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      15.06.2009 03:03
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      What a great team to support

      Quite possibly the best team to support in the world. It's fun being a West Ham fan, although you never win anything, you get used to losing (something everyone has to get used to in life), you meet a lot of very interesting people, you get to watch a club produce world class local talent rather than buying over rated foreign players, you get to support a team with a fantastic history (Bobby Moore, World Cup, the ICF and so on), you get to have a laugh with your friends in the local pubs in plaistow and East Ham, you get to have a great sing a long with a set of supporters who make up three quarters of the songs in the English leagues which are then stolen by other clubs, you get to watch legends like Di Canio and you value winning games. West Ham is life, West Ham is a family,in West Ham we trust.

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        03.03.2009 16:41
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        Not the finished article but looking good!

        Following such a disappointing week when we lost to Bolton 2-1 and then got knocked out of the FA Cup by Middlesbrough 0-2 the weekends visit by Manchester City didn't look all that promising. If you add into the mix the return of Craig Bellamy who left the Hammers to go to City in the January transfer window it was certainly going to be an exciting match!

        We sat in the corner between the Dr Martins and Centenary stand. Having had a season ticket in the Bobby Moore lower tier for 8 years it made a difference to see the game from another angle. The atmosphere was very good and I was surprised that we were able to stand up as we had previously been forced to sit down in the Bobby Moore so this made a pleasant change.

        As expected Bellamy was booed during the warm up and the match although from the look on his face he seemed to thrive on it and we were sure it was only a matter of time before he scored.

        We had most of the possession in the first half. We were playing well although it was obvious that we were missing Mark Noble who was suspended, no one was pushing forward from midfield and although we had several chances it just wasn't happening. David Di Michele had replaced Freddie Sears who dropped to the bench and his work rate is exceptional he literally doesn't stop running although he didnt seem to have the end product and with Carlton Cole not firing on all cylinders it was really hard to see where a goal was going to come from.

        What was much more satisfying was the lack of ball Bellamy was getting! He was so desperate to score and silence the West Ham faithful but the ball just want coming to him despite how much he ran I dont think he had a shot on target all game or even a shot for that fact!!

        Robinho's flicked effort on 15 minutes forced a amazing save by Greeny. I had been highly unimpressed with Robinho as had the crowd as the stadium sang "what a waste of money". Then from barely six yards out he managed to put the ball wide of an empty goal, what a lucky escape and a terrible terrible miss by Robinho much to our glee.

        Mike Dean was the match referee and did he have a shocker, although the City fans might not have thought so. He was insistant on blowing his whistle and disrupting play! He booked Scott Parker for his first tackle of the day which was completely unnecessary and Parker obviously thought so too as he unleashed his rage on Dean. For the rest of the match he continued in the same vain blowing up where ever possible looking to to disrupt the flow of the game.

        On 38 minutes Valon Behrami twisted his knee and collapsed on the floor in what looked like agony, a stretcher was quickly brought on and Jez the team Dr went flying (well stumbling) over the pitch, play was stopped for what seemed like an age and then Behrami left the pitch to a standing ovation and chants of "Behrami Army". Behrami had been having a fantastic match and it was a real blow to lose him, especially as it looked like a bad injury.

        Bellamy was taken off after an hour of play and left the field to laughter and jeers, thank goodness he hadn't scored. A great player but no one rejects the hammers and survives to tell the tale, Paul Ince, Jermaine Defoe need I continue!!

        By this time Savio had come on, what a whippet he is, for a little lad he is fast!! Savio unleashed a fierce shot which Shay Given saved but Jack Collinson put into the net. Yessssss!!!!!! Delight filled the ground as a small child along from me was slightly crushed in the excitement, whoops!!!

        In true West Ham style we then took our foot off the gas and hung on as City tried to respond but it wasn't to be, after dire week West Ham were finally victorious!!

        Although we didn't look fantastic, GF has obviously made a tremendous difference to the confidence of the team and the playing style, gone is the old curbs game and in its place was exciting fast paced football. We aren't quite there yet but with great players like Noble, Collinson and Sears coming through the future is looking bright, that is until Chelsea come in a nick them all again!!!

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          02.12.2008 17:53
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          Interesting to see who leaves in January

          The result an Anfield last night was the best thing to happen to West Ham United for a while. After the sacking of Alan Curbishley earlier in the campaign things were supposed to improve with the appointment of new manager Gianfranco Zola. Normally, teams with newly appointed managers have a real upturn in form, sometimes referred to as the 'honeymoon period', during which the team plays much better and becomes really hard to beat, as was seen at Tottenham Hotspur when Harry Redknapp took over the reigns from Juande Ramos. This simply hasn't happened at West Ham and instead they have been beaten on a regular basis.

          The ongoing saga over the illegal playing of now Manchester United striker Carlos Tevez maybe contributing to their on field problems. Sheffield United have launched a legal assault for £30,000000 due to their relegation and there is even talk of the players filing a law suit for loss of earnings due to the wage cut they have had to take as a result of their relegation to the championship. This isn't exactly the best time for the owners of a football club to be trying to sell a club, which is exactly what's happening at Upton Park.

