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Top journo destroys Rice critics with GCSE jibe

Top sports writer Martin Samuel has destroyed the critics with a withering comment aimed directly at the Republic of Ireland international registration system. Writing in the Daily Mail Samuel declares with contemptuous ease: “Rice performed somersaults to avoid offending the nation of his grandparents but this drama wasn’t his fault. If Ireland insist on making […]

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Rice critics need to look to their own motives

So far we’ve had Graeme Souness, Dean Saunders, Jamie Redknapp, Andy Townsend and now Micky Quinn giving us their opinions on Declan Rice’s decision to play for England. And by far the most objectionable is the former ‘fat boy’ who represented Wigan, Stockpor,t Oldham, Portsmouth, Newcastle and Coventry That’s the same Mick Quinn who was […]

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Big majority in LS racism poll

Michail Antonio – confronted with figures from Sky that 87 per cent of football have seen or heard incidents of racism inside stadiums prompted him to make some pretty radical suggestions about how to stop it. He suggested that maybe matches should be played behind closed doors or that there should be points deductions applied. […]

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Fears grow midfielder’s season is over

West Ham fear that Jack Wilshere’s season is over as he battles against his ongoing ankle problem. The former Gunner – signed on a £100k a week three year deal after looking to have recovered given his 30 odd appearances last season – remains a major doubt for upcoming matches. And there is no timetable […]

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Hammers set to exercise midfielder’s option

West Ham look set to trigger the one year option they hold on Samir Nasri despite the player’s current injury problem. The return of Manuel Lanzini was thought by some to have reduced the chances of that happening but Manuel Pellegrini is keen to ensure the French midfielder stays on board. Lanzini will need plenty […]

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Poll: Who is your Hammer of the year this season?

We are getting to that point of the season when we start thinking who deserves the Hammer of the year title on performances so far this season. The inaugural Hammer of the year award in 1958 coincided with West Ham winning the Division Two title and clinching promotion to the top tier. For the first […]

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Lanzini looking “impressive” in Spain

Manu Lanzini is reported as “looking very impressive” in training! The midfielder has impressed everyone with his contribution to the sessions in Malaga since the squad touched down in Spain on Wednesday. And he looks certain – given no setbacks between now and then – of playing a part in the next Premier League game […]

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Sour Souness takes a pop at Declan

Graeme Souness – perhaps predictably – is the first one to rattle his cage over Declan Rice deciding to pledge his career to the Three Lions. It’s almost a case of “Have you heard the one about the Irishman, the Englishman and the Scotsman” as he has waded into a young man who has taken […]

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Pundit leaps to Dec’s defence

No sooner had Graeme Souness decided to hand down his bunch of sour grapes to Declan Rice following his decision to represent England than another former Liverpool midfielder was jumping for joy. It was always bound to create extreme reactions although like most issues in football, the words storm and teacup are never far out […]

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Pelle Poll: Big thumbs up for the boss

Manuel Pellegrini is more than living up to the expectations of Hammers fans. His arrival at the club was received with shout of acclamation and mini celebrations among the fans which slowed after four straight defeats. Interspersed in an inconsistent season have been some thoroughly awful performances which we don’t need to name but the […]

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Declan heading for “a ton of stick”

Declan Rice is again monopolising the headlines after finally making his decision on which international country he is going to represent. And CandH partner Gonzo – who in an amusing opening to this vlog shows he’s a master in using 100 words when six will do – reckons the boy deserves a round of applause. […]

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Sullivan documentary airs on TV

Episode four of the BBC’s Britain’s Youngest Football Boss starring Jack Sullivan is now available on BBC IPlayer It’s four months into the season and West Ham United women’s team, who have won two out of their last six games, now face the daunting task of taking on current champions Chelsea – a match that for 90 […]

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Declan gets a big England welcome

West Ham co chairman David Gold was quickly out of the blocks to ensure that Roy Keane was reminded of how wrong he had got it over Declan Rice’s future. Barely had the news broken than Gold – clearly delighted – told the maverick Irishman via a tweet that it was not as difficult a […]

