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Cementing a top half finish

I remember saying we have to get a new manager when we got thumped by Forest and Man City. Well Sam has made me eat Humble Pie! Firstly, that is a great thing to happen because it means we are winning games. Secondly, at the same time the Winston Reid’s, Andy Carroll’s etc have made a comeback and made the incumbent first team players work harder than our youngsters were ever going to do. I personally think…

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Allardyce looking at two Manchester United stars

Allardyce looking at two Manchester United stars Recent reports are suggesting that West Ham are interested in buying Wilfried Zaha and Ashley Young, both of Manchester United. Both are rumoured to be on their way out of Old Trafford after Moyes tries to rebuild after a disastrous season in charge. Both players seem to be utilised as wingers, although Zaha can also play upfront. Young has played for United a number of times…

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West Ham too easy to read for Stoke

West Ham too easy to read for Mark Hughes’ men It feels like an age since the defeat to Everton, and things got no better after West Ham couldn’t overturn a Stoke side that has been strong all season at The Britannia. A chilly afternoon saw The Hammers get off to a flying start with a fine headed goal from Andy Carroll after just five minutes, who was looking to impress with a few seats on the plane…

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MATCH PREVIEW: Stoke v West Ham

West Ham are hoping to improve on their 1-0 defeat to Everton with victory over Stoke on the 15 th March. The home side dominated possession, as many would expect, but took until the 81st minute to edge past West Hams stubborn defence. The Toffees managed a total of 22 shots with a minor 3 making it on target. This tells us West Ham like to sit off the ball and let the opponents play…

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CHARITY: Bike Ride for Bobby Moore Fund

So basically I’m cycling from Annan to Ross County (via 39 other Scottish Professional Football League club’s stadiums) to raise money for Africa on the Ball and the Bobby Moore Fund. I’m an avid West Ham fan, living in Scotland and working in professional football here. The bike ride lasts from the 2nd of July to the 13th of July, finishing on the day of the World Cup Final. Our target for this event is to raise £4000 in…

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West Ham United’s England prospects

West Ham star need a chance As the much anticipated World Cup approaches, I am sure that if any of the other nations watched what I did on Wednesday night, they will certainly not be quaking in their boots over the prospect of a match up with England. The expectant England fans were pleased when the in-form Liverpool striker, Daniel Sturridge netted from a well-placed Adam Lallana cross eight minutes from time. The result, albeit a win for the…

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Four players who deserve new contracts

As the end of the season gets closer we can’t help but think to summer and hope the rest of the season goes to plan. At the moment it looks like we’re staying up but there is an air of caution because it’s so tight at the bottom of the table and we have a tough run of fixtures for the last 6 or so games. In terms of players in the summer of course we need…

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No longer ‘The Academy of Football’?

Have West Ham lost their notorious reputation as ‘The Academy of Football?’ It is with great concern that I am writing this article; however I feel that I speak on behalf of many Hammers fans in saying that West Ham’s once infamous academy has seen a dramatic change for the worse in recent years . I grew up with West Ham churning out the likes of Joe Cole, Rio Ferdinand and Frank Lampard Jnr to name but a few, not to mention their…

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JONJO HEUERMAN: My challenge story

On 18 th February, the day after my Nanny’s anniversary, I was in a scooter ride, out to take me to Southend United to start my 50 mile 5 day football dribble for The Bobby Moore Fund. It was brilliant being taken on the scooter to Southend United and it was really kind of them to let me start my challenge on their centre circle. It was really great to ride on a scooter that was claret and blue and had Bobby …

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VIDEO: Mark Noble responds to fans tweets

The video below has recently emerged on the web. It is of Mark Noble responding to fans tweets on the social networking site Twitter. Some of them are funny and some just very strange. Sometimes I am not sure whether Noble himself knows what to say. Enjoy!

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Why West Ham have the best defence in the league

West Ham the best defense in the league! Before anyone criticizes me for this article, if there was a competition for the best defense in the league, I would certainly argue that West Ham have a strong case. The stats certainly suggest so. We have conceded 34 goals this season, which is by no means bad. In fact it is the 9th best conceded total in the league. However our whole defense have been injured this year, so much so we have been…

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The non-existent suspension period

The Swansea game seems like a long time ago now, and it won’t ever be forgotten due to the antics of Flores. When Carroll got sent off, the majority of fans felt that the next 3 games we could win, would become a little harder and we could look back on that as the downfall of the season but it has turned out to be the opposite. The last 3 games have been amazing and I didn’t expect the wins. Especially …

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Has Big Sam’s tenure run its course?

