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Identity crisis? What crisis!
Wednesday, 1st November 2006
by Chris Scull
''So here we are, on the brink of a potentially glamourous new dawn, and a new beginning for our glorious and much loved club...''


The trouble with me
Tuesday, 31st October 2006
by Tross
''... is that I see straight through the smoke. ..''


West Ham United vs Blackburn Rovers
Thursday, 26th October 2006
by Matthew Coker
''After a month on the road, a considerable overuse of the expression, “goal drought” and the end of our League Cup run, we return to the Boleyn. Our opponents are Blackburn Rovers, the competition is our bread and butter Premiership and we play on our usual day, this week providing the Sunday dinner entertainment in a 4pm Sky televised match...''


Flappy girth day to Roo
Thursday, 26th October 2006
by Gerry McDonnell
''I’m not obsessed with celebrity, but I feel I have a genuine connection with Paul McCartney. Admittedly, I have no musical talent, and i’d happily kill my own mother for a bacon sandwich; but i know what it’s like to get grief from a legless woman. ..''


Tottenham Hotspur vs West Ham United
Thursday, 19th October 2006
by Matthew Coker
''It’s time to whip out the Oyster card and head north as our second successive away fixture sends us to White Hart Lane for a Premiership encounter with local rivals, Tottenham Hotspur. Common sense has granted this a 3pm kick off, though our opponent’s continuing interest in the UEFA Cup has meant it is yet another week of Sunday football...''


Balloon out of all proportion
Thursday, 19th October 2006
by Gerry McDonnell
''Normally I have little to no time for politicians; but when plans were afoot to open a massage parlour in my neighbourhood, I felt obliged to write to my local MP, demanding that action be taken to keep prices at an affordable level. ..''


KUMB Writers' Player Of The Month August-September 2006
Thursday, 12th October 2006
by Gordon Thrower
''Yes we know we're well into October but we had to lock Gnome away until he'd finshed working on the spreadsheets. It was only after three days we realised we hadn't given him a computer.......''


The ‘No Bell’ peace prize
Thursday, 12th October 2006
by Gerry McDonnell
''I’m not one to blow my own horn; in fact, I only ever whip my horn out on special occasions, such as a birthday, a Christmas party or a comical episode of Soccer AM. However, it’s with a genuine sense of pride that i speak of my recent charity work; I’ve been heavily involved in raising awareness of lesbian issues via the medium of DVD...''


Portsmouth vs West Ham Utd: match preview
Wednesday, 11th October 2006
by Matthew Coker
''Following our week’s sabbatical to allow for the national team to live down to all expectations, the Irons and the Premiership are back on our radars. We take a short jaunt to the South coast to take on Portsmouth on a Saturday afternoon 3pm show down. ..''


The takeover: if you build it, they will come
Monday, 9th October 2006
by Peter Hamersley
''Revolution is in the air at West Ham. Arguably, the uncertainty of it all, has affected morale at the club. The introduction of Tevez and Mascherano, neither of whom was a target for Pardew, has made a statement that the players may have misinterpreted. The lack of an official statement by the club has led to speculation by the press and others. The rumour mill is in full production as stories surface on a daily basis...''


West Ham’s suffering is good – for poor journalism!
Friday, 6th October 2006
by Gordon Thrower
''We’ve become used to a poor press over the years. It’s almost like water off a duck’s back. Granted, the end of last season was an uncomfortable time for us long-serving Hammers as previously indifferent journos fell over themselves to heap praise on a side that surprised everyone by finishing in the top half and gracing a none-too-shabby FA Cup Final...''


Where are you now…when I kneed you
Friday, 6th October 2006
by Gerry McDonnell
''Without constructive criticism, improvement is virtually impossible. Armed with this noble philosophy and an in depth knowledge of the beautiful game, I have decided to share a couple of potentially helpful observations with the great minds of the English FA. ..''


Don’t panic, Mr. Pardew
Saturday, 30th September 2006
by Steven Larking
''Saturday 13 November 2004 … West Ham United faced the mighty Brighton and Hove Albion and lost one nil. At home. In front of 29,514 fans. ..''


