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Poll: Should West Ham offer Zabaleta a new contract?

Ryan Fredericks appears to have inherited the right-back position from Pablo Zabaleta and has not done too badly in coping with two very dangerous wingers in Sadio Mane and Wilfried Zaha. As the games tick away with the former Fulham man in possession it eats into the number of games – 28 – required by […]

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Thin pickings on summer freebie list for Irons

West Ham – like most other clubs presumably – will be taking an interest in the players come out of contract at their various clubs this summer. But despite a new strike force probably required, pickings appear thin in that area and instead the club look likely to need to use the £45 million they […]

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West Ham Podcast: A game of two halves

Episode twenty-two of season eight of the popular West Ham podcast Moore Than Just A Podcast is now available to listen online or download. Claret and Hugh Associate editor Sean Whetstone with fellow presenters Nigel Kahn, George and John Bucci discuss the game of two halves against Crystal Palace before turning our attention the warm weather training […]

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Hernandez is expecting

Hammer Javier Hernandez’s girlfriend has revealed a large baby bump in a revealing photo shared on social media. Australian model Sarah Kohan posted a tasteful topless photo to her 1.3 million Instagram followers to share the exciting news. Sydney-born Kohan, a law graduate as well as a model revealed last month that they are expecting a baby […]

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Magnificent Irons seven get England calls

West Ham’s academy has once again hit the heights with seven youngsters being called up for England youth international squads this week. The work being carried out by staff under academy director Terry Westley has been an extraordinary feature of the Hammers season with four of our lads being selected to represent their country at […]

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Antonio admits he was “scared”

Michael Antonio has revealed that fear was the reason behind a lack of form which had many believing his West Ham days would be behind him by January. Regularly linked with a move, usually to Palace, he looked nothing like the player who had wowed us previously but a nasty hamstring injury was at the […]

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Terrific trio in the same Irons team? …hmm

By CandH blogger Allen Cummings Don’t you just hate these blank weekends? Ok, I know the one upcoming is self-inflicted. However, if we’d beaten Wimbledon, as we all know we should have done, the upcoming weekend would have been anything but blank and boring, with Millwall visiting the London Stadium in the 5th round […]

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Hammers on the summer risk list

News the Irons are off on what is becoming an annual warm weather camp given our double quick departures from the FA Cup, sets thoughts heading in direction of the summer. We are into the last lap of a season which has been filled with as much disappointment as it has delight from our injury […]

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Hammers head for four days in Malaga

The Hammers are off to Malaga for their warm weather camp. Manuel Pellegrini – of course – has many connections with the area and with the temperature currently in the 20s the Irons squad will be warming up and training in decent temperatures. However, the boss has made sure there will be no long stay […]

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Maxi Gomez’s form slides after Irons interest

Hammers striker target Max Gomez appears to be suffering from the same sort of form loss as we are currently seeing from Marko Arnautovic. And it’s no coincidence surely that both players have been struggling since being linked with big money moves to China on the one hand and the Hammers on the other. Arnie’s […]

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What a team the Irons could field at the Etihad

ClaretandHugh Facebook member Graham Moncar is looking ahead to the Etihad and the huge Manchester City clash on February 27. After the 6-0 drubbing of Chelsea Pep Guardiola’s men have returned to their most frightening form but with the return of various Hammers from injury it could become – as Graham points out – a […]

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Palace flanker costs Irons big time

I hate to accuse anybody of cheating but in the case of Crystal Palace and Wilfried Zaha I make no apologies. For in my book there is absolutely no excuse for their behaviour ahead of the match against us on Saturday afternoon. For the simple truth is that had they not abused the appeal system […]

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Hammers head for Euro winter break

Manuel Pellegrini and the lads are off for some warm weather training in Spain. Under previous managers this has never worked too well but with eight injuries to cope with following one hell of a schedule, which has effectively seen the squad down to around 15, this seems like a top idea. A bit of […]