It Is Time to Fire Big Sam With the team sitting pretty in 11 th ahead of this weekend’s clash with Southampton I am beginning to feel very confident about our chances for survival. With only one more game before the return of Andy Carroll and the team playing in great form I find myself thinking more and more about what the future holds. However, as the stories surrounding Ravel Morrison came out this week I…

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PREVIEW: West Ham v Southampton

West Ham v Southampton Preview: Allardyce and his men will be looking to continue their fine form coming into Saturday’s clash with The Saints. On the back of three consecutive wins along with four clean sheets from their last four, it would take a bold man to bet against the Hammers. However, Southampton are unbeaten in six in the league and after their loss in the Capital One Cup last weekend, they will be looking to make amends…

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West Ham midfielder departs club

West Ham midfielder departs club There we have it, the long awaited news that Morrison has left the club on loan. Earlier today QPR confirmed that Ravel Morrison has joined them on loan for 93 days. This briefly brings an end to a rollercoaster season for the England U21 player. Morrison caught the eye of West Ham fans during pre-season and was predicted to be a big part of our season. He seemed to …

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Leaving Upton Park

There has been a mixed reaction to the move to the Olympic stadium for West Ham and you have to question whether it’s going to make the club better, or whether we are just leaving home? From what I’ve heard there’s still going to be a tribute to Bobby Moore which is important, because in years to come I would hope people would want to go and see where West…

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The mystery of Big Sam’s substitutions

Sam substitutions have often been a mystery for a long time. For example taking of a striker for a striker when we are 1-0 down. However every once in a blue moon, Allardyce gets it spot on with his substitutions. For example when we won against Fulham 3-0, he put on Joe Cole, Carlton Cole and Ravel. The two Coles scored and Ravel brought the game to life. Or when we beat Chelsea at home last season, he brought …

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MATCH REVIEW: West Ham v Norwich

West Ham v Norwich post match review The Canaries made the trip down to East London looking for their first win at The Boleyn Ground since 1987, and although irrelevant records such as this mean very little, it always seems to be against West Ham that these records are broken. However, with West Ham picking up back ­to­ back wins, for the first time since returning to the Premier League, the boys in claret and blue were looking to …

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Captain Fantastic

I have written about Kevin Nolan so many times this season and he’s been the hot topic of conversation all season, unfortunately not for the right reasons most of the time. He’s now scored 4 goals in the last 2 games, and that’s 2 with Carroll and 2 without and that’s our captain that the majority of fans love. Once again he was man of the match voted by the fans on Twitter, which is great to see because we all know that’s what…

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West Ham’s stereotyped football

I hate it  when other supporters say “We don’t play football.”  I understand ignorant opposition fans using this clumsy easy stereotype. However I find it much harder to comprehend from anyone that watches us? What is that supposed to mean?  Is there a wrong way or a right way of playing football? Other managers have different methods, for example Wigan play the proclaimed “good football” but where did that …

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The Carroll and Nolan partnership

Carroll’s sending off will be a massive blow for us and a decision that will be remembered at the end of the season no matter what. However before that happened we saw the thing all fans have been waiting for. Nolan and Carroll were once again running around defences and together were unstoppable; it was the best they have both performed all season. Nolan has been criticised more than most this…

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A Good or Bad Transfer Window for West Ham?

It’s such a prestige month in the world of football, which concludes with the obligatory Jim White Day commonly known as Transfer Deadline Day. This day brings out all the rumours on Twitter and the far fetched reports where someone’s uncle’s brother’s sister’s aunt knows who is signing for us and feels the need to start off some pointless rumour! First of all, the players we’ve brought in starting with…

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West Ham’s disapproval of Carroll’s red card

Carroll’s red card not rescinded by FA The FA have concluded that the red card received by Andy Carroll will not be rescinded and the Ha mmers’ influential target man will serve a three match ban which could have a significant effect on West Ham’s fight for survival come the end of the season. Although rules are rules and intently raising an arm to another player is against the laws of the …

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West Ham’s Transfer Window – Hit or Miss?

Transf er Window Summary It’s a time which every football fan across the countr y looks forward to. This one month has the ability to potentially make or break a season, and with The Hammers boasting no less than seven new signings, I think on the whole this has certainly been one of the more active transfer windows as far as West Ham are concerned. In contrast to the final few days of…

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What next for West Ham?

What comes next? The club has is going through a rough period where no one involved has been happy and we didn’t expect the transfer window to make that all better. However we have managed a couple of signings that I think fans can be happy with. I’ve mentioned before that February can make or break the season, with 4 games that we can potentially win even though that is unlikely…

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Lescott won’t be joining

Lescott won’t be joining Already today West Ham have signed Napoli defender on loan until the rest of the season, a top signing if you ask me. After this one signing West Ham fans were left waiting for more. This hope was crushed by one man, Sam Allardyce. When asked whether anyone else would be signing this window Allardyce responded by saying “No, if we do make anymore signings today it will be a loan deal.” Gary Cotterill …

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English Premier League Table

# Team P
1 Chelsea 22
2 Manchester City 20
3 Liverpool 18
4 Brighton & Hov… 15
5 Tottenham Hotspur 15
6 Manchester United 14
7 West Ham United 14
8 Everton 14
9 Arsenal 14
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers 13
11 Brentford 12
12 Leicester City 11
13 Aston Villa 10
14 Watford 10
15 Crystal Palace 9
16 Southampton 8
17 Leeds United 7
18 Burnley 4
19 Newcastle United 4
20 Norwich City 2

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