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Dean Ashton hits brilliant overhead volley in Mark Noble’s testimonial

• Former West Ham striker had to leave the field after goal • Testimonial raised funds for Dylan Tombides Foundation It is a familiar footballing scene. One man lying on the ground, players from both sides charging towards the incident to get involved. At Upton Park on Monday that scene had a twist – both sets of players were smiling and laughing. The match was Mark Noble’s testimonial and they were rushing to congratulate Dean Ashton on a comically spectacular overhead kick…

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West Ham’s Mark Noble: I didn’t want a testimonial and Upton Park to be half-empty

The Hammers captain was worried about the turnout but a sellout crowd will honour a rarity as ‘there aren’t many of us that stay at a club in this day and age for 10 years, especially the club you’ve been brought up with and you support’ The worst fear for any host is that no one will turn up for their party and, instead of allowing himself to feel excited about being awarded the final testimonial at Upton Park…

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Premier League fans’ verdicts – the run-in, part 2: Newcastle United to West Ham

Near desolation at Newcastle, a wee bit grim at Sunderland, hope at Norwich, caution at Tottenham and an incredibly positive mood at West Ham Mood among fans? Near desolate, with just Rafa keeping some hope in the hearts of supporters. We’re running out of matches and our lack of firepower will probably prove our undoing. Simply put, we’ll need a miracle to survive. Continue reading…

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West Ham’s Dimitri Payet impresses Didier Deschamps on France return

• Midfielder played for first time since June in 3-2 win over Holland • Manager Didier Deschamps to name squad for Euro 2016 on 12 May Dimitri Payet received a resounding vote of approval from Didier Deschamps after the West Ham United midfielder made an impressive return to international football with a starring role in France’s 3-2 win over Holland in Amsterdam on Friday. “He confirmed with us what he has been doing with his club,” said…

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West Ham’s David Sullivan: Slaven Bilic must prove he is no one-season wonder

• West Ham joint chairman says club are planning to offer Bilic new contract • Sullivan says talks will not open until January 2017 at the earliest West Ham are planning to reward manager Slaven Bilic with a new contract – but want to make sure he is not a “one-season wonder” first. West Ham joint chairman David Sullivan told the Mirror : “I will give Slaven a new deal in January. …

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West Ham’s Mark Noble says chances of Euro 2016 England call are ‘very slim’

• Noble in good company with West Ham great Billy Bonds over internationals • Noble prepares for testimonial after Roy Hodgson overlooks him for friendlies Having been overlooked by Roy Hodgson again, at least Mark Noble is in good company with another West Ham United stalwart. Billy Bonds was a permanent fixture in a claret and blue shirt for 21 years, never won an England cap and was forced to withdraw with a rare …

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West Ham increase capacity of Olympic Stadium to 60,000 due to demand

• West Ham to up capacity by 6,000 at new stadium • Hammers will move to Stratford arena for 2016-17 season West Ham have increased the match day capacity at the former Olympic Stadium to 60,000 in response to spectator demand. The Hammers are due to leave Upton Park at the end of this season and will play at the stadium in Stratford from the start of the 2016-17 season. Related: Which club will finish fourth in the Premier League? Continue reading…

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Which club will finish fourth in the Premier League?

With the Manchester clubs struggling for consistency, will West Ham, Southampton, Stoke or even Liverpool put together a run and land fourth place? By Martin Laurence for WhoScored? , part of the Guardian Sport Network While results at the weekend suggest the Premier League title is now a two-horse race, the battle for Champions League places is tighter than ever. Arsenal will hope that their win at Everton – which ended a …

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Champions League clash for Manchester United’s FA Cup replay with West Ham

• Quarter-final replay will take place on Wednesday 13 April, kicking off at 7pm • FA could face fine for clash with Champions League quarter-final second legs West Ham United will play their FA Cup quarter-final replay against Manchester United at Upton Park on Wednesday 13 April and with a kick-off time of 7pm, the Football Association has announced. The authorities and broadcasters have been involved in back-and-forth talks over…

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Manuel Lanzini signs permanent deal with West Ham in £9m move

• Argentinian midfielder signs four-year contract at West Ham • Midfielder was on season-long loan from Al Jazira West Ham have completed the signing of Manuel Lanzini on a four-year contract from Al Jazira. The 23-year-old midfielder had been on loan from the UAE club and has sealed a permanent switch to Upton Park. The deal, which includes an option for a further two years, is understood to be worth around

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West Ham’s David Sullivan bemoans lack of penalties after Chelsea draw

• Joint-chairman says Hammers are given fewer spot kicks than other teams • ‘What hurts me is we get no such marginal calls our way’ The West Ham United joint-chairman David Sullivan claims his club have been getting a raw deal with penalty decisions for years. West Ham have been awarded just one spot-kick this term, and have not been given one away from home in the league in the past four seasons. …

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West Ham continue to think big after getting the best of draw at Chelsea

Sam Allardyce’s repair job should not go unappreciated but under his successor, Slaven Bilic, West Ham have consistently played without fear despite their disappointment at a 2-2 draw with Chelsea Although West Ham United left with regrets over missed chances and grievances over a highly debatable late penalty , the loss of two precious points could not dampen the pride they took from a performance that demonstrated how far they have come since they visited Chelsea on Boxing Day in…

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Cesc Fàbregas’s disputed late penalty denies West Ham victory at Chelsea

