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A fine bottle of Claret on a Blue Danube!

When the Austrian composer; Johann Strauss II composed ‘The Blue Danube’ in 1866, he had hoped for a greater reception from its first performance. On reflection he initially rebuffed with an indifference but after a reworking was able to finally realise its true potential and received high praise. Our Austrian composer also started with similar indifferent performances and the crowd looked quizzically upon a player of reputation but of little substance. Then came a reworking…inspired, influenced and dictated …

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Hammers Boss Moyes Cool On Rumoured Transfer Target Mario

West Ham United Manager David Moyes has remained coy on a possible Transfer deal to bring Inter Milan attacker Joao Mario to the London Stadium in this Window. Speaking in his Pre-AFC Bournemouth Press Conference on Friday afternoon at Rush Green Training Ground, which MooreThanJustAClub were lucky enough to be in, the former Manchester United Boss had this to say about the player, “I think he’s a name which has been mentioned, but again, whether …

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The Accidental Trollist and a Football Tourist!

It is the curse of a modern Premiership life that football clubs will attract fans of all persuasions, opinions and commitment. I’ve never bought into the notion of you can only be a proper fan if you attend every match…home or away, because we all have different circumstances to deal with…whether work, family, geography or financial. I’d wager a fan can be just as passionate about their club but never have the opportunity to get to any games. That…

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Corporate Juntas & Mariah Careys

The hum now forgotten and replaced by an indignant shrill from an advancing mob…pitch forks in hand, flamed torches burning the night air…ready for a lynching whilst the onlookers stand bemused and popcorn fed. The so-called protectors of our realm have been caught napping whilst we have struggled to defend against neighbouring invaders. We had been weakened by plagues, pestilence and impoverished performances, yet they did not unshackle the iron gates giving access to the caches of gold. As West Ham…

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Brave Young Isla Leads Out Hammers At London Stadium For Cherries Clash

While many will remember last Saturday’s Premier League London Stadium stalemate between West Ham United and AFC Bournemouth for what unfolded on the pitch, off it, it was a very special afternoon for one courageous little girl. Isla Caton, three years old and from Hornchurch in Essex, is currently battling a rare and cruel disease that affects only around 100 children per year in the United Kingdom, Neuroblastoma. Isla’s parents Michael Hook and Nikki Caton are…

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Matchday Twenty-Four’s Premier League Review: Cherries Frustrate Hammers As The City Juggernaut Thunders On

After another enthralling long-weekend of the Premier League, it’s now time to look back at all of Game Week 24’s memorable action, as David Moyes’ West Ham United played out a close-knit affair with Eddie Howe’s AFC Bournemouth and normal service was resumed for Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. Slick Blues Down Slacking Seagulls The first encounter of the Matchday saw an under-pressure Antonio Conte take his Chelsea side to face off with Chris Hughton’s…

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The Hammers Loan Report: Snodgrass’ Villa March On As Samuelsen Makes Brewers Debut

It’s that time of the week yet again, to check in with West Ham United’s various different loan stars in various different parts of Britain and see how they’ve been getting on over the last week, as Robert Snodgrass’ Aston Villa marched on and Martin Samuelsen made his Burton Albion bow. Robert Snodgrass (Aston Villa) Fresh from a handy away victory at the City Ground last weekend, the Scottish winger and his Villa side, under Steve Bruce, welcomed …

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Player Ratings: West Ham United vs AFC Bournemouth: Premier League Matchday Twenty-Four

Let’s analyse player performance in the wake of Saturday’s 1-1 London Stadium draw between David Moyes’ West Ham United and Eddie Howe’s AFC Bournemouth, as substitute Javier Hernandez salvaged a point for the Irons after Ryan Fraser’s opener. Adrian San-Miguel: 7/10 Returning in goal after England man Joe Hart started in the FA Cup in midweek, the Spanish shot-stopper would endure a mixed afternoon between the sticks, one that was largely uneventful for him. But, Adrian will …

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Main Talking Points: West Ham United vs AFC Bournemouth: Premier League Matchday Twenty-Four

