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How we rated the Irons at Palace

Hugh hands out the marks Fabianski: More high marks for the keeper after several top saves and all round performance 8 Fredericks: Handed the hugely difficult job of coping with Zaha whilst still beinga bit ring rusty. Did alright but he and a couple of the others failed to keep out that […]

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Lucky Hammers hold out to reach the top 10

West Ham completely forgot that they are a big team and need to play like one …well for the second 45 minutes anyway! And sadly it that half which will be remembered despite them playing so well in the first half and going in with a lead via Mark Noble’s spot kick. We had traded […]

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PlayerWatch: Anderson really catches eye

ClaretandHugh’s PlayerWatch reporter Danny Leach watches every kick from Felipe Anderson at Palace. Here’s his report on the Brazilian 15 – Breaks on the counter attack and slips a great through ball into Snodgrass who is on goal but aims straight at the keeper 19 – He puts a sublime ball into […]

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Arnie is benched as Pellegrini sends out message

Despite Manuel Pellegrini confirming that Marko Arnautovic is fit and available for selection, the Austrian striker has only made the bench today as the manager sticks with the team they almost beat Liverpool on Monday. The Chilean manager confirmed that the 29-year old striker has recovered from a foot injury and trained all week but instead has […]

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Let’s win it for Mabel

Mabel Arnold passed away peacefully at 3 am on Saturday morning, 9th February, just two months short of her 103rd birthday, having loyally followed the Hammers for 85 years WHUFC.com sadly announced this morning. Born in east London on 2 April 1916, Mabel attended her first match in 1934 with her husband Dick, who went […]

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Scale of London Stadium legal dispute revealed

London Stadium owners E20 have confirmed that legal disputes with West Ham cost them nearly £4.4m in external legal costs. In a new Freedom Information request owners, E20 owned by LLDC admitted they spent £3.1m on their dispute over stadium capacity which was settled out of court in November last year. They also spent another £582,000 […]

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Hammers fans disagree with pundits predictions

A narrow majority of Claret and Hugh readers are expecting a West Ham win this afternoon when the Hammers take on Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. With almost 1,000 voting just over 50% believe that West Ham will triumph with over 31% predicting a draw and the remaining 19% predicting a Hammers loss to Palace. BBC pundit […]

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West Ham lineup prediction

There is an old saying in football that you don’t change a winning team, while the game against Liverpool last Monday night was not a win, it felt like one and had it not been for a missed offside decision by that linesman it should have been one. Manuel Pellegrini is usually loyal to a […]

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Ridiculous Rice story emerges

An outrageous story claiming that Spurs may be ready to pay £35 million or Declan Rice in the summer has been immediately rubbished by West Ham. The Daily Express has decided to run the story and is as likely as Fulham winning the Title or of one of their crazy weather forecast stories becoming a […]

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Pelle on what Hammers history may say of Nobes

In the same week that Billy Bonds has been honoured by West Ham, Manuel Pellegrini has given his views on what Hammers history could say of Mark Noble. The three Irons giants who tower over our last near 100 years have to be Bobby Moore, Trevor Brooking and Billy Bonds. But in terms of loyalty […]

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Poll: Will West Ham win, lose or draw against Crystal Palace?

West Ham are unbeaten in seven league meetings (W4, D3) while Crystal Palace are without a win in their last four home games against West Ham (D1, L3). Palace have won just three league games at Selhurst Park in 2018-19, and have earned more points and victories on the road. The Eagles have kept nine […]

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Poll: Who should Pellegrini start as right back?

