that Cass Pennant is co-producing, the film is called Meet The Guvnors and it will be in the cinema.  Sometimes…

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MATCH PREVIEW: Hull vs West Ham

Another round down after a 3-2 victory over Cardiff has earned us a next round tie against Burnley, we couldn’t have got a much better draw there. The win was well earned and showed some good courage to fight back a grab a win after squandering a 2-0 lead after only 8 minutes. It was nice to see Ravel on the score sheet again, another eye catching performance from the youngster. And I was happy to see Jarvis get a goal, however …

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We need to talk about Kevin

We need to talk about Kevin…. During my previous article discussing Sam’s inability to revert to a plan B, I made the statement that we needed to look at the players we had available and work out the best way to utilise the players – and with the likes of Cole and Downing available again for the Hull game, it’s a sentiment I strongly believe in. Yet, sentiment may well be the very reason why so many of us are failing to ask the killer question. Does…

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English Premier League Table

# Team P
1 Liverpool 89
2 Manchester City 66
3 Leicester City 58
4 Chelsea 57
5 Manchester United 55
6 Wolverhampton Wanderers 52
7 Arsenal 49
8 Tottenham Hotspur 48
9 Sheffield United 48
10 Burnley 46
11 Everton 44
12 Newcastle United 43
13 Southampton 43
14 Crystal Palace 42
15 Brighton & Hov… 36
16 West Ham United 31
17 Watford 28
18 Aston Villa 27
19 AFC Bournemouth 27
20 Norwich City 21

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