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Chelsea vs West Ham United: match preview
Saturday, 8th April 2006
by Matthew Coker
''On Sunday lunchtime we forfeit the right to laze about in bed with the missus (or Mr) and a big newspaper and instead jump on the District line as we head West to Stamford Bridge. A 12pm, alcohol free start awaits as we take on Spartak Chelsea. ..''


Cesc, Drogs and Rock and Roll
Saturday, 8th April 2006
by Gerry McDonnell
''Working on a Sunday is comparable to sleeping with the wife, it occurs rarely and it’s never enjoyable. ..''


West Ham United vs Charlton Athletic: match preview
Saturday, 1st April 2006
by Matthew Coker
''Sunday afternoon, it is back on our manor for a Sky Sports dictated feast of football, a Super Sunday Special as we take on our closest neighbours, Charlton Athletic. A 4pm kick off awaits in what could well turn out to be a FA Cup Semi Final rehearsal...''


CJ latest - updates no.8&9
Tuesday, 28th March 2006
by George Levine
''Charlotte ‘CJ’ Adams is KUMB’s very own official mascot...''


Manchester United vs West Ham United: match preview
Tuesday, 28th March 2006
by Matthew Coker
''It almost hasn’t seemed worthwhile coming home over the last few weeks because as soon as you get back in, it’s time for yet another trip to the North West. Following our excursions to Bolton, Man Ciddy and Wigan in recent weeks, we make the final trip of the seasons to that corner of the country with a jaunt to Old Trafford to take on Man Yoo on Wednesday night. ..''


Wigan Athletic v West Ham United: match preview
Friday, 24th March 2006
by Matthe Coker
''Normal service should be resumed this weekend as we have a Saturday 3pm kick off, after having been allowed to rest for nearly a week, before the next leg of our fight for Premiership survival. We make the long trip to Wigan to take on last year’s Runners Up of the Championship, Wigan Athletic. ..''


Manchester City vs West Ham United: match preview
Monday, 20th March 2006
by Matthew Coker
''It hardly seems like yesterday since we were playing our FA Cup Fifth round replay with Fat Sam’s mob, the game still fresh in the memory. That particular night taught us a few lessons, firstly that Fat Sam is probably not the people’s choice to succeed Sven, that the West Ham academy footballing policy is so ingrained within the club that even the ballboys can play a bit when you need them to and it also appears that flares are back. It also re-affirmed a fact that I often repeat, Marlon quite likes scoring on the telly, (though goal number 50 in a West Ham shirt suggests that he likes scoring full stop)...''


It’s a war for four, send in the Gunners
Friday, 17th March 2006
by Gerry McDonnell
''A psychic once predicted that I’d marry a small, blonde, beautiful woman, which proved to be wrong, wrong, wrong and the jury’s out. As a result of that experience, I’m a confirmed eyebrow raiser whenever the subject of the paranormal is raised, but even i can appreciate the sense of déjŕ vu emanating from the greatest competition in World football, the Premiership. ..''


West Ham United vs Portsmouth: match preview
Friday, 17th March 2006
by Matthew Coker
''After the cup exertions of midweek, we are back to the Boleyn for a Premiership clash with one of the few clubs in the country that can get away with calling us, “Dirty, Northern Bastards” (though I’m sure there won’t be the need). The visitors are Harry Redknapp’s Portsmouth and Saturday 3pm is show time...''


Bolton Wanderers vs West Ham United: match preview(s)
Friday, 10th March 2006
by Matthew Coker
''Our opponents for our next two games need no introduction as we make a trip to the North West for our next Premiership game and return to the Boleyn for an FA Cup fifth round replay in front of the BBC cameras...''


CJ latest - update no.7
Sunday, 5th March 2006
by George Levine
''Charlotte ‘CJ’ Adams is KUMB’s very own official mascot...''


KUMB Writers’ Player Of The Month February 2006
Thursday, 2nd March 2006
by Gordon Thrower
''We were a match short this February, this being caused by Man Utd being too busy with the Carling Cup on the last Saturday of the season. It was, however, a decent month results-wise with a record-equalling 7 match winning streak coming to an end in front of 6,000 Hammers, two Bolton supporters and a whippet at the Reebok Stadium. ..''