          Maybe the result at Anfield last night will spark the team into life. Zola is a relatively inexperienced manager and this is certainly a baptism of fire for him. The club has already hinted that players will be leaving as opposed to arriving in the January transfer window. Clubs will have their eyes on the likes of Dean Ashton, Matthew Upson, Scott Parker and Robert Green, which won't please Zola, but he has stated that he believes the current squad is good enough to succeed. This maybe the case, but not if they sell the four players I've just mentioned.

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            02.11.2008 13:43
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            Another Leeds United?

            Full name West Ham United Football Club
            Nickname(s) 'The Hammers', 'The Irons'
            Founded 1895 as Thames Ironworks
            Ground Boleyn Ground (Upton Park)
            Capacity: 35,647
            Chairman: Björgólfur Guðmundsson
            Manager: Gianfranco Zola
            2007-08 Premier League, 10th

            If you're a football fan and you don't have a soft spot for West Ham then you should. They are still the London academy of football for English talent and you can reel off the current and past England players that came through there... Rio Ferdinand, Joe Cole, Michael Carrick, Glen Johnson and Frank Lampard, to name but five of the current ones; Bobby Moore (the number six West Ham shirt retired in his honour), Martin Peters and Geoff Hurst need no introduction.

            Arsen Wenger, on the other hand, is not interested in helping the English national team in the capital with his selections and signings, whilst Chelsea just buy in the best players, only established England stars getting a run out there. Harry Redknapp, of course, has no intention of bringing through English players at Spurs with his obsession with questionable foreign transfers. A goalkeeper from Belize to replace Ramos, Harry? West ham should be respected for that reason alone. They are the beautiful game. West Ham are the most recent team to win the FA Cup with an all English side when they beat Fulham 2-0 in the 1975 final. They were also the last team to win the competition whilst outside of the top flight of English football, this occurred when they beat Arsenal 1-0 in the 1980 FA Cup Final.

            West Ham, of course, is David Beckhams old manner, the ex England captain drawing strong stick as he approaches the iconic West ham Star, Bobby Moore's England cap record. Clearly David is being selected for commercial reasons for England now as his shirt sales are still the third most requested on the FA website behind Gerarrd and Rooney. Beck's is so popular we had the extraordinary sight of the Belarus fans in the World Cup qualifier giving him a standing ovation for his two minute appearance for cap 107. Beckham may have picked Inter Milan over England in the winter of 2009 for his surprising loan spel but how cool would it have been to see him in a West Ham shirt for four months. That certainly would have repaid his London borough. In fact he could have bought them!

            West Hams financial problems and not Beckham are the big news right now, Zola jumping/sacked at exactly the right time. My understanding was things were really bad there and the Icelandic owner had a 40% state in one of the banks that went down there. The loss of the XL sponsorship and the non replacement of it for the remainder of the season (those silly numbers on the front of the shirts a joke) suggests to me they aren't a good future premier league investment, regardless of Gold and co's money. Why they haven't followed Aston Villa's example and put a charity logo on the front for now is beyond me. I'm sticking my neck out here but I think West Ham are another Leeds United in the making and if they go down this year it will be a free fall. They dont look getting much going and without Noble and Parker for a bit theres no midfield of note.

            Squad wise its not great, expensive flops all overthe place in recent years, Lundberg's bizarre wage nearly breaking the club. There is that signature young talent there in the ranks but will Avron Grant get to use it before he is sacked. One suspects he will have to, but if there's any money to spend in January by offloading players he will probably bring in foreigners he trusts.

            -The Squad-

            West Ham have had only 13 managers in their history, fewer than any other major English club. Up until 1989 the club had only had five different managers. But before the appointment of Gianfranco Zola in 2008 the club had never even had an overseas manager , the start of the clubs decline and tradition if you ask me. Foreign managers and players are not about getting the best talent into clubs this size but other more unscrouplous finacial matters we cant discuss.

            (Some figures and stats care/off wikipedia)

            No. Position Player

            1 GK Robert Green
            2 DF
            3 DF Hérita Ilunga (on loan from Toulouse)
            4 DF Daniel Gabbidon
            5 DF Walter López
            7 MF Kieron Dyer
            8 MF Scott Parker
            9 FW
            10 FW
            11 MF
            12 FW Carlton Cole
            13 MF Luís Boa Morte
            15 DF Matthew Upson
            16 MF Mark Noble
            17 MF Hayden Mullins
            18 DF Jonathan Spector
            19 DF James Collins
            20 DF Julien Faubert
            21 DF Valon Behrami
            22 MF Tony Stokes

            No. Position Player
            23 GK James Walker
            24 GK Jan Lastuvka (on loan from Shakhtar Donetsk)
            25 FW Diego Tristán
            27 DF Calum Davenport
            28 MF Kyel Reid
            29 MF Lee Bowyer
            30 DF James Tomkins
            31 MF Jack Collison
            32 FW David Di Michele (on loan from Torino)
            33 FW Freddie Sears
            34 GK Marek Stech
            35 DF Hólmar Örn Eyjólfsson
            40 DF Joe Widdowson
            41 FW Zavon Hines
            42 FW Jack Jeffery
            44 DF Bondz N'Gala
            45 DF Jordan Spence
            46 MF Junior Stanislas
            47 FW Luke Eagles
            50 FW Jack Walsh

