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Where Are They Now? Nolberto Solano

Every Hammer will surely remember the charismatic Peruvian Nolberto Solano and his memorable spell during the otherwise easily forgotten 2007/2008 season. But, how did he become such a popular figure with The Claret & Blue Army? How did his journeyman career see him arrive for a twilight spell in East London? And where is he now? “Nobby” Solano was born in the Peruvian Province of Callao in 1974, starting his career with the little-known …

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Match Preview: West Ham United vs Huddersfield Town

Premier League football finally returns to The London Stadium on Monday night, as we welcome David Wagner’s Huddersfield Town to Stratford in desperate need of our first points of the season. Slaven Bilic is currently having to deal with rumors of his sacking heading into the tie, with our worst start to a season since the last time that we were relegated tainting August. Whereas, the visitors will be looking…

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I’m the Boss: Positivity and Youth

Huddersfield are next up for the Hammers, the Yorkshire side come to town on a wave of optimism, 2 wins and a draw in the first 3 games and progress in the League Cup represents a solid start for the Premier League newcomers. The Huddersfield manager David Wagner is a rising star rightly gaining plaudits for Huddersfield’s performances and results. Huddersfield seem a club completely in sync from the chairman through Manager to the players…

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Match Day Four’s Premier League Preview: Slaven Bilic’s Men Face Do Or Die Monday Night Task As The Red Devils Travel To The Midlands

Hooray! The dreaded international break is finally over and it’s now time to turn our attention back to The Premier League and Match Day Four to be specific, as Slaven Bilic’s men face a must-win clash on Monday night Football and the League Leaders travel to The Bet 365 Stadium. Manchester City vs Liverpool (Saturday 12:30 PM) For any football fans that have missed the Premier League over these past two weeks, we are straight into the weekend with one…

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West Ham No.1 Hart: We owe it to our loyal fans to get first league win against Huddersfield

Joe Hart has told West Ham supporters that Slaven Bilic’s players have a duty to perform for them when the Hammers host Huddersfield in the Premier League on Monday. Bilic, under mounting pressure after his side suffered three top flight defeats away from home at the start of the campaign, is desperate to oversee a victory at the London Stadium. And Three Lions keeper Hart says he and his team-mates are under no illusion as to…

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West Ham’s Andy Carroll is ‘own worst enemy’ when returning from injury, says new physio Lewin

Andy Carroll has been told he has been his own worst enemy when busting a gut to play for West Ham after time out injured. Big hitman Carroll has endured his fair share of time sidelined through being crocked and has yet to feature this campaign through a thigh problem. But he looks set to figure in some way when the Hammers face Huddersfield Town on Monday at the London Stadium …

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Where Are They Now? A Pantomime Villain and a Pioneer

Craig Bellamy 2007-2009 The fiery Welshman signed for the Hammers for a then record fee for the club of £7.5 million. His career at the club was severely hampered by persistent injuries which had dogged much of Bellamy’s earlier career. When the pacy striker did feature he was always impressive and his scoring rate of 9 goals in 22 starts bears reference to that fact. Bellamy was subject to a number of offers during his second season at the …

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Throwback Thursday: 2010: An Aussie’s Fairy Tale West Ham United Story

In this week’s edition of our weekly Throwback segment, we hear from Bret,18 and a lifelong Hammer about his first experience of East London on a magically festive night at Upton Park. “Born in Melbourne, Australia in 1998, I was brought up to a life of West Ham United and sunshine, a combination that rarely exists in my country of origin. Although my whole family are avid Hammers, living over 10,000 miles from the East End means that it is near…

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Idle Thoughts: 1923 and all that…

When the Hammers meet Bolton Wanderers in the Carabao Cup, mention will inevitably be made of the first-ever meeting of the two clubs, the F. A. Cup Final of 1923. In the early 1970s, when I was working for one of the then ‘Big Five’ banks in the City of London, my office took on a one-off job that required a dozen or more temporary staff to come in and help. Those ‘temps’…