As a measure of West Ham United’s startling rise from mid-table obscurity and occasional relegation scraps to the fight for Champions League qualification, perhaps nothing illustrates it better than the deep sense of disappointment they experienced after they were denied a first victory in 14 years at Stamford Bridge by a moment of high controversy in the dying minutes . Before Robert Madley pointed to the spot in the 88th minute, despite Michail Antonio’s desperate foul …

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Dates for the FA Cup semi-finals are revealed

• BBC snaps up Everton tie on the Saturday night • BT Sport to televise the Crystal Palace v Watford clash The dates of the FA Cup semi-finals have been confirmed. Everton, sixth round winners over Chelsea , will take on either West Ham United or Manchester United at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 23 April (5.15pm), a game which will be televised by the BBC. Continue reading…

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Hiddink: Chelsea expect tough match against West Ham United – video

Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink looks ahead to his club’s Premier League match against West Ham United on Saturday at Stamford Bridge. Speaking on Friday, Hiddink praises West Ham but declines to comment on whether Antonio Conte will succeed him at the end of the season. He also defended Diego Costa following the player’s suspension West Ham enjoy view looking down on Chelsea – but challenge is to stay there Continue reading…

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West Ham enjoy view looking down on Chelsea – but challenge is to stay there

West Ham have been the poor relations in a one-sided rivalry for a long time but on Saturday they hope to secure a Premier League double over Chelsea On one side of London, they are revelling in their most enjoyable season since Alan Pardew’s briefly endearing collection of young hopefuls, wily old pros and outsiders were denied their moment of glory by that improbable rocket of an equaliser from Steven Gerrard in the FA …

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West Ham can cope with Champions League pressure, says Slaven Bilic

• Hammers can go fourth for at a day if they complete double over Chelsea • Bilic confirms interest in Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Havard Nordtveit Slaven Bilic has said that West Ham United should worship their status as surprise contenders for a place in the top four and believes his team can cope with the pressure of challenging for Champions League qualification. West Ham will go fourth for at least 24 hours if they complete their first league double…

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West Ham hope to sign Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Havard Nordtveit

• Former Arsenal midfielder Nordtveit out of contract this summer • West Ham manager Slaven Bilic confirms interest in Norwegian West Ham United are hopeful of signing Havard Nordtveit on a free transfer, with Slaven Bilic confirming his interest in the Borussia Mönchengladbach captain. Related: N’Golo Kanté to Mattia Destro: what Europe’s top signings teach us about how to spend Continue reading…

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N’Golo Kanté to Mattia Destro: what Europe’s top signings teach us about how to spend

Almost £3bn was shelled out by clubs from Europe’s top five leagues last summer, but what makes a good transfer these days? We look at the best signings in these leagues in search of clues on how to find value in the market The summer of 2015 saw a 10% rise in money spent on transfers by clubs from Europe’s top five leagues to take the total to a staggering €2.93bn . With…

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Chris Smalling: Manchester United can use FA Cup spirit in Europa League

• ‘Fighting character shown against West Ham hopefully does boost us’ • United out to overturn deficit against Liverpool then face Manchester City Manchester United can take heart from their fightback against West Ham United as they head into two matches that will shape their season, according to Chris Smalling. United earned an FA Cup replay against Slaven Bilic’s team with a late goal from Anthony Martial . On Thursday they hope to overturn a 2-0 deficit to…

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Everton wait to face West Ham or Manchester United in FA Cup semi-finals

• Hammers and United vie for Wembley date • Crystal Palace play Watford in other semi-final Crystal Palace will play Watford and Everton will face either West Ham or Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-finals. Related: FA Cup semi-final draw – as it happened Continue reading…

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The best goals of the week: Dimitri Payet, Quincy Amarikwa and Alex Morgan

Featuring the best FA Cup finishes, a delightful chip from MLS, a lovely lob from the Championship and Didier Drogba hitting it over one goal and into another Continue reading…

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West Ham are aiming for FA Cup and Champions League, says Andy Carroll

• ‘We want both, definitely’, says confident striker after Old Trafford draw • Player also says he has not given up hope of playing for England at Euro 2016 Andy Carroll says West Ham United are targeting winning the FA Cup and securing a Champions League place, with the striker also hopeful of being selected for England’s Euro 2016 squad. Slaven Bilic’s side drew 1-1 with Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday …

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Premier League and FA Cup talking points from the weekend

Quique Sánchez Flores is not concerned about Premier League heavyweights circling, Kelechi Iheanacho should start in the Manchester derby, and what is the point of Alexandre Pato being at Chelsea? It seemed a little impertinent to gatecrash Watford’s euphoria by mentioning future problems, but inevitably there it was – the question about whether the team might struggle to hold on to talent that has expressed itself so well this season. Quique Sánchez Flores …

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Slaven Bilic defends Dimitri Payet against Louis van Gaal’s ‘dive’ accusation

• Bilic: ‘There is more than a contact. It is definitely not a dive’ • Van Gaal: ‘Payet was more or less diving’ in FA Cup quarter-final Slaven Bilic defended Dimitri Payet against Louis van Gaal’s claim the Frenchman dived for a penalty in West Ham United’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United in the FA Cup sixth-round at Old Trafford. Payet went down in the area as Marcos Rojo …

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Louis van Gaal the survivor needs silverware to shield him from bullet | Jamie Jackson

Defeat to West Ham in the FA Cup, ahead of the Europa League tie against Liverpool and 171st Manchester derby on Sunday, could have spelled the end for the Dutchman, but Old Trafford’s Teflon Don lives on Anthony Martial’s late equaliser saved Manchester United and cast him as the man to throw Louis van Gaal a lifeline at the start of eight days which might have marked the beginning of the end …

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