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The next generation of fans
Friday, 19th October 2012
by Geoff Toates
''BBC Sport have just produced a survey which purports to show the cost of watching football on a match by match basis for each of the 92 clubs in the English game’s top four divisions. It isn’t a particularly scientific survey but, for me, it still raises an interesting question. Where will tomorrow’s fans come from? ..''


West Ham United v Southampton
Friday, 19th October 2012
by Preview Percy
''Our next fixture is a home match against Southampton who will be making the trek up the M3 for a 3pm kick-off at the Boleyn. ..''


The Julian Dicks Column: 11th October
Thursday, 11th October 2012
by Julian Dicks
''It's with great pleasure that we welcome West Ham United FC legend Julian Dicks to KUMB.com. Julian shares his thoughts with the readers of Knees up Mother Brown on a regular basis via his weekly column, the latest of which begins a review of last weekend's defeat against Arsenal.....''


Fifty shades Reid: a tribute to centre backs
Thursday, 11th October 2012
by Rich Hobday
''Except Venice, all the best things are built on solid foundations. Football teams are no different. From George Graham's league-winning Arsenal teams to Italy's World Cup winners – successful teams are based on clean sheets. Led by powerful commanding centre backs. ..''


Work in process
Monday, 8th October 2012
by Paul Walker
''So now we know, at last we have an idea of just where we are and what level of improvement we are making under Sam Allardyce...''


I'm having kittens...
Monday, 8th October 2012
by John Rolls
''With the Arsenal game now behind us, we can use it as a benchmark to look at the team and the squad and draw some conclusions. ..''


Academy round-up - plus Jack Collison interview
Monday, 8th October 2012
by Willis Jamieson
''WHU U18s 0-1 Blackburn Rovers; WHU U16s 3-2 Blackburn Rovers..''


West Ham United v Arsenal
Saturday, 6th October 2012
by Preview Percy
''Next we return to the Boleyn where we play host to Arsenal. Kick-off is a television-inspired 5.30pm...''


The Julian Dicks Column: 4th October
Thursday, 4th October 2012
by Julian Dicks
''It's with great pleasure that we welcome West Ham United FC legend Julian Dicks to KUMB.com. Julian shares his thoughts with the readers of Knees up Mother Brown on a regular basis via his weekly column, the latest of which begins a review of Monday night's encouraging win at Loftus Road.....''


“Where do we go from here?” Who cares if the journey’s this much fun…
Wednesday, 3rd October 2012
by Rob Paul Chapman
''A response to John Rolls' recent article for KUMB.com, which may be found here...''


Now, where are they?
Wednesday, 3rd October 2012
by Jason Eves
''I’ve noticed an article featured in the West Ham United programme (some articles hosted online) where past players are interviewed after their time at West Ham. And I thought to myself, why not find out where some players of old have turned up? ..''


Queens Park Rangers v West Ham United
Monday, 1st October 2012
by Preview Percy
''We next return to league action on Monday (1 October already!) against Queen’s Park Rangers at Rangers Stadium or, if you prefer, Loftus Road. Kick-off is at 8 and it’s on space telly should you not be one of the lucky 1,800 to have been granted tickets...''


The grass isn't always Greener
Friday, 28th September 2012
by Tom Kilbey
''What a difference a couple of months make. ..''


The return of the Academy
Friday, 28th September 2012
by Jack Bowers
''Being a young West Ham United supporter I’ve never really had much to celebrate, trophy-wise. The only trophies we’ve won in my lifetime are the Intertoto Cup and two play-off Final trophies. To count them as major honours is seriously clutching at straws. ..''


The Julian Dicks Column: 28th September
Thursday, 27th September 2012
by Julian Dicks
''It's with great pleasure that we welcome West Ham United FC legend Julian Dicks to KUMB.com. Julian shares his thoughts with the readers of Knees up Mother Brown on a regular basis via his weekly column, the latest of which begins with the sad passing of a West Ham legend.....''


West Ham United v Wigan Athletic
Tuesday, 25th September 2012
by Preview Percy
''The home matches come thick and fast (well two in four days anyway) as we return to action in the League Cup where our third round opponents will be Wigan Athletic. ..''


Fifty shades Parker: a homage to central midfielders
Monday, 24th September 2012
by Rich Hobday
''Central midfielders are the engine of the team. The heartbeat. The vital organs, without which the team doesn’t function. ‘Fifty Shades Parker’ remembers 10 favourite central midfielders, who brought passion, commitment and flair. They were the spark that lit up Upton Park. ..''


Where do we go from here?
Monday, 24th September 2012
by John Rolls
''Having been born in the ‘50s, I have had the pleasure of watching many of the West Ham greats over the years, and also of having seen the worse we have had, My question now is where do we go from here? It was great to get back into the Premier League - but I want more...''


The graduates
Saturday, 22nd September 2012
by Tom Kilbey
''Historically, our academy graduates have formed the backbone of our squads. Moore, Hurst, Peters, Lampard Sr, Brooking, Ince, Lampard Jr and Ferdinand are just a handful of names that were products of our famous youth system. ..''


West Ham United v Sunderland
Friday, 21st September 2012
by Preview Percy
''Preview Percy wishes it to be known that he had nothing to do with certain photographs being circulated about the web at the moment. His photographs are much less blurry and for his private enjoyment only. In between getting the long lens out he found time to have a quick shufti at this weekend’s visit of Sunderland. Stats, as usual, from John Northcutt will be along in a mo......''


The Julian Dicks column: 20th September
Thursday, 20th September 2012
by Julian Dicks
''It's with great pleasure that we welcome West Ham United FC legend Julian Dicks to KUMB.com. Julian shares his thoughts with the readers of Knees up Mother Brown on a regular basis via his weekly column, the latest of which begins with news of a possible return to football.....''


Sam’s small strikers
Thursday, 20th September 2012
by Zach Fry
''Sam Allardyce has forgotten more about football management than many will ever know; yet last season he made two signings, which at the time, were glorified as great pieces of business. ..''


Your time Vaz come
Wednesday, 19th September 2012
by Tom Kilbey
''To say Ricardo Vaz Te's career has been up and down would be a gross understatement. From his early days as a promising youngster, after failing to flourish in the Premier League despite remaining on Bolton's books for seven years, he found himself at an obscure Greek club before Barnsley offered the Portuguese winger a second crack of the proverbial whip. ..''


Fifty shades of grey: a homage to old Hammers
Sunday, 16th September 2012
by Rich Hobday
''The Fifty Shades Trilogy - Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed - has sold over 40 million copies worldwide, in 37 countries – mainly to undersexed, under-satisfied mums. ..''


Still the Academy of Football?
Saturday, 15th September 2012
by Robert Watson
''West Ham has been deemed as the Academy of Football in past times when we produced brilliant youth players such as Frank Lampard, Michael Carrick, Jermaine Defoe, Glen Johnson, Rio and Anton Ferdinand, Joe Cole plus more. Most of these players have gone onto play for world-class teams (of course including West Ham). Just imagine if we still had these players now. But in recent years, the youth system hasn’t produced that class of players...''




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