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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 wife’s 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, he’s lauded for his shrewdness. Yet when I apply a similar level of financial prudence outside of the betting arena, I’m 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, I’m 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 don’t make awight
Saturday, 15th September 2007
by Gerry McDonnell
''When it comes to relationships, there is one undeniable truth. It doesn’t matter how attractive a girl may be, how delightful her personality or how sparkling her conversation; sooner or later, the bint’s 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 weekend’s 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 ‘complications’. I can’t 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...''

Reading v West Ham Utd: match preview
Friday, 31st August 2007
by Matthew Coker
''This week’s fixture list spins us off around the M25 to Berkshire to take on Reading. After our TV appearance on Tuesday night, we are back out of the limelight and therefore enjoy a traditional 3pm kick off on a Saturday afternoon...''

Another one bites the dust
Thursday, 30th August 2007
by Tony Watson
''The dismay that invaded a normally calm and relaxed Alan Curbishley face said it all as new £7million pound signing Kieron Dyer lay on the Memorial Stadium turf in excruciating pain. ..''

Girls allowed? It’s encouraged
Thursday, 30th August 2007
by Gerry McDonnell
''I’ve recently learned the hard way that you should never discuss politics and religion. My lodger and I became embroiled in a furious row over the conflict in Iraq. Dave was very vocal in his condemnation of Bush; but he flew off the handle when I criticised Brown. It almost came to blows...''

Jeroen Boere 1967-2007
Friday, 24th August 2007
by The Skerrit
''West Ham fans everywhere will be saddened by the untimely death of former player Jeroen Boere at the age of 39 after a tragic accident at his home in Spain last week...''

West Ham Utd v Wigan: match preview
Friday, 24th August 2007
by Matthew Coker
''We return, triumphant and with points in the bag, from Birmingham in time to take on our old foes, Wigan Athletic. The lack of any Sky interference means that it is a Saturday, 3pm start in the next leg of our 2007/08 Premier League adventure...''

Ding dong, merry Lee on high
Thursday, 23rd August 2007
by Gerry McDonnell
''Technology is not always a blessing. The growth of industrial automation has led to a good friend of mine losing his job. I accept that the confectionary industry has every right to make the despatch of its products more cost-effective, but that doesn’t help the out-of-work fudge-packer...''

Birmingham City vs West Ham Utd: match preview
Thursday, 16th August 2007
by Matthew Coker
''The 2007/08 claret and blue tour of duty starts this Saturday. After our sojourn to Liverpool was cancelled due to their Champions League qualifying commitments, we head to St Andrews to take on Birmingham City in a 3pm, Saturday afternoon kick off...''

Why fight the hand that kneads you?
Thursday, 16th August 2007
by Gerry McDonnell
''The mobile phone has been heralded as a great invention, but I automatically frown upon any tool that encourages spousal interaction. ..''

Deadwood cost us
Tuesday, 14th August 2007
by Tony Watson
''Despite yet another disappointing pre-season injury list, I along with many other Hammers fans was full of optimism and excitement ahead of the new season. ..''

How speed dating and football make a winning combination
Sunday, 12th August 2007
by Paul Scanlan
''While Sven Goran Eriksson vehemently denied that his new signings had come from putting his feet up with a bucket of popcorn and some video tape performances, the football world’s version of speed dating seemed to have some merit by 4.45pm on Saturday afternoon. ..''

Post match analysis: how Curbs got it all wrong
Saturday, 11th August 2007
by Matthew O'Greel
''Whilst the players were from from their best today Alan Curbishley's key decisions cost the Hammers dear writes Matthew O'Greel...''

West Ham Utd vs Man City: match preview
Friday, 10th August 2007
by Matthew Coker
''After all the excitement of repelling the Roman invasion last week, the real deal of league football starts on Saturday. The fixture computer has favoured us this year as we end the season at home, get Boxing Day at home and more importantly, start the season at home. The visitors are Manchester City, the kick off is at 3pm and due to the miraculous end to last season, the competition we are entering is the Premier League. ..''

Live free or pie hard
Friday, 10th August 2007
by Gerry McDonnell
''When the wife was pregnant with little Goliath, she asked if I’d still find her attractive when she put on weight. “More weight,” I instinctively corrected.”..''

The ultimate question
Sunday, 5th August 2007
by Alex Shilling
''It's one that surely all of us must have asked ourselves over the past few months; would we have stayed up if Pardew had been given another chance? ..''

It’s not if, it’s Sven
Saturday, 4th August 2007
by Gerry McDonnell
''On reflection, my decision to take a couple of weeks off to ‘rest’ was flawed from the outset. The wife went completely ‘Stefan Postma’ on me; she was constantly on my back...''

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