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Norwich City vs West Ham United: match preview
Thursday, 5th January 2006
by Matthew Coker
''Before we get on to the business of Saturday’s opponents, may I just take a moment to declare my admiration for the FA Cup competition. The 3rd round of the cup comes in the most depressing month of the year and it is a welcome distraction from returning to work, the miserable weather and the post Christmas credit card bill declaring that you are going to be polo for about the next three months. ..''


Gnome’s Festive Diary
Tuesday, 3rd January 2006
by Gordon Thrower
''Having spent Christmas with the folks, we return to London where we are joined by the other half’s teenage son. ..''


West Ham United vs Chelsea: match preview
Monday, 2nd January 2006
by Matthew Coker
''With all the festivities out of the way, we can resume the hostilities as we welcome that small team from Fulham to the East End of London. In front of a packed house and the Sky cameras, West Ham take on Chelsea for a 12.45pm kick off. ..''


The Gazza Strip
Saturday, 31st December 2005
by Gerry McDonnell
''Contrary to popular belief, it’s not all parties and yachts when you’re a Premiership footballer. At this time of year, most players will face up to four matches in seven days, a schedule so tough, Wayne Rooney will be up and down the motorway, living off cold turkey sandwiches. He refuses to moan though, he enjoys an old bird. Man U are unbeaten in nine matches in the league, they’re a must bet at 4/11 at home to Bolton...''


Charlton Athletic vs West Ham United: match preview
Friday, 30th December 2005
by Matthew Coker
''By now, no doubt, a number of Premiership managers and players will be bemoaning the Christmas fixture chaos. Whilst they have, to a certain extent, my sympathy, please consider that the football writing fraternity and the overdrive that we are under. I am at risk of developing RSI, all of my stats are out of date and I am in danger of losing sight of the opposing team let alone who is playing for them. To the Valley then, for New Year’s Eve...''


2005 in review
Wednesday, 28th December 2005
by Graeme Howlett
''2005, a year of highs and lows ... join KUMB as we take a look back at the best - and worst - of the last 12 months...''


West Ham United vs Wigan Athletic: match preview
Wednesday, 28th December 2005
by Matthew Coker
''Wednesday 28th December sees us meet up with old adversaries, Wigan Athletic, for the next leg of our Premiership adventure. Many people predicted that Wigan and ourselves would be in similar league positions this year but perhaps 10 places lower in the league. However, both clubs have been an advert for gung ho attacking football and have been winning plaudits (and a few games) all season...''


Walking in a win to Sunderland
Saturday, 24th December 2005
by Gerry McDonnell
''You’ve got to be tough with kids, my littlest one threw a strop last week when I didn’t lavish enough praise on him after he sent me a Christmas card. As a result of the little man’s naughtiness, his letter to Santa asking for a puppy, a train set and Rob McCaffrey to stop screaming, “What’s he like!” will now go unanswered...''


Portsmouth vs West Ham United: match preview
Friday, 23rd December 2005
by Matthew Coker
''For the first time since 1999, the fixture list has given us a Boxing Day away from the Boleyn as we travel to Fratton Park to take on Pompey. It will be the perfect chance to give your new Christmas cds a spin on the journey south...''


The Wenger Boys vs. Michael Hackson
Friday, 16th December 2005
by Gerry McDonnell
''Jose Mourinho is like Marmite, his adverts are very annoying. Arsene Wenger is certainly not a lover of the special one, he threatened to sue Jose for an outrageous ‘voyeur’ slur earlier in the year, Mourinho retaliated by threatening to whip out his dossier. With clear animosity between the managers, Arsenal v Chelsea is a potential cracker. ..''


West Ham United vs Newcastle United: match preview
Thursday, 15th December 2005
by Matthew Coker
''After 20 days on the road, we get back to the Boleyn this week for the official game before Christmas. We welcome our visitors for the afternoon, Newcastle United, for the return match after our goalless draw in the North East in August...''


Everton vs West Ham United: match preview
Tuesday, 13th December 2005
by Matthew Coker
''After Wednesday night we can stop crowing about our game in hand as we would have played it; the fixture against Everton was supposed to take place in August but was re-arranged due to their short lived European adventure. Therefore, we get an away fixture at Goodison Park midweek in December...''


