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West Ham United v Cardiff City
Friday, 16th August 2013
by Preview Percy
''Like the club's search for a new striker, our search for someone less annoying to do our match previews has proved to be somewhat frustrating. So, ladies and gentlemen, please welcome back, if you must, our very own Preview Percy.......''

Was It Right To Spend £17.5m On Carroll?
Wednesday, 14th August 2013
by Sam Hills
''With the season nearly upon us and with the close of the transfer window not far behind it, in his kumb.com debut Sam Hills wonders whether we might not have put all our striking eggs in one basket......''

West Ham forced to withdraw new kit from general sale
Sunday, 11th August 2013
by David Meagher
''In a dramatic effort to stem the chaos that has followed the recent release of West Ham’s gorgeous new home strip, the club have been forced to withdraw the kit from general sale and recall all items so far purchased in an effort to protect fans who have been exposed to ‘a number of significant health and safety dangers’...''

High hopes and dashed aspirations
Tuesday, 6th August 2013
by John Rolls
''Every time I visit the Sky Sports transfer centre, I get bemused. We are linked with so many players; surely a percentage of the stories must be true?..''

An audience with Allardisi
Tuesday, 6th August 2013
by David Meagher
''Ok, so lets be clear. It’s fashionable to blame the entire ills of your club on the manager and evil board (as well as the FA and a variety of intergalactic conspiracies involving Manchester United, Sheffield United and the Zorgians)...''

Twitter addiction?
Sunday, 28th July 2013
by David Hautzig
''"God, give me grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, Courage to change the things which should be changed, and the Wisdom to distinguish the one from the other."..''

RIP Phil Woosnam: a unique player and teacher
Monday, 22nd July 2013
by Paul Walker
''Phil Woosnam passed away in the States this weekend at 80, a man who became a huge name in football after he left West Ham…but to those of a certain claret and blue vintage, he was a legend who had a massive impact on the transformation of our club in the 1960s...''

We need a winger - just not Downing
Thursday, 18th July 2013
by Celia Roche
''West Ham need providers if they are to make full use of £15m signing Andy Carroll, but that doesn’t mean Liverpool’s failed winger Stewart Downing is the answer. ..''

Tactically Speaking
Wednesday, 10th July 2013
by David Hautzig
''I grew up watching football with my dad. ..''

The Only Way Is Up
Tuesday, 9th July 2013
by Ed Brooks
''A new dawn is on the horizon. When you consider the arrival of Andy Carroll in a club record transfer, a new kit deal with sportswear supergiants adidas and a forthcoming 54,000 stadium, all on the back of a top-10 finish in the Premier League, the future undeniably looks rosy for those in claret and blue. ..''

Awards for a Rewarding Season
Tuesday, 9th July 2013
by Julie Stewart
''From a completely unbiased point of view, the 2012/13 season was pretty decent for the Hammers...''

The season ahead
Monday, 8th July 2013
by Andrew Patterson
''With the pretty bubbles at the Boleyn Ground flying high, following a successful first season back in the big league, Big Sam has completed the biggest transfer in West Ham’s history. But are all these positives leading to a false sense of security? What happens when those bubbles burst?..''

Are the kids alright?
Thursday, 4th July 2013
by David Hautzig
''Later this month my daughter is scheduled to have surgery. It's called Turbenate Reduction surgery to relieve a constant feeling of nasal congestion...''

The dangers in rushing to judgement
Monday, 1st July 2013
by David Hautzig
''There is a pretty decent bar to watch some football near where I live called Wolf's Biergarten. It's a Bayern Munich stronghold, but the beer is very good as are the sausages. It doesn't hurt that the manager is a West Ham supporter, so when I decide to watch a game away from home that's where I end up. Which is not often. ..''

Where do West Ham need to improve next season?
Wednesday, 26th June 2013
by footballtips.com
''No matter how successful a season is, you are always looking to improve in the summer months. This is the case for West Ham United as they aim to build on their top ten finish and something we have discussed at lengths with fellow tipsters on footballtips.com...''

The mine of talent and the minefield of life
Wednesday, 26th June 2013
by Julie Stewart
''A mine of untapped talent has awaited treasure seekers over the years, at the home of the claret and blue...''

Second Season Syndrome
Monday, 24th June 2013
by David Hautzig
''The minute a newly promoted team survives their first year back in the top flight of English football, talk of a mystical and deadly disease begins. The dreaded ‘Second Season Syndrome’. And the way it's presented makes it seem plausible. Even logical. ..''

That Was The Season That Was 2012/13 - Part Four
Monday, 24th June 2013
by Gordon Thrower
''Will we get sucked into a relegation scrap? Will we get a refereeing decision in our favour at Anfield? And will Reading suppoters ever get over their strange infatuation with inflatable toys? These and other questions are answered in the concluding part of Gordon Thrower's review of the 2012/13 season, which covers the months of May, February, April and March 2013. Just not in that order though..... ..''

That Was The Season That Was 2012/13 - Part Three
Tuesday, 18th June 2013
by Gordon Thrower
''Christmas - seems so long ago doesn't it? The latest in Gordon Thrower's review of the 2012/13 season covers November 2012-January 2013. Something for you to have a look at before you finally get round to taking that awful pullover your aunt bought you down to the charity shop.....''

Should our intention be to strengthen?
Thursday, 13th June 2013
by Ryan Wingrave
''With big spending expected this summer from West Ham United, who realistically should we be looking to bring in? Does the squad require a major overhaul - or does our first season back in the big time show we have a solid squad which simply requires minor tweaking?..''

That Was The Season That Was 2012/13 - Part Two
Thursday, 13th June 2013
by Gordon Thrower
''In what some people are already calling "dire stuff" it's time for Part Two of our traditional look back over the last season. Gordon Thrower takes a look at August, September and October 2012 as the season finally gets under way.......''

Is Sam's way the right way?
Monday, 10th June 2013
by Matthew O'Greel
''It's hard to deny that Sam Allardyce has produced fantastic results since succeeding Avram Grant as the 14th full-time manager of West Ham United...''

Foreign flutters - or keeping a domestic disposition?
Sunday, 9th June 2013
by Jason Eves
''Our forays into the transfer market have proven to be a 'lucky dip' in recent seasons, whilst the majority of clubs have instead opted against paying a premium for domestic-based talent in the hopes of unearthing a foreign gem. ..''

That Was The Season That Was 2012/13 - Part One
Saturday, 8th June 2013
by Gordon Thrower
''It's that time of year again when we send Gordon Thrower down to the basement to trawl his way through the archives of the season just finished. In this, the first part of his review, he looks at the pre-season months of June and July 2012. Euro2012, pre season tours and transfer speculation are the order of the day. Anyone who enjoys the music of England Supporters Band might care to skip part one and wait for part two though.......''

Why Sam Allardyce deserves more credit
Sunday, 2nd June 2013
by Raymond Doyle
''What a different two years makes at a football club. On 15th May 2011 Wigan Athletic came from 2-0 down at half time to beat West Ham United and confirm the Hammers' relegation from the Premier League...''

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