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The Hammers August & September International Round-up

As attentions finally turn back to the Premier League season, it’s now time to check in with our international Hammers and see how they fared on their World Cup Qualifying adventures during the Break. Europe No fewer than seven first-team members were in action on the continent over last seven days, with the race to Russia 2018 nearing its conclusion. Wales’ James Collins was a pivotal part of the nation’s incredible run at the European …

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Under-pressure Bilic gets backing of Hammers legend Martin as boss clings perilously to job

Slaven Bilic has been given the backing of West Ham legend Alvin Martin as the Hammers head in to a crucial Premier League clash against Huddersfield at the London Stadium on Monday. Bilic is clinging perilously on to his job after watching his charges lose the first three opening top flight matches leaving them rock-bottom of the table. Pundits and supporters have questioned if Bilic, a fans’ favourite as a no-nonsene player, is…

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Stop The Bilic Witch Hunt: Why Most Hammers Are Being Extremely Harsh On Super Slav

We all know that the main talk of the town at the moment in Stratford is the future of Slaven Bilic, with hordes of fans calling for his dismissal just three games into the season. However, it’s now time to look at the reasons why the current crisis on and off the field isn’t the fault of our Croatian manager and that you may have to look higher in the West Ham United pecking order to…

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Sell West Ham and quit London Stadium within five years, says Hammers legend McAvennie

West Ham owners David Gold and David Sullivan have been urged to sell the Hammers to allow the club to leave the London Stadium. Frustrated Irons fans have yet to embrace fully the stadium and the players have struggled to a make their home advantage count in games. And legendary striker Frank McAvennie believes if a moneybags buyer can be found, the club will be playing home matches at a different venue to the former Olympic Stadium within five years…

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Where Are They Now? Victor Obinna

Exciting Nigerian winger Victor Obinna will be best remembered for his superb spell at Upton Park during the 2010/2011 season, as he was the shining light in an otherwise dark Premier League campaign. But, how did his flair and goals almost keep us afloat in the Top-Flight alone? Just how did the rest of his journeyman like career pan out? nd where is he Now? The electric attacker started his footballing…

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Under-fire Bilic eyes Carroll return as catalyst to save his job as West Ham manager

Under-fire West Ham boss Slaven Bilic could see his tenure salvaged by the return of striker Andy Carroll. Hammers manager Bilic is said to have a handful of matches remaining to save his job, with the London Stadium outfit enduring a nightmare start to the new Premier League campaign. And reports have already surfaced that Roberto Mancini has emerged as his replacement if results do not improve. Three defeats in as many games leaves West Ham bottom of the…

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The Weird And Wonderful World Of David Gold

David Gold, multi-million pound business man, a veteran of club ownership, Co-Owner of West Ham United and cult hero? Over the past couple of seasons, the East London born and bred Hammer has earnt an almost Cult like status amongst our fans for his various bizarre, strange and quite hilarious run ins with fans of all clubs both on Social Media and in real life. The ownership’s affiliation with social media, mainly Twitter, places them …

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The 2017 Summer Transfer Window: A Hammers Review

So, with football fans up and down the land enjoying an enthralling Deadline Day with some historic signings being completed on Thursday. For our dear old Hammers, it was like being grounded as a kid and watching desperately from your bedroom as your mates play without you. However, with deals for the likes of England No.1 Joe Hart, Austrian international Marko Arnautovic, two-time Premier League winner Pablo Zabaleta and …

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M2: Fans Call For Bilic’s Dismissal As A Poor Transfer Window Ends In Disappointment For Hammers

This week, Luke Glanville is joined by moorethanjustaclub.com writer Ciaran Judge, and they discuss the pressing issues surrounding West Ham United at the moment. They don’t discuss transfers, for obvious reasons. The post M2: Fans Call For Bilic’s Dismissal As A Poor Transfer Window Ends In Disappointment For Hammers appeared first on Moore Than Just A Club .