It’s now time to take a look back at some of the main causes of discussion from Saturday’s Premier League draw between David Moyes’ West Ham United and Eddie Howe’s AFC Bournemouth at the London Stadium, as both teams picked up a valuable point in the fight for survival. Chicharito Off The Bench To Save Hammers For many, it would seem ironic that the man who is seemingly being linked away from East London with every club under the …

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Chicharito Leveller Saves Point For Hammers In Cherries Clash

A second-half strike from West Ham United substitute Javier Hernandez was enough to give them a valuable point against Eddie Howe’s AFC Bournemouth in the Premier League at the London Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The visitors had taken the lead on 71 minutes through Scottish winger Ryan Fraser in an affair that they had played second fiddle in for the most part up until that point, though their advantage wouldn’t last for very…

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Live Blog: West Ham United vs AFC Bournemouth: Premier League Matchday 24 Live From The London Stadium

5:53 PM:  West Ham United 1-1 AFC Bournemouth. 90+5: Rice stops Wilson and clears. 90+4: AFC clear and break, Stanislas can’t find Wilson. 90+4: Byram wins a corner, one last chance. 90+3: Francis stops Hernandez’s break, this is anyone’s. 90+2: Noble has picked up today’s Man of the Match award, a battling performance from him today. 90+2: Rice rids danger very well, super defending. 90+1: Cresswell hobbles off and Byram comes on to replace him. 90: Five minutes…

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Match Preview: West Ham United vs AFC Bournemouth: Premier League Matchday Twenty-Four

In the 24th round of matches of the 2017/2018 English Top-Flight campaign, David Moyes’ West Ham will play host to Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth in an all-bottom half clash, one that could go a long way to deciding how the two team’s seasons pan out. The Hammers are fresh from an FA Cup Third Round Replay triumph over Shrewsbury Town on home soil on Tuesday night, while the Cherries have had a day fewer …

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Luke Talks Norwich City And West Ham United Comparisons with Jack (OffThePitchFM)

This week on A Week In The World Of West Ham United, Luke is joined by FMG Podcast Editor and Higher Tempo Press Site Lead Jack to discuss a range of topics, including their joint-admiration of Dean Ashton, don’t miss it. The post Luke Talks Norwich City And West Ham United Comparisons with Jack (OffThePitchFM) appeared first on Moore Than Just A Club .

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I’m the Boss: A good week to continue?

It’s been a good week! Huddersfield were despatched very impressively on Saturday in a way I didn’t see coming and Shrewsbury were beaten (just!) in the FA Cup replay on Tuesday. I think it is only right and fair that the manager takes great credit for the turn around in fortunes, he as not only made us more resilient but has improved players no-end, Arnautovic looks like becoming a real…

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If only Che Guevara could see us now!

Viva La Revolución! Viva El Jefe…Viva Moyes! Are we starting to reconsider our early misgivings when Moyes was appointed as West Ham manager back in November last year? Are we now believing this man at the last chance saloon can actually take us onwards and upwards to where only eagles dares? It would be fair to say that whilst the race for our approval was less by hare and more…

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Matchday Twenty-Four’s Premier League Preview: Cherries Travel To East London As Citizens Host Magpies

After a midweek of FA Cup Third Round replay action, the Premier League returns once again this weekend, join us to look ahead to all the action that Game Week 24 has in store as the Hammers entertain the Cherries and the League leaders look to resume normal service against the Magpies. Brighton & Hove Albion vs Chelsea (Saturday 12:30 PM) To kick-off all of this weekend’s spoils and thrills, the Seagulls play host to the…

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Live Blog: David Moyes’ Pre-AFC Bournemouth Press Conference Live From Rush Green

1:43 PM: A slightly late David Moyes is here to address us, live quotes to follow…….. 1:25 PM: The Media Centre is filling nicely and the atmosphere building, just five minutes until the West Ham United Manager arrives, don’t go anywhere. 1:20 PM: A mere ten more minutes for us to wait until Moyes gets here, we will have live quotes as soon as he arrives, you won’t want to miss it. 1:15 PM: Other topics of discussion this afternoon could include, team news ahead of…

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Così Fan Tutte – An Operatic Ogbonna!

