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Hammers in the Heart - Fri Oct 6 11:06 AM
Good to see Joe Hart get some credit for a great double save late on that was instrumental in securing England's World Cup qualification against Slovenia last night. He was brave to dive at the striker's feet and despite being hurt then reacted really quickly to leap up and save the second effort...
Hammers in the Heart - Tue Sep 5 3:49 PM
Hopefully Joe Hart might benefit from getting a couple of wins under his belt with England. He didn't have a shot to save against Malta but a clean sheet of any kind must feel a relief after being blitzed in West Ham's defence and conceding ten. He was a little slow to react to Slovakia's early g...
Hammers in the Heart - Sun Jul 23 9:38 AM
Best of luck to Darren Randolph who is moving to Middlesbrough for £5 million following the arrival of Joe Hart. He's a good keeper, if sometimes a little inconsistent. In his first season he did really well in the Cup games and also when called upon to deputise for Adrian, such as a fine perform...
Hammers in the Heart - Tue Jul 18 11:32 AM
Joe Hart has passed his West Ham medical, even if the loan move is taking an awfully long time to finalise. The S un claims that Man City will still be paying Hart £55, 000 a week not to play, which says a lot about modern football, while West Ham will make up the other £120, 000 a week of...
Hammers in the Heart - Sat Jul 8 12:06 PM
According to last night's Evening Standard Slaven Bilic has opted out of a deal for Manchester City's Kelechi Iheanacho, deciding that £25million is too much to pay for a player with lots of potential but limited experience. He's made just 46 league appearances, many of those as a sub. Now it loo...
Hammers in the Heart - Thu Jun 29 11:40 AM
There seems to radio silence around West Ham at the moment, with no transfer activity following the signing of Pablo Zabaleta on a free. It's early days yet, but it's still rather worrying that clubs like Everton (who finished seventh and should be the sort of club we'e competing with) have stre...
Hammers in the Heart - Tue Jun 13 10:28 AM
Joe Hart is now back at Manchester City after his season-long loan at Torino and is still unwanted by Pep Guardiola . West Ham are said to betraying to sign him, although is Hart he player he used to be? The two free kicks Leigh Griffiths scored for Scotland raised further questions about whethe...
Hammers in the Heart - Fri May 19 2:59 PM
The Daily Mail claims that West Ham are considering a £20 million bid for Manchester City's Kelechi Iheanacho. While today Slaven Bilic has emphasised that we're after quality rather than squad players this summer. Iheanacho would be a great signing as he's only 20 and despite invariably comin...
Hammers in the Heart - Wed May 17 5:59 PM
There's a lot of rumours that Pablo Zabaleta will be joining West Ham when he leaves Man City at the end of the season. He's had nine years at City and won the title twice plus the FA and League Cups and has been a great player for them. The Argentine defender also seems a nice bloke to judge fro...
Hammers in the Heart - Thu Feb 2 10:52 AM
West Ham 0 Manchester City 4 After two wins we enter the London Stadium dreaming of vengeance for our 5-0 FA Cup defeat. Fraser has ten cigars, just in case, Alison has ended her strike and returned to the fold, while we’re also joined by Michael and Lisa. Though Nigel has had a narrow escape, as...
Hammers in the Heart - Sun Jan 8 4:30 PM
Are we playing on the wrong size of pitch? Pep Guardiola appeared to have a point when he said that the London Stadium give players the illusion of having more time, partly because the crowd are so far from the pitch. Though actually the pitch is not that big. Looking at the stats, at 115 yards b...
Hammers in the Heart - Sat Jan 7 7:17 PM
West Ham 0 Manchester City 5 (FA Cup) Inside the London Stadium Nigel and Fraser have discovered the programmes have sold out, CQ’s making her seasonal debut and Matt’s had to buy a ticket away from the philosophers. The first half an hour isn’t too bad, Antonio forces a save from Caballero and t...
Hammers in the Heart - Sun Dec 11 3:48 PM
More rumours in the Sunday Telegraph today that West Ham might be after either Chelsea's Asmir Begovic or Manchester City's Joe Hart next season, if we avoid relegation. Adrian might have been dropped after a mistake against Stoke and some rickets at home to Watford, but I still think he's a real...
Hammers in the Heart - Mon Aug 29 10:11 AM
Manchester City 3 West Ham 1 Watched this one at the Wellington at Waterloo with Fraser, Matt, Lisa and latterly Michael the Thespian, hotfoot from a matinee. Matt and Lisa have been looking at conceptual art at the Tate and are wondering if West Ham really exist while the City fans agree that w...
Hammers in the Heart - Fri Feb 12 10:22 AM
Great news that Dimitri Payet has signed an improved five-year contract, particularly with Man City and Chelsea sniffing around. Yes, West Ham have had to up his wages, but if any one player is going to fill the Olympic Stadium it's Payet. He's very much our talisman and it's a big signal to keep...