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Super Spurs Sink U23’s In High Scoring Thriller

  Terry Westley’s U23 side’s impressive unbeaten run was abruptly ended by a sublime Tottenham Hotspur with an incredible 7-2 thrashing in the first round of matches for the group stage of the 2017 Premier League Two International Cup. In a remarkable 90 minutes, our starlets were awarded none other than four penalties by referee Alan Young, as the hosts needed no second chance to take their opportunities at Stevenage’s Lamex Stadium. Westley …

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Where Are They Now? West Ham’s Portugeezers

Paolo Futre  1996-97 Highly decorated in Portuguese and European football, Futre was one of the most sought after players in Europe during the late eighties and early nineties. By the time he joined West Ham injuries had diminished his fitness but not his talent. Sadly his time at West Ham is mainly remembered for his refusal to wear any other shirt apart from the number 10, which is alleged to have been taken off John Moncur to appease the Portuguese playmaker. Moncur was alleged…

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Mock the West Ham Week Episode 5: Nothing to mock here, honest

You can probably understand why this week’s Mock the Week from Nige carries an 18 rating. A few naughty words have slipped in as he looks back at another slightly less than successful week for the Hammers. The post Mock the West Ham Week Episode 5: Nothing to mock here, honest appeared first on Moore Than Just A Club .

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Throwback Thursday Article: 2017: A Very Special Night Off The Field At Our New Home

In this week’s edition of our weekly Throwback segment, we speak to Claire, 18 and a lifelong Hammers fan about a night to remember and a night to forget for so many reasons at The London Stadium. “My late father was a die-hard West Ham United fan and I had made it my lifelong odyssey to follow my beloved team with all of the zeal and passion that he did. Unfortunately, living …

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Idle thoughts on the transfer window (and how football coped perfectly well without it)

There has been comment in the press recently suggesting that some managers would like the summer transfer window to be adjusted so that it closes before the new season is upon us. This seems to me to be a very logical proposal. Preparing for the first game of a season must surely be the top priority at any club, big or small, and continuing speculation as to transfers, in or out, cannot fail …

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Where Are They Now? Article: Alessandro Diamanti

Charismatic Italian Alessandro Diamanti was the first of a new breed of exciting talent to grace Upton Park in its final years, a cult hero from start to end. But how did the flashy winger achieve his status in East London? Why did his Claret & Blue career only last for one season? And where is he now? Alessandro Diamanti The Italian international started his playing career in the third division of his home nation, showing his …

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Match Day Three’s Premier League Review: The League Leaders Continue Their Stellar Start As Slaven Bilic’s Boys Slump To St James’ Park…

In a thrilling third weekend of the 2017/2018 Premier League season, we witnessed plenty of goalmouth action, controversy, and the odd unlikely screamer, as the League leaders continued their master class and Slaven Bilic was put on the verge by a thrashing in The North East. Late Sterling Does It Again For Slick City In Vitality Victory Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City had to rely on a second late Raheem Sterling goal…

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Civil War

40 years not out, that’s how long I’ve been watching West Ham regularly., I’m not bragging, I’m not playing I’m a better fan than anyone else, just putting it there to show how much I have seen go before my eyes. Football is very different now to when i first watched it, I’m not sure it can be solely blamed on the birth of the Premier League in 1992 but since that day the top clubs have organised themselves business wise, they market themselves…

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English Premier League Table

# Team P
1 Manchester City 35
2 Liverpool 34
3 Chelsea 33
4 West Ham United 27
5 Tottenham Hotspur 25
6 Manchester United 24
7 Arsenal 23
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 21
9 Brighton & Hov… 20
10 Aston Villa 19
11 Leicester City 19
12 Everton 18
13 Brentford 17
14 Crystal Palace 16
15 Leeds United 16
16 Southampton 16
17 Watford 13
18 Burnley 10
19 Newcastle United 10
20 Norwich City 10

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