            Out on loan
            No. Position Player

            26 MF Nigel Quashie (at Birmingham City)
            43 GK David Blackmore (at Thurrock)
            48 DF Ashley Miller (at Bishop's Stortford)
            -- MF Josh Payne (at Cheltenham Town)

            -The honors-

            Always in the shadow of Spurs and Arsenal they have never won the league. Their knock-out cup success fairs much better though and that's what the team is always assembled to do. The highlight is three FA Cup wins and the European Cup Winners Cup, something few English clubs have won. All 6 of their major trophies were won in a 16 year spell where Moore, Hurst and Peters reigned supreme.

            -Domestic Leagues-

            First Division (Second tier)
            Runners-up: 1992-93

            Second Division: 2
            Champions: 1957-58, 1980-81

            Runners-up: 1922-23, 1990-91

            Football League Championship Play-Off:
            Winners: 2005
            Runners-up: 2004

            -Cups-

            FA Cup: 3
            Winners: 1964, 1975, 1980
            Runners-up 1923, 2006

            League Cup
            Runners-up 1966, 1981

            FA Charity Shield: 1
            Winners: 1964 (shared)

            European UEFA Cup Winners' Cup: 1
            Winners: 1965
            Runners-up: 1976

            UEFA Intertoto Cup: 1
            Winners: 1999

            Record Appearances...

            793 Billy Bonds 1967-88
            674 Frank Lampard Sr. 1967-85
            646 Bobby Moore 1958-74
            635 Trevor Brooking 1967-84
            601 Alvin Martin 1977-96
            505 Geoff Hurst 1959-72


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              27.08.2008 22:44
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              I hope they can get back to the team they once were

              West Ham United is actually the team my husband supports, meaning I have to listen to his endless chats about the team, the manager and the great players of the past. In light of this I thought I would write a review on them. Although, I have no doubt my husband will have a part in this too once he's read MY review and decides to add his own bits.



              Early History;


              -The East London club were founded in 1895 by local workmen, originally called Thames Ironworks F.C, later reforming in 1900 as West Ham United. You can clearly see where the team got their nicknames of the 'Irons' and the 'hammers'.

              -Their stadium has been the Boleyn Ground, more commonly known as Upton Park known since 1904. Capacity now stands at 35,303.

              -The club set up the 'academy of football' in the 1950's by Manager Ted Fenton in an attempt to develop youth players into first team players. These include the likes of Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst, Joe Cole and Frank Lampard.

              -West Ham United were in the first ever FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium in 1923, unfortunately losing 2-0 to Bolton Wanderers.

              -West Ham United and Millwall have the biggest rivalry, this rivalry is notorious in the football world as there has always been a considerable amount of violence between the two sets of fans. The rivalry began when the two clubs formed in close proximity to each other, both rival shipbuilding companies fighting for the same jobs. This was fuelled in the 1920's during industrial strike action in which the West Ham side went on strike and the Millwall side refused to support.



              Modern History;


              -The club have had the least managers than any other major English club at only 12 and one of them was only caretaker manager.

              -West Ham are the most recent team to win the FA Cup with an all English team in 1980.

              -West Ham were the last team to win at Arsenal's old ground Highbury, and went on to be the first team to win at Arsenal's new Emirates Stadium. In the same season West Ham did the league double over Arsenal and Manchester United winning all four games 1-0.

              -West Ham United were relegated to the Championship in 2003/2004 season after drawing against Birmingham City. West Ham narrowly missed being promoted the following season, after losing 1-0 against Crystal Palace. They were then promoted in the 2004/2005 season after Bobby Zamora scored the winning goal against Preston North End in the play-off final at the Millennium Stadium.

              -During the summer West Ham retired the legendary number 6 shirt in memory of the iconic Bobby Moore.



              Team Colours;


              Home-
              Claret shirts with sky blue sleeves, white shorts and socks.

              Away-
              White shirts, claret shorts and socks.



              Crest;


              The claret and yellow badge depicts two crossed hammers signifying their past with the ironworks and a local castle, known as 'Boleyn castle'. Underneath a claret and yellow banner with the words 'West Ham United' is seen.



              This Season;


              Over the summer manager Alan Curbishley has released or sold a total of 6 players, most of these being top players. He has only transferred in 4 unheard of players with one being a loan (my husband has just informed me Valon Behrami is a Swiss international and played in every game in the Euro's). With rumours of top goal-scorer Dean Ashton moving in January, possibly to Manchester United it is a nervous time for fans. With Alan Curbishley in charge all fans can hope for is a mid-table finish, until the club's board see the light and sack this complete waste of space and appoint a decent manager such as Ian Dowie or Slaven Bilic. West Ham have turned in to a boring team to watch they need to get back to what the club is about, playing decent football no matter where they are in the table.

