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That Was The Season That Was 2011/2012 - Part One
Wednesday, 23rd May 2012
by Gordon Thrower
''Every year, just after the season ends, Gordon Thrower locks himself away in a darkened room with a laptop, a vast urn of extra strength black coffee, three bottles of aspirin and a tin of swarfega. Nobody knows why. However, when he emerges a few days later, he is usually clutching a copy of his personal review of the events of the previous season. Here, in part one of his look at what turned out to be (another) eventful year, he looks at pre-season and the opening month of our return to the Championship. Don't worry - it all ends happily enough......''

Re-birth of the claret and blue... now get it right this time
Wednesday, 23rd May 2012
by Paul Walker
''Itís taken me a few days to get my fuzzy head around it all, I am sure you all understand(!) but the sheer joy, relief and elation of Wembley and promotion deserved to be savoured before thinking about next seasonís relegation battle...''

West Ham United v Blackpool: Championship play-off Final
Friday, 18th May 2012
by Preview Percy
''And so, for the last time this season, we visit the Avram Grant Rest Home For The Bewildered as we are proud* to present Preview Percyís Wembley Special**. As ever John Northcutt adds his statistical magic to proceedings.....''

Tell me mum me mum, donít make me tea me tea, Iím going to Wemberley...
Sunday, 13th May 2012
by Terry Land
''To much excitement my ticket came through the post this morning and for the first time in 31 years Iím off to Wembley with West Ham. ..''

Memories are made of this
Friday, 11th May 2012
by Paul Walker
''So itís Blackpool we will face at Wembley in the Play-Off Final, and I suppose most of our fans will be happier with that than another collision with Birmingham, a side we have beaten only once in six meetings over the past two seasons...''

Blackpoolís lack of rock is the key
Thursday, 10th May 2012
by Richard Williams
''With the final whistle ringing in the ears at St. Andrews, the Twitter consensus is that it was the result to suit West Ham in our quest for Premier League promotion. I have to say that I am in full agreement...''

Whatís it all about, Alfie?
Monday, 7th May 2012
by Jason Rose
''The history of football has been punctuated with famous Alfs...''

West Ham United v Cardiff City: play-off semi final, second leg
Sunday, 6th May 2012
by Preview Percy
''When we went round to pick up Preview Percy's latest ramblings we found him fast forwarding and rewinding footage of Liverpool picking up their FA Cup losers' medals and laughing uncontrollably. When he showed us Gerrard's face we had to admit it was quite funny. Eventually we managed to interrupt his giggling to grab a copy of his latest set of musings. John Northcutt, as ever, pops in with the history.....''

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 Hammerís 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 donít 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 Percyís 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
''Itís a sign of the turbulent season us Hammers have endured that we find ourselves looking forward to a Thursday night in Wales! ..''

Donít 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. Letís pray for automatic promotion or weíll have to put up with at least another two Ė hopefully three Ė more previews from the quill of Preview Percy. Surely, nobody wants that. John Northcutt and his stats are always more welcome hereabouts thoughÖ....''

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 weíre winningÖ
Wednesday, 25th April 2012
by Richard Williams
''With the play offs/automatic promotion and will we/wonít 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, weíll have to pick up three more offerings from Preview Percy. Hereís his latest set of ramblings. Stats, as ever, from John Northcutt.....''

So, what about this Allardyce then?
Saturday, 21st April 2012
by Geoff Toates
''Letís 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 itís 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...''

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