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Bellamy’s future could decide West Ham’s fate
Wednesday, 14th January 2009
by Thomas Rooney
''There is often a moment during a season that will help shape the rest of it. Whether that be a last minute equaliser, a player returning from injury or a crucial refereeing decision. This time around, it is my opinion that whether Craig Bellamy is still a West Ham player come February will be crucial...''


Cynical? Moi?
Friday, 9th January 2009
by Bill, Sydney, Oz
''There is a marvellous scene in The Godfather where Don Corleone’s chief fixer explains he has to get back to the Don immediately because, when there is bad news, the Don wants to be informed immediately...''


Newcastle Utd v West Ham Utd
Friday, 9th January 2009
by Preview Percy
''Next up is a visit to Newcastle for our annual trip to a club that is possibly the only one that comes near us in the “football club as soap opera” stakes. ..''


Former player fears for West Ham’s future
Monday, 5th January 2009
by Thomas Rooney
''January is going to be an interesting month for West Ham and not for the best reasons. Many players are being linked with moves away from the club and with the current financial situation; it is difficult to see Gianfranco Zola being able to hold onto all of his most valuable assets...''


West Ham Utd v Barnsley: match preview
Friday, 2nd January 2009
by Preview Percy
''And so, after a successful Christmas in the league thoughts turn to the FA Cup where we entertain Barnsley who are currently plying their trade in The Championship. ..''


Fortunes always hiding?
Tuesday, 30th December 2008
by John Philpott
''Reference has been made on various threads on the KUMB.com forums recently to the expected appearance during December of the latest West Ham accounts. This is when the accounts have normally been published in the past: to the credit of the club there is a section of the official site from which financial reports can be downloaded. ..''


Where do we go from here?
Tuesday, 30th December 2008
by Paul Turner
''Supporting West Ham at times is like being on the bridge of the Starship Enterprise. When under attack everyone goes one way and the captain goes the other way as you get thrown. You feel under siege and that danger lurks around most corners. ..''


Zola determined to hold onto key players after late win
Monday, 29th December 2008
by Thomas Rooney
''You get the feeling that Gianfranco Zola is starting to enjoy being manager of West Ham. Not only that, he is starting to grow in confidence. Both of these aspects are important if he is going to be a success, so the longer this continues the better!..''


What will January bring for West Ham?
Monday, 22nd December 2008
by Thomas Rooney
''January is set to be a very interesting time for West Ham. The transfer window system means that it will be a frantic month of speculation about players arriving at Upton Park and players leaving Upton Park. Unfortunately though, it seems as though the latter will be more dominant...''


Parker the key as Zola enjoys ‘special day’
Monday, 15th December 2008
by Thomas Rooney
''What a fantastic result for West Ham and Gianfranco Zola at Stamford Bridge yesterday. It may well have only been a point, but there were several occasions when I wasn’t even sure that this would happen. Therefore, it was a superb return for Zola on his return to the club where he played for so many years...''


When is enough, enough?
Tuesday, 9th December 2008
by Lee Byron
''Now we’ve gone and lost at home to Spurs, when is enough enough? ..''


Zola refuses to panic – but where have the goals gone?
Tuesday, 9th December 2008
by Thomas Rooney
''Gianfranco Zola isn’t one to criticise his players – certainly not in public. Whether it goes on behind closed doors, we’ll never know, but one thing for sure is that the West Ham boss always blames a poor result on something other than the team’s performance...''


West Ham Utd v Tottenham: match preview
Monday, 8th December 2008
by Preview Percy
''Another Monday and another 8pm kick-off under the lights for the visit of Tottenham Hotspur. ..''


Fancy a cuppa?
Wednesday, 3rd December 2008
by Kyle Marvell
''After the recent third round draw, everyone has started to get in the mood for the FA Cup. Now we as West Ham fans have many memories of the FA Cup; some gave us joy but some gave us heartbreak. But what are we expecting this year? Yet another disappointing 3rd or 4th round exit - or maybe a heroic adventure all the way to Wembley?..''