Ryan Fredericks got the shout over Zaba for Monday’s night’s draw against Liverpool and did well in the right back role. However, with the Argentine believed to be ready for action against Palace the battle is on for the right sided back four role tomorrow Every game played by Fredericks reduces the number of games […]

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Noble explains Marko’s current mood

Chicharito and Marko Arnaitovic have undoubtedly had plenty of issues during the just closed transfer window. And anybody who doesn’t believe the speculation surrounding them has had no effect on the squad probably don’t know too much about the game on the inside. What with the Chinese and Valencia casting strong eyes in their direction […]

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Arnie selection quandry for the boss

Declan Rice may have dropped a heavy hint that Arnie’s back during an interview on the official site. After such an emphatic display against Liverpool there may be many believing that the boss will stick with the same team from the start against Palace tomorrow (Sat). Rice however, in declaring that Arnie could be back, […]

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Video: Nobes fronts up offside goal official

How can anyone hate Mark Noble? pic.twitter.com/sfsXAzddo9 — Louis (@louis_warwick) February 7, 2019 You have to love Mark Noble. Here he is as the Irons made their way out for the second half of the match against Liverpool letting the referee who allowed a clearly offside goal from Mane to stand. Nobody inside the game is […]

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Rice reveals details of squad meeting

Under normal circumstances you would call promises of a win at Palace pre-match hype…except that when Declan Rice is doing the talking it’s worth listening. With the Liverpool performance still very much in our minds it would be easy to get carried away but the Hammers need to ensure the C word – Consistency – […]

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Linesman axed after West Ham blunder

Linesman Simon Beck has been axed from this weekend’s matches after his blunder robbed West Ham of two points and handed Liverpool a point to keep them level with Manchester City. Beck allowed James Milner to cross for Sadio Mane to score against West Ham last Monday night even though Milner was clearly offside a metre when he […]

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Pelle pays his tributes

Manuel Pellegrini clearly has a very sharp view of the Irons history and how much certain players mean to this club. And it’s great to hear him adding his accolades to the great Bill Bonds who will see the East Stand named in his honour on the evening of the Newcastle game. The manager quite […]

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West Ham identify abusive supporter

Sources close to the club have revealed the id of a foul mouthed fan who racially abused Mo Salah is part of the evidence passed by West Ham to the Metropolitan Police who are responsible for deciding if and what charges are brought against him. The individual who has not been named will also face a […]

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West Ham away tickets to remain capped

Premier League clubs, including West Ham, have unanimously agreed to extend the £30 cap on away-ticket prices for top-flight matches for another three seasons. Officials from all 20 Premier League clubs convened in London on Thursday to vote on extending the current £30 ceiling on away-ticket prices, which has been in place since March 2016 but had […]

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Fixture changes mean big problems for many fans

Taking a look at the home fixture changes can drive you completely mad and/or angry! There are many fans who travel from the far north to deepest south by public transport as they follow the Hammers. But the new times of matches over February and March are making things either very difficult indeed or expensive. […]

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Pellegrini gives injury update

Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed that Marko Arnautovic and Aaron Cresswell trained all week but Samri Nasri remains out with a calf injury. The West Ham manager told reporters at Rush Green this lunchtime “Marko Arnautovic and Aaron Cresswell worked the complete week but Samir Nasri needs more time to work on his calf injury. Marko worked the […]

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Lanzini is back for Fulham

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini told reporters at Rush Green this lunchtime that Manuel Lanzini was on track to return to the first squad for the Friday night Fulham game on 22nd February. The gaffer told the media at the pre-match press conference “We hope that Manu Lanzini will be ready for Fulham, at least […]

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Pellegrini targets top ten finish

Manuel Pellegrini told reporters at today’s lunchtime press conference that a top ten finish would be acceptable in his first season in charge. Pellegrini told the media: “We need to be a more consistent team and there are lots of things we need to improve. We must go game by game and try to beat […]

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West Ham investigate alleged Islamophobic abuse

West Ham are investigating reports of Islamophobic abuse at the London Stadium after amateur footage emerged of a crowd member appearing to hurl racist at Mohamed Salah when the Hammers hosted Liverpool in the Premier League on Monday night. The Liverpool fan named as 22-year-old Sádat Yazdani who was in the West Ham end block […]

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Supporters meet with Brady

The West Ham United Official Supporters’ Board (WHUOSB) met last night at the London Stadium club store. The 18 strong Supporters’ board includes a representative from Claret and Hugh. Jake Heath, Supporter Services Manager updated members on actions since the last meeting, including how the board will communicate work of the OSB together with kit design, […]

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