Hammers in the Heart - Sun Jan 24 6:21 PM
West Ham 2 Manchester City 2 In Ken’s Café Matt has forgotten his unlucky Dukla Prague away shirt, while Nigel and CQ have forgotten CQ’s not-very lucky aniseed balls. Michael the Whovian has got his big breakfast in early, but is not impressed with Steven Moffat’s successor as Doctor Who showrun...
Hammers in the Heart - Mon Sep 21 11:52 AM
Interesting quote from Slaven Bilic after WHU's epic win at Man City. Asked about his his feelings he replied: "It is like when you go to a pub that is full of girls. Of course you will like it! Of course I like it when we are winning! It is brilliant!" Such comments reveal his talent for soundbi...
Hammers in the Heart - Mon Apr 20 11:39 AM
Manchester City 2 West Ham 0 Any team on a bad run of two wins in eight will always end it against West Ham. So no surprise about the result at the Etihad. Luckily I’m on a train to Waterbeach while the game is live on TV, so have to rely on the MOTD highlights. A free kick just wide...
Hammers in the Heart - Sun Oct 26 11:02 AM
West Ham 2 Manchester City 1 Have to watch this one in the Famous Cock Tavern in Upper Street as I’m supporting Her Indoors at her Islington Faces blog roadshow at the King’s Head Theatre at 3pm. Still, it’s not as if I’ll miss an epic win or anything… The coffee and Doombar are good, though Mich...
Hammers in the Heart - Sun Jun 22 5:26 PM
Just seen the new away kits in the Romford WHU shop. Not sure about this at all. It's not the right shade of blue for WHU and features no white or claret. And with that sash it looks like a Manchester City away kit from the 1980s. What's wrong with all white or blue shirts with claret hoops as an...
Hammers in the Heart - Mon May 12 10:08 AM
Manchester City 2 West Ham 0 We're in Homerton for a house-warming and it's into the Adam and Eve with host Matthew, who's meant to be out shopping, to see West Ham win the league for either City or Liverpool. My WHU pal Matt texts early to say that he's at Platt Lane for the Under 18 play-off, b...
Hammers in the Heart - Fri Jan 31 8:39 AM
West Ham have signed another midfielder, 21-year-old Abdul Razak, the former Manchester City midfielder. He can't be bad if he made six substitute appearances for City and has had loan spells at Portsmouth, Brighton, Charlton and Anzhi Makhachkala. Wonder if we'll get anyone else in on deadline d...
Hammers in the Heart - Wed Jan 22 10:51 AM
West Ham 0 Manchester City 3 (Capital One Cup) For the first time ever you can arrive at Ken’s Café 15 minutes before kick off, walk to the front of the queue and get instant service. One local bookmaker has offered “the keys to the shop” should West Ham win 7-0. The Boleyn Stadium is more desert...
Hammers in the Heart - Thu Jan 9 9:43 AM
Manchester City 6 West Ham 0 (Capital One Cup) Fraser, Matt, Lisa and myself are gathered in the Lucky Pub in the West End. We’ve decided that even if West Ham get tonked it can still retain its status as the Lucky Pub as we won’t technically lose the semi-final until the end of the second leg. W...
Hammers in the Heart - Wed Dec 18 4:37 PM
Not often anyone says this about West Ham. From yesterday's Guardian: "The psychological effects of heavy defeats by West Ham, Manchester City and then Liverpool had eroded the board's faith in his ability."
Hammers in the Heart - Wed Nov 6 12:42 PM
One of the papers pointed out that Manchester City's bench cost around £120 million on Saturday. This included Dzeko (£32m), Lescott (£24m), Jovetic (£22m), Kolarov (£20m), Milner (£19m) and Zabaleta (£7m). While we're sweating on our star £16 million signing Andy Carroll (City would pay that f...
Hammers in the Heart - Wed Nov 6 12:42 PM
West Ham United 1 Manchester City 3 Plenty of familiar faces in Ken’s Café in the hours before kick-off. My old mates Mark and Ian from Shenfield School are on the bacon baguettes, along with Mark’s two sons, eager to get into the ground for the pre-match entertainment (surely not as good as youn...
Hammers in the Heart - Wed Oct 23 6:44 PM
One of the papers pointed out that Manchester City's bench cost around £120 million on Saturday. This included Dzeko (£32m), Lescott (£24m), Jovetic (£22m), Kolarov (£20m), Milner (£19m) and Zabaleta (£7m). While we're sweating on our star £16 million signing Andy Carroll (City would pay that f...
Hammers in the Heart - Sun Oct 20 10:04 PM
West Ham 1 Manchester City 3 Plenty of familiar faces on Ken’s Café in the hours before kick-off. My old mates Mark and Ian from Shenfield School are on the bacon baguettes, along with Mark’s two sons, eager to get into the ground for the pre-match entertainment (surely not as good as young Billy...
Hammers in the Heart - Sun Apr 28 8:47 PM
Manchester City 2 West Ham 1 The game hasn’t inspired the locals to turn out in the Worlds End pub in Stroud Green at 12.45pm. We have a choice of numerous empty tables, but Matt and Lisa are there and the Black Rock ale is good. It’s good to see the 23 rd minute marked with applause for Marc-Vi...