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The dawning of a new era
Tuesday, 9th September 2008
by Paul Turner
''I had just finished my third article. I checked it over a couple of times and sent it off to the powers that be so they could check what I had typed and put it online if they deemed fit. Then Curbishley walked two and a half hours later. In that article that never saw the light of day I ended with the following:..''

Is Zola the right man for the job?
Monday, 8th September 2008
by Thomas Rooney
''The latest development in the West Ham managerial saga is that former Chelsea player Gianfranco Zola has emerged as the favourite according to many online football betting websites. ..''

The time is now
Friday, 5th September 2008
by Matthew Coker
''So here we are, West Ham United with a Friday night feel about it. We have all the key ingredients for a mad cap evening, starting with a newly single party, freed from the shackles of a rather drab marriage of convenience being given the chance to see what genuine talent is out there. ..''

There's only one man who can save West Ham
Wednesday, 3rd September 2008
by Ironball
''On the topic of the new commercial realities that are arising in English and European football with the arrival of sovereign wealth funds into the game.....''

Why Alan Curbed my enthusiasm
Wednesday, 3rd September 2008
by Joe Cridland
''Following the events of the past few days I felt compelled to make the fallout at Upton Park and the subsequent resignation of manager Alan Curbishley my first article for kumb.com. For the record it is important for me to state my feelings about Alan’s tenure at the club first before analysing my own reasons why I felt this way about his stewardship. Any comments (whether disagreement to the point, comments on the writing style or otherwise) would be very welcome...''

Curbs, Jesus, John the Baptist, the board and Arbitration
Wednesday, 3rd September 2008
by Stephen Gracey
''Popular Christian belief is that Jesus was born about 2000 years ago as the son of god and died on the cross, as the one true messiah, in order that we were forgiven for all our sins...''

Where has the love gone?
Wednesday, 3rd September 2008
by Stuart James
''I reached the point recently where I can no longer invest emotionally in West Ham United football club. It's just too infuriating. Having followed West Ham for my entire life, I’m used to utter incompetence and shooting ourselves in the foot but the situation the club is currently in is making it hard for me to justify the pain and emotional strain of following the love of my life...''

In Curbs we trust?
Wednesday, 3rd September 2008
by Paul Turner
''The KUMB.com forums were like Mutiny on the Bounty for a while with all the talk of protests and 'sack the board' (can the board sack themselves with no one to replace them or is there an even higher up board that sacks them? I never quite understood that chant). ..''

No new signings but it’s not all doom and gloom at Upton Park
Tuesday, 2nd September 2008
by Thomas Rooney
''So, as has been well documented, West Ham were unable to bring any new faces in during transfer deadline day yesterday. In fact they were one of only a handful of Premier League clubs that didn’t add to their squad. The only piece of business that West Ham did was to sell George McCartney to Sunderland...''

It's now or never
Friday, 29th August 2008
by Graeme Howlett
''Growing numbers of supporters are voicing their discontent by calling for Alan Curbishley's head following United's edgy start to the season. Despite leading the Hammers to two wins in their opening three games the manager’s position appears increasingly fragile with each passing week...''

West Ham Utd v Blackburn Rovers
Thursday, 28th August 2008
by Preview Percy
''So having played Mark Hughes’ current club we return to the Boleyn to face his former charges Blackburn Rovers, managed of course by Paul Ince. ..''

Dark forces at work
Sunday, 24th August 2008
by Paul Turner
''I'd like to begin by thanking everyone that commented on my first article. One or two would have been great but thank you for the volume! Some points raised were very interesting and without turning the comments sections into a conversation between myself and others if you drop me a PM on the forum (my user name is Sanchoz) we can discuss further there...''

West Ham United and the First World War
Thursday, 21st August 2008
by John Simkin
''Great Britain declared war on Germany on 4th August, 1914. Cricket and rugby competitions stopped almost immediately after the outbreak of the First World War. However, the Football League continued with the 1914-15 season. ..''