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Fab celebrates another big fans moment

There’s not much more to be SAID about Lukasz Fabianski – so the fans are SINGING their praises. The former Swansea man kept us alive again at Selhurst Park on Saturrday with yet another performance right out of the top drawer and the fans -were singing his name very loudly. You truly know you have […]

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No argument, a big Irons summer spend required

West Ham brows may be becoming more than a bit creased at a forthcoming summer which – if progress is to be maintained – could turn out to be even more expensive than last year. And that’s almost entirely down to the striker position although additionally left and right sided defenders are probably going to […]

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Poll: Have you witnessed racism at the London Stadium?

A poll for Sky Sports News claims that 86% of fans have witnessed racism at a football match at least once, with the figure rising to 93% among supporters from a black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) background. One in five (20%) witness racism – including gestures, chants and abuse – often or every time […]

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Klopp set for FA hammering

Jurgen Klopp’s comments following the 1-1 draw at the London Stadium look set to be punished by the Football Association after he was charged by the ruling body today. The Liverpool boss strangely decided to imply bias on the part of officials in the Hammers favour during a match which had seen them award a […]

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Poll: Has Pellegrini lived up to your expectations?

Hammers fans were in a state of high excitement when Manuel Pellegrini arrived in the summer followed by £100 million plus expenditure and a host of new players. Sir Trev, however, was among those who warned that it would take at least three years for the team to reach that much mentioned top level. Now […]

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Hammer declares for England

West Ham midfielder Declan Rice has finally declared he intends to play for England, ending a long-running wrangle over his international allegiances. The 20-year-old released a statement on his personal Twitter account this afternoon announcing his decision and Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy has since confirmed that the player had informed him of his decision beforehand. […]

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Lanzini looking good – Balbuena has a chance

Manuel Lanzini and Fabian Balbuena are being tipped to take their places on the bench in next Friday night’s London Stadium clash against Fulham. Claret and Hugh was given the news shortly before pictures emerged of the pair in training at the Malaga training camp shoetly after the squad’s arrival in Spain. Both were described […]

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Oxford’s German horror show

Reece Oxford was reportedly at the centre of a shocking performance on Sunday as his Bundesliga loan outfit Augsburg were thrashed by Werder Bremen. According to some European reports the Hammers wanted £26 million for the player but instead was given a chance by the German club on loan. Both Manuel Pellegrini and the player […]

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Antonio’s racism punishments would really hurt

Michail Antonio wants to see ‘games behind closed doors’ and points deductions as punishments for racism in football. The Hammers were recently forced to make what should be an unnecessary club statement against racism following an incident when vile abuse was directed at Mo Salah during the Liverpool game. And there have been other examples […]

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Irons target disappointed and ready to quit club

West Ham’s one transfer target in the winter window – Besiktas defensive midfielder Gary Medel – is reported disappointed the move didn’t happen. Manuel Pellegrini has said since the window closed that he was the only player to whom the Hammers had serious interest but that the terms were unacceptable. As a result the move […]

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Zaba wins a landslide vote

West Ham and Manuel Pellegrini have been told to give Pablo Zabaleta a new contract in the summer such has been his impact at the club. The right back – signed on a free from Manchester City two years ago – has been a tremendous servant to the club since his arrival, turning in top […]

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Gonzo gives his Irons exit list

Gonzo has been at a loss for things to talk about over the past few says and we sympathise. Once again we are into a two week wilderness without football following the Irons absence from the FA Cup …let’s not go back there though!. So like everybody else, our Hammers Chat partner is struggling for […]

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Video/Pic: RIP ‘Banksy’ despite breaking Hammers hearts:-)

CandH blogger Allen Cummings remembers the night when Gordon Banks – whose death was announced today – shattered the dreams of us all who were gathered into Upton Park back in 1972 He was the rock upon which Sir Alf Ramsey built that never-to-be-forgotten World Cup winning side in 1966. But it was […]

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