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Glen Johnson - a reaction
Thursday, 10th July 2003
by Goes II Eleven
''Hearing the news this morning of Glen Johnson’s imminent departure from West Ham has left me feeling quite ill. Right now, I see the squad like a pyramid of playing cards with Johnson being one from the bottom row – a foundation, if you like. Watch now as the pyramid begins to crumble and tumble with players realising that the Board’s promises to keep our “crown jewels” appears to be no more than a pacifying comment to keep season ticket sales ticking over...''


Wolves at the door
Tuesday, 8th July 2003
by Roy Camp
''It has taken some time for me to get used to the fact that we will be in the Nationwide next season. During this time I had to think what is in store for West Ham in the future, something that never happened after previous relegations. After all if a club like Wolves could be out of the top division for 19 years and nearly go out of business, then why could it not happen to us? ..''


Fixture Congestion
Friday, 20th June 2003
by Ryan McGill
''August 2002: Newcastle Utd (a), Arsenal (h), Fulham (a), Charlton (h)

August 2003: Preston (a), Sheffield Utd (h), Rotherham (a), Bradford (h)..''


Transfer Debate
Tuesday, 10th June 2003
by Matt McDonald
''The media are simply doing their 'lets pick on the relegated team' bit by bandying around a load of bullsh*t...''


The EGM: a review
Thursday, 29th May 2003
by Graeme Howlett
''Today's EGM was attended by over 150 shareholders - a figure which included several new shareholders who had taken advantage of the single share scheme. Here follows a brief rundown of the days main events .....''


Money, Money, Money
Thursday, 22nd May 2003
by IMOM
''There is a lot of interest in the forthcoming EGM and the state of West Ham’s finances following this season’s relegation. The purpose of this article is to shed some light on the facts and figures that are flying around in the media, on the websites and in the pubs. ..''


Relegation Speculation
Tuesday, 20th May 2003
by Kit Robinson
''There are no two ways about it, it's been a thoroughly miserable and very frustrating, even embarrassing, season. One which i'm sure all West Ham supporters are pleased to see the back of, if only it wasn't for the fact we are now in Division One...''


Hello, Division One
Tuesday, 13th May 2003
by Graeme Howlett
''As the Hammers wave goodbye to the Premiership for a year or so, KUMB cancels the Sky subscription and looks ahead to the teams who await us in the First Division...''


Going Down With The Baggies
Sunday, 11th May 2003
by Danny Borley
''A few years ago there was a crossword that appeared in the Daily Telegraph. The clue was: A back number (8). ..''


EGM – What’s the rush? Well pull up a chair!
Saturday, 10th May 2003
by Anon
''West Ham United PLC, the company that owns West Ham United Football Club Limited has announced that it intends to hold an Extraordinary General Meeting, EGM, on Thursday 29th May 2003. ..''


Farewell, Parlo
Sunday, 4th May 2003
by Graeme Howlett
''After four years as a Hammer, Paolo Di Canio will be leaving the club this summer when his current contract expires. Signed as a gamble by Harry Redknapp in January 1999 the former Lazio and Celtic striker soon won over a sceptical Hammers faithful to become one of the club's most loved players in recent years...''


A message to the Chairman
Sunday, 4th May 2003
by East Stand Martin
''Saturday’s fantastic game against the blue enemy will go down in the annals of West Ham history. Those terrible games at home against West Brom, Man City (bore draw of the century), Birmingham, Leeds (the give away of the century) and Oldham just faded into the distance. ..''


Glenn Roeder
Wednesday, 23rd April 2003
by Andrew Sargent
''Today, Glenn Roeder is laying in a bed in the Royal London hospital, recovering from a potentially life-threatening clot in a minor blood vessel in the brain...''


How to lose £10m and get away with it
Tuesday, 15th April 2003
by Danny Borley
''I bet that Glenn Roeder dreamt of the day that the West Ham board told him to lose £10m. With thoughts of that decent defender, or a high profile transfer bid in his mind, the realities of working for the Hammers would soon hit him again as it was explained that the money had to be cut from the wage bill, as opposed to blown on new signings...''


Manager of the Month - or Manacle of the Month?
Monday, 7th April 2003
by Danny Borley
''So Glenn Roeder has won the March Manager of the Month award, thanks to three wins out of four in a run that, albeit briefly, took us out of the relegation zone. I think we can all safely ignore the fact that one of those games was played in February!..''


The Battle Ahead
Wednesday, 2nd April 2003
by East Stand Martin
''My friends, it will go down to the wire. ..''


Club or Country?
Monday, 31st March 2003
by Danny Borley
''As England play out yet another game lacking the spirit of the much heralded Three Lions and players are being spoken of in the same breath as true legends - despite playing only a few hours of top-flight football - is it time to ask the age old question again: club - or country?..''


Roedercoaster
Thursday, 27th March 2003
by Nick Homer
'''You can't keep a good man down,' it was once suggested. Seems like a fair point to me, after all the good guys always win/get the girl/become the hero. But are there any good guys in football, and I mean really good guys, not just those with a polished media reputation? ..''


The ten commandments
Thursday, 27th February 2003
by The Beard
''They say football is a religion. Some spend their spare time worshipping in a religious place, praying for better things to come. I am no different. But not for me that bald fat bloke (no, not Titi Camara) or an invisible deity sitting on high. If football is a religion then the hammers are mine and my church is Upton Park...''


Bobby Moore remembered
Monday, 24th February 2003
by Graeme Howlett
''Monday, 24th February 2003 marks the tenth anniversary of the death of Bobby Moore, England's greatest ever footballer. We remember Bobby today through the words of those to whom he meant most - the supporters of West Ham...''


Desperate times?
Thursday, 20th February 2003
by Kit Robinson
''According to Glenn Roeder, West Ham are not in a "desperate" situation. This is despite there being only 11 league games left to the season, not having kept a clean sheet for 30 hours of football and being placed second from bottom of the league. The team no longer has any heart left in it and neither do the fans and yet the board is still totally in support of its manager and will back him even if West Ham United are relegated to the Nationwide League Division One...''


Bowyer, Racism, Politics and the Press
Thursday, 30th January 2003
by Amsterhammer
''My friends and fellow Hammers, lend me your attention for some serious thoughts. ..''


Fallout
Wednesday, 29th January 2003
by Michael Grimes
''Football is different than when I started going in the mid 1970's. Back then we struggled in the first division, then for a couple of years in the second, but we had players like Bonds, Brooking, Devonshire and Martin (over 50 years service between them). ..''


The referee's a w*nker ...
Tuesday, 21st January 2003
by Graeme Howlett
''For some reason Premiership officials appear to have it in for Glenn Roeder's Hammers this season. Roeder himself must be aware of it 'cos he blames them for something or other after nearly every game .....''


The West Ham experience
Saturday, 4th January 2003
by Steve 'Rio' Barlow
''For as long as I can remember Christmas has brought a fair smattering of football and more importantly West Ham related presents. From money boxes and books through to scarves and shirts it's long been regarded amongst the relations that if it's to do with West Ham then Rio B will love it. And more often than not, it's true. ..''




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