Is it inevitable that Premier League matches will be played on foreign soil?
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by Paul Brand
1w ago
Many football fans pride themselves on travelling ‘over land and sea’ in support of their club. Points are clocked up as proof of their dedication, rewarding them with first dibs on the most in-demand tickets. Perhaps tellingly, no points are required to join West Ham on their summer tour of America. The inaugural Stateside Cup is advertised as ‘Three Premier Teams. Three Premier Venues. One Exciting Series.’ Now, I’m envious of anyone heading stateside, not because they might be the first to glimpse Luis Guilherme in claret and blue but because the Sunshine State of Florida is a far more appe ..read more
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Lucy’s Last Word: ‘It’s going to be an interesting to see the remoulding of Moyes’ squad’
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by Lucy Farrell
1M ago
If West Ham fans could have a catchphrase, it would probably be: ‘We didn’t do as well as we’d hoped’. We live in expectation every season, but are so often left wanting more. Whether it’s league positions, cup runs or signings, for as long as I’ve been supporting West Ham, we’re just one step behind where we want to be. This is a big summer coming up for Lopetegui. A small squad was a big issue for the last couple of seasons but there are also players that need to go. We need strengthening defensively, definitely. It was a woeful read to look at the goals against last season, and that was wit ..read more
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From Cole to Collins, should players return to their former clubs?
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by Paul Brand
1M ago
There is a sizeable contingent among us who have refused to get off the tube at Upton Park or take a stroll down Barking Road since Barratt Homes turned the Boleyn Ground into Upton Gardens. Going back would be too painful. But at least you could ease the pain with a pint at the immaculately refurbished Boleyn Tavern. And it’s not as if you’d be expected to put on any sort of performance all these years later or be the exact same person that you once were. It’s perhaps easy to see why players are routinely advised against trying to recapture past glories. The mantra of ‘try, try again’ should ..read more
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It’s time to put MPs under a bit of pressure ahead of the election
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by Chris Wheal
1M ago
When rain-soaked Rishi Sunak stood outside Number 10 to call a snap general election, he pulled the plug on the long-fought-for regulator for English football. With widespread cross-party support, it was thought that the Bill that grew out of the Fan-led Review of English Football might go through on the nod. There is an official procedure when Parliament is about to end. If the opposition and government can agree on either entire bills, or elements within them, they can be voted through in the final days before Parliament is dissolved. This procedure is called Wash Up. The Football Governance ..read more
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He’s clocked up 200 games in claret and blue but is time running out for our Czech mate?
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by Olivia Elliott
1M ago
With the departure of Declan Rice we saw a glimpse of how high Soucek can play up the pitch and actually have an effect on the game this season. However, it seems that when us fans all spotted the freedom he had, it seemed to all of a sudden stop and now he hasn’t been as high up the pitch as we first thought. I have an incredible amount of love for both our Czech Republic kings Soucek and Coufal. I think they both work really hard in every game we play. They rarely miss any minutes through injury and always have their name on the starting line-up sheet. Tomas Soucek has scored six goals for u ..read more
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‘We should’ve known better than to dismiss Reid, Green, and Vaz Te on their West Ham arrival’
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by Blowing Bubbles
1M ago
There have been many players who have arrived at West Ham with a lot of hype, only to flatter to deceive. But which players did our team not rate at first but went on to prove us wrong whilst still a Hammer? For Meirion Williams, it was a ‘World Cup star’ that we signed in August 2010 that proved him wrong. ‘My first thought was that there was no way that would happen but then it was confirmed and it was a player from New Zealand so not exactly a star in my eyes, and so a certain Winston Reid joined the Hammers.  ‘I thought let’s give him the benefit of the doubt, maybe he will be worth a ..read more
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Blowing Bubbles End of Season Awards 2024
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by Blowing Bubbles
1M ago
Player of the Season: Jarrod Bowen Lucy Farrell: Strangely, there were a few options for this, which didn’t seem likely this season. But my vote is for Bowen. He’s had such a big impact in terms of goals and we couldn’t have done without him. Gutted he didn’t get to break his record on the last day of the season. Geoff Hillyer: Bowen. Equalled the record for goals scored in a single season in the Premier League alongside Paolo Di Canio. Without him, we would have finished much lower in the league. Kudus gets an honourable mention here. Meirion Williams: Bowen as a converted striker was simply ..read more
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From Areola’s missus to Zouma, it’s been another interesting season to be a West Ham fan!
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by Emily Pulham
1M ago
A is for Angry Areolas. It sounds like a bad porno, but stay with me. Areola’s wife stirred the pot of drama and sprinkled some salt in after West Ham’s final home game of the season on her Instagram account, posting a message saying ‘save of the season OK, but it should have been player of the year… it won’t be the case and we all know why.’ Listen, Areola was vital this season – he made incredible saves all season long – but it’s a bold statement about a player who also let in 53 goals and kept only four clean sheets in the Premier League this season. Areola added it to his story – adding to ..read more
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Stuart Pearce: ‘It was like the Dirty Dozen walking into that West Ham changing room for the first time’
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by Marcus Johns
1M ago
You signed for the club in 1999. How did your move to West Ham come about? Basically I was playing for Newcastle at the time, but not really getting a game so I personally picked the phone up to call four or five managers in the Premier League where I thought I could play and get into their first team, and the only taker at the time was Harry Redknapp who said to me that he needed to run it past his chairman. This went on for a couple of weeks and then all of a sudden the week before the first game of the season was due to start, Harry rang me and said we’ve got Tottenham next week, come down ..read more
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School Report: ‘Who’s being sent home early and who is graduating with honours?’
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by Lucy Farrell
1M ago
It’s been a mixed bag of a year for the pupils of London Stadium. In what has been their final term under their history-writing headmaster, some individuals have had standout performances, while some have left us scratching our heads in the staff room. Let’s take a look at the alumni annual report cards: Alphonse Areola – B+ It’s fair to say that Alphonse has made some match-winning saves this term and deserves the praise he has been getting from his fans. He was handed an early season boost by being trusted as the class number one, and there’s been little to suggest it wasn’t deserved. It wo ..read more
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