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Never mind the facts – here’s the b*llocks
Wednesday, 24th September 2008
by Legal Beagle
''So the arbitration panel has sat in judgement and, in a decision that defies logic, common sense and about a thousand years of English Law, have decided that compensation should be paid by West Ham to a club for fielding a player that they were always legally entitled to play...''


You can't uneat the apple
Tuesday, 23rd September 2008
by Graeme Howlett
''Today we learned that Sheffield United had won their tribunal case against West Ham United. Now the Hammers face a damages claim of some Ł30million (give or take the odd thousand) as a result of a verdict that has stunned not only those followers of West Ham, but the entire footballing fraternity...''


David Di Michele helps fellow Italian get off to perfect start
Monday, 22nd September 2008
by Thomas Rooney
''New West Ham United manager Gianfranco Zola made a winning start to his reign as two goals from David Di Michele helped his team to a 3-1 victory over struggling Newcastle United. It was an encouraging display from the Hammers and although there is still plenty of work to be done, I think we can be hopeful of what the future may bring...''


West Ham Utd v Newcastle Utd: preview
Friday, 19th September 2008
by Preview Percy
''And on we move to a new era against a club whose recent history makes ours look almost dull. Whilst we moved with, what was, for us, almost impressive speed to bring in a new manager, Newcastle’s managerial saga seems to have been going on for ever. ..''


Moore than just a sponsor II
Thursday, 18th September 2008
by Nathaniel John
''Having just returned from a day of retail therapy in preparation for my return to university, I was intrigued to find in my inbox an email from a close friend of mine. Enclosed was a link to a petition for a campaign for West Ham United to use the logo of the Bobby Moore Fund as their ‘sponsor’ for the remainder of the 2008/2009 Premiership season. Of course the fund won’t actually ‘sponsor’ the club, but actually quite the opposite...''


Zola emphasises ‘positive thinking’
Monday, 15th September 2008
by Thomas Rooney
''New West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola starts his new job today and above all else it seems that he is looking to stay positive during his first few weeks in charge. He admits that things can and probably will go wrong at some stage, but that a positive mindset will help get him and his team through it. Realistic views from the new man, I guess...''


A right two-and-eight
Friday, 12th September 2008
by Graeme Howlett
''The appointment of Gianfranco Zola as West Ham United's twelfth full-time manager has polarised opinion amongst United fans. Whilst some supporters are looking forward to the prospect of having one of the best players of his generation impart his knowledge and considerable experience upon the squad, others share a number of misgivings...''


WBA v West Ham Utd
Thursday, 11th September 2008
by Preview Percy
''Fixtures against West Brom always engender a certain amount of nostalgia in the Preview Percy household. Back in the 1960s, when the author was a kid, the beginning of the season was heralded by the arrival of the new season’s football sticker album. In those days the albums were produced by a mob called FKS (Panini? Pah! Nothing but trendy arrivistes) and there we always were, second to last just before Wolves and the very serious looking warranty that equal numbers of stickers had been printed. And just before us were West Brom...''


The dawning of a new era
Tuesday, 9th September 2008
by Paul Turner
''I had just finished my third article. I checked it over a couple of times and sent it off to the powers that be so they could check what I had typed and put it online if they deemed fit. Then Curbishley walked two and a half hours later. In that article that never saw the light of day I ended with the following:..''


Is Zola the right man for the job?
Monday, 8th September 2008
by Thomas Rooney
''The latest development in the West Ham managerial saga is that former Chelsea player Gianfranco Zola has emerged as the favourite according to many online football betting websites. ..''


The time is now
Friday, 5th September 2008
by Matthew Coker
''So here we are, West Ham United with a Friday night feel about it. We have all the key ingredients for a mad cap evening, starting with a newly single party, freed from the shackles of a rather drab marriage of convenience being given the chance to see what genuine talent is out there. ..''


There's only one man who can save West Ham
Wednesday, 3rd September 2008
by Ironball
''On the topic of the new commercial realities that are arising in English and European football with the arrival of sovereign wealth funds into the game.....''


