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Hammers in the Heart - Fri Oct 19 3:12 PM
Robert Banks’ An Irrational Hatred of Everythin g looks at West Ham from 2003-2018 and reminds us all just what an irrational (and familiar) ride it’s been. It starts off in the Championship with West Ham flogging most of the England team under Terence Brown and fan group Whistle protesting again...
Hammers in the Heart - Thu Oct 18 5:39 PM
Some interesting revelations from Karren Brady's appearance before the London Aseembly. The Daily Mail reports that an agreement has finally been reached about the carpet round the pitch. Sadly we can't have leopardskin, but it is going to be claret with WHU badges and a dark blue border — someth...
Hammers in the Heart - Wed Oct 17 2:40 PM
West Ham have been right to suspend under-18s coach Mark Phillips for being on the Democratic Football Lads Alliance march and subsequently tweeting in defence of it. The DFLA's stated aims of protesting against "returning jihadists", "thousands of awol migrants" and "rape gangs and groomers" sug...
Hammers in the Heart - Mon Oct 15 11:40 AM
West Ham are in danger of having a back four of headbangers. Fabian Balbuena recently revealed himself to be a fan of punk and heavy metal in the programme's Play List column. He chose a song by Paraguayan nu metal band A tu ladu, two Green Day songs, Sweet Dreams by Marilyn Manson, S omewhere I...
Hammers in the Heart - Fri Oct 12 2:09 PM
Celebrate saving the World Cup statue by joining Bike From Boleyn before the Spurs game on October 20. Celebrations from 10am, bike ride to Stratford from 12.30pm. Sign up for the bike ride and win free tickets to the match. Details from bikefromboleyn18.eventbrite.co.uk .
Hammers in the Heart - Wed Oct 10 3:31 PM
Interesting to note that Manuel Pellegrini has just had a roundabout named after him in Malaga. Pellegrini took Malaga to the quarter finals of the Champions League in his three-year spell there and has been back to Spain for the unveiling of the roundabout called Glorieta Manuel Pellegrini. Perh...
Hammers in the Heart - Mon Oct 8 10:52 AM
Well, an impressive debut by Jodie Whittaker on Doctor Who . And wasn't companion Graham, played by Bradley Walsh, wearing a West Ham scarf? It was certainly claret and blue and as he's a London geezer it would fit in with the character. Walsh, Ryan's step-grandad, has an air of perpetual bemusem...
Hammers in the Heart - Sat Oct 6 3:53 PM
Brighton 1 West Ham 0 Well, it was always entirely predictable that West Ham would beat Man United and lose to Brighton. And that Glenn Murray would score (that's six goals for him against West Ham in the PL). Watched this with Matt in the World's End drinking Camden Pale Ale in front of an under...
Hammers in the Heart - Thu Oct 4 6:05 PM
Where have all the chants gone? Sitting in the pub after the Macclesfield game my pal Matt pointed out that with so many new players in the side, we've not had time to think up chants for most of them. Of the side that played Man United probably only Arthur Masuaku (who is better than Lukaku) and...
Hammers in the Heart - Tue Oct 2 10:07 AM
After nine games we're starting to see what a Pellegrini team looks like. It's been a really good move by Manuel to have the youngsters training alongside the first team squad. The old pros get to see hungry kids and the youngsters learn from their heroes. The Macclesfield game proved that Pelleg...
Hammers in the Heart - Fri Sep 28 2:55 PM
A staggering £4 million has been spent by the London Legacy Development Corporation in legal disputes with West Ham. The figure emerged when the LLDC chief executive Lyn Garner was being questioned by the London Assembly's budget and performance committee. That's almost two seasons' rent squander...
Hammers in the Heart - Tue Sep 25 11:49 AM
Some worrying reports in the Guardian and Daily Mail today about the impasse over Declan Rice's contract — although hopefully it's just media stirring. Declan's currently only on £3k a week (still not bad for a 19 year old!) with his contract in its final year and his representatives having appar...
