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Noble sets sights on Gerrard
Monday, 11th May 2009
by Thomas Rooney
''It seems fairly obvious that Mark Noble is a fan of Steven Gerrard. Speaking after the England midfielder helped Liverpool to a 3-0 win at Upton Park, Noble said that he believes Gerrard to be ‘the best’ midfielder around...''


Liverpool Preview
Thursday, 7th May 2009
by Preview Percy
''Liverpool at home next for a 5.30 kick-off to be covered by the ailing Setanta channel whose match range in future seasons has been cut right back. This is a worrying state of affairs for those of us who actually subscribe to the channel as it’s hard enough to cancel a subscription when the company actually exists. You just know that if they actually go under they’ll still somehow manage to collect £13 a month from beyond the grave. ..''


Green has his say on clean sheets, playing for England and Diego Tristan
Thursday, 7th May 2009
by Thomas Rooney
''The form of Robert Green has been one of the main reasons that West Ham have been successful this season. The former Norwich keeper has been consistently good for Gianfranco Zola’s side and has played a big part in the Hammers’ quest for European football...''


It's banter - get on with your job
Saturday, 2nd May 2009
by Alex Shilling
''After last week's game against Chelsea, the nature of some of our fans' chants aimed at John Terry and Frank Lampard made the back pages, it would seem. The general consensus in the media seems to be varied- from 'the chants overstepped the mark'; to 'the chants are evil and those responsible should be banned from Upton Park for life.' Indeed, PFA Chairman Gordon Taylor claimed that such chants 'were not too far removed from the bad old days of the 1980s.' ..''


Stoke City v West Ham Utd
Friday, 1st May 2009
by Preview Percy
''Stoke next, up at the Britannia Stadium for a 3pm kick off. ..''


When skies are grey
Tuesday, 28th April 2009
by Graeme Howlett
''Nobody involved in the weekend's events surrounding the Chelsea game has walked away from the affair smelling of roses...''


The forgotten man?
Tuesday, 28th April 2009
by Lee Byron
''A few months ago we had as good a midfield as we’ve seen at Upton park for many a season. ..''


Zola targets top four after signing new deal
Monday, 27th April 2009
by Thomas Rooney
''First of all, let me say that it is fantastic news that Gianfranco Zola has signed a new long-term deal at the club. He has made a solid start to life at Upton Park and the future looks bright with him at the helm. The players are working hard, the fans are behind him and the board have faith in him – it’s all good for the Italian right now...''


Upson urges club to tie down Zola
Monday, 20th April 2009
by Thomas Rooney
''West Ham’s future success could hinge on a number of things. The amount of money available for transfers, the ability to hold onto the club’s top players and how well the youngsters develop will all be crucial to the Hammers' cause. ..''


Hillsborough
Wednesday, 15th April 2009
by Neil Baker
''Considering it is the 20th anniversary of the Hillsborough Disaster, and not meaning to deflect any attention away from it, but to instead support remembering it, does anyone remember when we visited Hillsborough for the FA Cup quarter final on the evening of Wednesday, 12th March in 1986, three years before the tragic events of 1989?..''


Zola hits back at Redknapp over youngster claims
Tuesday, 14th April 2009
by Thomas Rooney
''For those of you that didn’t hear Harry Redknapp’s comments about West Ham’s young players, here is a quick reminder...''


Tottenham v West Ham Utd
Friday, 10th April 2009
by Preview Percy
''And so to Spurs at White Hart Lane for a match that appears to have escaped the notice of the TV companies and the Metropolitan Police giving us a 3pm Saturday kick-off...''


Boa Morte on Sunderland victory
Monday, 6th April 2009
by Thomas Rooney
''It is not so long ago now that Luis Boa Morte’s West Ham career seemed all but over. A move to Hull was on the cards back in January, but the former Portugal international turned them down...''


West Ham Utd v Sunderland
Friday, 3rd April 2009
by Preview Percy
''After a break for international stuff we next entertain Sunderland in one of those Saturday 3pm kick-offs that we all know and love .The Mackems venture on the long journey south a few places and a mere two points above the trapdoor of doom. ..''


Cole reflects on England injury
Tuesday, 31st March 2009
by Thomas Rooney
''When Carlton Cole was getting ready to replace the injured Emile Heskey during the first half of England’s 4-0 win over Slovakia on Saturday, there were mixed feelings for West Ham fans...''


Noble ready for European battle
Tuesday, 24th March 2009
by Thomas Rooney
''It is likely to be a very exciting finish to the Premier League this season. After Manchester United’s defeat, the title race has been blown wide open. Then, there is the relegation battle which is almost certain to go down to the wire...''


Blackburn Rovers v West Ham Utd
Wednesday, 18th March 2009
by Preview Percy
''And so we schlep up the M6 to Ewood Park for a 3pm kick-off against Blackburn Rovers...''


Zola calls on strikers to perform at Blackburn
Wednesday, 18th March 2009
by Thomas Rooney
''After West Ham were held to a goalless draw at home to Premier League basement club West Bromwich Albion on Monday night, it was clear for all to see that the Hammers lacked a certain degree of firepower in their attack. This was partly down to the absence of Carlton Cole, Jack Collison and Valon Behrami who have all provided West Ham with a great deal of attacking threat so far this season. However, this shouldn’t be used as an excuse...''


Progression
Monday, 16th March 2009
by Paul Turner
''On Newsnow this morning, sandwiched inbetween numerous news sources reporting on the Sheffield United and West Ham United settlement over Carlos Tevez was the following headline: "Zola sets his sights on the future as West Ham launch their mission to Europe (Daily Mail)."..''


West Ham United v West Bromwich Albion
Sunday, 15th March 2009
by Preview Percy
''We next entertain West Bromwich Albion in a 8pm Monday kick-off. The two teams last met in September when Kevin Keen was in charge for his one game as caretaker manager immediately prior to the arrival of Gianfranco Zola to the hot seat. ..''


Why I am a West Ham fan
Tuesday, 10th March 2009
by John Simkin
''My father took me to my first football game when I was about six years old. He was born in North Landon and was a passionate Sp*rs fan. The game was against Arsenal. I stood on a stool at the front and I watched the game through the curved railings that was on the top of the wall...''


Curbishley has his say on Cole, Ashton and West Ham’s defence
Monday, 9th March 2009
by Thomas Rooney
''When it became apparent that former Hammers boss Alan Curbishley was to appear as a guest on Goals on Sunday, it was obvious what they were going to ask him about most – West Ham United’s season...''


Wigan Athletic v West Ham Utd
Tuesday, 3rd March 2009
by Preview Percy
''And so to Wigan for a 7.45pm kick off against one of the least likeable Chairman/Manager combinations in the Premier League. ..''


Collison delights Zola as West Ham move up to seventh
Monday, 2nd March 2009
by Thomas Rooney
''After watching his West Ham United team pick up three valuable points against a Manchester City team that has cost millions and millions to put together, Gianfranco Zola hailed the performance of his team as ‘superb’...''


West Ham Utd v Man City
Sunday, 1st March 2009
by Preview Percy
''And so, after the disappointment of seeing us exit the cup up at the Riverside we return to “concentrate on the league” against Manchester City for a much-despised 12.30 kick-off. ..''




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