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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...''


Goal faeries - A true story about a plaster and blind faith
Thursday, 1st June 2000
by Alison Leahy
''What do odd socks, drinking pints with your left hand and not taking your seat until after the game has started have in common? Yes, superstitions are alive and kicking and have evolved far beyond simple prayers before a game. This is a true tale of superstitions, of unquestioning belief or naivety – take your pick…..''


Change
Thursday, 1st June 2000
by Graeme Howlett
''It's been a long and arduous season this one. Time to gaze into kumb's crystal ball and look to the next, and attempt to guess who will be plying their trade down Green St. this August, and who of the current squad will be packing their bags...''


A very 'unfortunate' situation
Thursday, 25th May 2000
by Kit Robinson
''Supposedly Leeds United are interested in both Frank Lampard and Rio Ferdinand for a total of somewhere around £18-20 million, between them. This has got to be the biggest test for the club in recent history of what its priorities are. Do we sell and run the risk of continuing with a substandard team over the next couple of years whilst the ground is redeveloped? or do we follow Leeds’ example and invest in our own young players and produce a more consistant and possibly successful first team over the next decade? ..''


It's Rumour Time!
Thursday, 25th May 2000
by Matt McDonald
''Well that’s another season over and done with...''


Wembley, Wembley
Wednesday, 24th May 2000
by Damian Muncaster
''So the venue which has seen all of West Ham's greatest moments is about to be pulled down and reconstructed and after Saturday we can only pray that the new surroundings will inspire teams to produce fare that is slightly more befitting of the occasion. ..''


A Stroll in the Park
Tuesday, 23rd May 2000
by Kit Robinson
''Well, as I predicted in my last article, the Arsenal match was our last "meaningful" match of the season, unless you count pride being at stake against Leeds to gain the 8th position spot or for losing 5-1 last time, but that was down to that useless referee Harris, not the Yorkshiremen...''


That's all Folks!
Monday, 1st May 2000
by Kit Robinson
''This may well come across as whingey, conspirational and the after effect of a defeat, but I am sure that I am merely reflecting the feelings of many frustrated West Ham fans...''


Let the Good Times Roll
Wednesday, 26th April 2000
by Matt McDonald
''Superb return to form by the lads recently...''


Reactions
Monday, 17th April 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...''


Great ground, no fans, great ground, no fans
Tuesday, 4th April 2000
by Kit Robinson
''"The irony is that it works out cheaper going away. Sheff.Weds was 18 pound a seat, so once the petrol has been split between three and the three travel cards that would be bought for a trip to the Boleyn are taken into account we're actually saving. not to mention having a decent day out...''


Moansh*tster game
Tuesday, 4th April 2000
by Matt McDonald
''Well, I hoped to write a report on the moan game based on the full radio commentary. Turned on at 2:55 and to my surprise, no bloody game!! With the history of upsets and Moan victories they choose to broadcast Leeds v Chelsea, Arsenal v Wimbledon and Leeds v Chelsea!! Despite 90% of stations commentating Moan v Bradford…why not us….. why do the same game?..''




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