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Vote for West Ham's H List!

Filed: Tuesday, 6th November 2018
By: Staff Writer

KUMB contributor Jim Kearns has been included in the shortlist for the 2018 FSF Awards - and needs your support!

Jim - who is the brains behind The H List, which is also published on KUMB.com under Jim's 'HeadHammerShark' psuedonym - is one of six fansites nominated for the Fan Media of the Year award, which has been included in the Football Supporter Federation event for the first time.

The overall winner will be selected by FSF members and readers, with the nominee accrueing the most number of votes being chosen as champion - meaning that The H List is already up against it, facing sites representing clubs with larger online fanbases than West Ham, such as Liverpool and Arsenal.

However Hammers fans can assist Jim's cause by voting for The H List - which also happens to be the only West Ham representative at this year's annual awards.

The H List is representing West Ham at this year's awards

"I started writing The H List in 2006, partly to scratch an itch but mainly because it seemed like there was a gap where those fanzines used to be," says Jim, who has been attending West Ham matches since 1986 and has been a season ticket holder since 1990.

"I wanted to write about West Ham in a different way to others, by using my love of data and analytics to try and get people to think about the game from a new perspective. If nothing else, I always hope that The H List gives readers something that they can't get anywhere else.

"For the first few years the readership mostly consisted of blood relations, and although I always enjoyed the writing, the football was mercilessly tedious. I gave up during the Curbishley reign, and although my then writing partner - Ted Allpress - continued for a while, we essentially folded the blog altogether.

"However, the 2016 move to the London Stadium reinvigorated me and I've been writing it again for the last three seasons with regularity. And I could not have asked for richer source material. Itís like being a court reporter for one of those mad Roman emperors.

"With the advent of Twitter and Facebook, and the support of Knees Up Mother Brown I've been able to grow the readership to a couple of thousand, and to be nominated for the FSF awards again is both gratifying and humbling.

"I'd like to say a huge thank you to anyone who nominated or voted for me. That recognition makes it all worthwhile and will no doubt help me greatly when I'm next writing about our transfer policy at 1am and trying to think of another synonym for 'stupid'."

Messrs Williamson, Howlett, Scull and Longman represented KUMB at the 2015 FSF Awards

Jim will be hoping to go one better than the KUMB Podcast team (see above) who were nominated for the Best Podcast award in 2015 but narrowly lost out to The Anfield Wrap, who are nominated again this year.

Once again, you may vote for The H List in this year's FSF Awards here, or you may read more of his contributions here. Voting is open until midday on 19th November.

2018 FSF Fan Media of the Year award nominees

Along Come Norwich (Norwich City)
The Anfield Wrap (Liverpool)
Arseblog (Arsenal)
Five Year Plan (Crystal Palace)
The H List (West Ham Utd)
My Old Man Said (Aston Villa)

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