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Noble breaks West Ham testimonial record

Mark Noble is on target to break a new West Ham record for the largest ever attendance of a Hammers testimonial match. We understand that very few tickets remain for the match in honour of Nobes on the 28th March and the game looks set to sell out completely. Our source close to the ticket […]

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Randolph v Adrian for FA Cup – the fans react

Slaven Bilic has to decide whether to retain Darren Randolph in goal for the visit to Blackburn Rovers this weekend and whether the No 2 keeper keeps his place beyond that should we progress. ClaretandHugh is currently  running a poll on the issue @http://www.claretandhugh.info/poll-should-randolph-retain-his-place-for-fa-cup-run/ Here’s the early feedback from readers: O Randolph should keep the […]

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Hammers tried to get more FA Cup tickets

David Sullivan has joined his co chairman David Gold in paying his personal tribute to the Irons fans. The fans have astonishingly snapped up the entire 7,200 tickets allocated by Blackburn for the fifth round FA Cup clash this weekend. And after DG had paid a massive tribute to them, Sullivan told the official site: […]

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Slav weighs AC/Lanzini options

Andy Carroll could be recalled to lead the line against Blackburn Rovers in Sunday’s FA Cup Tie as the boss weighs his options for the weekend. Co chairman David Gold tweeted earlier today that the player was available for the game declaring:” Andy is fit and I expect him to play against Blackburn.” The Irons […]

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Stand up for FA Cup against the wreckers

The FA Cup has become of the utmost importance to us Hammers this year but ClaretandHugh FB member CAROL COMBES fears that Football Association suggestions to turn it into a midweek competition with no replays will harm it irreparably. She declares: “It’s not about the football…it’s about the money.”   Remember the F.A. Cup? That […]

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Poll: Should Randolph retain his place for FA cup?

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Video Blog: Rovers v Irons previewed!

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Slav’s FA Cup Randolph poser

Darren Randolph is set for another FA Cup outing against Blackburn Rovers but the ‘Adrian pressure’ is growing on boss Slaven Bilic. Randolph has been quite sensational so far and looked the equal of the No 1 on his FA Cup excursions but ClaretandHugh understands that the boss is having to think about his involvement […]

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Our fans never ever cease to amaze

You really do have to hand it to our fans. Once again they have shown themselves to be the most devoted in the land as FA Cup weekend approaches at Blackburn Rovers. This is a game being shown live on the box yet every one of the 7,200 tickets for the fifth round game has […]

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England v Germany Boleyn game for Mooro?

Claret and Hugh understands the club are looking into the possibility of staging an England XI v Germany XI match at the Boleyn Ground before the season ends to commemorate the contribution Bobby Moore, Martin Peters and Geoff Hurst made in winning the World Cup in 1966 fifty years ago. A crowd of 93,000 spectators – […]

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Meet Mark Noble in person

West Ham midfielder Mark Noble is in the Sky Spors Fantasy Football Club studio this week – and you can be a part of the show and meet the skipper in person. Noble, who has made over 300 appearances for the Hammers, will join Paul Merson and Max Rushden to talk about his time at the […]

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FA Cup fifth round sells out

West Ham has sold all 7,200 tickets for Ewood park this Sunday. Son of the chairman, David Sullivan Junior confirmed the news this evening on twitter by saying “We’ve sold out 7,200 ticket allocation for Blackburn, 5 days in advance. Bare in mind it’s a 4/5 hour trip and on TV. Best fans going ⚒” […]

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£4 million Jelavic? In our dreams

ClaretandHugh has again been assured this afternoon that reports of Nikicia Jelavic’s transfer to China nrtting the club a transfer fee of £4 million are false. Various media outlets have claimed the Hammers sold the Croatian for £4 million but that was rubbished by a highly placed source at Upton Park. Such a fee would […]

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Nobes testimonial unlikely to be rescheduled

