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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...''


CJ – Latest News!
Thursday, 9th February 2006
by Gordon Thrower
''Charlotte CJ Adams is KUMB’s very own official mascot. 13 year-old CJ was recently diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia. The treatment is tough but, as you will read, CJ is battling bravely. CJ’s Dad Paul sent us this update earlier this week: ..''


The first and last Englishmen
Thursday, 9th February 2006
by Brian Belton
''The West Ham United Cup Winners Cup team of 1964-5 was the last all English side to win a European trophy. Indeed most of the 16 players used in the nine games the Hammers played in the 1964-65 tournament were from East London and the Irons ‘home county’ of Essex. ..''


CJ – Latest News
Monday, 6th February 2006
by Gordon Thrower
''Charlotte “CJ” Adams is kumb’s very own mascot. 13 year-old CJ is suffering from Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia and is currently undergoing a tough course of treatment. ..''


West Ham v Sunderland: match preview
Friday, 3rd February 2006
by Matthew Coker
''Believe it or not, this is the biggest game of the week. Last Saturday was the distraction of the cup and I told you last week that we might as well write off the game at Highbury as a non starter and focus on the all important six pointer, home to bottom of the league, Sunderland. ..''


Fans forum - 2nd February 2006
Friday, 3rd February 2006
by Graeme Howlett
''Last night saw the latest fans forum held at The Boleyn Ground, where supporters are invited to meet club officials for an informal chat...''


The Gram of God
Thursday, 2nd February 2006
by Gerry McDonnell
''Beating the bookies is an enjoyable pastime, but is there more to life? Recently, I’ve felt an urge to discover a deeper meaning to my existence, leading me to conduct a little research in the field of religion and spirituality, in search of enlightenment, in search of God...''


Arsenal v West Ham United: match preview
Tuesday, 31st January 2006
by Matthew Coker
''On Wednesday night, we head North for a chance to take on one of the big three in a London derby, under the lights and in front of the cameras. Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s Arsenal away. ..''


The idea process
Monday, 30th January 2006
by George Levine
''Numerous comments to the effect of ‘why hasn’t Alan Pardew identified and sorted out suitable players long before this last minute transfer window panic,’ have been made in recent weeks. So we asked a professional manager how he goes about identifying, and trying to sign, new players ... ..''


CJ – Latest News!
Sunday, 29th January 2006
by Gordon Thrower
''Charlotte “CJ” Adams is KUMB ’s very own mascot. 13 year-old CJ is suffering from Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia and is currently undergoing a tough course of treatment. ..''


West Ham United vs Blackburn Rovers: match preview
Thursday, 26th January 2006
by Matthew Coker
''Following Monday night’s demonstration of precision finishing, we take a short break from the rigours of Premiership survival and welcome the Rovers of Blackburn to the Boleyn for an FA Cup Fourth Round tie. ..''


KUMB Adopts CJ!
Thursday, 26th January 2006
by Gordon Thrower
''When someone recently started a thread on our discussion forum entitled “The Worst Day Of My Life” the usual sorry tales of hangovers, failed exams and parking tickets were not long in appearing. ..''




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