West Ham United v Everton: match preview
Thursday, 2nd March 2006
by Matthew Coker
''After our week’s sabbatical, we return to life in the top flight with a 3pm Saturday kick off against Everton. Our opponents currently lie four places and five points below us in the league, in 12th place...''


Smudge not, lest ye be Smudged
Wednesday, 1st March 2006
by Gerry McDonnell
''Throughout history, if a cause is powerful enough, people will unite to make the World a better place. ..''


CJ latest - update no.6
Monday, 27th February 2006
by George Levine
''Charlotte ‘CJ’ Adams is KUMB’s very own official mascot...''


The jewell of denial
Thursday, 23rd February 2006
by Gerry McDonnell
''Here’s a question for al you deep thinkers. Can a fairytale really have a happy ending?..''


Colours
Tuesday, 21st February 2006
by Grant Hole
''There is popular West Ham folklore to the effect that West Ham's claret and blue colours were taken directly from Aston Villa on formation as West Ham United in August 1900, due to the success of Villa at that time, league champions in 1899. I hope to persuade in this article that while the Villa kit might well have been obtained, the reason for this was far more likely to be attributable to in-house factors than any admiration of The Villans. ..''


CJ latest - update no.5
Sunday, 19th February 2006
by George Levine
''Charlotte ‘CJ’ Adams is KUMB’s very own official mascot. ..''


Bolton Wanderers vs West Ham United: match preview
Thursday, 16th February 2006
by Matthew Coker
''We can relax this weekend and forget about the rigours of scrapping for survival in the big league as a newly promoted club and enjoy the Fifth Round of the FA Challenge Cup. I say enjoy but we do have one of the hardest ties, away to the Wanderers of T’Bolton...''


Give the Neville his due
Thursday, 16th February 2006
by Gerry McDonnell
''Much like “Mike Riley waves away United’s penalty appeal,” or “Robbie Savage saved him from being booked there,” the phrase “Good old Gary Neville” is rarer than a Peter Crouch screamer. But thanks to Gary’s recent jig in front of the Scouse supporters, the match between Liverpool and Man U will now be tastier than a chicken madras after seven pints of lager. ..''


CJ latest - update no.4
Tuesday, 14th February 2006
by George Levine
''Charlotte ‘CJ’ Adams is KUMB’s very own official mascot. ..''


West Ham United vs Birmingham City: match preview
Monday, 13th February 2006
by Matthew Coker
''Another Super Monday night under the lights (if they work) and in front of the nation’s armchair sportsfans beckons as we welcome our visitors from Birmingham City for a Premiership encounter. I recall Frank Skinner mentioning that one of our opponents chants was “Sh*t on the Villa”, which meant he would not really fancy going on holiday with them. ..''


KUMB Writers’ Player Of The Month January 2006
Friday, 10th February 2006
by Gordon Thrower
''Five matches made up January’s fixture list. A slight wobble at the start of the year when we lost at home to Chelsea was followed by straight wins against Norwich (Cup), Villa, Fulham and Blackburn. ..''


Rob ‘n Peter to slay Paul
Friday, 10th February 2006
by Gerry McDonnell
''I’ll be honest with you all, I am not, nor have ever been, a practicing doctor. However, I know a case of robsavitis when I see it, a medical condition that makes you collapse for no apparent reason. Arjen Robben is the latest high profile sufferer, hopefully he’ll recover in time to face a freefalling Boro...''


Ron Greenwood 1921-2006
Thursday, 9th February 2006
by Gordon Thrower
''Ron Greenwood was born in Burnley in 1921. At the age of 10 the family upped sticks and moved down to London .The son of a painter, he was apprenticed as a youngster to a firm of signwriters – some of his handiwork ended up in Wembley Stadium of all places. As a player he attracted the attention of Chelsea who signed him in 1940 only for more pressing matters in Europe to see him drafted into the RAF...''




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