Manchester City v West Ham Utd
Thursday, 21st August 2008
by Preview Percy
''So if the lead-up to our pre-season was a tad dull, that of our next opponents has been anything but. Last season began very promisingly for “The Citizens” with a 2-0 win at the Boleyn as owner Thaksin 'Frank' Shinawatra ushered in the era of Sven Goran Eriksson. However the early promise wasn’t maintained and rumours of the Swede’s impending departure were rife well before the last-day 8-1 thrashing at the hands of an ordinary Middlesbrough. ..''

Syd King : the early history of West Ham United
Wednesday, 20th August 2008
by John Simkin
''In 1905 Syd King, the manager of West Ham, was asked to write a history of the club. King was the right man to ask as he joined the club as a player in 1899. I thought KUMB.com readers might be interested in reading the following article .....''

Talk to me, Bjorgolfur
Monday, 18th August 2008
by Paul Turner
''Reading the article by Dutchman earlier on it got me thinking about the days of when Kia Joorabchian was found out as not having the readies to buy the club and the Icelandic consortium was ready to pounce after being granted permission to look at the books. ..''

Lack of investment is a concern for supporters
Sunday, 17th August 2008
by Graeme Howlett
''West Ham United went into the 2002/03 season as the only Premiership club not to have spent a single penny on transfer fees during the summer - and were subsequently relegated nine months later. ..''

West Ham Utd v Wigan Athletic
Thursday, 14th August 2008
by Preview Percy
''With our normal preview correspondent currently unavailable we asked “Preview Percy” to jot a few lines about Saturday’s season-opener at the Boleyn……..''

Whose club is it anyway?
Thursday, 14th August 2008
by Dutchman
''There is a defining moment in the life of every governing body or institution that sometimes decides whether it stands or falls but always determines how it will be remembered. In the case of the current Board at West Ham United Football Club the defining moment must surely be the increase in admission prices to levels that would not have appeared in a fan’s worst nightmare. ..''

Want to play for West Ham?
Wednesday, 13th August 2008
by Gary Davidson
''Forget supporting West Ham by just buying a match ticket, a chicken balti pie at half time and the odd piece of overpriced merchandising tat from the club shop. The numerous West Ham message boards that exist on the net have spawned a new breed of supporter, someone who is willing to travel and represent the Irons on the football pitch, as well as on the terraces...''

A good start to the season is crucial and very achievable
Wednesday, 13th August 2008
by Thomas Rooney
''The new Premier League campaign is nearly upon us. Like in the lead up to most seasons, no-one really knows what to expect from West Ham United...''

The song remains the same
Monday, 11th August 2008
by John Simkin
''When John Lyall was dismissed at start of the 1988/89 season he became the first West Ham manager to be sacked because of the performance of the team. This amazing fact tells us a great deal about what has been wrong with the West Ham set-up over the years...''

Bellamy injury leaves Curbishley with a distinct lack of fire-power
Sunday, 10th August 2008
by Thomas Rooney
''First of all, let me just say how disappointed I am for Craig Bellamy. The striker picked up a hamstring injury in a pre-season game against Ipswich Town and is set to miss the start of the Premier League season after being informed that he will be on the sidelines for at least a month...''

Pre-season so far
Monday, 4th August 2008
by Thomas Rooney
''The old clichés are that ‘it’s only a friendly’ and that pre-season games ‘mean very little’. Well, although I recognise they are not the be all and end all, they do hold some more significance than some people give them credit for in my opinion. It gives the manager the chance to find out more about his new players, experiment with formations and start to get an idea of what his best eleven is...''

North America: part two
Sunday, 27th July 2008
by Adrian Moses
''Adrian Moses is covering the North American tour on behalf of KUMB.com. In his final report, Adrian looks back at the last game of the trip - the 3-2 defeat to the MLS AllStars...''

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