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Lawro predicts West Ham turn around

BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson has predicted West Ham will return to winning ways today and come out on top as 2-1 winners this afternoon. Lawro writes on the BBC website: “Southampton have the lowest shot conversion rate in the Premier League, just 6.45%. Shane Long is probably most to blame for that, but Charlie Austin […]

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Antonio makes Payet admission

Michail Antonio has revealed that it’s not only the fans who expect Dimi Payet to hit the net when he  shapes to take a free kick! Antonio said: “We had a few ­opportunities in the first half against Accrington and we had a few in the second half, which we still didn’t take. But that […]

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What a difference a year makes

This time last year West Ham were sitting in second place briefly in the Premier League on an impressive twelve points after six games above eventual champions Leicester City on goal difference.  We had beaten Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool away for the first time in decades. We had beaten Newcastle at home while keeping […]

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Report: Irons eye Chelsea star

West Ham are this morning reported to be tracking Cesc Fabregas. They are allegedly ready to offer him an escape clause out of Chelsea if he is unable to break into new manager Antonio Conte’s first-team on a regular basis. The former Barcelona and Arsenal star’s situation is apparently very muh under review following the […]

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Noble calls for fans to calm down

West Ham captain Mark Noble has pre-recorded a message to fans on Sky Sports appealing for calm amongst fans at the London Stadium today. The midfielder told Sky: “It’s a fantastic stadium but first and foremost we need to sort out the differences among ourselves there, with the fans and the club. The board are doing everything […]

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Thrilled Gold so glad to see these players back

David Gold clearly belives it’s impossible not to over emphasis the importance of Dimi Payet to the Hammers. Speaking ahead of tomottow’s game aainst Southampton he said: “We will be hoping to build on the midweek victory over the resilient Accrington Stanley and you cannot underestimate the importance that a win can do for a […]

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Slav reveals message he’s preached at squad

Slaven Bilic has revealed that “complacency” after the amazing first season under his management was the main topic he discussed with the squad in pre-season. And he warned them that they had to continue to earn their success with ‘the basic things’ despite the obvious adventure, excitement and creativity in the squad. West Ham have […]

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Has Darren’s day dawned?

Tony Cottee believes Darren Randolph is our best keeper and should replace Adrian in tomorrow’s clash with Southamton. Here’s how ClaretandHugh Facebook group members have reacted to Cottee’s call. O He’s never et us down and Adrian looks to be out of touch after seeing eight goals go  past him in 180 minutes. Give it […]

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No time for Slav to name baby as Perfect Storm hits

SLAVEN BILIC is so under pressure to turnaround the team’s issues he hasn’t had the time to name his  four-day-old daughter . His wife, Ivana, gave birth to their second child on Tuesday and  father of four Slav  admitted: “I adore my kids but it’s very strange because I had a baby a couple of days ago […]

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Percentage of West Ham’s armchair fans revealed

Chelsea have the largest amount of armchair fans in London with 33% admitting they have never seen them play in the flesh. Arsenal were second worst in the capital with 29% admitting they had never been to the Emirates. Despite 26,000 new season ticket holders and a new 57,000 capacity stadium in Stratford, 23% of […]

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Hammers unveil £400m Luton project

Hammers both past and present have unveiled plans for a £400million social housing project in Luton. Current skipper Mark Noble, former Academy graduate Rio Ferdinand and former Hammer Bobby Zamora hope to build 1,300 homes on a 22-hectare site near Luton, in partnership with Bedford County Council. Speaking to the Guardian, Noble said: “At first […]

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Former Hammers reveal West Ham’s missing link

Former Hammers Matthew Upson and Trevor Sinclair have told BBC Sport’s Match of the Day 2 that West Ham are missing Andy Carroll. Having leaked 13 goals so far this season, only Stoke City have conceded more goals which leaves the Hammers second from bottom in the Premier League table. Upson suggested to BBC Sport’s […]

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Bilic snubs contract talk

Slaven Bilic has again insisted that his contract is of no importance right now but that one brick has been placed in the wall by the win over Accrington Stanley! The Hammers board have made it clear they won’t be offering anything in terms of a new deal until January at the earliest and the […]

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CandH to join forces with Supporters Federation

ClaretandHugh is to join forces with the Football Supporters Federation (FSF). Although we are first and foremost – and always will be –  a West Ham news website, raising supporter related issues to wider audience has been one of the cornerstones of our online offering since we stared this operation. Last week we applied to […]

