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Where Are They Now? John Paintsil

Whether you refer to him as “John Paintsil” or “John Pantsil,” the Ghana national team legend was a popular figure in East London, wearing the famous Claret & Blue between summer 2006 and summer 2008. However, what famous mistake overshadowed his time at the Boleyn Ground? Why did things never really work out for the defender with West Ham? And more importantly, where is he now? John Paintsil The future professional footballer was born in June 1981 in Berekum…

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Ball of confusion and the last saviour’s temptation

Those fans coming away from the match on Saturday at the London Stadium in which West Ham hosted Southampton, could hardly be blamed for harbouring a sense of bewilderment after witnessing such a display from the reps of the claret and blue. It was less a justification of doubting Thomas’s but rather a vindication of reality that much of the fans have come to terms with over the last couple of seasons. The sense of …

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An escape from Alcatraz would be a simpler task!

Who would have thought that just two years into a new adventure, that West Ham would be staring relegation in the face…a showdown just three hours past noon, that would largely decide the fate of friend and foe. But this was the realisation endowed upon those who braved tumultuous escapades, bromidic battles and dire fights of dogs. For if there was ever a time for the manager and players to stand tall and …

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Arnautovic and Rice Shine As West Ham’s Victorious Southampton Team Gets Rated

Let’s analyse West Ham United player performance from Saturday’s first Premier League victory in nearly two months over Mark Hughes’ Southampton at the London Stadium on Saturday afternoon as goals from top-scoring Austrian Marko Arnautovic and Portugal International Joao Mario lifted David Moyes’ Hammers up to 14th in the Top-Flight standings. Joe Hart: 7/10 Retaining his starting place in front of Spaniard Adrian San-Miguel, the England man, who…

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Red Hot Arnautovic Makes It Five In Three And Four Other Talking Points From The Hammers’ Premier League Beating Of The Saints

David Moyes’ West Ham United defeated Mark Hughes’ Southampton 3-0 in a Premier League relegation six-pointer at the London Stadium on Saturday afternoon thanks to goals from in-form Austrian Marko Arnautovic and Inter Milan loanee Joao Mario, here are Five Main Talking Points from the one-sided affair. Red-Hot Arnautovic Back In The Club Goals Colourful Austria man Arnautovic netted his first Claret & Blue goals in three games …

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Arnautovic Brace Helps Hammers To Down Saints In London Stadium Relegation Six-Pointer

A first-half double from Austrian attacker Marko Arnautovic proved pivotal in David Moyes’ West Ham United claiming three points of the highest importance in their bid to stay in the Premier League against relegation rivals Mark Hughes’ Southampton on Saturday afternoon. Inter Milan loanee Joao Mario opened the scoring at the London Stadium with Arnautovic putting the Hammers two to the good before the 20-minute mark and all but wrapping up the…

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Live Blog: West Ham United vs Southampton: Premier League Matchday 32 Live From London Stadium

18: You won’t believe this, Arnautovic is now down off the ball, is the home side’s afternoon about to take a turn for the worse? 17: Arnautovic makes up for his miss by getting on the end of a Mario cross, seeing his header saved by McCarthy but not missing the rebound and it’s 2-0 to the Hammers!! 17:  GOAL!! West Ham United 2-0 Southampton. 15: Huge, huge chance! Arnautovic bursts through with only the keeper to beat, …

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Moore Than Just A Club Writers On: Who Should Have West Ham’s Number One Jersey

Popular Spaniard Adrian San-Miguel or England shot-stopper Joe Hart? It’s a debate about who should start in goal for David Moyes’ West Ham United that divides many members of the Claret & Blue every day. Having debated the Hammers’ warm weather training trip to Miami and where they will finish in the Premier League table  in recent weeks, four Moore Than Just A Club Writers tackle the tricky discussion head on today…

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Hammers Host Saints In Relegation Six-Pointer As League Leaders Travel To Merseyside

After three long weeks of Emirates FA Cup and International football action, the Premier League is finally back for a full programme of fixtures this weekend, Matchday Thirty-Two to be more precise, as Pep Guardiola’s league leaders make the tricky trip to Goodison Park and David Moyes’ West Ham United prepare for the biggest match of their campaign so far. The next few days’ drama is kicked-off tomorrow lunchtime at Selhurst Park where Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace …

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The latest Moore Than Just A Club Dot Com Podcast discusses all the latest goings-on at West Ham United

In this week’s episode of the Moore Than Just A Club Dot Com Podcast, host Luke Glanville is joined by ITV Producer and Blowing Bubbles West Ham Fanzine founder David Blackmore. Luke and David discuss a range of the latest West Ham United goings-on, including the importance of Saturday’s Premier League clash with Southampton and how the International Hammers got on over the International break. The post The latest Moore Than Just A Club Dot Com Podcast discusses all the…

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The Cyrus Murder Mystery and The Warriors

At a crowded rally of the disconnected and disenfranchised…a voice bellows overhead! From centre stage stands a unifying voice of Cyrus…the leader of the Gramercy Riffs, that would bring everyone together to sing as one, then a Bang and a Crack is heard as a shot is fired and all duck for cover. All hell breaks loose, all scatter as the severity and enormity of the situation dawns…then amidst the chaos, there are those perpetrators that would…

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Classic Match: Volume Twenty-Four: West Ham United 4-1 Southampton October 2012

In the 24th Volume of our Classic Match series, we delve deep through the archives once more to take you through another memorable West Ham United clash from down the years, this time around, it involves Saturday’s visitors to the London Stadium, Southampton. Cast your minds back to the early autumn of 2012, “Don’t You Worry Child” by the Swedish House Mafia featuring John Martin was at the very summit of the British Music…

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Crunch Time In Premier League For Hammers As They Welcome Relegation Rivals Saints To London Stadium

In the 32nd round of matches of the 2017/2018 Premier League season, David Moyes’ West Ham United play host to Mark Hughes’ Southampton in their first home game since crowd protests and pitch invasions marred the defeat by Burnley at the beginning of March. Both teams go into the relegation six-pointer off the back of three weeks breaks from Premier League action, before that, the Hammers were bettered at home by the Clarets …

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What can West Ham do against Chelsea?

