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Rio: the full story
Friday, 1st December 2000
by Staff Writer
''Last night Harry Redknapp sensationally revealed that West Ham United had finally agreed to sell Rio Ferdinand to Leeds for a British record transfer fee of £18m. We take a look back at how KUMB has followed the 'Rio to Leeds' saga, starting back in April, and ending up last night with the news that every Hammers fan had been dreading...''


Upset
Thursday, 30th November 2000
by Noj
''Another cup run has crashed to a standstill against a team that we should have stuffed out of sight. We all know this happens but what is it about West Ham that makes us such a pushover to lower league sides? Let’s be honest about it - Sheffield Wednesday are on the crest of a slump...''


Gone
Wednesday, 29th November 2000
by Noj
''The man dubbed a "Rolls Royce" by Harry Redknapp has agreed to join Leeds in an £18 million deal...''


Leeds bid accepted
Tuesday, 28th November 2000
by Noj
''The news that we have all been dreading has finally come...''


The Rio thing
Saturday, 18th November 2000
by Matt McDonald
''Needless to say I’m as shocked and disheartened as everyone else by the news that the club are ready to sell Rio...''


Good game, good game
Thursday, 2nd November 2000
by Matt McDonald
''A good 2 goal win over Blackburn on Tuesday night will have boosted the Hammers confidence further after their hard-fought victory against Newcastle at the weekend...''


The big interview: Tony Cottee
Thursday, 2nd November 2000
by Tony Fowles
''Earlier this week it was announced that Tony Cottee had been appointed as player/manager of third division Barnet...''


Bye bye bye bye!
Sunday, 29th October 2000
by Matt McDonald
''Amidst all the speculation surrounding the safety of Harry’s job we have been gifted the national story of Keegan’s departure from the England post...''


Time to look abroad?
Wednesday, 25th October 2000
by Kit Robinson
''In the wake of Kevin Keegan's departure from the helm as England boss, it has been interesting to see a couple of different perspectives upon International teams in the last couple of days. A major part of the debate surrounding England, seems to centre around the pro’s and cons of an English or foreign coach. It could also be, that because of West Ham’s current plight near the foot of the table that many West Ham supporters may also believe that a foreign coach, or a non-West Ham related coach may be needed at Upton Park...''


Julian Dicks Tribute
Sunday, 20th August 2000
by Paul Pomeroy
''I won't pretend that Julian Dicks was my number one idol. Because the truth is, he wasn't. And if I'm really honest, I would have to say that at the very best, he would come say fourth behind Bobby, Trevor Brooking and Frankie Mac in a list of my all time greats. ..''


Our best ever?
Tuesday, 15th August 2000
by Matt McDonald
''Been too busy with university coursework to write any articles…I could moan about this for hours, whilst on the subject I could also ramble on about various WHU related curiosities and joys. Instead I shall briefly raise the points and leave it at that...''


Bubble Bursting?
Friday, 28th July 2000
by Kit Robinson
''At a time when West Ham aim to recoup more finances by redeveloping, the stakes in the transfer market have been risen again, to a point, even after redevelopment, beyond the clubs financial capabilities. What is West Ham United’s record club signing, was it £5m for John Hartson? This summer the likes of Real Madrid buy Luis Figo for almost £40 million and Chelsea sign Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink for £15 million. I believe that the club and most other English clubs of whatever division, really need to ask themselves “what are our financial capabilities?”..''


Hammers outsing the Bhoys
Friday, 28th July 2000
by Alison Leahy
''My first visit to Celtic Park and I was lucky enough to go with some natives who could interpret for me. Last thing I want to do is turn this into a cod Irving Welsh novel but ‘Mis-tur, woat tchur-carr firyir?’ from a six year old kid is a challenge when all you want is a beer and round of bubbles. ‘I’ve got a couple of Dobermans to watch my car’. ‘Can they put out fires? Aaaah the old ones are the best. With this accent you can see why they refuse to put Rafael Scheidt’s surname on the back of his shirt...''


