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Harry, please leave
Thursday, 26th April 2001
by Rob Stavely
''I want Harry Redknapp to leave West Ham. I don't say this lightly and I have given it a lot of thought. Maybe too much thought. I have come late to the "Harry Out" brigade but I can't justify him managing West Ham any longer. I won't change my position now, no matter what happens. What other Hammers do or think is up to them. I've made my decision...''


What direction are we heading in?
Wednesday, 25th April 2001
by Martin Humphreys
''What is the story with our First Team squad? We are constantly told that it is the best in twenty years but we have five players missing and all of a sudden we cannot put out eleven men that bear any resemblance to a football team. I know that the players missing against Arsenal were our best players and would get into most other Premiership teams but surely with a squad which must be approaching forty we could put together a more enthusiastic bunch than the eleven who 'showed up' on Saturday. ..''


Redknapp's transfers: the verdict
Tuesday, 24th April 2001
by Staff Writer
''With West Ham's season all but over, KUMB takes a close look at all of Harry Redknapp's signings since last summer and asks - have we really improved?..''


Calling Adam ...
Tuesday, 24th April 2001
by Jon Vinton
''Anyone who saw the FA Youth Cup Final against Coventry a couple of years ago will have noticed Adam Newton. He was voted as Sky's Man Of The Match after a scintillating display in both legs, outshining the likes of Joe Cole, Michael Carrick and Richard Garcia. His speed down the wings was great to see and the quality of his crossing was unbelievable, this combined with a competent defensive display really marked him out as one for the future...''


Time to say goodbye Harry...
Sunday, 15th April 2001
by Andy Stone
''At the moment the only good thing to say about us is that we have a decent youth team and 3 England players...''


Welcome to Bubbles!
Friday, 6th April 2001
by Bubbles
''KUMB is pleased to announce that we've teamed up Bubbles, the newest and freshest Hammers fanzine to hit the streets on match days. As a result we'll be swapping articles from time to time, plus you can catch all of the match reports from KUMB on the pages of Bubbles. ..''


Shuffle the pack
Thursday, 5th April 2001
by Peter Hamersley
''Supporting West Ham since 1963 has made me immune from surprises. Winning away at Man. Utd or losing at home to Wrexham does nothing to my sense of surprise. But when it comes to disappointment, however, it’s a different story! Rarely does a season go by when a deep sense of disappointment is not felt...''


In Harry's defence - Part II
Wednesday, 14th March 2001
by Chris Tye
''OK Harry sceptics, I'll do a deal with you. Let's debate Harry based on this season. You stop banging on about 'we were 5th 2 years ago and have gone backwards', and I'll stop using the 'look where were 5 years ago to 3 top 10 finishes in a row' argument. Both out of bounds, deemed irrelevant. Call it quits on these arguments...''


In Harry's defence
Wednesday, 14th March 2001
by Paul Eastwood
''Firstly, I must point out that sometimes I do not fully understand Harry’s tactical policies regarding formation/substitutions etc. however, I would like to redress the balance (hopefully) to some extent with regards to the amount of public criticism he has been getting from fans. ..''


Embarrassed
Thursday, 8th March 2001
by Peter Hamersley
''For the second time in the space of four days we have embarrassed ourselves on the football field. The teams’ performance in these two games has been nothing short of appalling. The club should refund admission and expenses for the faithful who suffered those two displays. ..''


Welcome to Bubbles!
Monday, 5th March 2001
by Bubbles
''KUMB is pleased to announce that we've teamed up Bubbles, the newest and freshest Hammers fanzine to hit the streets on match days. As a result we'll be swapping articles from time to time, plus you can catch all of the match reports from KUMB on the pages of Bubbles. ..''


The curse of Hackett
Thursday, 1st March 2001
by Chris Tye
''I note that West Ham have now reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, with a winnable tie at home to Spurs separating us from the semi-final. There is an understandable feeling of 'this could be it', a rising excitement that you hardly dare admit, but it is there. ..''