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                26.08.2008 16:19
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                What will happen?!

                So we're 2 games in to the Premiership season and there's already havoc at West Ham United. The minute Curbishley releases a statement saying that big-name players are staying, the board seemingly goes and sells them, this has happened so far with Anton Ferdinand to the seemingly loaded Sunderland and now may well happen with Bellamy joining up again with Mark Hughes at Manchester City.

                It seems to me as if the club are trying to get Curbishley to walk out, to avoid having to pay off his contract or to make themselves look stupid having appointed him not particularly long ago. Curbishley has done ok with limited funds, it hasn't helped that he bought mostly old and injury prone players though. He has bought a rather unattractive style of football to the club though that was never going to be liked by the West Ham fans. I can never really feel sorry for West Ham fans though, as they have over the years given more stick than anyone else to returning players.

                Their board over the years have been a mess though, first Terrence Brown getting annoyed by Harry Redknapp who had done a job over the years despite his squad being incapable to cope with the extra cup games that year and a lowly finish. That was the closest West Ham have come to returning to their former glory though in my eyes and it's been downhill since then, first selling off all their great homemade talent (Ferdinand, Cole, Lampard and co), then re-inventing themselves but selling off Carrick even when they came back up to The Premiership they had some decent players but managed failed to strengthen much. Eg head in charge of the club now seemingly went out of his way to play big in the transfer market, spending far too much on wages for players like Lucas Neil just to ensure they signed him, getting themselves in a mess with Mascherano and Tevez, the latter they have to thank for fighting them out of a relegation zone.

                Now if we look through the squad it is a complete mess made up of players that are ok but not good enough for a top half finish (Carlton Cole, Boa Morte, Bowyer, Davenport, Spector, Ashton, Quashie), injury prone players (Faubert, Dyer, Parker) and a couple of young guns (Sears, Tomkins) who are likely to move on to perform oh and there's Robert Green who is likely to have a very busy season! Having released Solano and Ljungberg and as it looks like they are moving on Bellamy and Ferdinand, you'd think they'd have signed someone this summer but sole signing Valon Behrami must be wondering what an earth he has walked in to, he certainly hasn't come here for a bowl of Alpen Muesli!

                The only way they could have resolved this problem would have been to sack Curbishley at the end of last season, take an attacking minded manager in the summer and let him change the squad around, the fans would be happy, the squad would be in good shape and Curbs would get a sympathy vote from another club and maybe find a home. Instead, we're a few days away from the transfer deadline and their squad looks shabby, if there is a change in personnel - no manager is going to be able to do what he wants to until the beginning of next season?

                So, I think it's relegation. Incidentally, a good choice of manager would surely be Slaven Bilic. A Young confident manager whose attacking football would go down well with the fans, does he want to commit to National management or have a pop in the Premier League, surely he'd always be able to return and with a reasonably well known name around the world and a history with West Ham, the fans would be on his side. I instead, see relegation as the most likely of outcomes but would billionare Gudmunsson allow that to happen? He came in with a lot of bark but it seems a long time ago since the signings of the Argentines and all last years signings despite being expensive were in fact paid for by the sales of the likes of Reo-Coker, Konchesky, Benayoun and Harewood. I for one am interested to see what happens and bloody glad I don't support them!

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                  West Ham are going down... if only it were Chelsea

                  West Ham United Football Club are currently residing at the wrong end of the English Premier League in one of the three relegation positions. The club's current manager is former charlton boss Alan Curbishley, who was appointed on 13 December 2006 after the firing of Alan Pardew.


                  A burglary was recently committed at West Ham's football stadium. Unfortunately the entire contents of the trophy room were stolen. The police are looking for a man with a claret & blue carpet.


                  Things got even worse when the fire brigade phoned Alan Curbishley yesterday morning in the early hours. "Mr. Curbishley sir, Upton Park is on fire!"
                  Curbishley jumped out of bed and cried out "The cups man! Save the cups!".

                  "Erm... it's ok sir, the fire hasn't yet spread to the canteen" came the reply.


                  Nevertheless Mr Curbishley was panic stricken. He got dressed, dived into his car and headed for the motorway. He was eventually caught by Police for speeding on his way back to the Upton Park. "I'll do anything for 3 points officer", he said when questioned.


                  Actually... West ham Chairman Eggert Magnusson is now considering replacing Alan Curbishley with Ronnie O'Sullivan. The chairman explainied this unusual move by saying: "We need more than points now, we need snookers!"


                  To make matters worse, West Ham football club also came under investigation by the Inland Revenue for tax evasion. They've been making false claims for Silver Polish for the past 30 years.


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                  The seven dwarves were down a mine shaft when suddenly there was a cave-in. Snow White ran to the entrance and yelled down to them to see if they' were ok. In the distance a voice shouted out: "West Ham are good enough to avoid relegation from the Premiership."
                  Snow White sighed with relief and said: "Well at least Dopey's still alive"


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                  A man goes into a shop and browses around for a while. Eventually, when it is quiet he goes up to the counter and says:

                  "I would like a... erm... uh... packet of condoms please"

                  The assistant politely replies that this is a sports shop and they don't sell condoms. Embarrassed, the man walks out. One hour later he is back in the shop, same question, same response.

