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In defence of Magnusson
Friday, 15th December 2006
by Peter Coombs
''There is a general consensus that Alan Pardew has been hard done by, and that the Iceman has acted too quickly. I seem to remember a lot of similar sympathy for Claudio Ranieri when he was sacked by Chelsea in the second season of the Russian Revolution. ..''

West Ham United vs Manchester United
Thursday, 14th December 2006
by Matthew Coker
''As per last season we line up on a dark December winter’s afternoon to join the robocops in welcoming Man Yoo to East London. The kick off time is 4pm, Sky TV are providing the beam back to the public house as a newly installed Alan Curbishley attempts to stop the rot by clawing points from the league leaders. ..''

Ex-panda bull
Thursday, 14th December 2006
by Gerry McDonnell
''I feel a genuine affinity with Alan Pardew; as I too have been unjustly dismissed from the workplace. My only ‘crime’ was being young and in love. Admittedly, it was wrong of us to consummate our relationship during working hours; but I remain convinced that the zookeeper overreacted. ..''

Pardew's folly?
Monday, 11th December 2006
by Graeme Howlett
''Six months ago Alan Pardew had the world at his feet. Adored by the United faithful for bringing the good times back to the East End after an excellent season, the then 44-year-old manager could do no wrong...''

Post Pardew thoughts
Monday, 11th December 2006
by East Stand Martin
''Today, the £100 million new owners of our club showed just how fickle they can be with the sacking of a manager that brought back pride to West Ham United Football Club. ..''

A Pardism too far
Monday, 11th December 2006
by Tross
''“That’s not the sort of team I like to put out, if ever there is an examination of your togetherness your spirit and your character, its the way Bolton play”……Alan Pardew's post match statement after the home defeat to Wigan and prior to the now final game of his managerial reign which saw a gutless West Ham side go down 4-0 at the Reebok. ..''

Gone in 64 seconds
Friday, 8th December 2006
by Gerry McDonnell
''I’m feeling a little bit inadequate. Apparently, a normal male averages 20 minutes when expressing his love physically; I’m assuming that includes the taxi journey and the queue for the cashpoint. ..''

Bolton Wanderers vs West Ham United
Thursday, 7th December 2006
by Matthew Coker
''The games are starting to come thick and fast, no sooner have we got back to East London, then we are required to head on the hated M6 as we begin a televised footballing trilogy. This time it is destination Reebok as we take on our old foes, Bolton Wanderers, in the quest for that all elusive three point road trip. The 5.15pm kick off at least ensures that we can have a bit of a Saturday morning lie in. ..''

West Ham United vs Wigan Athletic
Tuesday, 5th December 2006
by Matthew Coker
''Well, after the disappointment at Everton, we all head back to the Boleyn for the first midweek home fixture in a very long while. The visitors are Wigan Athletic and on Wednesday night at 7.45pm we kick off as we aim to improve our league position...''

Back to the Führer
Friday, 1st December 2006
by Gerry McDonnell
''My old man has forgotten more about betting than I’ll ever know; he has Alzheimer’s. It’s bad news for the old fellow, but it’s a result for me at Christmas...''

Everton vs West Ham United
Thursday, 30th November 2006
by Matthew Coker
''This week we get the opportunity to join the Sunday drivers as we head to the North West to take on Everton in the next step in our quest for survival in the big league. We are scheduled for a 4pm, Super Sky Sunday kick off with the cameras live at Goodison Park. ..''

KUMB Writers' Player of the Month - November 2006
Wednesday, 29th November 2006
by Gordon Thrower
''Another month closes and Gnome's been at the spreadsheets again. He enjoys it you know. No really..........''

Tuesday, 28th November 2006
by Kit Robinson
''The takeover is finally over and there are not many fans who are displeased with the way things have turned out. ..''

West Ham United vs Sheffield United
Thursday, 23rd November 2006
by Matthew Coker
''After league defeats 7 & 8 on the road, we return to the Boleyn for a relegation six pointer as we welcome Sheffield United to East London. ..''

I’m a celebrity, get me oat
Thursday, 23rd November 2006
by Gerry McDonnell
''I’m certainly not an intellectual; the last book I read in its entirety was ‘Little Women’, I found it short and dull. I do try to keep abreast of developments in the world of science though, and an article on ‘chaos theory’ recently caught my attention. ..''

The Problem with Chelsea
Wednesday, 22nd November 2006
by Bill Posters
''I remember my grandfather telling me stories of his life raised in and around Stratford, West Ham and Dagenham. How when he first started dating my grandmother they would often watch West Ham United play from the terraces, and how he clambered over the wall at the famous White Horse Cup Final. As a youth such stories became part of who we were, engrained in our lives and passed on from generation to generation. ..''

I pity the Newell
Friday, 17th November 2006
by Gerry McDonnell
''It’s easy to say the wrong thing. When the wife told me she’d received a fine for not wearing a seatbelt, I probably shouldn’t have responded with; “Why’s that then? Wouldn’t it fit?”..''

Chelsea vs West Ham United
Thursday, 16th November 2006
by Matthew Coker
''We return to London this weekend for our second consecutive Saturday 3pm kick as we travel West, to Stamford Bridge, to take on the Champions, Chelsea on a quest for Premiership survival. ..''

God save the Queens’
Monday, 13th November 2006
by Mark Jones
''The Queens’ Pub on Green Street is a familiar and welcoming watering-hole with football fans, market-goers and traders alike. As pubs go it’s unpretentious, a place of genial banter and camaraderie. ..''

Middlesbrough v West Ham United
Thursday, 9th November 2006
by Matthew Coker
''After a league programme that has kept up predominantly in the South East of the country of late, we are suddenly spat as far North as can be as we head to the Riverside to take on Middlesbrough in an old fashioned 3pm on a Saturday kick off. ..''

Good manager, shame about the tantrums
Thursday, 9th November 2006
by Jacob Steinberg
''New Arsenal initiative to make football a more pleasant game for all/Arsenal: No opposing manager is allowed to celebrate his team’s goals. This should prevent Arsene Wenger’s feelings from getting hurt, and will thus ensure that he does not have to start a fight to right the wrongs of lesser mortals such as Alan Pardew...''

Arsene! Coffee!
Thursday, 9th November 2006
by Gerry McDonnell
''Luck is an alien concept. At a recent fancy dress party to celebrate my father in law’s exit from the closet, the wife turned all ‘Paul Gascoigne’ on me. One minute, I was politely chatting to Britney Spears, the next thing I knew, the wife was repeatedly pommeling me with an oversized clown’s shoe. There’s nothing amusing about domestic violence...''

KUMB Writers' Player Of The Month - October 2006
Monday, 6th November 2006
by Gordon Thrower
''Gnome's been slaving over his spreadsheets again. Well it keeps him off the streets.......''

Kia: for and against
Saturday, 4th November 2006
by Up the Junction/Countryboy
''Kia Joorabchian’s bid to take control of West Ham United finally appears to be reaching a conclusion. Joorabchian’s takeover attempt has polarized views amongst KUMB members, two of whom now tell us why they are supporting – or campaigning against – the bid...''

West Ham United vs Arsenal
Thursday, 2nd November 2006
by Matthew Coker
''Having enjoyed more airtime on Sky than Bart Simpson over the last few weeks, West Ham again grace the nation’s screens this weekend. Once again we suffer a Sunday kick off, though this time it is at the still hungover time of 1.30pm and the way that things are going, I am sure that we will eventually kick off a game at 2.39pm or something to accommodate the peak time adverts...''

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