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Third ruck from the son
Saturday, 8th December 2007
by Gerry McDonnell
''A great book does not necessarily make a great movie. Catch 22 is probably the seminal piece of literature of the twentieth century (if we choose to overlook Derek McGovern on Sports Betting); yet the film was a major disappointment...''

Magnusson: a year in quotes
Sunday, 2nd December 2007
by Graeme Howlett
''It's now a year since Bjorgolfur Gudmundsson and Eggert Magnusson's Icelandic consortium took control of West Ham United FC...''

Short and fat, with a Terry on the top
Friday, 30th November 2007
by Gerry McDonnell
''Sigmund Freud was nothing but a hairy quack. My cantankerous nature is not the result of a repressed Oedipus complex; I only feel hostility towards my father because heís really annoying...''

Chelsea v West Ham United
Friday, 30th November 2007
by Matthew Coker
''We continue at the weekend with a little run of games that have seen us get more TV time of late than Vernon Kaye. This week, we travel to Stamford Bridge to take on arch enemies, Chelsea, in a 12.45pm, Saturday lunchtime kick off. ..''

Itís Wayne in cats and dogs
Friday, 23rd November 2007
by Gerry McDonnell
''Iíve never really saw the point in children. I can appreciate their usefulness when theyíre big enough to nip down to the off-license, but Iím not sure if that justifies the £10 a year it costs to clothe them...''

West Ham Utd v Tottenham Hotspur
Thursday, 22nd November 2007
by Matthew Coker
''We reserve an extra special, East London welcome this Sunday for Tottenham Hotspur, as we face off in a 1.30pm kick off in front of the Sky cameras...''

No prawn sandwiches please, weíre Hammers
Thursday, 8th November 2007
by Gary Kruse
''Towards the back end of last season, a mate of mine went to the Arsenal Ė Man City game at the Emirates. Mid way through the match, he was up on his feet, singing his little Gooner socks off when he was told to sit down and shut up...''

The Wright to remain silent
Thursday, 8th November 2007
by Gerry McDonnell
''Advertisements rarely reflect real life. Take the long-running advert where an irritating couple attempt to arrange a £25,000 loan...''

West Ham Utd v Bolton
Sunday, 4th November 2007
by Graeme Howlett
''Due to the absence of our regular match previewer Matt Coker (thanks to the arrival of the latest member of the Coker clan) we asked Crazy Horse from Bolton site the-wanderer.co.uk to give us his opinions on our visitors today...''

This is the ode to Hel
Thursday, 1st November 2007
by Gerry McDonnell
''Iíve never been particularly lucky in love. As a result of a severe lack of confidence, I can only approach women after a skinful of lager when the beer goggles are on. Even Kermit would have turned his nose up at some of the pigs Iíve tried my luck with...''

Lies, damn lies and Jamie Redknapp
Thursday, 25th October 2007
by Gerry McDonnell
''My heart goes out to supporters of Liverpool FC. The club have been rocked by Champions League failure, the validity of their Merseyside derby victory has been questioned, and they have to travel to Liverpool at least once a fortnight...''

Sunderland Ė make or break for Curbs?
Thursday, 18th October 2007
by Dan Lee
''Sundayís game against Sunderland could well be a pivotal point in Curbishlyís reign at Upton Park. After wiping away our opening day blues against Mr Erikssonís impressive Manchester City with away wins at Birmingham and Reading - plus the home victory against Middlesbrough - all of a sudden, things seemed to be looking pretty rosy for us Hammers. ..''

Cole, Frank incensed and meh
Thursday, 18th October 2007
by Gerry McDonnell
''Iíve never been a great fan of Steve McClaren, but itís wholly unfair to place the blame for the death of English football at the feet of one hapless individual. Personally, I hold Frank Lampard solely responsible...''

One flu overÖ the cuckooís next
Saturday, 13th October 2007
by Gerry McDonnell
''Even by my own modest standards, itís been a bad week. Iíve been left virtually incapacitated by what I can only assume is a new super-strain of bird flu, possibly created by an increasingly desperate rogue element of the bookmaking industry...''

Aston Villa v West Ham Utd
Thursday, 4th October 2007
by Matthew Coker
''We head off to the Midlands this weekend as we take on Aston Villa in a 3pm Saturday afternoon kick off. ..''

A naan and a leg
Thursday, 4th October 2007
by Gerry McDonnell
''The older I get, the grumpier I become. Old people, children and John Motson have all played a significant role in my metamorphosis, but the wifeís driving is almost certainly the overriding factor...''

West Ham United vs Arsenal
Friday, 28th September 2007
by Matthew Coker
''This week, we are up against MFI self assembly furniture instruction manual of the Premier League (ie you'll recognise something from your country no matter which part of the world you come from, unless of course, you're English). We welcome the richest club in Britain and the current Premier League leaders, Arsenal, who arrive for a 3pm, Saturday afternoon, London derby. ..''

The Chicken or the Meg
Thursday, 27th September 2007
by Gerry McDonnell
''Life is full of little contradictions. When a professional gambler shops around for value, heís lauded for his shrewdness. Yet when I apply a similar level of financial prudence outside of the betting arena, Iím considered meaner than a premenstrual Scot with a toothache...''

Internationals, who needs them?
Friday, 21st September 2007
by Tony Watson
''Another three points in the bag and things appear to be looking brighter at Upton Park this week. ..''

Newcastle Utd vs West Ham Utd
Thursday, 20th September 2007
by Matthew Coker
''Now, this particular game is a test of devotion on a number of different levels. The 600 mile round trip is one thing to contend with but doing it for a Sunday lunchtime kick off at the expense of your roast dinner or causing your pub football team to miss their midfield maestro adds to the required commitment...''

Sven, Iím 6 to 4
Thursday, 20th September 2007
by Gerry McDonnell
''Political correctness is an admirable concept. I warmly applaud any school of thought that helps keep Jim Davidson off the telly...''

The saint in a world of sinners
Sunday, 16th September 2007
by Paul Scanlan
''I am an emotional person, I live by my heart and I live for my passion of football. For anyone who has ever read an article of mine, they will learn one thing; I despise what the modern game is becoming...''

Two Wongs donít make awight
Saturday, 15th September 2007
by Gerry McDonnell
''When it comes to relationships, there is one undeniable truth. It doesnít matter how attractive a girl may be, how delightful her personality or how sparkling her conversation; sooner or later, the bintís going to start to grate...''

West Ham Utd v Middlesbrough
Friday, 14th September 2007
by Matthew Coker
''After a second successive away victory, which coincided with a second successive away clean sheet, we find ourselves in the towering league position of seventh going into the weekendís game. Our opponents are the side in eighth place, Middlesbrough, and once again, we are privy to a 3pm, Saturday afternoon kick off...''

The catcher in the guy
Thursday, 6th September 2007
by Gerry McDonnell
''The wife has got to make a meal out of everything. When giving birth, most women are in and out in a few hours with minimal whining, but the wife had to have Ďcomplicationsí. I canít remember the exact excuse she gave for her extended three-day stay, I think it was something like a rupture, a breach, or the bed had collapsed...''

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