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Farewell, Upton Park
Saturday, 21st May 2016
by Matthew Kemp
''It was December 26th 1982, Swansea City were the visitors to Upton Park and I was standing on a wooden foldaway seat at the back of the North Stand at the grand old age of eight years old with my dad. ..''

And the new manager of West Ham is...
Thursday, 4th June 2015
by Matthew Kemp
''Further to the departure of Sam Allardyce, the press have been guessing who the new manager will be at West Ham, and it seems the linked names are dropping like flies. ..''

Sam Allardyce is like Marmite
Thursday, 9th April 2015
by Matthew Kemp
''Following the 2-1 loss to Leicester City, the knives were out for Sam Allardyce. ..''

Transfer madness of the current regime
Friday, 20th February 2015
by Matthew Kemp
''With West Ham on an incredible 38 points in 25 games, their best tally at this stage of a top-flight season since 1985-86 (48 points), when they finished third its smiles all round in the East End of London, or so you would think.!?..''

The season so far - and why I'm backing Allardyce
Thursday, 2nd January 2014
by Matthew Kemp
''Following the 2-1 defeat at Fulham, the Hammers now face an uphill challenge to remain in the Premier League. ..''

January transfer madness
Monday, 28th January 2013
by Matthew Kemp
''So the transfer window circus continued on Thursday 24th January as Mo Diame confirms that he wants to stay at West Ham and Arsene Wenger echoes Big Sam's comments from the previous evening that they have not made an official approach for the midfielder...''

Championship? No thanks!
Sunday, 10th June 2012
by Matthew Kemp
''Following promotion to the Premier League, I thought it would be interesting to see what happened to the players that left following our relegation to the Championship the previous season. ..''

Tuesday, 10th May 2011
by Matthew Kemp
''Even before the 1-1 draw versus Blackburn Rovers, the cup looked half empty as opposed to half full. If only I could share Avram Grantsí optimism, yet hasnít that been the case all season!?..''

West Ham in trouble
Monday, 10th August 2009
by Matthew Kemp
''There was a fantastic headline in one of the Sunday papers yesterday. "West Ham cash fear sparks sale of Upson"....oh, what a joy to read having watched the team play Napoli on Saturday, losing 1-0. ..''

Summer bargains
Wednesday, 5th August 2009
by Matthew Kemp
''With the season just around the corner, and little transfer activity from CB Holdings, there is cause for concern that with any potential injuries, Gianfranco Zola and Steve Clarke will be fielding their third string against some very strong Premier League sides...''

Financially sound
Monday, 2nd February 2009
by Matthew Kemp
''So another transfer deadline ends, and West Ham United's signings during the transfer window are an amazing two players (one joining on loan)...''

More Glen Johnson
Monday, 14th July 2003
by Matthew Kemp
''Losing Glen Johnson from the fans perspective is a big blow to the club. £6 million for an 18-year-old is a lot of money, yet I have no doubt that his value will double (at least) given the progress he has made in such a small amount of time. ..''

McCarthy and O'Leary (The Dream Duo?)
Friday, 6th December 2002
by Matthew Kemp
''When Glenn Roeder was handed the hot seat at Upton Park the move was greeted with many moans and groans form the Claret and Blue faithful. I for one was sceptical about his managerial credentials, yet had heard good things about his coaching abilities. ..''

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