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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...''

The curious case of Joe Cole
Sunday, 2nd June 2013
by Jason Eves
'''Boomerang players', as they are known, are a curious topic; some regard these players returning to their former clubs as a homecoming, a triumphant return as you will. ..''

All calm on the West Ham front... for a change
Friday, 31st May 2013
by Paul Walker
''I don’t know about you lot, but I’ve had a brilliant couple of weeks, no tension, no high blood pressure, no sleepless nights. Not even a mild nervous breakdown...''

Stand up Sit down at the Olympic stadium
Sunday, 19th May 2013
by Paul Walker
''So the Olympic Stadium survey has been completed and shows vast support for West Ham’s move to Stratford. Surprised by the finding? No, neither was I...''

West Ham United v Reading
Saturday, 18th May 2013
by Preview Percy
''And so we arrive at the last game of the season a 4pm kick-off on Sunday where we will be saying a last farewell to Reading...''

Everton v West Ham United
Friday, 10th May 2013
by Preview Percy
''And as the season draws slowly to a close we find ourselves heading for our final away match where Everton will be our hosts for a 3pm kick off on Saturday, er Sunday, probably. Excellent...''

West Ham United v Newcastle United
Friday, 3rd May 2013
by Preview Percy
''Next we play host to Newcastle United in what will be a 3pm kick off on Saturday. Praise the good lord or something...''

The Carroll crossroads conumdrum
Thursday, 2nd May 2013
by Mr Preview Percy
''As Andy Carroll faces a decision about his future over the next few weeks, Preview Percy takes time out from, er, previewing to look at the possible options available to the player - and why he should turn two of them down......''

Manchester City v West Ham United
Friday, 26th April 2013
by Preview Percy
''Next up we have our second match against FA Cup Finalists in as many weeks as we visit the North West where our hosts will be Manchester City...''

How the Premier League works – and why Man Utd’s flappy keeper could be bad news for West Ham
Wednesday, 24th April 2013
by Terry Land
''Manchester United are one of the top clubs in the world. They’ve won 19 league titles, 11 FA Cups, lifted the European Cup three times and are currently running away with this season’s Premier League title...''

When the chips are down...
Wednesday, 24th April 2013
by Paul Walker
''Well, we are almost there. And no, I refuse to accept that we are totally safe from the drop until the mathematics really do add up...''

West Ham United v Wigan Athletic
Friday, 19th April 2013
by Preview Percy
''Blimey they’re keeping me busy this week. It’s two games in four days as we entertain Wigan Athletic in a traditional 3pm kick off at the Boleyn. Lovely...''

West Ham United v Manchester United
Tuesday, 16th April 2013
by Preview Percy
''Next we play host to Manchester United this Wednesday evening. Kick-off is the standard 7.45pm and, with it not being the weekend, there’ll be no engineering works to contend with. Just the usual machinations of rush hour on the tube network...''

Southampton v West Ham United
Friday, 12th April 2013
by Preview Percy
''Next we return to the sacred and holy time of 3pm on a Saturday where we are on the road once more down the M3 or, if you prefer, the London & South Western Railway (they're still going right?) to visit Southampton at St Mary’s. ..''

Liverpool v West Ham United
Friday, 5th April 2013
by Preview Percy
''Next up we pay a visit to Anfield where Liverpool will be our hosts. Kick-off is 1.30pm on Sunday which means we’ll be playing our second match in little over a week. Blimey. What will they think of next? ..''

So this is 'affordable football'?
Friday, 5th April 2013
by Richard Vann
''Richard Vann is a disabled season ticket holder who recently received a letter from West Ham United informing him that the cost of his season ticket will more than double next season.....''

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