Determined West Ham make Zola a Happy Hammer
Wednesday, 3rd December 2008
by Thomas Rooney
''Gianfranco Zola couldn’t hide his delight last night after watching his side record their third clean sheet in a row to draw 0-0 at top of the table Anfield. The West Ham boss described it as the team’s ‘best performance’ since he arrived at the club and it wasn’t hard to see why...''


Liverpool v West Ham Utd
Monday, 1st December 2008
by Preview Percy
''Next we have Liverpool at Anfield where we haven’t won since September 1963. Youngsters will find this hard to believe but Liverpool were the Man Utd of the 70s. Much as they will hate to admit it, Liverpool have a lot in common with the mob from Salford. They were – indeed still are to a certain extent - a club ”supported” by a lot of people with about as much connection with Liverpool as I have with Papua New Guinea. Like their rivals from up the M62, the red half of Liverpool have been no strangers to dodgy dealings which, like the red half of Manchester seem to have some strange cloak of invisibility when the authorities come sniffing around, and the next time some holier than thou scally without the guts to support Everton starts acting up over the Tevez affair, you might want to point out that their club was once found guilty of match–fixing and it was only some exceedingly dodgy dealing involving Arsenal and Man Utd that saved them from the expulsion from the league their antics deserved...''


Zola heaps praise on Upson after vital win
Monday, 24th November 2008
by Thomas Rooney
''Yesterday’s victory over Sunderland was probably the most important of the season so far. Not only did it end a run of seven games without a win, but it has also given Gianfranco Zola a huge boost as he gets to grips with life as West Ham manager...''


If ...
Sunday, 23rd November 2008
by Paul Turner
''If its and buts were candy and nuts then this article would be a sugar coated almond. What I type below is under two assumptions:..''


Sunderland v West Ham Utd: preview
Friday, 21st November 2008
by Preview Percy
''We next have a long trip up to the North East to the Stadium of Light where the football authorities and the TV companies have showed exactly the contempt they have for us supporters by decreeing that we will have to play at a travel-unfriendly 4.00pm on a Sunday. Still, as we all know, we’re the last ones that matter to the powers that be...''


Should West Ham fans be worried?
Tuesday, 18th November 2008
by Lee Byron
''Should West Ham fans be worried? One point off of the relegation zone, two points from the last possible 21, and three points just a distant memory. The stats, when looked at in isolation, don’t bode well for a comfortable campaign. ..''


Zola reserves praise for England’s number five
Monday, 17th November 2008
by Thomas Rooney
''Following West Ham’s 0-0 draw at home to Portsmouth on Saturday, Gianfranco Zola has claimed that Robert Green is showing ‘national team’ form at the moment. The former Norwich City keeper made a number of important saves to ensure that the Hammers picked up only their second point in the last seven games...''


West Ham Utd v Portsmouth
Friday, 14th November 2008
by Preview Percy
''Greetings next to Portsmouth. The visitors were the main beneficiaries last season of the so called big four’s simultaneous self-destruction on the road to Wembley and arrive as FA Cup holders. ..''


Takeover our club!
Monday, 10th November 2008
by Kyle Marvell
''Due to the recent ‘credit crunch’ there has been all sorts of speculation over us being taken over by numerous consortiums. No matter how much Mr Gudmundsson insists that we’re not for sale and in a stable condition we all know that we need a takeover to be able to compete with the likes of Aston Villa, Everton and Man City. So what would a takeover do for the good of our club? ..''


Moyes has sympathy for worried Zola
Monday, 10th November 2008
by Thomas Rooney
''Heading into the last ten minutes on Saturday, it seemed as though West Ham would be picking up there first win since defeating Fulham back in September. After the hard fought draw at Middlesbrough in the previous fixture, there was hope that the revival really was underway. All the players had to do was hold on to the three points...''


West Ham Utd v Everton
Thursday, 6th November 2008
by Preview Percy
''Next up we play host to the less irritating half of Liverpool as Everton make the journey south to the Boleyn. The Toffeemen sit in 7th place at the moment, two points ahead of ourselves. It is indeed a strange league and a strange season where a team sitting one place outside the European places can be a mere four points off the relegation zone but there you go...''




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