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Franky Mac
Friday, 31st March 2000
by Damian Muncaster
''Pleased to hear recently that our famous strike duo are doing so well for themselves. For Frank it wasn't the biggest shock in the world to see him in the News of the World for reasons other than scoring on the football field. But TC, our dearly beloved TC involved in a ticket scam, no wonder he was crying at the end of that final. With the same kind of almost telepathic understanding they had on the field, they manage to get themselves a result in the same week...''


The Geezer
Thursday, 30th March 2000
by Alison Leahy
''Let all men know how empty and worthless is the power of kings. For there is none worthy of the name but God, whom heaven, earth and sea obey...''


Our best Ever?
Monday, 27th March 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...''


A whole season in one game - the paradox of West Ham United
Sunday, 26th March 2000
by Kit Robinson
''I believe that most Hammers fans would agree with me that Sunday's televised home match against Wimbledon, told the story of West Ham's 1999/2000 season, and maybe captured in 90 minutes, the essence of what makes supporting West Ham United both exhilarating and frustrating...''


Informal, personal and wildcat
Friday, 10th March 2000
by Paul Graham
'' can't speak for the rest of you out there, but in my 38 years' experience, I have always taken a step back whenever I have encountered the word "official"...''


Reactions
Sunday, 5th March 2000
by Kit Robinson
''It’s been interesting to see the reactions of Hammers fans towards the team and manager, during our recent drubbing at Old Trafford then our two recent victories against Newcastle and Derby...''


Oh no! It's happened again!
Monday, 28th February 2000
by Matt McDonald
''West Ham signed Charlton’s reserve keeper Sasa Ilic to fill the role of the injured Shaka Hislop and brought back Ian Feuer, to sit on the bench...''


On England v Argentina
Thursday, 24th February 2000
by Chris Tye
''1) Wembley is a toilet. I had the best seat I've ever had, and it was still a crap view. The bogs, catering are shameful. Get the bulldozers in...''


England - the reason
Thursday, 24th February 2000
by Chris Tye
''Our players are not the best passers in the world, but they aren't as bad as they have appeared in Euro 2000. The true culprit is that the players are hamstrung by the dinosaurial formation used by Keegan. The problem, and I watched this closely in the Rumania game, is that players in possession have no-one to pass to. Basically we are outnumbered in midfield, which makes retaining possession difficult for the best of teams, and impossible for an average outfit like ourselves...''


Everybody sitting comfortably? Then I'll begin
Tuesday, 8th February 2000
by Matt McDonald
''As the newest member of the KUMB team, I thought I should give a brief account of myself...''


Still Upbeat
Friday, 4th February 2000
by Chris Tye
''This is all about being upbeat. Despite the horror of the Villa disaster, I'm still upbeat. I cannot possibly stay downbeat for long with things as they are. Sure, the defeats hurt, but let's not forget where we are and where we've come from...''


Millennium Musings
Wednesday, 2nd February 2000
by Dan O`Rourke
''Happy New Year, happy February and happy Leicester, because as I write they have gone one nil up in the Worthington Cup. I'm sure all of us will be hoping that Tony Cottee can make an appearance at Wembley and walk away with a winners medal. That is of course to take nothing away from Tranmere who have done fantastically well and are probably hoping they play Premiership opposition at Prenton Park every week...''


Sweet FA
Wednesday, 5th January 2000
by Graeme Howlett
''Happy New Millennium all. Trust you're all millennium bug-free (wasn't that an anti-climax? I was quite looking forward to planes falling out of the sky in a kind of perverse way). Anyway .....''


Bobby on the Bass
Monday, 3rd January 2000
by Bobby Upper Bobby
''Yo, yo, yo!..''


Turkey well and truly consumed, it's time to do some work once again.
Thursday, 30th December 1999
by Graeme Howlett
''Turkey well and truly consumed, it's time to do some work once again...''


The Silly Season
Wednesday, 29th December 1999
by Dan O`Rourke
''It's just all been a little too much for me, this past week; in fact I could almost thank our misfit club for pushing me to the edge and having it large...''


Matt Jansen ...
Tuesday, 28th December 1999
by Graeme Howlett
''... is up for sale. New Blackburn boss Tony Parkes is looking to offload the striker for a fee similar to the £4.3m they paid Crystal Palace a year or so ago...''


You couldn't make it up ...
Friday, 17th December 1999
by Graeme Howlett
''Well. I wrote in my last article about how much excitement we had 'suffered' at Upton Park during the last month, what with the Wednesday, Birmingham and Villa escapades. How little did I know that all of this was about to be eclipsed by the events of one of the most extraordinary weekends I have ever known as a Hammers fan. ..''


The Great Escape
Friday, 26th November 1999
by Graeme Howlett
''Well. What a month it has been. Not one, but three great escapes that Steve McQueen and Donald Pleasence would have been justifiably proud of. So what's happened to the Hammers lately?..''


Tottenham
Monday, 15th November 1999
by Chris Tye
''Well done P.Jones of Loughborough. You've joined an elite band of jumped up tossers whose pathetic administering of reds and yellows in order to enjoy a little bit of limelight has ruined a game for us. Ruined a game for everyone, really, but especially us who've lost a man. You can book a table for 5 in London's West End, invite fellow conspirators Keith Hackett, Rob Harris, Rudi Glockner and Paul Danson, and compare tales. It'd be something like this......''


Go Now
Tuesday, 9th November 1999
by Graeme Howlett
''Five games since the last report; three draws (Sunderland, Steaua and Chelsea) and two defeats (Liverpool and Leeds)...''


Promise much, deliver little
Thursday, 28th October 1999
by Dan O`Rourke
''I've been thinking, yes even I do it sometimes. I can't believe our European dream is over; I cannot believe we created so many chances and failed to score. I also cannot believe how bad the game at Stamford Bridge was last Sunday. I knew I'd regret not going to Romania, I only hope now it is not another 18 years until we have a European night at the Boleyn...''


Arsene: Vieira not guilty
Wednesday, 27th October 1999
by Chris Tye
''Arsene Wenger today named 93 year old Bert Smith, landlord of the Dog and Duck between 1945 and 1967 as being 'at least as responsible for the Vieira spitting incident as Patrick himself'...''


Wenger disciplines Vieira
Sunday, 24th October 1999
by Chris Tye
''Arsene Wenger promised to discipline Patrick Vieira, after another amazing loss of discipline today. 'I will fine him' said Wenger. 'Our disciplinary structure allows me to fine him 27 pence...the price of a bag of cheese and onion crisps, and that is what I will do'. In the wake of further bad behaviour from the Senegalese sinner, Arsene stated that his temperamental midfield star was 'misunderstood, although I accept that in a few cases, he could perhaps, if it wasn't too much effort and as long as it didn't effect our team and chances of winning have behaved slightly better'...''


The Art of Falling Apart
Saturday, 23rd October 1999
by Graeme Howlett
''Three games since the last report; a win against Bournemouth and defeats at the hands of Middlesbrough and Steaua Bucharest...''




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