                  Half an hour later he is back again, same question, only this time the assistant is getting annoyed.

                  "Look" he says, "This is a sports shop and we don't sell condoms, how many times do I have to tell you?"

                  Feeling ashamed he looks at the assistant and says "Sorry but I came in to buy a West Ham football shirt but I was too embarrassed to ask.


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                  A West Ham supporter walks past an antique shop and notices a video for sale in the window entitled "West Ham - The Golden Years".

                  The supporter asks the shopkeeper: "How much for the video mate ?"

                  The shopkeeper replies: "£200."

                  "£200 for a video ?" says the fan, "You're having a laugh aren't ya?."

                  "Oh no" the shopkeeper replies "The video's only a fiver, but the Betamax video player will cost you £195"


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                  West Ham Sale Now On!

                  Given the disastrous season and the recent 5 million pound fine West Ham chairman Eggert Magnusson has had enough and is ready to get some of his money back by having a sale.


                  West Ham Tablecloths: £4:99 - suitable for any occasion but tend to slip down the table after a short time.

                  West Ham Banners: £15:00 - they come complete with interchangeable slogans:
                  "Pardew OUT", "Curbishley OUT", "LET ME OUT" etc.

                  West Ham Bras: £14:99 each - these bras are is in team colours and provide good support but have no cups.

                  West Ham Lipstick: £0:99p - Ideal for kissing goodbye to the Premiership.

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                    As I am writing this op, I am listening in on the match commentary on the West Ham v Manchester United match. The score is currently 2-2. As I most certainly do not support Manchester United, I won't be giving any prizes for guessing who I DO support! My love for football was kindled in 1966 when West Ham won the World Cup! Well, we did have the captain and the two goal scorers in the final! Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters. At that time, my local football team was Millwall, and my dad was an Arsenal supporter. I have no brothers, just two sisters, and my dad was delighted when my closest sister and myself showed a great interest in football after the World Cup. The very first match he took us to was at Highbury, and was Arsenal against West Ham. From that moment, they became MY team. We went to Highbury many more times with Dad, but my allegiance never changed. I have been a West Ham nut ever since. When I was 20 I met my husband to be, and by good fortune, he and his family were all staunch West Ham supporters and remain so to this day. (Just sticking this bit in. Manchester United have just scored again! 2-3) When we first married, we bought a house within shouting distance of Upton Park. If we stood in the garden we could hear the roars of the crowd when West Ham scored! One of my fondest memories is of the day after the FA Cup Final in 1975. West Ham had beaten Fulham in the Wembley Final on the Saturday, and the team were doing the usual open-topped bus ride down to East Ham Town Hall. I was there among the crowd, and the feeling of delight and pride was incredible. After all, West Ham don't really win very much do they? Then again, in 1980, the FA Cup Final between West Ham and Arsenal took place. My son was almost exactly a year old on the day of the final. The darling went to sleep just minutes before the final, and awoke just after final whistle! And that despite the whole fa
                    mily being round at our place, and screaming their heads off! For anyone who doesn't know, we won that one too! West Ham have always had the reputation of being a delightful side to watch, but no backbone. (Damn. It's now 2-4 to United! I'm beginning to wish I'd never started this!) Back to my previous statement; I think the good-to-watch factor stems from some of the skilful players we have had over the years. These include Martin Peters, Trevor Brooking, Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst and of course, the current crowd favourite, Paolo di Canio. Any one of these was capable of setting the whole crowd alight with just one move. Young Joe Cole and Jermain Defoe are two others who can really get the crowd going too. Over the years, West Ham have had mixed fortunes. After a spell in the (then) second division, West Ham have been in the top flight for several years now. Most seasons we seem to end in mid-table positions, although we have been known to slug it out at the bottom of the table, scrambling for safety! Our best ever position was 3rd, some seasons ago. One of the strangest matches involving West Ham was in a European match, which had to be played behind closed doors, I believe because of crowd problems in the away fixture. Strangely, this match was televised live! It was eerie watching and listening to a crowd-free match....no shouting, singing or swearing, in fact, no atmosphere at all! When we moved to Hornchurch, hubby used to go to an occasional match, but I went several years without going to the ground, just following them on the television (armchair supporter that I was!) Then about 4 years ago, the West Ham Youth Team reached the final of the FA Youth cup against Coventry. This was played as home and away fixtures, with Coventry being the hosts first. West Ham won that leg 3-0 and I decided that it might be nice to go and cheer them on in the home leg. On the night of the (Hold on.
                    ...it's now 3-4!!!! Excuse me while I shout a little) Where was I? Oh yes. On the night of the Home leg, we got to the ground and got our tickets. West Ham had totally underestimated the level of interest in this match, and had only opened 3 sides of the ground. Ten minutes before kick off time, they hurriedly opened the fourth side, delayed kick off for ten minutes, and hundreds of us poured in to find seats! We still managed to miss the first two goals (both to West Ham). I have to say that the atmosphere at this match was absolutely wonderful. It was like being at a carnival. Mexican Waves abounded. The football was almost secondary to the party going on, although the players did their parts too, in winning the leg 6-0 and the FA Youth Cup 9-0 overall. Our first bit of silverware for some years! I have since been to several matches, but none come near the atmosphere of that match. West Ham also do a lot of work in the community. At the school where I teach, we have a West Ham coach who comes in and takes Year 5 and Year six for training, for 6 weeks each in the autumn term. They are also on the lookout for fresh talent, and one of our ex pupils (a girl) currently plays in their under 13 league, and has featured prominently in the West Ham programme as being an outstanding forward. In the Spring Term Year 4 get a one week taster of what they will be doing when they get to year 5. Every so often, West Ham operate a "Kid for a Quid" match, where children under 16 are charged only £1.00 to see a top class match. With ticket prices in general being sky high, this is all to the good for their public relations. There are times (like right now!!!) when I wonder why I put myself through this week after week, as even when West Ham win, it always seems to be nail biting stuff! I remember the match against Aston Villa (oh darn it...3-5 to Manchester United!!! See what I mean?) This was the match which went to pe
                    nalties, then was later declared null and void due to technicalities, but at the time we didn't know that! I remember screaming myself hoarse listening to the radio as West Ham won the penalty shoot out. Then we went and lost the rescheduled match. That unfortunately is typical West Ham. However, they are MY team, and I will continue to support them, even if I don't go to the ground on a regular basis. After all, I've grown up with them. They were the first team I ever saw in a live match, and they are my closest Premier division team. Come on you Irons! PS. The match has just finished; West Ham 3 Manchester United 5. Just another normal day at the Office!