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Arbeloa likely to fill left back role

Alvaro Arbeloa is likely to fill in the left back  role on Sunday with Arthur Masuaka out injured for at least six weeks and Aaron Cresswell not due to return until mid October at the very earliest. The 33 year old veteran right back is said to be very comfortable on the left side and […]

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Etherington compares West Ham with Stoke

Former Hammer, Matthew Etherington has compared West Ham’s start to the season with his other former club Stoke. “Mark Hughes has done a fantastic job there,” Etherington told Talksport radio. “In patches Stoke have been doing ok and looking a decent team but defensively at the minute they’re just all over the place “It’s kind […]

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Police radio in London Stadium is not a big problem

ClaretandHugh have been told that the lack of the emergency services radio system inside the London Stadium has been exaggerated and blown out of proportion in the media. We have been told the police and other emergency services can use their radios in the vast majority of the London Stadium and there are only a […]

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Brady “We are being picked on”

West Ham Vice Chairman, Karren Brady has used her football diary in The Sun newspaper to suggest the club is picked on by those jealous of the Hammers move to the London Stadium. The 47 year Baroness penned in the tabloid: “The club have been disappointed by recent defeats. We are doing everything possible to correct […]

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Club wait for fan reaction to blow over

West Ham have postponed a fans meeting for a second time claiming they have been asked for more time by fans to arrange a more formal meeting in October. Following events at the home game against Watford at the London Stadium in September, the club initially called a Supporters Advisory Group meeting on Tuesday 20th […]

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Ceasefire in Irons civil war…write a letters of thanks…and west London to bring middle class ways east

  Off the wall ClaretandHugh blogger Pete Ellis looks at the Irons week that was Masuaku and the Bilic sweats The curse of the West Ham United defender struck again this week. Arthur Masuaku is out for six  weeks, meaning an already nervous Bilic  is now sweating more than a 15 year old boy that’s […]

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Saints boss on the Payet threat

Southampton boss Claude Puel claims he’s unworried by the threat posed from Dimi Payet. Frenchman Puel admits his countryman is a “very good player” but insists the team won’t be distracted by the free-kick specialist. He said: “It (a free-kick from Payet) would be a good opportunity for them and of course defending is important, […]

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Oxford’s Mum in ticket ‘issue’!

Reece Oxford’s mum Youmna is tonight being reported as having been relegated to the stands to sit next to the away supporters at Wednesday’s EFL Cup match against Accrington Stanley. And she and her family were allegedly unimpressed their two complimentary tickets did not allow them them to watch the match in the comfort of London […]

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Confident Dimi ready for Southampton

Dimi Payet reckons the win over Acringron has boosted the squad’s confidence and is delighted to have smashed home a wonderful free kick to win the game. Speaking on the official website he said: “It was a bit of a tricky match on Wednesday. “They played well, were well-organised and they kept their shape.“We are […]

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Time for change – call up this player

Tony Cottee has called for Darren Randolph to get a first team call up for the clash against Southampton on Sunday and claims in his opinion he is our No 1 keeper. TC – as anxious as everybody else at our lack of form – said: “He has never let us down. In fact he […]

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Irons managed a ‘first’ with this team!

West Ham managed to do a ‘first ever’ on Wednesday night against Accrington Stanley. No, it wasn’t a great performance and yes we did get through much to everybody’s relief, but what was sad was that for the first time an Irons team failed to include a single Englishman over the 90 minutes. This was […]

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Masuaku injury goes from ‘not big’ to six weeks!

Maybe Slav is a supreme optimist but the news that Arthur Masuaku will be out for a minimum of six weeks came as a big surprise this morning given his report on the injury yesterday. Speaking after the Accrington match the manager said that “the left leg injury doesn’t look a worrying one” yet here […]

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English Premier League Table

# Team P
1 Leicester City 9
2 Liverpool 9
3 Everton 9
4 Aston Villa 6
5 Arsenal 6
6 Crystal Palace 6
7 Leeds United 6
8 Tottenham Hotspur 4
9 Chelsea 4
10 Newcastle United 4
11 West Ham United 3
12 Brighton & Hov… 3
13 Manchester City 3
14 Manchester United 3
15 Southampton 3
16 Wolverhampton Wanderers 3
17 West Bromwich Albion 1
18 Burnley 0
19 Sheffield United 0
20 Fulham 0

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