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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. ..''


Summer's almost gone ...
Friday, 1st September 2006
by Graeme Howlett
''... and the transfer window has finally closed. Join us as we take a quick recap of the comings and goings this summer (with a bit of scurrilous rumour thrown in for good measure)...''


The Black Hammers by Brian Belton
Wednesday, 30th August 2006
by Press Release
''Brian Belton's new book - The Black Hammers - focuses on the story of the "Ebony Heroes" of West Ham United, from the pioneer black players who turned out for the East London club in the 1960s, to sparkling Onyx stars of the contemporary epoch at Upton Park...''


The bitterest pillow
Wednesday, 30th August 2006
by Gerry McDonnell
''I am not a happy man. As a rule, the wife and I are normally easy going, or to be more truthful, she’s easy and I’m going. ..''


A Ferd in the hand is worth two on the box
Friday, 25th August 2006
by Gerry McDonnell
''There is only one thing in life that’s more enjoyable than an evening with the wife and kids, and that’s an evening without the wife and kids. Whenever I’m lucky enough to be rid of the evil one and her two clones, I like to relax in front of the box with a couple of lagers watching quality television programming...''


KUMB match preview: 'Pool v West Ham Utd
Thursday, 24th August 2006
by Matthew Coker
''Now, I am going to try very hard not to use this preview as an excuse to go over old ground and to harp on about last year’s FA Cup Final. However, it is inevitable that a gap of just three months and three competitive games will mean that it is hard not to re-open old wounds...''


KUMB match preview: Watford v West Ham Utd
Monday, 21st August 2006
by Matthew Coker
''A little travel log from East London’s finest, on the way home from Villa Park in the late seventies which shows that not much has changed really:..''


A Drog with two ricks
Friday, 18th August 2006
by Gerry McDonnell
''Occasionally, a person can become so synonymous with a certain action that the English language will evolve as a result. For example, if the sight of anything Portuguese sends you into a psychotic rage, you’re ‘doing a Rooney’, if your alcoholic wife beats you up due to unresolved rage issues, she’s ‘knocked out a Gerry’, and if you pay six times over the correct market value for a mediocre footballer, you’ve ‘pulled a Fergie’. ..''


West Ham United v Charlton Athletic: match preview
Thursday, 17th August 2006
by Matthew Coker
''Following what seems like an eternity, we finally get back to some competitive football. ..''


Can we afford the cost of love?
Thursday, 17th August 2006
by Kit Robinson
''There is reportedly increasing incidences of attendances falling at Premier league football clubs, particularly with general sale tickets as opposed to Season tickets. So is fan loyalty faltering? ..''


Summer of fun
Friday, 11th August 2006
by Fionn Kiely
''So here we are, only one week away from the dawning of a new horizon, a new glimmer of hope. Over the coming season, we shall have our highs (European football to be found high on this list), and no doubt, as we are West Ham, we shall have our lows. While the players and even Alan Pardew will come in for praise at some stages and will be ridiculed at others, I for one have no doubt that once again, this will be a season to remember...''


2006/07 season preview
Thursday, 10th August 2006
by Ben Duggan
''For most football sceptics - sorry fans - the dawning of the new football season is similar to that of a new year. New hopes, new fears, new dreams and promises that are likely to be broken early on...''


A tie, with a Lam starter
Thursday, 10th August 2006
by Gerry McDonnell
''Sometimes in life you have to be willing to compromise. This morning for example, it was too chilly for a t-shirt, yet perplexingly, a little too warm for a jacket. ..''


The Thin Blue Swine
Thursday, 27th July 2006
by Gerry McDonnell
''I’m no stranger to police attention. I was once driving along with the wife when the boys in blue pulled me over. The copper asked me if I’d been drinking...''


There’s a bad moo on the rise
Thursday, 6th July 2006
by Gerry McDonnell
''To be a successful bettor, you have to understand probability. If you toss a coin in the air there’s a 50% chance that it will come down on heads, throw a dice in the air and there’s a 16.6% chance that it will land on a 6, throw a cat in the air and there’s a 100% chance that it will be a right good laugh. ..''


Pie, have you forsaken me?
Wednesday, 28th June 2006
by Gerry McDonnell
''Pricing up a football match is a lot like baking a pie. Get all the ingredients right and you have a sweet smelling pastry that will attract interest from afar; get the ingredients wrong, and you’re left with a concoction so inedible, even Brazilian waddler Ronaldo would refuse to eat it all...''


An aggravated Ribery
Thursday, 15th June 2006
by Gerry McDonnell
''Everything changes. In my youth, I would only consider a good looking female as a potential mate. Nowadays, only the lack of a pulse would rule a ‘lucky’ lady out of contention; and in all honesty, that’s not a total deal-breaker. ..''


Fun in the sun!
Wednesday, 14th June 2006
by Gordon Thrower
''(Or how Owen’s Army surprised everyone – including themselves – at the Danny Mardell Knockout Challenge Cup tournament played at the Boleyn Ground)..''


Bat’s the way I like it, Aha Aha
Thursday, 8th June 2006
by Gerry McDonnell
''I have to feel a certain amount of sympathy for the wife. I know she doesn’t enjoy me constantly discussing football, she’s Scottish. ..''




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