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Game of Thrones: The good, the bad and the ugly
Wednesday, 22nd May 2019
by Last Caress
''After eight series and eight years of swashbuckling entertainment, hugely popular TV show Game of Thrones came to an end this week. KUMB's Music, Film & TV Forum has followed GoT's highs and lows since 2011, from where one of our most regular commentators has the final word.....''


Memories are made of this, dreams cost a little more
Tuesday, 21st May 2019
by Paul Walker
''Itís been a funny old few days. Memories of our illustrious past to warm the hearts of us old timers. The reality of what we will never achieve, underlined by the cruel humiliation of Watford just to rub it in...''


Time to engage
Tuesday, 14th May 2019
by Tross
''For decades, football had remained a sport with a pre-dominantly local, restricted audience, governed by the number of people who could enter the stadium. ..''


Letís not brush things under the carpet
Saturday, 11th May 2019
by Paul Walker
''West Ham are easy meat for the comedians now, arenít we? With England having all four finalists in Europeís top competitions... three from London...''


Watford v West Ham United
Saturday, 11th May 2019
by Preview Percy
''It's the last Preview Percy of the season. Before he ventures off into the sunshine in the company of Daisy the work experience girl with the beautiful smile, here's his look at Sunday's trip to Watford which contains a handy hint re what to do on 1st June........''


The decade ahead
Wednesday, 8th May 2019
by Rob Barlow
''West Hamís golden years; the 2020s? Unlikely. ..''


West Ham United v Southampton
Friday, 3rd May 2019
by Preview Percy
''If you were anywhere near Preview Percy's local, the Swan & Superinjunction, last weekend you may well have seen him a) smiling and b) actually buying a round, events so rare that they have never been known to occur on the same night. Here's his look at the visit of Southampton for the final home game of the season....... ..''


Pressing issues
Tuesday, 30th April 2019
by Paul Walker
''It could only be West Ham. We win superbly at our biggest rivals and the vast range of reactions from our fans just underlines what a bunch of mixed-up kids we really are...''


Andy Carroll: The last of a dying breed
Monday, 29th April 2019
by Nick Fretwell
''The Boleyn Ground, 1st September 2012. The maverick, the enigma that was Andy Carroll made his West Ham debut. The player that had signed for Liverpool from Newcastle for a massive £35million was now, just two years later, turning out for West Ham United. ..''


Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United
Friday, 26th April 2019
by Preview Percy
''Preview Percy has spent the last week checking to see when they altered the offside law. Apparently they haven't. Let's hope the officials for this weekend's visit to Tottenham Hotspur have worked that out.......''


Racism in football: Is it getting worse?
Tuesday, 23rd April 2019
by Gary Portugal
''Not as easy a question to answer as it seems at first. It is safe to say though, that the issue of racism in football is certainly getting more attention than in any recent season I can remember...''


Is this a bloodless coup?
Tuesday, 23rd April 2019
by Paul Walker
''Are we about to see a dramatic twist in the ongoing war of words between the clubís Official Supporters Board and WHUISA, the independent fansí group that declined to join Lady Bradyís brainchild last summer?..''


West Ham United v Leicester City
Friday, 19th April 2019
by Preview Percy
''Saturday's visit of Leicester will be 'Claret & Blue Day' at the Olympic Stadium. Trying hard not to get over-excited about the arrival of a new carpet is Preview Percy. By and large he succeeds........''


No more excuses
Thursday, 18th April 2019
by WestHamByTheSea
''The 'Running Round Tottenham' song is sadly indicative of a lot of bigotry that has always been around, but nowadays is steeped in absolutely nothing but utter cretinism. ..''


The power plays of player power
Tuesday, 16th April 2019
by Robert Barlow
''While the past few weeks has seen Manuel Pellegrini pondering whether to give Marko Arnautovic first team football, it has dawned on me that the type of situation West Ham are suffering from behind closed doors is one that has embedded itself into our dressing room before. ..''


A song and dance that damages our reputation
Tuesday, 16th April 2019
by Paul Walker
''It was only a matter of time, surely, that the appalling 'Running Round Tottenham' song would drag our clubĎs name through the dirt yet again, such is the current climate of rightful intolerance towards racist abuse. ..''


Bring on VAR, please
Monday, 15th April 2019
by Paul Walker
''I had never really been a fan of VAR, it just looks like another referee somewhere away from the stadium, able to make mistakes...''


The thin end of the wedge
Monday, 15th April 2019
by Hammer_atown
''Iíve been wondering about writing this piece for the last couple of days for a number of reasons - but sod it, I think this is an issue that needs multiple perspectives...''


Manchester United v West Ham United
Friday, 12th April 2019
by Preview Percy
''He's off to Manchester this weekend but before he set off Preview Percy left us his look at Saturdays's visit to Old Trafford. Thankfully, there's no mention of deer droppings this week.......''


Just where are we going?
Thursday, 11th April 2019
by Paul Walker
''Iím going to park my backside on the seats last occupied by Barcelona fans on Saturday evening, knowing that is almost certainly going to be as close as I ever get to Champions League football...''


Chelsea v West Ham United
Sunday, 7th April 2019
by Preview Percy
''It's fair to say that Preview Percy's "not only is the glass half empty, some idiot is bound to knock it over" look on life was not eased any by last weekend's performance against Everton. So it's business as usual for his look at Monday night's visit to Chelsea then.... ..''


Successophobia
Tuesday, 2nd April 2019
by Robert Barlow
''Achievemephobia; fear of success and fear of moving forward...''


Lanzini - these things take time
Monday, 1st April 2019
by Anjado
''Manuel Lanzini always starts off slowly when returning from injury...''


West Ham United v Everton
Friday, 29th March 2019
by Preview Percy
''It was just as well there's been an international break since the Huddersfield match. It's taken Preview Percy two weeks to try and make sense of what was going on. Frankly, we're not that sure he succeeded. Here's his look back at Huddersfield and his look forward to this weekend's visit of Everton.........''


Hammers United: a fresh opportunity
Thursday, 28th March 2019
by Tross
''Longstanding KUMB contributor Tross explains why he intends to support 'Hammers United', a new independent fans initiative hoping to take the Board to task.....''


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