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                      Relgation. Promotion. Semi Finals. 3rd Round KO's. Controversy over Bond Schemes. Managers in, Managers Out. This has been my experience of supporting West Ham United for the last 21 years(I was given my first pair of WHU mittens at the age of 2 1/2). It would seem in 1981 that supporting the Hammers would be an excellent choice for an almost three year old to make. We had just won the FA Cup, we had internationals coming in and out of Upton Park like it was a rabbit warren, and the bubbles, well, you know the rest. It would seem that I have an apology to make then, as the curse of my support has caused nothing but distress for all involved since that day when I proudly exclaimed to the horror of my Chelsea following mother, that I would have loyalties on the other side of the capital. A quick look back over the previous 21 years and you will see we really do have limited silverware. Case in point. The Inter-toto cup. Can you remember who we beat in this pre-season friendly style competition? No? Can anyone actually remember who we played when we won the seniors six-a-side tournament? I think not. The success, it sort of blurs in with history... Alternative Case. What were you doing when we were pipped by Sheffield United to the Division 1 title? Where were you when we beaten 4-0 at Villa Park by a middle of the road Forest side and Tony Gale was framed by Blindman Hackett? These points are easily memorable and stick out like an extremely sore thumb. We have hearts of gold us hammers. We live for the club, we go through life quoting our mantra. 'Well, at least we play entertaining football'. Well, I'd like to let everyone into a secret. I'd give it all up. The cool passing manouvere's. The gentlemanly conduct against Everton (You know what I mean Paolo). The being content with finishing 16th year on year. I want to win 9-0 against Arsenal in the cup final! I want to be playing Barcelona in the C
                      hampions league final in the San Siro while hundreds of Man United fans say, 'I wish we could have been top of the premiership for last umpteen million years!' I would also dearly like us to play Forest in a rematch at Villa park. These are dreams it is true, but one day, I'm sure we shall conquer. This is the place were dreams are made and broken, after all and surely we have done enough penance. I'm not sure who up there we offended, but I'd like to take this opportunity to make a grovelling apology to whoever it is up there who has that holy season ticket in the sky. We're sorry, and we would like to bring Bobby off the bench if that's possible...

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                        27.10.2001 09:02
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                        West Ham poor, poor West Ham!! It seems to me that the West Ham squad is in a bit of a pickle. Our new manager Glenn Roeder seems to be selling every decent West Ham player on the squad. So far ha has managed to got rid of Frank Lampard junior and it seems to every one that young Michael Carrick is of to Arsenal. He is trying to buy in new talent from foreign countries but it is just not working for them. The foreign players need a bit of time to fit in and Glenn is not giving them the time they need. So far Glenn has managed to get himself stuck with 3 world class goal keepers, But he does not need them so what’s the point in having them. To be honest I have been a West Ham supporter for just over 17 years now and I feel that these are our darkest days yet. Trust me West Ham has had some really dark days in the past. Even though West Ham have won the last to games we have played I feel they are just luck….Luck which is going to run out soon! West Ham is a sure bet this year for a team which is going down. Our Home form seems to be going ok but our last 2 away games has seen us concede 13 goals which is terrible. 7 of those goals where scored by the newly promoted team Blackburn. COME ON BOYS SORT IT OUT!!!

