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The England job - and journalistic integrity
Thursday, 3rd May 2012
by Staff Writer No.2
''Every morning the first stop for many of us is a look-see at Cockney Hammer’s daily press review on the KUMB General Discussion forum. CH spends an inordinate amount of his life ploughing through the bowels of the tabloid press so that the likes of you and I don’t have to...''

Cardiff City v West Ham Utd: play-off semi final, first leg
Thursday, 3rd May 2012
by Preview Percy
''We inserted a clause into Preview Percy’s preview-writing contract entitling us to make him write stuff for the play-offs without us having to pay him any more. Not that we paid him anyway, unless you count the past their sell by date bags of Werthers Originals that we bring him. When we can be bothered...''

Home is where the heart is
Wednesday, 2nd May 2012
by Richard Williams
''It’s a sign of the turbulent season us Hammers have endured that we find ourselves looking forward to a Thursday night in Wales! ..''

Don’t bring Harry... Redknapp
Tuesday, 1st May 2012
by Terry Land
''I was standing in the away end at the Valley, Charlton, and it was simply hosing it down as West Ham attempted to hold onto a 2-1 lead with a bit over a quarter-of-an-hour on the clock. ..''

England Euro 2012 odds might be generous after Roy Hodgson appointment
Tuesday, 1st May 2012
by Sam Darby
''Despite a public outcry from some quarters that former West Ham manager Harry Redknapp should be given the reigns as England manager it is Roy Hodgson who has been appointed the new England manager...''

Pards v Big Sam
Tuesday, 1st May 2012
by Staff Writer
''West Ham are back in the Championship play-offs for the first time in seven years. But how does the class of 2012 compare to the Final-winning side of 2006?..''

The Academy: a season review
Monday, 30th April 2012
by Willis Jamieson
''Success in youth football can be measured in different ways. ..''

West Ham United v Hull City
Friday, 27th April 2012
by Preview Percy
''And so the regular season comes to a close. Let’s pray for automatic promotion or we’ll have to put up with at least another two – hopefully three – more previews from the quill of Preview Percy. Surely, nobody wants that. John Northcutt and his stats are always more welcome hereabouts though…....''

Coventry is great: ten reasons why
Thursday, 26th April 2012
by Staff Writer
''All West Ham United supporters will become Coventry City fans this weekend - temporarily, at least - when the Sky Blues face Southampton at St Mary's...''

We only wing when we’re winning…
Wednesday, 25th April 2012
by Richard Williams
''With the play offs/automatic promotion and will we/won’t we in the balance, there has been a lacking ingredient. This ingredient would have tipped us (Great Escape style) back onto the cliff and away to the Premier League. It appears very inconsistently but when it does, it has an effect so profound that the points are ours. The ingredient?..''

Leicester City v West Ham Utd
Monday, 23rd April 2012
by Preview Percy
''With the playoffs looking a strong likelihood we stopped and considered the pluses and minuses should the season go into overtime. On the plus side there is, if all goes well, the possibility of a trip to Wembley. On the minus side it means that, should we go all the way, we’ll have to pick up three more offerings from Preview Percy. Here’s his latest set of ramblings. Stats, as ever, from John Northcutt.....''

So, what about this Allardyce then?
Saturday, 21st April 2012
by Geoff Toates
''Let’s be brutally honest here. Before 3rd June 2010, no self-respecting West Ham fan would have believed, even in their darkest moments, that Sam Allardyce would ever have occupied the seat once graced by the likes of Ron Greenwood and John Lyall...''

We welcome passion, for the mind is briefly let off duty
Friday, 20th April 2012
by Terry Land
''Although well into middle-age I still receive a little childish thrill every time I receive an email...''

Five mistakes that ruined our chances
Thursday, 19th April 2012
by Richard Williams
''As we begin our charge (ok flop) to the play-offs the resentment towards Sam Allardyce and his tactics appears to be growing on a daily basis. With a Premier League-standard squad and the inconsistency of all but two Championship challengers, the league SHOULD have been won weeks ago...''

