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Hull City v West Ham Utd: preview
Thursday, 16th October 2008
by Preview Percy
''Next up we have Hull in a match that has been moved to Sunday for no good reason other than the local police said so. Either the constabulary genuinely believes that any troublemakers will prefer to attend church that day or they are abusing their powers in an attempt to a) make travel difficult for law-abiding citizens, and b) make themselves a cosy few bob in Sunday overtime. You decide...''

Neill enjoying life under Zola
Tuesday, 14th October 2008
by Thomas Rooney
''I suppose it is no surprise that a captain comes out in support of their new manager. However Lucas Neill’s words regarding Gianfranco Zola really do go someway to highlighting how much the players are enjoying life under the Italian. The West Ham skipper says that Zola is a ‘fantastic guy’ and that he is’ really pleased with how things are going so far...''

Wishful thinking
Wednesday, 8th October 2008
by Paul Turner
''The course of true love never did run smooth and the same can be said for West Ham’s recent history. If it’s not a claim for £30 million without admitting your part in your own failure it’s a shirt sponsor going belly up. Today the news is Landisbank, Iceland’s second biggest bank has been privatised. Why should that matter? Well our chairman owns a group that controlled 41% of the bank and was its chairman until being kicked off the board. ..''

The West Ham family tree
Tuesday, 7th October 2008
by KUMB.com
''United owner Bjorgolfur Gudmundsson has suffered a series of major financial setbacks in recent weeks which has led to speculation suggesting that he may be about to sell the club...''

Zola gives his support to Green
Monday, 6th October 2008
by Thomas Rooney
''Robert Green has been fantastic for West Ham during his time at the club. He has often rescued a number of points for the Hammers and has got himself a reputation as a superb saver of penalties. However, in yesterday’s disappointing 3-1 defeat to he made two mistakes that effectively cost Gianfranco Zola his first points since taking charge...''

West Ham Utd v Bolton: preview
Friday, 3rd October 2008
by Preview Percy
''Our first home Sunday fixture of the current campaign pitches us up against Bolton Wanderers in a re-run of the 1923 FA Cup Final that even I am too young to remember. ..''

Onwards and upwards with Gianfranco
Monday, 29th September 2008
by Thomas Rooney
''I have been extremely encouraged by West Ham’s start to the season. I have also been encouraged by the way the team is playing under new manager Gianfranco Zola. It’s two wins out of two in the Premier League for the Italian and putting the Carling Cup defeat to Watford aside – it’s been the best possible start...''

After the lies came the farce
Saturday, 27th September 2008
by East Stand Martin
''I have some very good friends in Sheffield. We have a lot in common. We all love our football clubs and we also love English cricket. Sheffield United Football Club is a great Yorkshire institution and I happen to have a lot of respect for its fans. They are passionate. They are not glory-hunters. They support their local club, although admittedly quite a number of locals prefer the other steel city club, who my mates disparagingly call ‘Wendys’. Their corruption of ‘Annie’s Song’ has to be one of great football anthems. I like visiting Bramall Lane because it reminds me of football grounds in the 1980s. It’s a piece of nostalgia...''

Fulham v West Ham Utd: preview
Thursday, 25th September 2008
by Preview Percy
''Next up we have a short but expensive trip down by the riverside to Fulham, a strange club owned by a strange man that even the current Government deems too untrustworthy to be granted a UK passport. Fayed (The “Al” is an affectation – a bit like me calling myself “Lord” Percy – not actually illegal but a bit of a pose nevertheless) is charging us £48 quid to sit in the Putney Stand...''

Never mind the facts – here’s the b*llocks
Wednesday, 24th September 2008
by Legal Beagle
''So the arbitration panel has sat in judgement and, in a decision that defies logic, common sense and about a thousand years of English Law, have decided that compensation should be paid by West Ham to a club for fielding a player that they were always legally entitled to play...''

You can't uneat the apple
Tuesday, 23rd September 2008
by Graeme Howlett
''Today we learned that Sheffield United had won their tribunal case against West Ham United. Now the Hammers face a damages claim of some £30million (give or take the odd thousand) as a result of a verdict that has stunned not only those followers of West Ham, but the entire footballing fraternity...''

David Di Michele helps fellow Italian get off to perfect start
Monday, 22nd September 2008
by Thomas Rooney
''New West Ham United manager Gianfranco Zola made a winning start to his reign as two goals from David Di Michele helped his team to a 3-1 victory over struggling Newcastle United. It was an encouraging display from the Hammers and although there is still plenty of work to be done, I think we can be hopeful of what the future may bring...''

West Ham Utd v Newcastle Utd: preview
Friday, 19th September 2008
by Preview Percy
''And on we move to a new era against a club whose recent history makes ours look almost dull. Whilst we moved with, what was, for us, almost impressive speed to bring in a new manager, Newcastle’s managerial saga seems to have been going on for ever. ..''

Moore than just a sponsor II
Thursday, 18th September 2008
by Nathaniel John
''Having just returned from a day of retail therapy in preparation for my return to university, I was intrigued to find in my inbox an email from a close friend of mine. Enclosed was a link to a petition for a campaign for West Ham United to use the logo of the Bobby Moore Fund as their ‘sponsor’ for the remainder of the 2008/2009 Premiership season. Of course the fund won’t actually ‘sponsor’ the club, but actually quite the opposite...''

Zola emphasises ‘positive thinking’
Monday, 15th September 2008
by Thomas Rooney
''New West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola starts his new job today and above all else it seems that he is looking to stay positive during his first few weeks in charge. He admits that things can and probably will go wrong at some stage, but that a positive mindset will help get him and his team through it. Realistic views from the new man, I guess...''

A right two-and-eight
Friday, 12th September 2008
by Graeme Howlett
''The appointment of Gianfranco Zola as West Ham United's twelfth full-time manager has polarised opinion amongst United fans. Whilst some supporters are looking forward to the prospect of having one of the best players of his generation impart his knowledge and considerable experience upon the squad, others share a number of misgivings...''

WBA v West Ham Utd
Thursday, 11th September 2008
by Preview Percy
''Fixtures against West Brom always engender a certain amount of nostalgia in the Preview Percy household. Back in the 1960s, when the author was a kid, the beginning of the season was heralded by the arrival of the new season’s football sticker album. In those days the albums were produced by a mob called FKS (Panini? Pah! Nothing but trendy arrivistes) and there we always were, second to last just before Wolves and the very serious looking warranty that equal numbers of stickers had been printed. And just before us were West Brom...''

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). ..''

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