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                          24.10.2001 09:05

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                          Over the past few years, West Ham have been finishing quite high in the premiership and they have shown people that they are a premiership team. But, last season saw them sell Rio Ferdinand to Leeds United in an 18 million pound deal, and then Harry Redknapp quit as the manager and Frank Lampard Senior also left. In the summer, quite a few of the players were saying that they were also going to leave West Ham after they appointed Glen Roader as the new manager and some of the players weren’t happy that they hadn’t appointed a more well known manager. The only other player to actually leave in the end was Frank Lampard Junior, as he was sold to Chelsea for about 10 million pounds. Stuart Pearce also left the Hammers to sign for Man City and link up with Kevin Keegan. Other players decided to stay. Although it was only Frank Lampard and Stuart Pearce who left in the summer, West Ham didn’t seem to look like a premiership team and they were said to be on of the favourites to be relegated this season. They lost their opening game of the season, 2-1 to Liverpool, but they showed a lot of team spirit. They then drew their second game of the season 0-0 with Leeds United, which was a good result. In my opinion, West Ham’s best players are Paulo Di Canio, David James, Trevor Sinclair, Frederic Kanoute, Michael Carrick and Joe Cole. The first 4 of these players are experienced and will help West Ham stay up this season. Carrick and Cole are young English stars and I reckon that they will become great footballers over the next few years. Glen Roader is someone who I can’t see being the manager of West Ham for very long. I think he could be one of the first managers this season to be sacked or to quit their club. He does not have much experience, compared to other managers, but he has just made a good signing in Don Hutchinson. Apparently, West Ham have just signed Hutchinson for about 5 million pounds from Sunde
                          rland after he wanted to move back to London. I think that West Ham will finish around 17th this season but if they can sign some players then they could get a higher position in the premiership.

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                          17.10.2001 05:07
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                          Glen Roeder hasn't proved himself so far this season. And i do think he will have a struggle staying as manager for the 8 year average, that all other west ham managers have lasted for in the past. However he has got the team that should potentially be finishing mid table this season. after the sale of Rio Ferdinand the defence has looked a bit shaky, but hopefully the signing of Repka will sort that problem out for the hammers. But something has to happen for West Ham soon, or else Roeder may start to feel a little un easy. As for the stlye of football, West ham often play with a degree of beauty, and they can often be seen putting brilliant moves togehter. And for me west ham have got it right with their youth policy. Rio Ferdinand, Michael carrick, Joe Cole, Frank Lampard and Jermain Defoe (although defoe was mainly the product of Charlton Athletic), have all come through the youth ranks recently. Below are the key players: 1. Paulo Dicanio - an inspired signing by Harry Redknapp after the italians trouble at Sheffield Wednesday, got Dicanio at West ham. And since then he's been a marvel. Other than his fantastic goals (his one aginst neil sullivan inparticular), Paulo brings some fantastic skill to West ham's game, and he also helps out all the youth players imprpve aswell, making him a great player too the club. 2.Joe Cole - A youth product, Joe has already been capped for England. He shows an impressive amount of skill and natural ability, and will become and england great when he's older. 3. Michael carrick - Another youth product who isn't afraid to have a go from distance. is just as exciting as his best friend Joe Cole. Also has England caps. 4.Freddy Kanoute - This french Striker is on the verge of the French international team. He has a brilliant touch, and good pace, and will always bag a few goals each season. Things should improve for the hammers this season, they certainly hav
                          e the players to. They just have to get their confidence and goals back.

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                            25.09.2001 03:49
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                            At last a win for the mighty irons! Now people will give Roeder a chance and maybe those ridiculous critics will stop trying to hang each manager who suffers a bad run or even a bad result. (Fat chance) I didn't make it to the game as £35 is a bit beyond my current financial means. (keep rating my ops and I might see a half soon!) But from watching it on Sky and having been to the Leeds game I feel I am semi-qualified to give my opinion. I think the team is so much better balanced than it was last season. Midfielders are playing in midfield, defenders in defence. This may sound obvious, but tell that to Harry Redknapp, who seemed to love centre backs so much he played six at a time. Don Hutchison gives a great combination of power, passing and goals from midfield, the all-action midfielder that we've needed for many years. Laurent Courtois may not have set the game alight, but with a left-sided player on the left the team can switch play easily and stretch the opposition. It will be interesting to see what happens when Joe Cole comes back. I feel very sorry for Cole as people are forgetting he is only 19. He is not underdeveloped, it's just that early blossomers such as Ashley Cole and Stephen Gerrard make it look like he is treading water. He is also being played out of position on the left. Anyone who has seen the Under 21s this season willknow how good Cole is when playing behind a main striker. This is his position, not as a central midfielder, nor as a wide player. Of course West Ham's problem is that Di Canio and Kanoute are not the kind of players that enjoy playing up on their own. I would keep Cole on the bench and bring him on when we need a spark or Di Canio is having an off day (all away games at the moment). Only start Cole when playing him behind a central striker, Kitson, Todorov or Defoe. Defoe and Cole are the future for West Ham up front, but probably not for a couple of years. I also like the look of th
                            e defence. Schemmel will never be a great player, but he showed against Newcastle that he is intelligent enough to do a job against a dangerous and in-form winger such as Robert. Winterburn may be 37 but he still has the heart and the legs for the Prenier League. At 2-0 with about 15 minutes to go he showed more stamina than most players half his age as he chased a lost cause down the wing. Repka looks like the dominant centre-half to replace Ferdinand. Big, strong and very mobile, he reminds me of Slaven Bilic. The most astonishing transformation has been that of Christian Dailly this season. Last season he looked like a fan filling in because of injuries. He just didn't have a clue! Now he looks a composed and intelligent centre half. He set up Di Canio with a 50 yard pass that the Italian master himself would have been proud of. Overall an encouraging performance yesterday and an excellent result. This looks like a team that will pick up points away from home as well as at UP, providing Di Canio and Kanoute are fit and willing to contribute both home and away. I am still not certain about Roeder, can he command the respect of such an expensive squad when the going gets tough? Nevertheless, optimism reigns in the litebite household!

