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DG reckons it’s a Watford win or bust match

David Gold has made it clear nothing less thn a win at the London Stadium at Watford on Saturday will be good enough. He really sees it as win or bust as the Irons bid to move on from a point a game status to at least a point and a half by winning. Speaking exclusively […]

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Dimi time as Slav gives the word!

Dimi Payet starts – that’s the word from boss Slaven Bilic! Speaking to the media this morning the Irons boss declared: “I have just seen him before the press conference. He has not played for us since the opening game against Chelsea but he played 45 minutes for France in a friendly against Italy and then […]

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Top Irons medic gives injury update

Top Hammers medic Stijn Vandenbroucke has given an upbrat report on the returning international players revealing that “we have not suffered any injuries and all  should be available for selection on Saturday against Watford. Head of Medical and Sports Science Stijn Vandenbroucke said: Dimitri Payet and Havard Nordtveit both played for their countries, France and Norway respectively, […]

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Michail to escape Bonzo fate?

Michail Antonio sitting with his feet up waiting to appear against Slovakia – will have recalled Billy Bond’s England fate for many Irons fans who nearly 40 years ago missed out on becoming the best defender never to play for England. Then general manager at the Irons, Greenwood brought in new faces for the World […]

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Naples snub led Zaza to Irons

Simone Zaza’s Dad, Antonio has revealed his son’s last minute move to the Irons on loan happened as interest from Italian giants Napoli suddenly went cold. He said: “There was a strong contact with Napoli, then we didn’t hear from them, and they did not even explain why.” Zaza has been on the Hammers radar […]

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FINAL POLL RESULT: West Ham’s standing issue

West Ham fans have voted by a massive majority for those who are standing during games at The London Stadium to sit down. ClaretandHugh ran a 24 hour poll in which we asked the question: O The issue of standing fans in the London Stadium rumbles on. Should those who are on their feet sit down […]

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Grateful Lanzini so pleased with new deal

Manu Lanzini has been speaking about just how much the Irons fans mean to him! And in a much needed upbeat message after the doom and gloom of the injury crisis he declared: ““I’m happy to have signed a permanent deal here and will stay here for more years which is what I wanted.” He […]

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We don’t want your rejects – Irons fans speak out

West Ham historically has been a club which has been ready to take on cast the cast offs from other London clubs of as they have headed into the twilight of their careers. ClaretandHugh argued those days were at an end if we could maximise our revenue with a 66,000 London Stadium capacity. No more […]

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Gentleman Ginge gets it so wrong and RIGHT!

Gotta love Ginge…as nice a man as he is a tough defender. The story of how he managed to smash a thunderbolt wayward shot into a young Wales fan during a warm up for the FIFA World Cup qualifying tie with Moldova at Cardiff City Stadium has been well told but loses nothing in the […]

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Sak’s on his way back

Diafra Sakho is well and truly on the comeback trail. It follows speculation the striker might have seen his West Brom move resurrected on transfer deadline day but that was never going to happen. ClaretandHugh was told a few minutes ago the player has come to terms with his life and is determined to make […]

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AC injury update

Andy Carroll is unlikely to be back for the match at the Hawthorns on September 17. Some reports have declared the big man will be back in the squad by that date but club insiders believe that to be optimistic. The well respected website which charts Premier League injuries – PhysioRoom.com  – has AC down […]

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Fletcher got “Bubbles” goosebumps

Ashley Fletcher has impressed everybody during his appearances since arriving at the club but he may have been impressed even more by the Irons fans. Speaking to the official site he said: “It’s incredible, hearing 57,000 fans signing Bubbles it’s amazing, I got goosebumps the first time I heard it, I’d never heard it live before, […]

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Hammers best place on earth after ‘heaven!’

Alvaro Arbeloa has explained how why West Ham was a more attractive option for him than AC Milan – indeed why is was the best place on earth after a Real Madrid. The new right back – still a couple of weeks away from fitnes told how he was in advanced talks with the Serie […]

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CandH Poll: Landslide beckoning on standing issue

West Ham fans are telling those who refuse to sit down during games at the London Stadium to obey the rules and park their bums immediately. ClaretandHugh has today run a poll which declares: “The issue of standing fans in the London Stadium rumbles on. Should those who are on their feet sit down or not […]

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Let’s wave the reject days goodbye PLEASE!

Remember the days when we bought the likes of Arsenal’s John Radford, Ian Wright, Teddy Sheringham and Jimmy Greaves and others who ended their days with us having given the best years of their careers to other London clubs. Then there was Mitchell Thomas, Ilie Dumitrescu – bothe from the Spurs who saw us coming […]

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Boleyn Book Competition

We are running a book competition to win two copies of the excellent ‘Farewell to Upton Park’ which has been produced by Andy Hooper and the Daily Mail’s Lee Clayton. It’s a smashing homage to the Boleyn and all the pictures are exclusive and never seen before. To enter simply post your favourite picture (taken […]

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West Ham loan money against bumper TV deal

West Ham have once again borrowed against future income from the Premier League TV rights. Papers filed with Companies House in August show West Ham borrowed from a company called Rights and Media Funding Limited formally called JG Funding. In theory the Hammers could borrow up to £100m which drawn down and used like an […]

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New boy can be a major hit

David Gold has compared the arrival of Alvaro Arbeola’s London Stadium arrival to that of Stephen Carr’s when he was in charge at Birmingham City seven years ago. Arbeola’s sigature brought Slaven Bilic’s new players to a round dozen and Gold believes the  33-year-old will have a positive impact on the  squad, just as Carr did […]

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Feghouli limps off training pitch

Sofiane Feghouli has limped out of training today causing fears that he will not be fit for Watford on Saturday. Video footage published by West Ham’s official Snapchat channel shows the player pulling up and limping off at Rush Green only to immediately sit down on the sidelines clearly in distress. The 26-year-old has just […]

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Poll: Should football fans be allowed to stand?

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Cressie well impressed

Aaron Cresswell admits he’s been very impressued with the start made by Arthur Masuaku at left back. Speaking to the official site Cressie made it clear that although he knew little about the  new arrival he “has done very well indeed.” He said: “He’s been one of the most consistent players of ours over the […]

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Defender receives assurance on Irons future

Reece Burke has been told he has a long term future despite having spent last season and this on loan. The Academy product – having enjoyed a tremendous campaign at Bradford City last term – will be playing Championship football with Wigan this year hoping to make a difference to a club hovering just above […]

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Bilic looks to Payet factor

Slaven Bilic sees Dimi Payet will again be the key as the Hammers head home looking for their second win of the season this weekend. Watford provide the opposition as the fabulous Frenchman looks to become the game changer nd the team looking to end the 90 minutes with six points from four games. And […]

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The Transfer Rater

Here is Hammers Chat’s transfer rating video where Geo puts Charlie on the spot to assess our summer dealings. He has a mere 45 seconds to comment on each of the new signings and predict whether they will flop or thrive.   Share This:

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Irons battle to nail down defender’s new deal

Reece Oxford is locked into talks with the Hammers over a new contract. However, ClaretandHugh understands that there is no agreement with ‘Team Oxford’ claiming that at this stage there is no rush to do the deal given his current contract doesn’t run out until 2019. The Hammers know however that should the issue go […]

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Brady’s view on standing

West Ham Vice Chairman, Karren Brady gave her own views on standing at football in 2012 while writing her Sun football Diary In January 2012 Brady wrote: “Aston Villa are opening discussions with supporters’ groups over reintroducing standing areas at their home. Personally, I can’t think of anything worse than standing at a football match for two hours. […]

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10 Arsenal 34
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