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Bilic struggles in middle east

Former West Ham manager Slaven Bilic is struggling in Saudi Abriba with only one win in nine games. Bilic was named as the new manager of Saudi Arabian side Al-Ittihad in late September but has lost six of his nine games in charge, drawing another two. Al-Ittihad, who have won the Saudi Pro League on eight […]

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Disappointing ratings for the Hammers

The Claret and Hugh West Ham player ratings have recorded some of the worst ratings since the scheme begun after the defeat against Burnley. Fabianski was the only player to record a seven score with a 7.08 which made him Hammers man of the match again. Robert Snodgrass and Declan Rice were the only Hammers to record a score in […]

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Hammers first signing of January to be announced

West Ham will announce their first signing of the winter in the guise of Samir Nasri as early as tomorrow when the transfer window opens but we may need to wait a little while for his full debut. The 31-year old French midfielder 18-month ban ends at midnight tonight and he is free to play […]

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Chicharito speculation sounds crazy

Speculation this morning that Javier Hernanez could be on his way to Valencia on loan makes no sense whatsoever from where we are sitting. The striker is currently injured with no forecast return date but in any event the idea of moving him out at a time when we are notably short on firepower seems […]

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Hammers make major transfer window decision

West Ham will not be allowing Chicharito to move to Valencia on loan. And they have made a decision that no other member of the squad will be leaving on the same basis this winter. With the transfer window due to open in a few days the usual speculation has started but it certainly won’t […]

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Search carries on for missing Hammer

The hunt for missing West Ham season ticket holder Jack Morrad enters its ninth day with no sightings. Hundreds of local people joined in the public search yesterday meeting at Festival Leisure car park on Sunday morning. Another public search resumed this morning for with members of the public meeting at the Westgate car park, opposite […]

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Cresswell has no excuses

It’s best forgotten…yes an awful performance (or non performance) against a team who suddenly found sone form but for any of us to in search of excuses is pointless. On a day when we expected to make it 18 points from 21 fatigue is claimed to have caught up and although it’s easy to claim […]

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Carroll: We’re a good team and must put this behind us

Andy Carroll is this morning insisting that West Ham United are a very good team and are ready to bounce back. Speaking to www.whufc.com the striker said: “It was very disappointing, a poor game for everyone. We’re much better than that and I thought we could have done better from start to finish. “Second half we […]

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Please give us your West Ham players ratings for the Burnley defeat

Please vote with your personal ratings for West Ham players who played for ten minutes or more in the Burnley v West Ham United defeat at the Turf Moor on Sunday. Please only vote if you watched the game yourself and select a numerical score between one and ten where one is low and ten […]

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Hammers make a total mess of Burnley visit

Burnley 2 Irons 0 That was an entirely incomprehensible performance from an Irons team on the highest of highs and one which will surely have made Manuel Pellegrini utterly furious. We simply didn’t turn up and in giving one of our poorest performances of the season missed out on a hefty rise up the league […]

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Pellegrini explains the Burnley problem

Manuel Pellegrini isn’t a man to make excuses but today he made an exception following the lack lustre performance at Burnley. And however you want to call it he has a big point in saying: “Normally I don’t give excuses but today, it was different. The physical difference was clear. We are playing 48 hours […]

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Hammers look to match away day record

West Ham hopes to record their fourth Premier League away win in a row for the first time since September 2007 when they face Burnley at Turf Moor later today. The Hammers have already beaten Newcastle United, Fulham and Southampton away from home in December winning more points in a single month than at any […]

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‘Captain’ Cressie and the Anderson factor

Aaron Cresswell was show to be still very much part of the manager’s plans when taking over the armband during the win against Southampton. There have been moments during the first half of the season when the possibility of a move has been quietly mentioned but his performance against Saints was such to make that […]

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Andy Carroll turns up to wedding in West Ham tracksuit