My first love
Thursday, 1st March 2001
by Chris Tye
''She was my first love, my first real relationship with sex occurring with some regularity (we were 16). It was at that horrible part of the relationship when you are being gradually unveiled to her parents, and consider it important that they like you (only in later years do you not give a sh*t)...''


Out with a fizz ...
Tuesday, 27th February 2001
by Amanda Lake
''The last ever match beneath the Twin Towers. England V Germany, World Cup Qualifier. What a fitting end for an old stadium. In Hollywood the script would have had the perfect ending, the credits would have faded to our triumphant heroes celebrating a win underneath gloriously sunny skies and 70,000 plus England fans chanting their names...''


Sven pick me
Tuesday, 27th February 2001
by Alison Leahy
''After months of preparation, Tab'Gossip will be the stars of one of the football industry's big parties. The boys, Frankie, Joe and Michael will play tomorrow night after successfully winning through to the Birmingham heats and surviving from the initial 31 contestants. The lads will perform one game, their first live TV appearance for England...''


Upton Park's England Prospects
Thursday, 22nd February 2001
by James Carey
''With the arrival of Eriksson every English Premiership player is trying to pull out all of the stops to impress the new coach...''


Welcome to Bubbles!
Wednesday, 21st February 2001
by Bubbles
''KUMB is pleased to announce that we've teamed up Bubbles, the newest and freshest Hammers fanzine to hit the streets on match days. As a result we'll be swapping articles from time to time, plus you can catch all of the match reports from KUMB on the pages of Bubbles. ..''


A bridge too far…
Wednesday, 21st February 2001
by David Bore
''Blimey Harry would you calm down already… It seems to me that hardly a day goes by these days without seeing your bedraggled face plastered all over my TV screen (Sky Sports) talking up yet another new bargain basement signing acquired from the lower leagues in some of the most god forsaken places on the entire planet. ..''


Welcome to Bubbles!
Wednesday, 21st February 2001
by Bubbles
''KUMB is pleased to announce that we've teamed up Bubbles, the newest and freshest Hammers fanzine to hit the streets on match days. As a result we'll be swapping articles from time to time, plus you can catch all of the match reports from KUMB on the pages of Bubbles. ..''


Welcome to Bubbles!
Monday, 19th February 2001
by Bubbles
''KUMB is pleased to announce that we've teamed up Bubbles, the newest and freshest Hammers fanzine to hit the streets on match days. As a result we'll be swapping articles from time to time, plus you can catch all of the match reports from KUMB on the pages of Bubbles. ..''


Welcome to Bubbles!
Monday, 19th February 2001
by Bubbles
''KUMB is pleased to announce that we've teamed up Bubbles, the newest and freshest Hammers fanzine to hit the streets on match days. As a result we'll be swapping articles from time to time, plus you can catch all of the match reports from KUMB on the pages of Bubbles. ..''


Retire the Six - your comments
Tuesday, 13th February 2001
by Noj
''We asked for your comments in the wake of the official club site's claim that fans were 'split' over the campaign to retire the number six shirt in honour of the great Bobby Moore. Here's a brief selection of what you had to say .....''


Aladdin (sort of)
Monday, 12th February 2001
by Noj
''Our hero Aladdin (played by Harry Redknapp) is walking along the street when he is approached by a shambling, dirty man (played by Peter Ridsdale) who has been showing passers by an array of watches and silk stockings hidden inside his waistcoat...''


Brown's Verdict
Saturday, 10th February 2001
by Staff Writer
''Chairman Terry looks at the club's latest accounts.....''


A view from Oz
Thursday, 1st February 2001
by Mark Evans
''Could you believe that Tony Hubba-Bubba Gubba or whatever the f*ck his name is when he said..."That may be the West Ham fans you can hear singing..." as "Bubbles" & "H's Claret & Blue Army" reverberated around Old Trafford!? Are you f*cking sure Tone!? That's ALL you could hear, for the majority of the match....out-singing the Manc Shites on their own patch...and then we SCORED! Fucking Brilliant. OFFSIDE MY ARSE! Go On Paolo my old son!..''




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