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Starting XI Progression Since Davids’ Takeover

By on August 12, 2016 in Hammers History, Opinion, Video
As the new season is days away, I took a brief trip down memory lane, to remind ourselves just how much we’ve progressed on and off the pitch with David Gold and David Sullivan at the helm.Quite miraculous we won ANY games with some of those early XI’s…They’ve done pretty damn well with us since...

VIDEO: West Ham fanzine OLAS to stop printing after 27 years

By on February 6, 2016 in Hammers History, Interviews, Video
OLAS founder Gary explains why, after 27 years at the top, he’s shutting down his West Ham fanzine.

Flashback Friday: Jonathan Spector

By on July 25, 2014 in Hammers History
Well, where to begin? Spector was initially brought into the club to help add bodies for our UEFA Cup journey, so I guess we should have just got him in on a very short term loan deal then? Seriously though, Spector came from Manchester United for a sum of £500k – for a player who...

Another mercenary or one of our best of late?

By on July 19, 2014 in Hammers History
Nine years ago to the day, an unknown Israeli chap joined the club from hardly-well-known Spanish club Racing Santander for a measly £2.5million. One look at Yossi Benyaoun and you’d imagine he would seem better suited to a non-contact sport like chess, or table tennis, due to his extremely slight lightweight physique. We all knew...

Flashback Friday: Carl Fletcher

By on July 4, 2014 in Hammers History
Fletcher is probably now most well known due to all ‘those’ rumours including his then manager Alan Pardew. However, Fletcher  proved to be another of Pardew’s very well spent transfers – at £275,000 – a player with the engine of Fletcher’s was a snip. He wasn’t going to score 10 goals, or boss every game...

Flashback Friday: John Hartson

By on June 27, 2014 in Hammers History
Picture the scene: West Ham were in dire need of some fire power and steel to get out of the relegation zone and stay up – so Harry Redknapp turned to Paul Kitson, John Hartson and Steve Lomas when he bought the trio, bringing them to Upton Park in the 96/7 season. At the age...

Memories of Marlon and Mullins

By on March 19, 2014 in Hammers History
We all have a couple of players we liked so much whilst they were at the club that we still continue to keep an eye out for them even after their departure. Almost the equivalent of an individual ‘second team’ if you will. We’ve had a ridiculous turnover of players in the last decade, and...

Where are they now? – David Di Michele

By on October 21, 2013 in Hammers History
Welcome to a new weekly feature I’ll be writing from now on. In ‘Where are they now?’I’ll be looking at some of the lesser known players who have left West Ham in the last decade or so, and what they’ve gone on to do since then. The first instalment looks at the career path of...

The Forgotten XI

By on September 19, 2013 in Hammers History
We’re at a stage where our club is littered with international players, and even international captains (Diame, Reid, Rat) yet people still squabble about the quality of players in our side right now. It may be hard for some to believe, especially those who are younger (I’m not exactly old at 22, so I don’t...

The past, present, and future of Joe Cole

By on July 22, 2013 in Commentary, Hammers History
It’s not often a football club will have such a romance with former players, but we at West Ham seem to have quite a strong link. Even if it is only in their appearances against us with their current club, it’s something which you can always look forward to; the will they or won’t they,...

Does Daniel Levy hate West Ham?

By on February 6, 2015 in Opinion
It was a frustrating Transfer Deadline Day for West Ham. Despite being linked with several players and hours of negotiations, sadly no new faces appeared at Chadwell Heath before the window slammed shut. Emmanuel Adebayor was apparently one of those potential faces and it’s arguably a shame that a deal didn’t get over the line....

West Ham: Now officially a good team

By on January 27, 2015 in Opinion
I watched West Ham’s FA Cup fourth round match with more interest than usual, given that Bristol City have long been my nearest Football League side geographically. And while it was not the most thrilling encounter in West Ham’s history, the win provided us with the perhaps the best opportunity in recent years to bring...

Will the real Andy Carroll please stand up?

By on January 26, 2015 in Opinion
The superlatives know no end when it comes to Andy Carroll. Just take the two quotes below as an example: I.Holloway in 2010 – “He’s the best striker in the Premiership.” J.Hartson this season on Match of the Day – “Swansea simply could not cope with him and it was the sort of display I...

Jonjo Heuerman – a remarkable young man

By on January 19, 2015 in Interviews
Jonjo Heuerman is a remarkable person and has deservedly become a West Ham hero at a young age. His charity events have not only raised a lot of money for his chosen cause, but have also massively raised their profile too. When Jonjo got in touch with me and asked me to run another interview...