Rubbing my eyes in disbelief after an emphatic win over the weekend, I heard a knock on my front door. As soon as I cracked the door ajar, a white envelope was thrust into my hand…A deep voice boomed, “You’ve been summoned to appear before a court of the West Ham faithful!” Oh dear! I shall freely stand before my peers and be judged for my onerous and negative views of Angelo Ogbonna. I accept…

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Where Did It All Go wrong?

The story goes that when a bellboy was taking champagne up to the suite of George Best, he knocked on the door and upon entering he saw a scantily clad Miss World laying on a bed of notes from his winnings at the casino. The bellboy uttered the famous line: “So George, where did it all go wrong?” So I pose the same question about West Ham United: Where did it all go wrong? Uprooted …

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Classic Match: Volume Thirteen: West Ham United 1-0 AFC Bournemouth August 2016

In the 13th edition of our Classic Match Series, we dig deep in the archives once more to bring you a memorable and historic clash with Saturday’s visitors to the London Stadium in the form of Eddie Howe’s AFC Bournemouth from a year and a half ago. Cast your minds back to the hot summer of 2016, Major Lazer featuring Justin Bieber & MØ were at the very summit of the …

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Throwback Thursday: 2016: A Memorable Debut for the London Stadium

In this week’s edition of our weekly Throwback segment, we hear from Paul, 35 and a lifelong Hammers fan and Season Ticket holder about the first of many magical nights under the lights at the London Stadium, a European adventure. “After watching West Ham play at Upton Park for so many years, I had fallen in love with the place, so the London Stadium was going to have to be very good to …

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Player Ratings: West Ham United vs Shrewsbury Town: Emirates FA Cup Third Round Replay

Let’s analyse player performance from David Moyes’ Hammers late FA Cup Third Round Replay triumph over Paul Hurst’s Shrewsbury Town at the London Stadium last night as the Irons set up a Fourth Round clash with either AFC Bournemouth or Wigan Athletic with a second consecutive win in all Competitions. Joe Hart: 8/10 Starting against his former club as in the first tie, the England keeper put in a solid display to keep his …

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Main Talking Points: West Ham United vs Shrewsbury Town: Emirates FA Cup Third Round Replay

It’s now time to take a look at some of the main causes of discussion in the wake of West Ham United’s FA Cup Third Round Replay victory over Paul Hurst’s Shrewsbury Town at the London Stadium yesterday evening as David Moyes’ men booked a place in Round Four of Football’s oldest Competition. Burke Finds First Hammers Goal as Youngsters Shine Some times are better than others to net for the first ever time for your boyhood …

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West Ham Fans and Fantasists!

Whether you’ve been a Claret & Blue fan for 60 minutes or 60 years, there is something that we can all agree upon and it plagues every Hammers supporter. It isn’t always easy, it isn’t always pretty and good results are never a given…but that just makes us as loyal like no other and proud of what we are, where we’ve been and where we’re heading towards! Ask any fan of any team and you’ll probably hear a similar tale, …

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Burke Strike Fires Hammers To Extra-Time Cup Replay Triumph

A 112th minute winner from young West Ham United defender Reece Burke saw them through to the Fourth Round of the FA Cup Fourth Round for the third time in the space of four years at the expense of Shrewsbury Town at the London Stadium last night. The League One visitors, against Premier League opposition, put up a stern fight and had their chances to cause what would arguably be the shock of the Tournament so far …

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Reasons To Be Cheerful! 1-2-3

Whilst the Law Courts of the land may claim that; “Justice is Blind” and in this spirit of fairness I decided to rest the executioner in central midfield in favour of playing the devil’s advocate…after all…squad rotation is the modern way isn’t it? As Halloween approached last October, I was expecting our performance meanderings through Sleepy Hollow to be met by the headless horseman who would cut deeper than a rather close shave. I was as optimistic of …

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