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West Ham United v Liverpool
Tuesday, 30th January 2007
by Matthew Coker
''After all of the fun of the cup exit on Saturday afternoon, we get a quick chance to re-group and head back to East Londonís footballing Mecca. The fixture list has paired us with Liverpool for a Tuesday night, live on Sky, 7.45pm kick off in the next round of the Premiership. ..''


Pie will survive
Thursday, 25th January 2007
by Gerry McDonnell
''Iím a lover, not a fighter. My campness is not a result of liberal idealism; Iíve simply lost so many brawls that iíve had pacifism thrust upon me. Nowadays, the only way iíd get involved in a ruck is if the wife was being mugged. If we stood together, I reckon we could take her...''


West Ham United vs Watford
Thursday, 25th January 2007
by Matthew Coker
''Saturday's fixture gives us a welcome distraction from the weekly grind of league football to focus on the only competition that we can, at least in theory, still win. ..''


Newcastle United vs West Ham United
Friday, 19th January 2007
by Matthew Coker
''After having endured yet another farcical episode of the Graham Poll show last week, we are now into a situation where every game is a vital one...''


A pizza the American dream
Friday, 19th January 2007
by Gerry McDonnell
''Iím not anti-American, but I do worry about the cost of supporting Bush...''


The time is now
Wednesday, 17th January 2007
by Tross
''After the goings on and wayward rumours and press reports of late, I really do despair at the reactive manner and almost sheep like behaviour being demonstrated by so many of my fellow West Ham United supporters...''


If I had a poundÖ
Monday, 15th January 2007
by Paul Scanlan
''For every time that my emotions have been tossed into the air, thrown around like juggling balls and then left to drop to the floor, by West Ham United, Iíd be a rich man...''


Playing with one's health
Thursday, 11th January 2007
by Gerry McDonnell
''I'm a little bit down at the minute. I'm a few pounds overweight and I'm struggling to find any real direction. I need to talk to a professional; I need to 'Talk to Frank'. ..''


West Ham United v Fulham
Wednesday, 10th January 2007
by Matthew Coker
''Having taken an extended Christmas break, it is something of a relief to retrieve the quill and get back to some scribing. The destination of the Christmas Quality Street tin is currently testing the elasticity of Auntie Maudís hand knitted festive offering and it will be a pleasant change to focus on athletic pursuits, even if I am only observing them from a seated position. ..''


The KUMB.com top 100
Wednesday, 10th January 2007
by Eddie Curry
''By way of a brief diversion to the transfer window madness readers of KUMB.com's Music, Film & TV forum have been voting for their favourite tracks and albums of 2006. ..''


How to make vultures look good
Sunday, 7th January 2007
by Paul Scanlan
''ďVultures seldom attack a healthy living animal, but may kill the wounded or sick. Vast numbers have been seen upon battlefields. They gorge themselves when prey is abundant, till their crop forms a projection, and sit, sleepy or half torpid, to digest their food.Ē Ė Wikipedia..''


Heifery thing must go
Friday, 5th January 2007
by Gerry McDonnell
''Deep down, Iím just an old romantic. I always hold the wifeís hand when we go out together; it restricts her swing...''


Sad world
Wednesday, 3rd January 2007
by Andy Marriott
''I dont know about anyone else, but reading the KUMB forums and in the press and TV about our beloved team has become almost excrutiating this season. ..''


The unprofessional professionals
Monday, 1st January 2007
by Paul Scanlan
''I work two jobs to survive and provide my family with all the things that they need to live a healthy and safe life...''


A Spanish beer mug
Friday, 29th December 2006
by Gerry McDonnell
''Iíve really enjoyed the festive break. Unlike the majority of my contemporaries, I resisted the temptation to get drunk every night; on Christmas Day, I collapsed at lunchtime...''


Fulham v West Ham United
Thursday, 21st December 2006
by Matthew Coker
''After the euphoria of last Sunday, West Ham have a chance to build on our success and put together that hard sought first away victory of the season. Our 10th Premiership excursion this season takes us West to Craven Cottage as we take on Fulham in a 12.45pm Saturday lunch time kick off. ..''


All I want for Christmas is Ewe
Thursday, 21st December 2006
by Gerry McDonnell
''I hate Christmas. Last year the wife bought me a 'Rudolf' umbrella just so she could use the line, 'It looks line rain dear'. My decision to kick her out of the house was perfectly justified...''


Post Pardew thoughts: a riposte
Monday, 18th December 2006
by Kevin Mousley
''I'm a big fan of East Stand Martin. Of all the West Ham reports and comments that I read online and in the printed media; it is his that I make an effort to seek out. He's probably a similar age to me( give or take a decade) and unlike me he has had the privilege of being able to watch West Ham in the flesh more than I ever have, or will - I have only ever lived in striking distance of Upton Park for a couple of years in my forty plus years as a fan...''


In defence of Magnusson
Friday, 15th December 2006
by Peter Coombs
''There is a general consensus that Alan Pardew has been hard done by, and that the Iceman has acted too quickly. I seem to remember a lot of similar sympathy for Claudio Ranieri when he was sacked by Chelsea in the second season of the Russian Revolution. ..''


West Ham United vs Manchester United
Thursday, 14th December 2006
by Matthew Coker
''As per last season we line up on a dark December winterís afternoon to join the robocops in welcoming Man Yoo to East London. The kick off time is 4pm, Sky TV are providing the beam back to the public house as a newly installed Alan Curbishley attempts to stop the rot by clawing points from the league leaders. ..''


Ex-panda bull
Thursday, 14th December 2006
by Gerry McDonnell
''I feel a genuine affinity with Alan Pardew; as I too have been unjustly dismissed from the workplace. My only Ďcrimeí was being young and in love. Admittedly, it was wrong of us to consummate our relationship during working hours; but I remain convinced that the zookeeper overreacted. ..''


Pardew's folly?
Monday, 11th December 2006
by Graeme Howlett
''Six months ago Alan Pardew had the world at his feet. Adored by the United faithful for bringing the good times back to the East End after an excellent season, the then 44-year-old manager could do no wrong...''


Post Pardew thoughts
Monday, 11th December 2006
by East Stand Martin
''Today, the £100 million new owners of our club showed just how fickle they can be with the sacking of a manager that brought back pride to West Ham United Football Club. ..''


A Pardism too far
Monday, 11th December 2006
by Tross
''ďThatís not the sort of team I like to put out, if ever there is an examination of your togetherness your spirit and your character, its the way Bolton playĒÖÖAlan Pardew's post match statement after the home defeat to Wigan and prior to the now final game of his managerial reign which saw a gutless West Ham side go down 4-0 at the Reebok. ..''


Gone in 64 seconds
Friday, 8th December 2006
by Gerry McDonnell
''Iím feeling a little bit inadequate. Apparently, a normal male averages 20 minutes when expressing his love physically; Iím assuming that includes the taxi journey and the queue for the cashpoint. ..''




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