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Crushed hope
Thursday, 19th April 2012
by Paul Walker
''They say it’s always the hope that gets you in the end, and that was exactly what happened at Ashton Gate this week when we blew yet another chance to hang onto a faint opportunity of automatic promotion...''


Bristol City v West Ham Utd
Tuesday, 17th April 2012
by Preview Percy
''Next up we tiptoe carefully over the Hammersmith Flyover (lest it crumble beneath our feet) and on to the M4 for our visit to Ashton Gate, home of Bristol City. Kick-off is 7.45pm. ..''


50 years of drubbings
Monday, 16th April 2012
by Staff Writer
''West Ham's demolition of Brighton on Saturday was only the second time in the last 20 years that the Irons have scored six goals in a competitive fixture...''


West Ham Utd v Brighton & Hove Albion
Friday, 13th April 2012
by Preview Percy
''With all the fuss about the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic everywhere you look, Preview Percy would just like to deny that he was actually on board that night. Anyone that was seen barging their way past women and children en route to the lifeboats just happened to look a bit like him, ok? Here’s the wizened one’s look at this weekend’s visit of Brighton & Hove Albion with statistical input as ever from John Northcutt.....''


Right state of mind
Thursday, 12th April 2012
by Paul Walker
''OK, so it’s not absolutely certain yet, but it looks like we are going down the dreaded play-off route if we want to get back into the top flight...''


West Ham United: loud, proud and … wrong
Monday, 9th April 2012
by Terry Land
''An ex-colleague for whom I have the highest regard is a strongly active member of the Labour Party and I read her Tweets with great interest. Not so much for details of her personal life – as amusing as they often are – but for the clinical precision with which she will dissect the latest idiocy coming from either Parliamentary or grassroots members. ..''


West Ham Utd v Birmingham City
Monday, 9th April 2012
by Preview Percy
''It's Preview Percy's birthday this weekend. In honour of the event, Matron at the Avram Grant Rest Home For The Bewildered took all the residents to the pub. Except Percy of course. They successfully managed to sneak out while he wasn't looking. So while he had the place to himself he wrote the following. Unfortunately. John Northcutt, as ever, supplies the historical stuff.....''


Surprise, surprise, here comes Two Phones!
Monday, 9th April 2012
by Paul Walker
''What surprises me as our seasons heads to it’s conclusion is that I am surprised that Sam Allardyce seems so surprised by his treatment by fans and the media...''


Barnsley v West Ham United
Friday, 6th April 2012
by Preview Percy
''Usually we call around Preview Percy's relatives this time of year to find out whose turn it is to have the old fool over for Easter. However, when we called this time, three of his relatives said they were going abroad, two just hung up and the lawyers acting for the remaining branch of the family simply sent over another copy of the High Court injunction banning him from within 100 miles of their home. So, while he's still stuck at the Avram Grant Rest Home For The Bewildered, we thought we'd keep him busy anyway. We sent someone else over to pick up the manuscript obviously. John Northcutt and his stats follow... ..''


West Ham United v Reading
Friday, 30th March 2012
by Preview Percy
''Preview Percy has spent his time in the sunshine this week queuing for petrol. He doesn’t actually own a car - he just wants to lend a hand should riots start up in Croydon again. He’s also panic buying beer in case brewery deliveries are affected by the tanker drivers’ strike. Before he went to the pub he left us this. Or was it after? As usual John Northcutt supplies the history......''


Peterborough United v West Ham United
Monday, 26th March 2012
by Preview Percy
''Recent events have given us an idea. In the wake of the "Cash For Access" scandal we thought we'd try a similar idea with Preview Percy. So, for a fiver we'll introduce you to him. For a tenner, we won't. Here's his updated look at this week's visit to London Road. Historical data as ever from John Northcutt....''


Gotta make it
Monday, 26th March 2012
by Willis Jamieson
''KUMB.com is delighted to welcome Willis Jamieson - who at just 11 years of age is without doubt the youngest member to join our contributory team - to the KUMB family. For Willis' first article, he set off to Little Heath in order to interview one of Tony Carr's rising stars.....''