Hammer Andy Carroll was happy to be pictured in wedding photographs in his West Ham tracksuit. He was attending his fiance Billi Mucklow sister’s wedding last Thursday, the same day West Ham played Southampton away. The striker just made it to the wedding with just half an hour to go after beating Southampton 2-1 away. Andy booked […]

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Pellegrini could land manager of the month

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini must be in with a very good shout of picking up the Premier Manager of the month for December after five wins out of six and possibly sixth yet to come today. The Premier League Manager of the Month is an award that recognises the best adjudged Premier League manager each month of the […]

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Winner Diop nails season so far

Issa Diop’s regular interviews show as much professionalism as his performances on the pitch and his latest is no exception. He has spoken about his own disappointment at the lack of clean sheets in the past whilst performing brilliantly at the back. And he refuses to take any positives – as was the case against […]

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Hammers can go seventh by year end

West Ham can jump up to seventh place with a win over relegation-threatened Burnley tomorrow. The Hammers dropped down to eleventh place after a win for Wolves who beat Spurs 3-1 and a draw for Watford with Newcastle. Everton already above West ham dropped points this afternoon as they lost to Brighton 1-0 and Leicester also dropped points […]

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The return of Marko Arnautovic

It’s the photo many West Ham supporters have waited to see. The return of Marko Arnautovic to the Hammers matchday squad. The 29-year-old striker posted a photo of himself with fellow teammate Michail Antonio on his way to Burnley saying “Lets Go, My Brother, Michail Antonio” The Austria international hasn’t featured for the Hammers since picking […]

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Excited Declan looks for more success

The euphoria of Declan Rice signing a new six year deal refuses to evaporate and 24 hours on some of us are still celebrating the young man’s big decision. There’s a lot more to what’s happened than a highly promising player agreeing a new long term deal – his decision to pledge six years of […]

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Anderson hands vote of thanks to Fab

Felipe Anderson’s form has been the spark which has lit up the Hammers over recent games but the Brazilian knows where to put much of the credit. It probably won’t come as the biggest surprise to learn that it’s goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski who has been at the heart of the Brazilian’s revival. The Polish international […]

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Man hunt for missing Hammer

West Ham season ticket holder Jack Morrad was last seen leaving Colors nightclub in Basildon, Essex, and walking towards nearby Gloucester park at about 02:30 GMT on Sunday 22nd December. Jack had been to watch West Ham v Watford game at the London Stadium earlier that day on Saturday before heading to The Beehive pub […]

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Magical moments and no fans deserve them more

Make no mistake this season is all about Manuel Pellegrini! From the worst beginnings so many good things have flowed and as we turn the corner into the new year I have never seen the club so buoyant and optimistic. My God, it really takes some getting used to doesn’t it? There wasn’t immediate unanimous […]

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Antonio: “We are looking to win every single time”

Michail Antonio is the latest player to declare that West Ham are becoming a big team and that the self belief flowing through the team like never before is entirely down to the manager. He has been one of the biggest beneficiaries of a managerial policy which refuses to accept anything other than a desire […]

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Anderson pips Rice to top spot in ratings

Felipe Anderson pipped Declan Rice to the Claret and Hugh man of the match this week with an average rating of 8.45 from many hundreds of Claret and Hugh readers votes in our regular player rating scoring system. Declan Rice was not far behind scoring an impressive average score of 8,38 in the West Ham away victory […]

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Poll: How many points can West Ham get this season?

West Ham have earned twenty-seven points from their first nineteen Premier League games at the official halfway point. With a further nineteen League games remaining the Hammers could amass another 57 points in theory if they never lose another game putting them on 84 points for the season. A similar performance of ups and downs […]

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The law according to Lawrenson

Well the law according to Lawrenson usually dictates the Hammers are gonna be beaten every week so it’s no surprise to learn that we are apparently set for a 2-0 loss tomorrow at Turf Moor. I have to be careful as the last time I took him to task, his 2-0 forecast that Watford would […]

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