Issues
Saturday, 30th September 2006
by Greg Mansell
''After becoming everyone’s second favourite team en route to the FA Cup Final last May with a refreshing brand of young, energetic and powerful football, West Ham are defying pundits for the second season on the spin, only this time for all the wrong reasons...''


The bedding zinger
Friday, 29th September 2006
by Gerry McDonnell
''I’m not the sentimental type. The only time I’ve ever cried as an adult was when the wife threatened to leave me; I was absolutely devastated when she changed her mind at the last minute. ..''


Palermo v West Ham Utd: match preview
Wednesday, 27th September 2006
by Matthew Coker
''“It’s a very difficult job and the only way to get through it is we all work as a team. And that means you do everything I say” - Charlie Croker, The Italian Job. You're welcome to borrow it, Pards...''


West Ham and the foreign influence
Friday, 22nd September 2006
by Kevin Pocklington
''The recent signings of the talented Argentinian duo Carlos Tevez and Javi Mascherano will have captured the imagination of most West Ham fans. The two are young, talented and have yet to reach their peak...''


Manchester City vs West Ham United
Friday, 22nd September 2006
by Matthew Coker
''After the disappointments of our last three games, it will make a change to get out of town especially for the rare treat of a 3 o’clock on a Saturday kick off as we travel to the City of Manchester stadium to take on Citeh in a Premiership clash...''


A bung, bung, bungalow in Baghdad
Friday, 22nd September 2006
by Gerry McDonnell
''I’m not the type of man who makes disparaging comments about a person’s individual beliefs, but anyone who visits a psychic should be institutionalised. ..''


Cheats mostly prosper
Friday, 15th September 2006
by Kit Robinson
''On the eve of west hams first foray back in Europe for many a year, many West Ham fans are gearing up for a run of matches that would see our mostly inexperienced team take on the other “runners up” on the European circuit in the UEFA cup. The first two leg match against Sicilian side Palermo is of the utmost importance as it is the route into the lucrative group stage and a guaranteed high turnover for the club, even if West Ham were to progress no further than the group stage. As much as I want the club to progress and show how well we can play, evidence would suggest it may all end in tears...''


West Ham v Newcastle United: match preview
Friday, 15th September 2006
by Matthew Coker
''If you thought that Thursday’s opposition fans were indecipherable, wait until Sunday. This weekend we open the doors to the Toon army for a Premiership match with Newcastle United. The game takes place on Sunday afternoon at 3pm, this time our respective UEFA cup runs are the reason for the 24 hour postponement rather than the television schedules. ..''


It ain’t over ‘til the fat laddie swings
Thursday, 14th September 2006
by Gerry McDonnell
''To be successful in life, you have to be a positive thinker. Every night I say to myself, “You are Gerry McDonnell, and you can achieve anything.” It’s equally important to remain level-headed though, so I always add: “Yes, but you’re still a tool.” ..''


West Ham v Palermo: match preview
Wednesday, 13th September 2006
by Matthew Coker
''“There’s a song going round at the moment ‘We’re All Going on a European Tour’ which I’m very fond of” - Alan Pardew in his programme notes vs Tottenham Hotsquirts at the end of last season. ..''


Sore berries and cream
Thursday, 7th September 2006
by Gerry McDonnell
''Having been involved in the sports betting game since I was knee high to Paul Dickov, I’ve pretty much seen it all; I’m practically unshockable. ..''


KUMB match preview: West Ham United v Aston Villa
Wednesday, 6th September 2006
by Matthew Coker
''Once again, the mighty Irons are involved in a game so desirable that Sky felt that they just had to beam it into the nation’s living rooms. After a Saturday lunchtime defeat at Anfield and the break afforded by West Ham v Brazil at the Corporates Stadium and West Ham v Brazil at Shite Hart Lane, we return to the Boleyn to face the Villans of Aston in a 4pm Super Sunday show down. ..''




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