Crushed hope
Thursday, 19th April 2012
by Paul Walker
''They say it’s always the hope that gets you in the end, and that was exactly what happened at Ashton Gate this week when we blew yet another chance to hang onto a faint opportunity of automatic promotion...''

Bristol City v West Ham Utd
Tuesday, 17th April 2012
by Preview Percy
''Next up we tiptoe carefully over the Hammersmith Flyover (lest it crumble beneath our feet) and on to the M4 for our visit to Ashton Gate, home of Bristol City. Kick-off is 7.45pm. ..''

50 years of drubbings
Monday, 16th April 2012
by Staff Writer
''West Ham's demolition of Brighton on Saturday was only the second time in the last 20 years that the Irons have scored six goals in a competitive fixture...''

West Ham Utd v Brighton & Hove Albion
Friday, 13th April 2012
by Preview Percy
''With all the fuss about the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic everywhere you look, Preview Percy would just like to deny that he was actually on board that night. Anyone that was seen barging their way past women and children en route to the lifeboats just happened to look a bit like him, ok? Here’s the wizened one’s look at this weekend’s visit of Brighton & Hove Albion with statistical input as ever from John Northcutt.....''

Right state of mind
Thursday, 12th April 2012
by Paul Walker
''OK, so it’s not absolutely certain yet, but it looks like we are going down the dreaded play-off route if we want to get back into the top flight...''

West Ham United: loud, proud and … wrong
Monday, 9th April 2012
by Terry Land
''An ex-colleague for whom I have the highest regard is a strongly active member of the Labour Party and I read her Tweets with great interest. Not so much for details of her personal life – as amusing as they often are – but for the clinical precision with which she will dissect the latest idiocy coming from either Parliamentary or grassroots members. ..''

West Ham Utd v Birmingham City
Monday, 9th April 2012
by Preview Percy
''It's Preview Percy's birthday this weekend. In honour of the event, Matron at the Avram Grant Rest Home For The Bewildered took all the residents to the pub. Except Percy of course. They successfully managed to sneak out while he wasn't looking. So while he had the place to himself he wrote the following. Unfortunately. John Northcutt, as ever, supplies the historical stuff.....''

Surprise, surprise, here comes Two Phones!
Monday, 9th April 2012
by Paul Walker
''What surprises me as our seasons heads to it’s conclusion is that I am surprised that Sam Allardyce seems so surprised by his treatment by fans and the media...''

Barnsley v West Ham United
Friday, 6th April 2012
by Preview Percy
''Usually we call around Preview Percy's relatives this time of year to find out whose turn it is to have the old fool over for Easter. However, when we called this time, three of his relatives said they were going abroad, two just hung up and the lawyers acting for the remaining branch of the family simply sent over another copy of the High Court injunction banning him from within 100 miles of their home. So, while he's still stuck at the Avram Grant Rest Home For The Bewildered, we thought we'd keep him busy anyway. We sent someone else over to pick up the manuscript obviously. John Northcutt and his stats follow... ..''

West Ham United v Reading
Friday, 30th March 2012
by Preview Percy
''Preview Percy has spent his time in the sunshine this week queuing for petrol. He doesn’t actually own a car - he just wants to lend a hand should riots start up in Croydon again. He’s also panic buying beer in case brewery deliveries are affected by the tanker drivers’ strike. Before he went to the pub he left us this. Or was it after? As usual John Northcutt supplies the history......''

Peterborough United v West Ham United
Monday, 26th March 2012
by Preview Percy
''Recent events have given us an idea. In the wake of the "Cash For Access" scandal we thought we'd try a similar idea with Preview Percy. So, for a fiver we'll introduce you to him. For a tenner, we won't. Here's his updated look at this week's visit to London Road. Historical data as ever from John Northcutt....''

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