Bobby on the Beat
Friday, 21st July 2000
by Bobby Upper Bobby
''Welcome one and all from the Upper Bobby, I’m Knees Up Mother Brown’s answer to Ali G. ‘Cos of the way I chat and rap with my posse, While some of you others reckon I’m a total hippy. But listen up people, it’s a little more complex. I’m not from Staines, but from Loughton, Essex. I hang out in the bar slaggin’ the Totts and Becks, And all the local women, they want me for sex. I know nothing of Berkshire and the gangsta rap, I’m just here to put West Ham on the map. Led by our guv’nor, the Lord Harry Redknapp, We won’t be beat this year by that Red Manc crap. Anyway y’all there’s no need to fear, In fact you Irons, be of good cheer. ‘Cos our youth system doesn’t cost us too dear, And we’ll still stick the Totts up the arse with a spear! ..''


The Terminator is back
Saturday, 8th July 2000
by Matt McDonald
''Well I’m home for the Summer in Sunny .. ahem … Stoke...''


In, out, but don’t shake it all about
Thursday, 6th July 2000
by Kit Robinson
''Well it certainly seems like we’re coming to the end of our inward coming transfers and the names of possible departures are the same that we thought would go before the end of last season. Anyone with a good sense of business and who knows the clubs current financial situation would be in agreement that Harry has done a good job with pretty much nothing...''


Dancing on the String of the Bigshots
Friday, 30th June 2000
by Alison Leahy
''Starring: West Ham United as The Corleone Family Harry Redknapp as Michael Mrs. Redknapp as Kay Jamie Redknapp as Paul Aldridge as Tom Hagen Paulo Di Canio as the Don Rio as Sonny Razor as Fredo Joan Gaspart as Hyman Roth And me as Connie..''


New Blood , New England
Wednesday, 21st June 2000
by Kit Robinson
'''Harry Redknapp believes that England's early departure from Euro 2000 could be good news for his bunch of England hopefuls. The England side is expected to see a number of casualties after the failure to get out of their group in Holland and Belgium, and begin their World Cup 2002 qualifying campaign in October. Redknapp expects the revamped squad of 22 to include his up and coming youngsters, including Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard and possibly even Joe Cole.'..''


Attack, Attack, Attack
Friday, 16th June 2000
by Damian Muncaster
''So Man Utd stroll to the premiership title, Chelsea win an uninspiring cup final, the top five end up pretty much as predicted, no major European success for British clubs and West Ham are knocked out of the cup competitions by inferior opposition. So not much change there then. All as expected, all pretty dull...''


Match of the Day
Friday, 16th June 2000
by Kit Robinson
''Well the BBC lost its rights to highlights to Premiership Football. Is this any great loss? Initially it may seem that this is no big deal to the fans with the new highlights on ITV being paid for by advertisers rather than our money through the licence fee...''


The Wisdom of Howard Wilkinson
Thursday, 15th June 2000
by Damian Muncaster
''I've never liked Howard Wilkinson but his actions in the past have never really interfered with my enjoyment of football and never affected West Ham but with his involvement in the U21 set up he starting to do exactly that...''


Chilled? No, frozen
Wednesday, 14th June 2000
by Kit Robinson
''Were the northern lights of Amsterdam to blame for England's demoralising defeat against Portugal?..''


Deadwood
Friday, 2nd June 2000
by Kit Robinson
''Hammers boss Harry Redknapp will be forced to sell some of his players before he can make new signings at Upton Park. It's understood that the board will not allow any cash to be spent on new players unless some of the existing squad are off-loaded. That will come as a major blow to Redknapp who has been heavily linked with Arsenal striker Davor Suker. The Croatian has revealed that he has had an offer from a London club and the Hammers seem to be the favourites. But, even though Suker is a Bosman free transfer his wages are likely to amount to over £1million. It will be interesting to see if the board block the proposed transfer of Suker, who will make a decision over his future in the next few weeks. “ ..''


Treading Water
Friday, 2nd June 2000
by Kit Robinson
''I hate to frustrate and infuriate further ... but anyone who thought that this season was a great disappointment in our lack of success or anti-climatic to our finishing fifth last season, but there is already evidence to show that until our ground is re-developed, we are going to be, treading water, at least financially, and possibly on the pitch...''


1999/2000 Season Review
Friday, 2nd June 2000
by Damian Muncaster
''So the Foe man has finally struck form, since his return from the African nations he has been superb. After publicly criticising the Hammers style of play, implying it doesn't suit him he starts to display the kind of form that interested Man Utd...''




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