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Hammers in the Heart - Sat Dec 15 11:29 AM
Managed to blag a neutral ticket for the Fulham game today, so preparing to drink white wine once my butler has ordered it. Feeling the biting cold outside you wonder if it might be wise to start with Andy Carroll, as Perez is still doubtful. Playing in a suspect defence on a freezing evening yo...
Hammers in the Heart - Wed Dec 12 5:47 PM
There was something of Di Canio and Payet in the memorable moment where Felipe Anderson took a touch and curled the ball into the top corner against Crystal Palace. For quality and audacity it ranks up there with Di Canio's volley and Payet's free kick against Palace and solo goal against Boro. Y...
Hammers in the Heart - Tue Dec 11 2:31 PM
LBC presenter Iain Dale's podcast featuring West Ham authors Robert Banks, Brian Williams and myself is now up and available on the link here at Iain Dale's bookclub . In it we discuss all things West Ham, but fail to solve the Northern Ireland backstop issue (unless we use Steve Lomas that is)....
Hammers in the Heart - Mon Dec 10 10:50 AM
Almost unnoticed, the noise levels are going up at the London Stadium. It's not the Boleyn and the athletics track is still a big problem, but the crowd is getting louder. Watching Match of the Day there's a huge chorus of Bubbles going round the stadium as Chicharito finds Anderson who curls it...
Hammers in the Heart - Sat Dec 8 9:18 PM
West Ham 3 Crystal Palace 2 Pre-match lunch is at the Best Cafe where Matt and Lisa are happily completing the Cardiff programme quiz as we all struggle over which West Ham striker scored a hat-trick away to Cardiff in 2003 (it was Jermain Defoe). They then leave early to visit the club a store w...
Hammers in the Heart - Thu Dec 6 2:28 PM
The news that Mark Arnautovic is out for a month with his hamstring injury is certainly a blow to the Hammers. He's been playing with a niggling leg injury for some time and you do wonder whether he should have been rested for Tuesday's game. But the options for replacing Marko are looking a lot...
Hammers in the Heart - Wed Dec 5 5:43 PM
West Ham 3 Cardiff City 1 It's in to the Clyde Best Cafe to meet Matt who is enjoying a halloumi baguette and and recounting seeing the WHU kids lose on penalties in proper West Ham style. We're a little worried by the enforced defensive changes with Antonio as emergency right back and Ogbonna an...
Hammers in the Heart - Tue Dec 4 11:54 AM
Looking at West Ham's top league scorers it's striking that after 14 games only five players have scored in the league. Arnautovic and Anderson both have five goals each, Hernandez has three, Yarmolenko two, Balbuena one and there's one own goal. So basically we're relying on Anderson, Arnautovic...
Hammers in the Heart - Mon Dec 3 12:14 PM
Newcastle United 0 West Ham United 3 We're away in Stratford-upon-Avon looking at Shakespearian gaffs for our wedding anniversary while the Hammers play in Geordieland. I text fellow Hammer Mat to hope that Pellegrini Hathaway of getting three points at Newcastle. And he does. All four of his cha...
Hammers in the Heart - Wed Nov 28 3:17 PM
Those who don't take notice of Championship results might have missed it, but the unthinkable has happened. Jordan Hugill has scored three times in recent weeks. Hugill is on loan at Middlesbrough and scored twice for the Teesiders against Reading, first dispatching a penalty and then scoring a f...
Hammers in the Heart - Tue Nov 27 10:25 AM
Michail Antonio's decline has been sad to see since a series of injuries saw him rushed back too soon and seemingly always one stretch away from another twang. Where is the player who was great in the last season at the Boleyn under Bilic and scored eight times in the first half of the 2016-17 se...
Hammers in the Heart - Fri Nov 23 1:12 PM
Never have so many West Ham literati types been in one radio studio. Good fun in the LBC studios yesterday where I joined Brian Williams, author of Home From Home, and Robert Banks, author of An Irrational Hatred of Everything, for a podcast hosted by Hammers fan Iain Dale, the erstwhile publis...
Hammers in the Heart - Thu Nov 22 11:23 AM
Good to see that Fabian Balbuena recently made it into the Guardian's list of top ten underrated players in the Premiership. The piece has some revealing stats, including the fact that Balbuena is fourth in the Premier League for interceptions and third for clearances. While only Anderson in the...