Why Alan Curbed my enthusiasm
Wednesday, 3rd September 2008
by Joe Cridland
''Following the events of the past few days I felt compelled to make the fallout at Upton Park and the subsequent resignation of manager Alan Curbishley my first article for kumb.com. For the record it is important for me to state my feelings about Alan’s tenure at the club first before analysing my own reasons why I felt this way about his stewardship. Any comments (whether disagreement to the point, comments on the writing style or otherwise) would be very welcome...''


Curbs, Jesus, John the Baptist, the board and Arbitration
Wednesday, 3rd September 2008
by Stephen Gracey
''Popular Christian belief is that Jesus was born about 2000 years ago as the son of god and died on the cross, as the one true messiah, in order that we were forgiven for all our sins...''


Where has the love gone?
Wednesday, 3rd September 2008
by Stuart James
''I reached the point recently where I can no longer invest emotionally in West Ham United football club. It's just too infuriating. Having followed West Ham for my entire life, I’m used to utter incompetence and shooting ourselves in the foot but the situation the club is currently in is making it hard for me to justify the pain and emotional strain of following the love of my life...''


In Curbs we trust?
Wednesday, 3rd September 2008
by Paul Turner
''The KUMB.com forums were like Mutiny on the Bounty for a while with all the talk of protests and 'sack the board' (can the board sack themselves with no one to replace them or is there an even higher up board that sacks them? I never quite understood that chant). ..''


No new signings but it’s not all doom and gloom at Upton Park
Tuesday, 2nd September 2008
by Thomas Rooney
''So, as has been well documented, West Ham were unable to bring any new faces in during transfer deadline day yesterday. In fact they were one of only a handful of Premier League clubs that didn’t add to their squad. The only piece of business that West Ham did was to sell George McCartney to Sunderland...''


It's now or never
Friday, 29th August 2008
by Graeme Howlett
''Growing numbers of supporters are voicing their discontent by calling for Alan Curbishley's head following United's edgy start to the season. Despite leading the Hammers to two wins in their opening three games the manager’s position appears increasingly fragile with each passing week...''


West Ham Utd v Blackburn Rovers
Thursday, 28th August 2008
by Preview Percy
''So having played Mark Hughes’ current club we return to the Boleyn to face his former charges Blackburn Rovers, managed of course by Paul Ince. ..''


Dark forces at work
Sunday, 24th August 2008
by Paul Turner
''I'd like to begin by thanking everyone that commented on my first article. One or two would have been great but thank you for the volume! Some points raised were very interesting and without turning the comments sections into a conversation between myself and others if you drop me a PM on the forum (my user name is Sanchoz) we can discuss further there...''


West Ham United and the First World War
Thursday, 21st August 2008
by John Simkin
''Great Britain declared war on Germany on 4th August, 1914. Cricket and rugby competitions stopped almost immediately after the outbreak of the First World War. However, the Football League continued with the 1914-15 season. ..''


Manchester City v West Ham Utd
Thursday, 21st August 2008
by Preview Percy
''So if the lead-up to our pre-season was a tad dull, that of our next opponents has been anything but. Last season began very promisingly for “The Citizens” with a 2-0 win at the Boleyn as owner Thaksin 'Frank' Shinawatra ushered in the era of Sven Goran Eriksson. However the early promise wasn’t maintained and rumours of the Swede’s impending departure were rife well before the last-day 8-1 thrashing at the hands of an ordinary Middlesbrough. ..''


Syd King : the early history of West Ham United
Wednesday, 20th August 2008
by John Simkin
''In 1905 Syd King, the manager of West Ham, was asked to write a history of the club. King was the right man to ask as he joined the club as a player in 1899. I thought KUMB.com readers might be interested in reading the following article .....''


Talk to me, Bjorgolfur
Monday, 18th August 2008
by Paul Turner
''Reading the article by Dutchman earlier on it got me thinking about the days of when Kia Joorabchian was found out as not having the readies to buy the club and the Icelandic consortium was ready to pounce after being granted permission to look at the books. ..''


Lack of investment is a concern for supporters
Sunday, 17th August 2008
by Graeme Howlett
''West Ham United went into the 2002/03 season as the only Premiership club not to have spent a single penny on transfer fees during the summer - and were subsequently relegated nine months later. ..''




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