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Liverpool vs West Ham United: match preview
Thursday, 11th May 2006
by Matthew Coker
“It may be far fetched but with a bit of luck with the draws and a few good performances, a third trip to the Stade de Taff in three years is not totally out of the question. It would be fantastic to be sitting in the Centenary stand on 7th May 2006, having avoided relegation the week before and being able to sing “We’re all going on a European tour” to the deluded North London muppets as they do their usual trick of just missing out on a UEFA cup spot to Middlesbrough or someone. A bit of a dream, I know, but which bit of this season so far hasn’t been?” Prophet, Matthew Coker on 19th September 2005 (http://www.kumb.com/0506_article.php?id=2093)

Reasons to be cheerful
Saturday, 6th May 2006
by Peter Hamersley
''What a fantastic season it has been for us all. For the first time in our history we have reached the Cup Final AND been in the top ten of the league at the same time. Added to this the fact that we have also qualified for Europe – and all in our first season back in the Premier League. Considering where we were in March 2005, it is incredible, simply incredible...''

A nappy ending
Friday, 5th May 2006
by Gerry McDonnell
''I’ve never really understood the fascination with babies; they’re small, they’re ugly and they make absolutely no effort to participate in a coherent conversation. ..''

West Ham United vs Tottenham Hotspur: match preview
Thursday, 4th May 2006
by Matthew Coker
''Right, I’ve been working my fingerprints to the bone this season, putting together these pearls of wisdom so that you can enter the ground, home or away, armed with information about the opposition. For the last game of the season, I’m going to indulge myself a little and be bold enough to write about my own team, partly as a small reward for spending too much time over the last nine months thinking about men in shorts and partly because the opposition are so inconsequential, they don’t warrant a mention...''

West Bromwich Albion vs West Ham United: match preview
Sunday, 30th April 2006
by Matthew Coker
''Ladies and Gentlemen, the end is in sight as we make our final Premiership road trip of the season. Monday night we are under the lights and in front of the cameras as we travel to the Hawthorns to play West Bromwich Albion as they bid farewell to the top flight...''

Only tools and horses
Thursday, 27th April 2006
by Gerry McDonnell
''Looking back on it, marriage was probably a mistake. It’s not the compulsory reduction in alcohol consumption that I object to, or the fact that I have to endure television programmes with the word ‘vampire’ in the title, it’s the awful inane football related comments that plague my very existence. ..''

Lyall's legacy unfit for silence
Monday, 24th April 2006
by Chris Scull
''Without question yesterday's thrilling semi-final win over Middlesbrough was a fitting tribute to the recently departed 4th and 5th managers of West Ham United; Ron Greenwood and John Lyall. As Pardew rightfully suggested, perhaps the victory was "our destiny", and perhaps there was a hint of divine intervention from above in the way Chris Riggott fluffed his last minute opportunity from 6 yards...''

Alan Pardew and British football
Monday, 24th April 2006
by John Simkin
''When I went to Wembley to see West Ham defeat TSV Munchen in the European Cup Winners Cup in 1965, ten of the team had been born in London - and most had come from the academy (the 11th had been born in Worcester). ..''

West Ham United vs Liverpool: match preview
Monday, 24th April 2006
by Matthew Coker
''I have tried hard for the whole of this season to abstain from too many stereotypes as it just amounts to not bothering to find out the truth about our opponents. ..''

KUMB Writers' Player of the Month: March 2006
Friday, 21st April 2006
by Gordon Thrower
''Okay - I know we’re halfway through April, but our cup run and catching up with the postponed game at Old Trafford meant that there were no fewer than seven matches to take into consideration during March so adding up the figures took a little longer than usual!..''

Johnny Lyall's Greatest Hits
Thursday, 20th April 2006
by Graeme Howlett
''Former Hammers boss John Lyall sadly passed away earlier this week - but not before leaving supporters of West Ham United with many fantastic memories. Join us as we take a look at (arguably) the ten best Hammers games under Lyall ... ..''

She’s got one hand in my pocket
Thursday, 20th April 2006
by Gerry McDonnell
''Even a blind squirrel occasionally finds an acorn. I permed my five strongest fancies in doubles and upwards last week, in what proved to be the tastiest Canadian since Alanis Morissette. ..''