Burnley v West Ham United
Saturday, 24th March 2012
by Preview Percy
''When we went to see Preview Percy this week he was moaning like crazy about the changes in tax allowances for pensioners. The funny thing is that when we asked him if he’d have to pay extra tax he coughed and spluttered a bit and changed the subject. And his room does have some suspiciously recent souvenirs of a recent trip to Monaco. Here’s his look at our visit to Burnley. John Northcutt provides a spot of statistical context… ..''


Just who are you insulting?
Thursday, 22nd March 2012
by Paul Walker
''So Tony Mowbray thinks we believe we are “insulted” by having to play in the Championship. I’ve got news for him, we only feel insulted by the people who have got us here in the first place...''


Five points from a League Championship!
Tuesday, 20th March 2012
by Jon Peach
''When judging the success of a football manager, I think it’s very difficult to attempt midway through any sort of season or even tenure. ..''


My faith restored
Tuesday, 20th March 2012
by Paul Walker
''Sometimes watching at the Boleyn this season, I have been left wondering whether we are all in this together, and fully understand the financial implications of failure to win promotion...''


West Ham United v Middlesbrough
Tuesday, 20th March 2012
by Preview Percy
''Old people. Some age gracefully, moving on in their twilight years with as much dignity as they can muster, trying as hard as they can not to be a burden on the younger generation. They can be a font of knowledge with a wealth of experience gained from a life well-lived over the years...''


So what do you really want?
Monday, 19th March 2012
by Paul Walker
''Ok, so let’s get things straight once and for all as we face the final ten games of this relentlessly demanding season...''


Leeds United v West Ham United
Friday, 16th March 2012
by Preview Percy
''Preview Percy has been a bit worried this week. After the latest report that suggested red meat was, like, really, really bad for you, steak suddenly appeared on the menu at the Avram Grant Rest Home for the Bewildered for the first time in ages. Strangely, they didn't offer any to any of the other residents though. While we wait for his demise here's his look at Leeds United, in which you'll find the scandalous secret about their ownership that even the BBC weren't able to uncover. John Northcutt brings us back to reality with his stat round-up.....''


Decisions
Tuesday, 13th March 2012
by Matthew Webb
''Saturday’s game versus Doncaster Rovers stretched our disappointing run of home form to four games without a win. Securing just four points from those four games could be the run of form that costs us an automatic promotion spot. ..''


West Ham United v Doncaster Rovers
Friday, 9th March 2012
by Preview Percy
''In 1997 Britpoppers Pulp released the single “Help the Aged”. If they'd ever met Preview Percy they probably wouldn't have bothered. Pulp are from Sheffield which is quite near Doncaster who are this weekend's opponents. Which is handy. John Northcutt is the man with the stats.....''


West Ham Utd v Watford
Wednesday, 7th March 2012
by Preview Percy
''Preview Percy is in the doghouse with the staff of the Avram Grant Rest Home For The Bewildered. You see when he offered to run this month’s coach trip and announced that it would be to Wales, they were hoping for a little more than a four hour stop at Cardiff West Services whilst he and the coach driver disappeared to watch Sunday’s match. Still not all the residents were unhappy – the soggy pasties meant that for once not all the food had to be put through a liquidiser. Meanwhile the old sod has recovered from the twin shocks of winning abroad and the cost of Werthers Originals at Motorway Service Areas in time to string a few words together re the forthcoming visit of Watford. John Northcutt is, as ever, our stat man... ..''


Cardiff City v West Ham Utd
Saturday, 3rd March 2012
by Preview Percy
''After he managed to upset all 350,000 inhabitants of a certain London borough last week we weren't totally sure about letting Preview Percy loose on a whole country. However, since we couldn't find anyone as cheap at short notice to do a Cardiff preview we thought "what the hell, it's only Wales". John Northcutt restores some much-needed sanity with his stat round-up.....''


Allardyce in... Dubai
Wednesday, 29th February 2012
by Lee Kelly
''Sam Allardyce is currently in Dubai along with his first team squad for a few days' warm-weather training ahead of a busy March schedule...''


Awful but effective?
Wednesday, 29th February 2012
by Haim Baram
''I feel a bit ashamed to grumble about Big Sam and his truly ugly football. ..''




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