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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...''


Times they are a’changing
Friday, 14th September 2012
by Paul Walker
''The Olympics are gone, consigned to a vivid memory of a triumph, a London one and in particular an east London triumph, as we all knew they would be...''


Norwich City v West Ham United
Friday, 14th September 2012
by Preview Percy
''Next up we pay a visit to Norfolk where our hosts will be Norwich City. It’s the third silly o’clock kick-off in a row, starting as it does at 12.45pm...''


The Julian Dicks Column: 13th September
Thursday, 13th September 2012
by Julian Dicks
''It's with great pleasure that we welcome West Ham United FC legend Julian Dicks to KUMB.com. Julian will be sharing his thoughts with us on a regular basis via his KUMB column, the latest of which begins with his reaction to yesterday's publication of the Hillsborough report.....''


Changing the board game
Thursday, 13th September 2012
by Jason Eves
''We say 'hello' to yet another new member of our team of writers as Jason Eves explains why all Hammers supporters should be feeling positive in the wake of the recent transfer window.....''


A bright future
Thursday, 13th September 2012
by Reece Bateman
''There is a feelgood factor at West Ham at the moment, one that not many fans can say they have felt for a good few seasons - and doesn’t it make a pleasant change? ..''


A Noble gesture
Tuesday, 11th September 2012
by Jack Bowers
''West Ham’s longest-serving player, Mark Noble, is in the last year of his contract and the West Ham hierarchy are very keen to sign him up on a long term deal...''


The new art of Tweeting a secret
Monday, 10th September 2012
by Craig Wood
''We live in a time where sports news is constantly available. We are no longer limited to a short round-up at the end of the news and dedicated sports channels now provide round the clock coverage of news from a huge variety of sports...''


A summer summary
Monday, 10th September 2012
by Robert Watson
''Here at KUMB.com we're always keen to give aspiring young writers the oportunity to share their thoughts with our readers. The latest to do just that is 16-year-old Robert Watson, who makes his site debut with a review of the recent transfer window.....''


More to come?
Thursday, 6th September 2012
by Reece Bateman
''So latest rumours suggest Andy Carroll is out until mid-October, at least. Terrible news for us fans after watching him make a huge impact on his debut against Fulham...''


The Julian Dicks Column: 6th September
Thursday, 6th September 2012
by Julian Dicks
''It's with great pleasure that we welcome West Ham United FC legend Julian Dicks to KUMB.com. Julian will be sharing his thoughts with us on a regular basis via his KUMB column, which kicks off today with a review of the opening weeks of the 2012/13 Premier League season.....''


Moving on up
Monday, 3rd September 2012
by Charlie Clayton
''It's been a while since West Ham United have been anything but poor and as much as it pains me to say that, deep down we all know it's true. ..''


Utilising the big man
Saturday, 1st September 2012
by Tom Kilbey
''Finally, the longest West Ham transfer saga since, well, Scott Parker last year, has concluded. Unlike last year, it ended in a success and I'm sure every West Ham fan was delighted to read the announcement late on Thursday night that Andy Carroll is finally a West Ham player...''


Andy Carroll - the perfect fit?
Friday, 31st August 2012
by Stuart Jones
''West Ham’s longest running transfer saga of the summer finally reached a conclusion last night with Andy Carroll signing on a season's loan. It has been reported that the Hammers will pay £1million up front to Liverpool, the player's wages in full and there will be an option to buy at the end of the season...''


The future of West Ham United?
Friday, 31st August 2012
by Charlie Clayton
''14-year-old aspiring sports journalist Charlie Clayton is the latest writer to join our ever-expanding team of contributors. Young Charlie's KUMB.com debut examines the arrival of new signing Andy Carroll, and his potential importance to the team's future success.....''


West Ham United v Fulham
Friday, 31st August 2012
by Preview Percy
''Preview Percy hates transfer windows. The constant stream of comings and goings means we keep returning his copy for updating. Last season his nurse told us off for giving him palpitations by telling him that Martin Peters had gone. We still haven’t dared to risk telling him that it was Spurs that Peters went to. Here’s the mad one’s look at Saturday’s visit of Fulham to the Boleyn. Historical background to the fixture supplied by the ever-reliable John Northcutt... ..''


The same old mistakes
Thursday, 30th August 2012
by Dan Ordidge
''After the Swansea game I was left feeling confused, as I had previously written in my last article I genuinely thought we had a chance to at least come back through the border with a point...''




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