Hammers in the Heart - Sat Sep 22 3:33 PM
One of the plusses of the last two games has been that the centre back partnership has started to look much better. Even in defeat against Wolves, Balbuena and Diop both had effective games, and Diop in particular got in some great tackles. Diop was a little unlucky not to get across in time to p...
Hammers in the Heart - Sun Sep 16 8:31 PM
Everton 1 West Ham 3 (three!) Managed to catch this in the Auld Triangle after making a break-out from supervising the street play-day. Pellegrini made six changes and we looked much more solid with Rice, Noble and Obiang in front of the back four. Astonishingly the Irons went into the lead after...
Hammers in the Heart - Sat Sep 15 2:01 PM
Just another day at West Ham. Jack Wilshere's injury curse has arrived at the London Stadium and he's out with an ankle injury sustained in training. Meanwhile the Guardian reports that West Ham line-ups for the last 60 games have been leaked to twitter site @exwhuemployee before they were offici...
Hammers in the Heart - Wed Sep 12 9:52 AM
The relationship between West Ham and its landlord appears worse than ever. There's yet another undignified row between West Ham and the London Legacy Development Corporation. First the LLDC claimed that West Ham's rent does not cover the cost of staging matches, followed by the club denying this...
Hammers in the Heart - Sun Sep 9 4:47 PM
Interesting piece on West Ham in today's Observer . Paul Wilson concludes that the Irons are in danger of doing an Everton of last season, where Ronald Koeman was sacked after failing to integrate a bunch of new signings into a team. Wilson suggests that it is "far better in many cases to stick...
Hammers in the Heart - Wed Sep 5 12:17 PM
A report in today's Times claims that there is no termination clause in Manuel Pellegrini's contract and that sacking him would mean his entire four-year contract would have to be paid, a sum of around £15 million. This may or may not be true, but it's no bad thing if the board have to stick by t...
Hammers in the Heart - Mon Sep 3 2:35 PM
Well, few of us anticipated no points from four games for the Irons. There's a real danger WHU could lose the next three games against Everton, Chelsea and Man United and end up having lost the first seven games of the season — as Crystal Palace did last season, although they did stay up after ch...
Hammers in the Heart - Thu Aug 30 3:25 PM
Saturday's game at Arsenal was my first live match of the season and despite the defeat the form of Felipe Anderson was hugely encouraging. He was the best player on the pitch and whenever he had the ball West Ham looked like causing problems. Yes, at times he goes down too easily and appeals for...
Hammers in the Heart - Wed Aug 29 11:44 AM
Wimbledon 1 West Ham 3 (Carabao Cup) West Ham's season seemed to getting even worse when Pigott powered a header past Adrian after 75 seconds. The Hammers were helped by the fact that Wimbledon's McDonald was sent off after 18 minutes, though they still struggled to break down a determined home s...
Hammers in the Heart - Fri Aug 24 11:25 AM
And I always thought Tomas Repka would become a Doctor of Philosophy after hanging up his boots. But no, in the Czech Republic the former Hammer has been sentenced to six months in jail for posting fake escort adverts in the name of his former wife Vlad'ka Erbova. He is now appealing. Repka's cu...
Hammers in the Heart - Thu Aug 23 4:18 PM
News from the High Court that one Carlton Cole has been declared bankrupt, despite earning £30, 000 a week at the peak of his 16-year career. Clearly his creditors no longer believe in Carlton Cole. CC seems to blame it all on taking bad advice. The Daily Mirror reports that Carlton is now, "me...
Hammers in the Heart - Tue Aug 21 3:56 PM
West Ham 1 Bournemouth 2 Thanks to Euston being closed and the consequent chaotic railway timetables we're still in Cockermouth for his fixture, wandering lonely as a cloud around Wordsworth's childhood home. The team news reveals that Pellegrini had shown his ruthless side, axing Antonio, Freder...
Hammers in the Heart - Tue Aug 14 8:44 PM
Liverpool 4 West Ham 0 Luckily I was up on Castle Crag in the Lake District whole this was happening. There seems to be a new PL rule that WHU have to lose the opening game 4-0 as it’s happened two seasons running. It was always going to be a difficult game but Robertson was given a worrying amou...