Blackburn Rovers vs West Ham United: match preview
Thursday, 8th December 2005
by Matthew Coker
''We are midway through our Northern trilogy, so once again we dust off the winter coats, fire up the sat nav and be prepared to travel. At that ridiculous kick off time of 3pm on a Saturday we face Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park...''


KUMB Writers’ Player Of The Month: November 2005
Sunday, 4th December 2005
by Gordon Thrower
''This was a shorter month than usual thanks to the international break which saw October’s player of the month Paul Konchesky resume his international career once Sven had worked out that a decent left back playing regularly for his club might just be a better bet than a poor one who hadn’t played for two years. ..''


Birmingham City vs West Ham United: match preview
Thursday, 1st December 2005
by Matthew Coker
''Rupert Murdoch has decreed that this weekend that all West Ham supporters should be given the weekend off. It is of course the perfect opportunity to get down to Lakeside and get those Christmas presents, perhaps a knitted loo roll holder for your Great Aunt or a nasal hair plucker for the mother-in-law. Once that is out of the way, its Monday night football as Birmingham City await us at St Andrews...''


A tutu thriller
Thursday, 1st December 2005
by Gerry McDonnell
''I’m no stranger to pain; I once watched all of Soccer AM. The feeling of hopelessness I experienced that day is similar to the distress that Manchester United supporters now feel, as they face a future without Roy Keane...''


West Ham United vs Manchester United: match preview
Thursday, 24th November 2005
by Matthew Coker
''Its all back to the Boleyn at the weekend for our second successive Sunday game, Teddy’s second game in a row against one of his old teams and a fair chance that the name Ferdinand will appear in the Monday headlines again. It’s a four o’ clock kick off in front of a full house and the Sky cameras as we continue our Premiership adventure...''


Science is Goalden
Thursday, 24th November 2005
by Gerry McDonnell
''The definition of happiness is spending time with the one you love; for me, that’s the television. Having accidentally flicked on to a science channel, I was intrigued by the following question, “What came first, the chicken or the egg?” ..''


The Talk of the Toon
Thursday, 17th November 2005
by Gerry McDonnell
''A few years ago, you couldn’t turn the television on without hearing Bob Hoskins say, “It’s good to talk”, Jose Mourinho may not be a chubby Cockney, but he shares Bob’s love of the spoken word...''


Tottenham Hotspur vs West Ham United: match preview
Wednesday, 16th November 2005
by Matthew Coker
''With less than 40 days to Christmas, the officers of the Metropolitan Police have worked out this would be a good weekend for a bit of Sabbath overtime. Therefore, on Sunday lunchtime, West Ham and a few hundred robocops head to N17, where the Irons seek their 15th competitive victory at White Hart Lane...''


Becks, Rugs and Rock and Roll
Thursday, 10th November 2005
by Gerry McDonnell
''We’ve all heard the expression, ‘It could be a war out there’, when Argentina play England at football; it’s not a cliché, it’s a valid prediction...''


Love him or hate him – we need him
Tuesday, 8th November 2005
by Greg Mansell
''If you were survey a thousand West Ham fans and ask which team they dislike most; the strong likelihood would be they consisted and made a top three, in varying degrees of order, of Millwall, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United. ..''


KUMB Writers’ Player Of The Month October 2005
Friday, 4th November 2005
by Gordon Thrower
''The marks have been totted up and the race for the coveted KUMB Writers’ Award is well and truly under way. After the team’s excellent start to the season things have settled down a bit. ..''


The bubble boy
Thursday, 3rd November 2005
by Gerry McDonnell
''Even a betting genius can occasionally have a bad week. After receiving an ultimatum from the wife, “It’s either betting or me.” I immediately had a lumpy bet on Chelsea to beat Betis. To make matters even worse, the threat turned out to be very much like the wife; idle. ..''


West Ham vs West Bromwich Albion: match preview
Wednesday, 2nd November 2005
by Matthew Coker
''You know that the opposition is pretty poor when you get allocated a 3pm kick off on a Saturday afternoon. This week we welcome the Baggies, West Brom to the Boleyn for our next stage of our Premier League adventure. ..''




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