Sources close to club insist Mark Noble’s testimonial will go ahead on Easter Monday 28th March despite the threat of a rail strike in the 24 hours before kick off at the Boleyn Ground. Our source told us “We are aware of the threat of a rail strike but we have nearly sold out tickets […]

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Lanzini set for Blackburn return

West ham Chairman, David Gold says he is hopeful the Manuel Lanzini will travel with the Hammers squad to Blackburn for the fifth round FA Cup match at Ewood park on Sunday. Gold posted on twitter today “I’m hoping Lanzini travels to Blackburn. dg” Ten days ago Bilic confirmed Lanzini has resumed first team training saying […]

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Hammer still aiming for 20 goal target

Diafra Sakho claims he can make up for lost time by still targeting his 20 goal target despite only scoring 5 so far this season. “Honestly, my recovery’s going very well,” Sakho told whufc.com. “Even though it’s been a lot quicker than what I’d thought, I’m in a hurry to come back because I promised […]

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Former Hammer on trial in Scotland

Former Hammer, Julien Faubert  has joined St Johnstone on trial. The 32-year-old has been a free agent since leaving Bordeaux in 2015 and is seeking to win a contract at McDiarmid Park. He played for the Scottish Premiership club’s Under 20 side on Monday night and was listed as a trialist. Faubert signed for the Hammers for £6.1m […]

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FA Cup draw very close to sell out

West Ham are on the brink of selling out their 7,200 away FA cup allocation to Ewood park this Sunday. Our source close to the West Ham ticket office told us this afternoon: “As of end of business last night we had sold 5125. We have now sold 6734“ Standard adult tickets are priced at just […]

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“We’ll finish with 66 points” – the fans react

ClaretandHugh’s associate editor Sean Whetstone bravely put his head on the block by  forecasting the remainder of West Ham’s League games and coming up with a final points total of 66. Here’s how members of the CandH Facebook forum at https://www.facebook.com/groups/363174467150521/ have reacted. O A bit on the optimistic side I think! I reckon another […]

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We can all be ‘told you so fans’….BUT!

CandH blogger Pete Ellis takes another  sideways look at us fans and how too often we want it both ways   Football fans. Which one are you? I must admit, at times I’ve been both! As recently as 4.27pm on Saturday, I allowed myself get caught in the trap of thinking the worst as I discovered out […]

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Weekend FA Cup games could be scrapped

FA Cup replays could be scrapped and the competition turned into a midweek tournament in a dramatic shake-up of the competition. Plans being discussed by the Premier League may also see the League Cup semi-finals played over one leg instead of two. Representatives from the FA and Premier League have held talks in a bid to ease […]

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Moses gave me good reasons to join Hammers

Emenike has told a Nigerian newspaper that Victor Moses gave him good reasons to join West Ham before he decided to join the Hammers on loan in a move he described God ordained for him. Emenike told the Nation newspaper in Nigeria about Moses involvement in the loan “We have been talking before moving to West […]

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FA slash semi and Final ticket prices

Irons fans will receive a big cash bonus should the club reach the semi finals and Final of the FA Cup. For according to reports this morning the FA is slashing ticket prices for both events as they bid to ease the pressure on fans’ pockets. Prices for the Final have been reduced by £5 […]

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Agent confirms Zaza interest

Simone Zaza was heavily linked with a move to Premier League last month, with both West Ham and Palace reportedly keen on bringing him in on loan until the end of the season. The Hammers instead bought in Emenike on loan. His agent has broken silence now confirmed that interest, but he insists the 24-year-old […]

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God ordained my move to West Ham

“My transfer to West Ham came at the right time. It is like a blessing. I did not want to leave Al Ain but I think God ordained the move, it happened so fast and coming to the English Premiership is something I have always wanted,” Emenike told the Nation newspaper in Nigeria. “This move […]

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Irons points total – my head on the block

ClaretandHugh’s associate editor Sean Whetstone has taken a look at our remaining games and come to a brave conclusion on how many points we will collect by the end of the season…read on!   West Ham have now hit the magical total of 40 points at the weekend, we would usually be signing with relief at […]

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