When the new Premier League season started, I was rather hopeful in West Ham’s chances of proving that we are indeed a solid team to play against. However, as we started with poor results and even worse performances, I got ready to endure another difficult year as a Hammers’ fan. Generally speaking, we possess a rather talented team with a unique mix of exuberant youth players and more composed experienced ones. With a forward line-…

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I’m The Boss: A must win, nothing less will do

The importance of Saturday’s game cannot be stressed enough, the fixture has loomed over supporters since the Burnley defeat 3 weeks ago like an over-due dentist’s appointment. So much has been written about the events that took place on March 10th that the turmoil off the pitch has almost overshadowed the dire situation the club find themselves in on it. Simply put we must beat Southampton and Stoke, we are so short of confidence and belief at the moment …

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Knick Knack Kerouac – Give A Dog A Bone

They say the job is not done, there is more to come, more to give but is this the case of just more to take? Whilst there could be protests and marches, finger waving and scornful shouts…is it enough to make the madness stop and for the masters to throw it all in and go…On The Road? “The only people for me are the mad ones: the ones who are mad to live…

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Youth International Hammers: How Did West Ham’s Starlets Get On Over The International Break?

The first International break of the 2018 and the fourth of the domestic 2017/2018 football season has come and gone, it’s now time to take a look at how the Academy of Football’s International stars fared over it, representing their respective nations at youth level, as Edi Fernandes returned from his lengthy injury lay-off for Switzerland U21s and Nathan Trott continued to impress for England U21s. U16 Two Hammers were representing their nations at U16 …

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International Hammers: How Did West Ham’s Senior Stars Get On Over The International Break?

The first International break of the year and the fourth of the domestic season has come to an end and it’s now time to find out how West Ham United’s ten International stars fared with their respective nations over the week as Marko Arnautovic continued his red-hot form on the International stage and Javier Hernandez reached a special landmark with his nation. Manuel Lanzini (Argentina) The playmaker received his first call-up in close to a year by manager…

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The fans are revolting

Somewhere in Central London. “Good morning Sporting Club Acquisitions my name is Mary how can I help you?”. “Morning Mary it’s Karen, Karen Brady can I speak to Mr Goldberg?”. “Errr Lady Brady he’s in a meeting at the moment can I take a message?”. “It’s rather urgent”. “I understand he’s back to back all day then mmmm, let me see……….. no tied up all week and the next. I’ll let him know you called …

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Tony Cottee Exclusive: Chicharito’s Style And West Ham United’s Chances Of Survival

Legendary former West Ham United striker Tony Cottee has heaped praise on Hammers forward Javier Hernandez, stating that the Mexican is “the best goal-scorer,” in the team but thrown caution to the wind on whether his boyhood club will achieve Premier League survival, “It’s really hard to predict this year.” Speaking exclusively to us, the Irons’ fifth-highest all-time scorer had this to say about Chicharito, who has struggled for form and netted …

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The Polish knew about all solidarity didn’t they?

In a bygone era, when an independent Polish trade union emerged from beneath an oppressive and suppressive communist regime, it then morphed into a political movement…led by Lech Walesa which ultimately led to quantum changes within the Polish political landscape. Some might think that the West Ham fans have been living under a similar footballing regime for too long and now it is time for a change. A change in the system, the manner and an ousting of those rulers …

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A bag full of turnips with your stew Sir?

The West Ham faithful are but another six weeks before the fate of the club is known and the season ends, only for the summer madness to commence. Of course, most football fans of the world will be focussing their attention onto the World Cup in Russia, however, the rumour circus will get into full swing as clubs will seek to offload the dunces and reinforce the ranks with new Spartan warriors. “It’s easy to fall into the trap of believing …

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Where Are They Now? Paolo Di Canio

Whether members of the Claret & Blue refer to him as a cult hero or a West Ham United club legend, Italian striker Paolo Di Canio was certainly one of the more memorable stars to turn out at the Boleyn Ground, doing so between the years of 1999 and 2003 and scoring nearly 50 goals in the process. But, who did the charismatic former captain come to be so loved by the Hammers faithful? Why did…

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Barging Pads and the Catcher’s Mitt

They say, “Home is where the heart is!” But regarding West Ham United…there is neither a home, and one may even question if the heart has gone into cardiac arrest. “Charge the Pads…Stat!” Whilst the masses have become energised in their displeasure for the current plight of the club, there are those who have reached a point of no return and their frustration and anger at the owners will not subside…

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Darth Vader and the Lollipop Men

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…there are those who would look upon the West Ham universe with envious eyes. A Premier League standing, albeit with dubious foundation…a shiny happy people stadium and a bank balance that would make the greedy chuckle in delight. The owners have pulled off a masterstroke of apparent duplicity and subterfuge whilst the minions would rise up to challenge the masters of the dark side. “There is …

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If the kids are united, they will never be divided!

Much was said in the run up to the charitable friendly match against Dagenham and Redbridge FC last Wednesday and many questioning its worth and validity over and above merely assisting a local side in some financial difficulties. However due to an early FA cup exit and the international break, it was deemed a good exercise to give the squad some time to improve some well needed match fitness. The…

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English Premier League Table

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

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