Obituary: John Lyall
Wednesday, 19th April 2006
by Graeme Howlett
''John Lyall was arguably West Ham United's most successful manager, and one of the Club's longest-serving employees. In a career which spanned 34 years at Upton Park, Lyall - the manager - won two FA Cups, achieved the Club's highest ever top-flight finish and reached finals in both the League Cup and the European Cup Winners Cup...''

Middlesbrough vs West Ham United: match preview/s
Monday, 17th April 2006
by Matthew Coker
''Middlesbrough vs West Ham (Premier League)
West Ham vs Middlesbrough (FA Cup Semi Final)

West Ham United v Manchester City: KUMB match preview
Saturday, 15th April 2006
by Matthew Coker
''Normal service is resumed this week as we face an Easter Saturday 3pm kick off in the Premiership away from the glare of the TV cameras. We welcome Manchester City to the Boleyn in what we all hope will be a repeat of the scoreline that took place in the FA Cup three weeks ago...''

The pair of the Drog
Thursday, 13th April 2006
by Gerry McDonnell
''The press boys have had a field day reporting on Wayne Rooney’s gambling losses this week, it’s easy for them to pontificate about betting responsibly, but I refuse to condemn the big lad, I too have wasted money on an old dog or two...''

Chelsea vs West Ham United: match preview
Saturday, 8th April 2006
by Matthew Coker
''On Sunday lunchtime we forfeit the right to laze about in bed with the missus (or Mr) and a big newspaper and instead jump on the District line as we head West to Stamford Bridge. A 12pm, alcohol free start awaits as we take on Spartak Chelsea. ..''

Cesc, Drogs and Rock and Roll
Saturday, 8th April 2006
by Gerry McDonnell
''Working on a Sunday is comparable to sleeping with the wife, it occurs rarely and it’s never enjoyable. ..''

West Ham United vs Charlton Athletic: match preview
Saturday, 1st April 2006
by Matthew Coker
''Sunday afternoon, it is back on our manor for a Sky Sports dictated feast of football, a Super Sunday Special as we take on our closest neighbours, Charlton Athletic. A 4pm kick off awaits in what could well turn out to be a FA Cup Semi Final rehearsal...''

CJ latest - updates no.8&9
Tuesday, 28th March 2006
by George Levine
''Charlotte ‘CJ’ Adams is KUMB’s very own official mascot...''

Manchester United vs West Ham United: match preview
Tuesday, 28th March 2006
by Matthew Coker
''It almost hasn’t seemed worthwhile coming home over the last few weeks because as soon as you get back in, it’s time for yet another trip to the North West. Following our excursions to Bolton, Man Ciddy and Wigan in recent weeks, we make the final trip of the seasons to that corner of the country with a jaunt to Old Trafford to take on Man Yoo on Wednesday night. ..''

Wigan Athletic v West Ham United: match preview
Friday, 24th March 2006
by Matthe Coker
''Normal service should be resumed this weekend as we have a Saturday 3pm kick off, after having been allowed to rest for nearly a week, before the next leg of our fight for Premiership survival. We make the long trip to Wigan to take on last year’s Runners Up of the Championship, Wigan Athletic. ..''

Manchester City vs West Ham United: match preview
Monday, 20th March 2006
by Matthew Coker
''It hardly seems like yesterday since we were playing our FA Cup Fifth round replay with Fat Sam’s mob, the game still fresh in the memory. That particular night taught us a few lessons, firstly that Fat Sam is probably not the people’s choice to succeed Sven, that the West Ham academy footballing policy is so ingrained within the club that even the ballboys can play a bit when you need them to and it also appears that flares are back. It also re-affirmed a fact that I often repeat, Marlon quite likes scoring on the telly, (though goal number 50 in a West Ham shirt suggests that he likes scoring full stop)...''

It’s a war for four, send in the Gunners
Friday, 17th March 2006
by Gerry McDonnell
''A psychic once predicted that I’d marry a small, blonde, beautiful woman, which proved to be wrong, wrong, wrong and the jury’s out. As a result of that experience, I’m a confirmed eyebrow raiser whenever the subject of the paranormal is raised, but even i can appreciate the sense of déjà vu emanating from the greatest competition in World football, the Premiership. ..''

West Ham United vs Portsmouth: match preview
Friday, 17th March 2006
by Matthew Coker
''After the cup exertions of midweek, we are back to the Boleyn for a Premiership clash with one of the few clubs in the country that can get away with calling us, “Dirty, Northern Bastards” (though I’m sure there won’t be the need). The visitors are Harry Redknapp’s Portsmouth and Saturday 3pm is show time...''

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