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                              Over the past few years, West Ham have been finishing quite high in the premiership and they have shown people that they are a premiership team. But, last season saw them sell Rio Ferdinand to Leeds United in an 18 million pound deal, and then Harry Redknapp quit as the manager and Frank Lampard Senior also left. In the summer, quite a few of the players were saying that they were also going to leave West Ham after they appointed Glen Roader as the new manager and some of the players weren’t happy that they hadn’t appointed a more well known manager. The only other player to actually leave in the end was Frank Lampard Junior, as he was sold to Chelsea for about 10 million pounds. Stuart Pearce also left the Hammers to sign for Man City and link up with Kevin Keegan. Other players decided to stay. Although it was only Frank Lampard and Stuart Pearce who left in the summer, West Ham didn’t seem to look like a premiership team and they were said to be on of the favourites to be relegated this season. They lost their opening game of the season, 2-1 to Liverpool, but they showed a lot of team spirit. They then drew their second game of the season 0-0 with Leeds United, which was a good result. In my opinion, West Ham’s best players are Paulo Di Canio, David James, Trevor Sinclair, Frederic Kanoute, Michael Carrick and Joe Cole. The first 4 of these players are experienced and will help West Ham stay up this season. Carrick and Cole are young English stars and I reckon that they will become great footballers over the next few years. Glen Roader is someone who I can’t see being the manager of West Ham for very long. I think he could be one of the first managers this season to be sacked or to quit their club. He does not have much experience, compared to other managers, but he has just made a good signing in Don Hutchinson. Apparently, West Ham have just signed Hutchinson for about 5 million pounds from Sunde
                              rland after he wanted to move back to London. I think that West Ham will finish around 17th this season but if they can sign some players then they could get a higher position in the premiership.

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                              Over the past few years, West Ham have been finishing quite high in the premiership and they have shown people that they are a premiership team. But, last season saw them sell Rio Ferdinand to Leeds United in an 18 million pound deal, and then Harry Redknapp quit as the manager and Frank Lampard Senior also left. In the summer, quite a few of the players were saying that they were also going to leave West Ham after they appointed Glen Roader as the new manager and some of the players weren’t happy that they hadn’t appointed a more well known manager. The only other player to actually leave in the end was Frank Lampard Junior, as he was sold to Chelsea for about 10 million pounds. Stuart Pearce also left the Hammers to sign for Man City and link up with Kevin Keegan. Other players decided to stay. Although it was only Frank Lampard and Stuart Pearce who left in the summer, West Ham didn’t seem to look like a premiership team and they were said to be on of the favourites to be relegated this season. They lost their opening game of the season, 2-1 to Liverpool, but they showed a lot of team spirit. They then drew their second game of the season 0-0 with Leeds United, which was a good result. In my opinion, West Ham’s best players are Paulo Di Canio, David James, Trevor Sinclair, Frederic Kanoute, Michael Carrick and Joe Cole. The first 4 of these players are experienced and will help West Ham stay up this season. Carrick and Cole are young English stars and I reckon that they will become great footballers over the next few years. Glen Roader is someone who I can’t see being the manager of West Ham for very long. I think he could be one of the first managers this season to be sacked or to quit their club. He does not have much experience, compared to other managers, but he has just made a good signing in Don Hutchinson. Apparently, West Ham have just signed Hutchinson for about 5 million pounds from Sunde
                              rland after he wanted to move back to London. I think that West Ham will finish around 15th-16th this season but if they can sign some players then they could get a higher position in the premiership.

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                              West Ham United Football Club are a football club based in Upton Park, Newham, East London and play their home matches at The Boleyn Ground or formally known as Upton Park. They are currently in the English Premier League, but reside in one of the three relegation positions in the league table. The club's current manager is Alan Curbishley, who was appointed on 13 December 2006 after the firing of Alan Pardew. The current Chairman of the club is the Icelandic businessman, Eggert Magnússon. The club was founded in 1895, and, since joining the Football League, have never been below The Championship. They have won the FA Cup three times: in 1964, 1975 and 1980, and also captured the now defunct Cup Winners Cup in 1965 and the Intertoto Cup in 1999. Their best finish in the top-flight was a 3rd place finish in 1986.