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West Ham ref watch – Watford

By on November 2, 2015 in Ref Watch
Referee: Keith Stroud Rating: 7/10 After a famous win last weekend against Chelsea, we went into the game at Vicarage Road with the best away form in the league. It’s the first time Keith Stroud has officiated a game for West Ham this season so I was intruiged to see how he would perform. The...

West Ham ref watch – week 6

By on October 5, 2015 in Ref Watch
Referee: Neil Swarbrick  Rating: 7/10 After a last ditch equaliser last week at home to Norwich, we visited the North playing a Sunderland team who haven’t won this season. The referee appointed for this fixture was Neil Swarbrick. The first half was quite busy for Swarbrick and a caution for Mark Noble in the 2nd...

West Ham ref watch – week 5

By on September 27, 2015 in Ref Watch
Referee: Mike Dean Rating: 7/10 It was a contrasting week of emotion for West Ham fans after a famous win at the Etihad, only to be followed by a disappointing defeat at Leicester in the League Cup. West Ham seem to find it difficult at home to produce the same kind of performances as they...

West Ham ref watch – week 4

By on September 20, 2015 in Ref Watch
Referee: Robert Madley Rating: 7/10 Last week I signed off my article with ‘anything is possible’ after a fantastic result at Upton Park against Newcastle and although I went into yesterday’s game at the Etihad with huge confidence, the West Ham fans were sent into dreamland once again after a historic win. Robert Madley was...

West Ham ref watch – Week 3

By on September 15, 2015 in Ref Watch
Referee: Anthony Taylor Rating: 8/10 There are only 17 Premier League games left at the Boleyn Ground and there is always something special about night under the lights at Upton Park. The atmosphere becomes more electric, passionate and when “I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles” is blasted over the speakers, it gives you goosebumps from head to...

West Ham ref watch – Week 2

By on August 30, 2015 in Ref Watch
Referee: Kevin Friend Rating: 6/10 As I sit in glorious sunshine in a resort just outside a small town called Fetiye in Turkey, I currently have a smug look on my face. It was a fantastic win for the team and the perfect performance following such a disappointing display against Bournemouth. Bilic deserves a lot...

West Ham ref watch – Week 1

By on August 23, 2015 in Opinion, Ref Watch
Editor’s note: I’m delighted to welcome Sam Royden-Ryell to the Iron Views team. He has been a referee for 2 years, officiating in youth leagues across Kent and Essex. He has blogged independently about refereeing performances across all Premier League games and has now taken the opportunity to analyse his own team, West Ham. He...

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...