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Hammers hero wants to learn more about the game

Heroic Lukasz Fabianski hit the heights with hit the heights with another superlative performance against Palace. In fact it’s becoming par for the course in a season of highs and lows but one thing that bears repeating is that without question he has been the signing of the season. Yes Issa Diop has been a […]

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Fredericks proving his point

Given that Ryan Fredericks has probably faced the two liveliest wingers in the PL since returning to the Hammers team I’d say the lad’s done pretty well. Sadio Mane and Wilfried Zaha are extremely significant players and it would be a huge surprise to me were the latter to still be at Selhurst Park next […]

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West Ham’s unlucky third kit

West Ham are yet to win when playing in their third kit this season after four games in the offwhite shirt The Hammers kicked off the season in August with the new third kit at Anfield only to lose 4-0 to Liverpool. Next up was Burnley away in December last year with a 2-0 loss […]

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Haksabanavich reveals Pelle’s ‘no prisoners’ mentality

Anybody who believes the ultra cool Manuel Pellegrini maybe a soft touch ha clearly got completely the wrong idea of the man. Such is the dignity of the guy it seems impossible that he can give it straight if he needs to but that is most certainly not the case. He had many decisions to […]

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Former Hammer never wanted West Ham move

Former Hammer Luis Boa Morte has said he never wanted to join West Ham and the deal was done behind his back. Boa Morte told the Portuguese media outlet Maisfutebol.pt “I went to West Ham, which is a club with many supporters, but not of my own free will. I did not want to leave […]

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Did we make a mistake with Arnie?

Marko Arnautovic was left on the bench by Manuel Pellegrini until the 68th minute and when he came on it failed to make a difference. If I was being kind I would say he didn’t receive any service to make a difference however his body language still suggests to me he has the hump about being […]

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Winners and losers revealed in West Ham player ratings

Hammers keeper Fabianski was the Claret and Hugh man of the match yet again scoring an impressive average score of 8.54 with hundreds of readers voting in our regular player’s rating poll. Top of the sevens was club record signing Felipe Anderson with an average score of 7.53, an inform Aaron Cresswell was next on a […]

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Making sense of the performance at Palace

By Hugh Southon Nobody likes excuses but sometimes they are justified and pleading “tired legs” on yesterday’s Palace performance seems reasonable to me. We should perhaps do well to remember too that we have now taken four points from the six available against a team which has beaten Manchester City and Wolves away whilst drawing […]

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‘Supercomputer’ predicts the final table

Those famous ‘supercomputers’ are about to start popping up all over the place predicting where we will finish at the end of the season. And the first has appeared via Football Web Pages who have run a simulation to work out the final placings in the Premier League. And although it’s not bad news for the Irons […]

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Masuaku looks up for grabs

West Ham will consider offers for Arthur Masuaku in the summer should they be in the region of £10 million. The left sided defender/midfielder ( make your own choice) has disappointed in a big way with his defensive duties and the Hammers are ready to cash in if they get the chance. With Aaron Cresswell […]

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Fredericks blows his big chance

Hammer Ryan Fredericks blew his big chance yesterday nail down the number one spot for right back, Manuel Pellegrini showed faith in the young defender after an impressive performance against Liverpool last Monday night but he failed to show the same consistency at Selhurst Park he demonstrated at the London Stadium. That led some West Ham supporters […]

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Hammers injury issues ease ahead of Fulham

Sadly a near two week wait for the next game but it at least it offers recovery time and it will surely mean that Marko Arnautovic will be back to lead the attack against Fulham. The likelihood too is that Fabian Balbuena will have made a quicker than expected recovery from a knee problem, Samir […]

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Please vote for your West Ham player ratings against Palace

Please vote with your personal ratings for West Ham players who played for ten minutes or more in the Crystal Palace v West Ham United game in the Premier League at Selhurst Park on Saturday afternoon. Please only vote if you watched the game yourself and select a numerical score between one and ten where […]

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