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Articles by Tom Kilbey

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Teething problems - or something more sinister?
Monday, 12th September 2016
by Tom Kilbey
''Prior to our first game at Stratford, Karren Brady observed that there would be teething problems with the new stadium, whilst encouraging fans to be the 'eyes and ears' of the board to ensure that the problems were resolved. ..''

The woes of Michail Antonio
Wednesday, 17th August 2016
by Tom Kilbey
''Now the dust has settled on our opening day defeat and while the performance raised a number of questions (such as, is Gokhan Tore, Bilic's number one target this season, actually a fat man in disguise, or, who is responsible for placing the 'record signing' curse on us?) but undoubtedly the number one talking point was Michail Antonio, and his apparent fall out with Slaven Bilic...''

A final season to remember?
Monday, 18th May 2015
by Tom Kilbey
''As I write this, I'm pondering our season. On the TV, West Ham are playing Everton. Itís the start of May, itís the final game at Upton Park this season, itís a sell out and the sun is shining. But I'm only half watching. ..''

Why the cynics are wrong to attack 'affordable football'
Thursday, 23rd April 2015
by Tom Kilbey
''By now weíve all read the headlines; "Affordable football for all"... "Season ticket prices slashed"...''

Itís time to mobilise
Thursday, 13th February 2014
by Tom Kilbey
''The scene is being set for the real conversation about safe standing in English football grounds to begin. ..''

Tuesday, 13th November 2012
by Tom Kilbey
''Having taken a break from writing regularly, the last few weeks have given me a chance to reflect on where our team are. ..''

The grass isn't always Greener
Friday, 28th September 2012
by Tom Kilbey
''What a difference a couple of months make. ..''

The graduates
Saturday, 22nd September 2012
by Tom Kilbey
''Historically, our academy graduates have formed the backbone of our squads. Moore, Hurst, Peters, Lampard Sr, Brooking, Ince, Lampard Jr and Ferdinand are just a handful of names that were products of our famous youth system. ..''

Your time Vaz come
Wednesday, 19th September 2012
by Tom Kilbey
''To say Ricardo Vaz Te's career has been up and down would be a gross understatement. From his early days as a promising youngster, after failing to flourish in the Premier League despite remaining on Bolton's books for seven years, he found himself at an obscure Greek club before Barnsley offered the Portuguese winger a second crack of the proverbial whip. ..''

Utilising the big man
Saturday, 1st September 2012
by Tom Kilbey
''Finally, the longest West Ham transfer saga since, well, Scott Parker last year, has concluded. Unlike last year, it ended in a success and I'm sure every West Ham fan was delighted to read the announcement late on Thursday night that Andy Carroll is finally a West Ham player...''

Why thereís reason to be a happy Hammer
Tuesday, 21st August 2012
by Tom Kilbey
''With usual hyperbole, the media are talking about our club being at a crucial crossroad. That our next year or two could determine our future, and we are in transition into a big club to challenge the best clubs in Europe (wince here). ..''

Building a fortress
Saturday, 18th August 2012
by Tom Kilbey
''Last season, our indifferent home form was heavily highlighted. ..''

New season, new system?
Monday, 13th August 2012
by Tom Kilbey
''Please join us in extending a warm welcome to our latest recruit Tom Kilbey. Tom opens his KUMB account by looking at Sam Allardyce's current squad and examining its strengths and weaknesses ahead of this weekend's season-opener against Aston Villa... ..''

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