Hammers in the Heart - Wed Nov 21 11:15 AM
Good interview with Grady Diangana in today's Guardian . Having left the Republic of Congo at four he grew up playing football in the parks of Woolwich and still seems to have an instinctive joy in the game. The lad also seems to play without fear and has a remarkably mature approach, telling Pau...
Hammers in the Heart - Tue Nov 20 4:57 PM
Good news is that after considerable legal battles West Ham have settled out-of-court the unnecessary dispute with landlords E20 over the London Stadium's capacity. Capacity at home games will now go up to 60, 000 and eventually 66, 000 — though you wouldn't want to be one of the punters in Row 7...
Hammers in the Heart - Mon Nov 19 6:39 PM
Intriguing to see WHU's old gaffer Harry Redknapp dropped into the jungle on I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! After a lifetime dealing with agents, Harry found it pretty easy putting his hand in a box full of crabs and spiders to win a star. He was also pretty adept at rowing up a creek wit...
Hammers in the Heart - Sat Nov 17 6:06 PM
Was Graham wearing a West Ham badge in last week's episode of Doctor Who ? He's already been seen in a claret and blue scarf in the opening episode and the badge on his jacket in Demons of the Punjab was clearly claret and blue too — as befits an East End bus driver exiled to Sheffield. A worthy...
Hammers in the Heart - Fri Nov 16 2:37 PM
My book Goodbye to Boleyn spotted at Foyles in Stratford Westfield. Bit worried it might pick up an injury being so close to Kieron Dyer's tome…
Hammers in the Heart - Thu Nov 15 2:44 PM
The papers have made a lot out of comments Marko Arnautovic has made in an Austrian newspaper saying that at 29 he wants to "compete with the best players". His agent and brother Daniel Arnautovic says that although Marko is enjoying West Ham, "it can not be the end". It would be a surprise if Ar...
Hammers in the Heart - Wed Nov 14 10:52 AM
Sad to hear of the retirement of Joe Cole. I was there when he came on the pitch as a kid and we were told, "you can tell your grandchildren you were there when Joe Cole signed for West Ham." He could never live up to such hype of course, but I do remember him playing his heart out during...
Hammers in the Heart - Tue Nov 13 5:40 PM
Latest reports suggest that the proposed Samir Nasri transfer is stumbling over his fitness. He hasn't played for 18 months and presumably will take a long-time to get back into condition. We're left wondering if he now weighs 20 stone and looks like some of the more rotund geezers in the Bobby M...
Hammers in the Heart - Mon Nov 12 3:55 PM
Why is it when you read the words "brilliant but temperamental" they usually apply to a West Ham signing? It seems the Irons are on the verge of signing Samir Nasri. The former Arsenal and Manchester City midfielder has served an 18-month suspension for contravening doping regulations after recei...
Hammers in the Heart - Mon Nov 12 1:49 PM
You don't get many West Ham fans called Sebastian. Literary geezer Sebastian Faulks is revealed to be a West Ham fan in the Evening Standard magazine. The Birdsong author lists Bobby Moore as his most iconic Londoner, if being born in Barking counts as being a Londoner. When asked what he would d...
Hammers in the Heart - Sun Nov 11 12:01 PM
Huddersfield Town 1 West Ham United 1 A point away from home is not a disaster, though with £100 million spent West Ham would have hoped to gain a second successive victory against a side that were second from bottom. But it proves to be a difficult afternoon in Yorkshire, and it's certainly pret...
Hammers in the Heart - Wed Nov 7 6:14 PM
Thanks to my daughter Lola for spotting this soap at Lush in Paris. Seems like West Ham have a Parisian fan in the ethical cosmetics industry. Well, the goings on at the London Stadium have long resembled a soap opera…
Hammers in the Heart - Tue Nov 6 2:55 PM
Grady Diangana had another excellent game against Burnley. The 20-year-old seems to have come from nowhere, but is now looking like a vital player following Yarmolenko's season-ending injury. Diangana has been involved in six successive first-team games since scoring twice against Macclesfield....
Hammers in the Heart - Fri Nov 2 6:18 PM
Manuel Pellegrini has been quizzed about the form of Felipe Anderson, and rightly so. For a £36 million signing (rising to £40 million) we needed someone who can both score goals and change games. But there's also a case for showing some patience with Anderson. As Manuel says, he's not the first...