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McDonnell: Lam chop
Friday, 30th March 2007
by Gerry McDonnell
''My life is currently like an attempt on goal from Frank Lampard; it lacks any real direction. The wife tries to fill her void with a part time job in a psychiatric hospital; itĘs great that they can relate to someone on their own level...''


Heís in the Nic
Thursday, 22nd March 2007
by Gerry McDonnell
''The wife is a born complainer. Even this weekís little snowfall failed to improve her mood; I overheard her on the phone to her mother complaining that Ďitís only a couple of inchesí. It kept the kids quiet though...''


Blackburn Rovers v West Ham United
Thursday, 15th March 2007
by Matthew Coker
''March continues to be a bit of an on/off sort of month with cup commitments (other teamís, obviously) keeping us away from the league programme. However, itís time to stock up with a sufficient quantity of pick 'n mix to get us all the way to Lancashire as we face Blackburn Rovers on Saturday, 5.15pm kick off...''


Lettuce get it on
Thursday, 15th March 2007
by Gerry McDonnell
''Iím a great believer in animal rights; I believe they have the right to fit nicely on a bun. ..''


West Ham United vs Tottenham Hotspur
Thursday, 1st March 2007
by Matthew Coker
''The relegation bus swings back home again this weekend as we welcome Tottenham Hotspur to the Boleyn. With Sky clearly deciding that our recent horrific performances are acceptable to show before the watershed, it is a Sunday, 4pm kick off against our North London adversaries...''


The fruit is on the other foot
Thursday, 1st March 2007
by Gerry McDonnell
''I like to think of myself as a chilled individual. Admittedly, Iím not as laid back as the wife, but thatís a result of her lifestyle. ..''


West Ham United - are we?
Wednesday, 28th February 2007
by Rob Wermerling
''I have been off work now for months with herniated and prolapsed discs in my neck, which is very painful as you can imagine. But, not nearly as painful as the situation West Ham United are in a present, which is almost making me suicidal. ..''


Relegation
Monday, 26th February 2007
by Rio B
''Relegation doesn't bother me. We've been through it before on a number of occasions. We've always bounced back. This time we've even got the bonus of being in the hands of wealthy backers in order to aid our return. Whats the problem?..''


Charlton Athletic v West Ham United
Thursday, 22nd February 2007
by Matthew Coker
''After a weekís sabbatical due to non involvement in the FA Cup (in which West Ham have F A interest), it is back to the league programme. In theory, this is last chance saloon, a game against Charlton Athletic, who have only managed to obtain as many points as us so far, but Iíll go further into my ideas on just how important this game at the end, when I predict the score...''


Swing when youíre tinning
Thursday, 22nd February 2007
by Gerry McDonnell
''Mark Twain once said that golf is a good walk spoiled; it is if a driver has been wrapped around your kneecaps...''


Responsibility and helplessness: the crucial distinction
Monday, 19th February 2007
by Jonathan Belz
''The more I read and the more I think about the situation that we are in and the role of us as fans, the less comfortable and more uneasy I feel. Why is that? What have I done wrong? I'm not sure why, but for some reason I feel partly responsible for the pathetic excuse of a club that we have at the moment. ..''


In thickness and in elf
Thursday, 8th February 2007
by Gerry McDonnell
''Whenever possible, I try to accentuate the positive. Even when I caught the wife cheating on me, I remained upbeat; it was one less unpleasant job for me. ..''


West Ham United v Watford
Thursday, 8th February 2007
by Matthew Coker
''Some people have rightly made the point that there were turkeys in Suffolk at the beginning of the week with a better chance of survival than West Ham United. You could also say that there is a greater likelihood of Jade Goody and Ron Atkinson being wheeled out as the new ambassadors for the Commission of Racial Equality than of us playing top flight football next August. ..''


If it wasnt for bad luck...
Tuesday, 6th February 2007
by Andy Marriott
''There's a line in an old blues standard song that says 'if it wasnt for bad luck, I wouldnt have any luck at all', and this certainly seem to fit the mood and the feeling around Upton Park this season...''


Aston Villa vs West Ham United
Friday, 2nd February 2007
by Matthew Coker
''After the Liverpool defeat on Tuesday night, itís all aboard the bus for a trip to the Midlands. The last time we visited Villa Park, it was for the FA Cup semi final that saw Marlonís goal put paid to Middlesbroughís cup run. This time, it is the plain old scrap for league survival as we take on Aston Villa in a 3pm Saturday kick off. ..''


Your club needs you
Wednesday, 31st January 2007
by Tross
''With an untried back four, against a team who are undoubtedly on a roll at the moment, it was always going to be a tough night against Liverpool at the Boleyn last night...''


West Ham United v Liverpool
Tuesday, 30th January 2007
by Matthew Coker
''After all of the fun of the cup exit on Saturday afternoon, we get a quick chance to re-group and head back to East Londonís footballing Mecca. The fixture list has paired us with Liverpool for a Tuesday night, live on Sky, 7.45pm kick off in the next round of the Premiership. ..''


Pie will survive
Thursday, 25th January 2007
by Gerry McDonnell
''Iím a lover, not a fighter. My campness is not a result of liberal idealism; Iíve simply lost so many brawls that iíve had pacifism thrust upon me. Nowadays, the only way iíd get involved in a ruck is if the wife was being mugged. If we stood together, I reckon we could take her...''


West Ham United vs Watford
Thursday, 25th January 2007
by Matthew Coker
''Saturday's fixture gives us a welcome distraction from the weekly grind of league football to focus on the only competition that we can, at least in theory, still win. ..''


Newcastle United vs West Ham United
Friday, 19th January 2007
by Matthew Coker
''After having endured yet another farcical episode of the Graham Poll show last week, we are now into a situation where every game is a vital one...''


A pizza the American dream
Friday, 19th January 2007
by Gerry McDonnell
''Iím not anti-American, but I do worry about the cost of supporting Bush...''


The time is now
Wednesday, 17th January 2007
by Tross
''After the goings on and wayward rumours and press reports of late, I really do despair at the reactive manner and almost sheep like behaviour being demonstrated by so many of my fellow West Ham United supporters...''


If I had a poundÖ
Monday, 15th January 2007
by Paul Scanlan
''For every time that my emotions have been tossed into the air, thrown around like juggling balls and then left to drop to the floor, by West Ham United, Iíd be a rich man...''


Playing with one's health
Thursday, 11th January 2007
by Gerry McDonnell
''I'm a little bit down at the minute. I'm a few pounds overweight and I'm struggling to find any real direction. I need to talk to a professional; I need to 'Talk to Frank'. ..''


West Ham United v Fulham
Wednesday, 10th January 2007
by Matthew Coker
''Having taken an extended Christmas break, it is something of a relief to retrieve the quill and get back to some scribing. The destination of the Christmas Quality Street tin is currently testing the elasticity of Auntie Maudís hand knitted festive offering and it will be a pleasant change to focus on athletic pursuits, even if I am only observing them from a seated position. ..''




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