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Monday musings: too good for England
Monday, 2nd May 2016
by Graeme Howlett
''Mark Noble might not be good enough to represent England at this summer's European Championships, but he proved to be the difference as West Ham United ran riot at the Hawthorns on Saturday afternoon...''


Monday Musings: A week of reflection
Monday, 25th April 2016
by Graeme Howlett
''With the FA Cup semi finals in full swing, Slaven Bilic and his West Ham United squad were afforded a rare weekend off...''


Monday musings: How many more times?
Monday, 18th April 2016
by Graeme Howlett
''Jamie Vardy became the 18th player this season to be sent off in a fixture involving West Ham as title-chasing Leicester held United to a 2-2 draw at the King Power Stadium...''


Monday musings: Robbed, again
Monday, 11th April 2016
by Graeme Howlett
''Slaven Bilic refused to criticise referee Craig Pawson following West Ham United's 3-3 draw against Arsenal on Saturday for fear of sounding "ridiculous"...''


Monday musings: Ref off
Monday, 4th April 2016
by Graeme Howlett
''When both sets of players and managers agree that a player has been harshly sent off, it's difficult to express sympathy with the referee. And when your team had been the victim of a string of similarly-poor calls, it's perhaps no surprise that conspiracy theories begin to emerge. ..''


Monday musings: The Bridge of lies
Monday, 21st March 2016
by Graeme Howlett
''By rights, West Ham United should be looking forward to an FA Cup semi final whilst peering down at the rest of the Premier League from a lofty fourth place...''


Monday musings: Poetic justice
Monday, 7th March 2016
by Graeme Howlett
''Last November a dreadful challenge by Everton's James McCarthy sidelined West Ham's Dimitri Payet for the remainder of 2015...''


Monday Musings: A taste of your own medicine
Monday, 29th February 2016
by Graeme Howlett
''The press room at the Boleyn Ground was unusually busy on Saturday afternoon as the media assembled to witness former manager Sam Allardyce's return to the East End...''


Monday Musings: A walk in the (Ewood) park
Monday, 22nd February 2016
by Graeme Howlett
''West Ham were simply too good for Championship side Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park on Sunday afternoon as they eased their way through to the quarter finals of the FA Cup for the first time since 2011...''


Tickets for West Ham? Join the queue, Hodgson
Tuesday, 16th February 2016
by Graeme Howlett
''The next time Roy Hodgson asks to visit West Ham, the club should kindly point him towards the ticket office and tell him to join the queue...''


Monday Musings: A decent week
Monday, 15th February 2016
by Graeme Howlett
''It's often said that in order to enjoy a productive season, a team should aspire to win its home games and try not to lose too many away. In that sense, it's been a pretty perfect week for West Ham United...''


Time to up your game, West Ham
Friday, 12th February 2016
by Graeme Howlett
''West Ham United FC have got so much right in this, our final season at the Boleyn Ground. ..''


Groundhog Day for Slav's slow starters
Monday, 8th February 2016
by Graeme Howlett
''Back in 1993 Bill Murray was the star of a film entitled Groundhog Day (based upon an annual American festival of the same name that takes place every February in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania) in which the protagonist, a weatherman tasked with covering the event found himself living the same day over and over again. ..''


Monday musings: a team to be reckoned with
Monday, 25th January 2016
by Graeme Howlett
''That he and thousands of Irons supporters were left hugely frustrated by West Ham's 2-2 draw with title-chasing Manchester City at the Boleyn on Saturday afternoon was a mark of the steady progression the club has made under Slaven Bilic since he succeeded Sam Allardyce last summer. ..''


Monday musings: start starting better
Tuesday, 19th January 2016
by Graeme Howlett
''West Ham came crashing back down to earth at St James' Park on Saturday afternoon with a disappointing defeat at the hands of relegation-threatened Newcastle United, as Steve McLaren finally got the better of his opposite number...''


Monday musings: Up for the Cup
Monday, 11th January 2016
by Graeme Howlett
''It may not have been the most memorable game ever to feature at the Boleyn Ground, but West Ham are in the hat for the fourth round of the FA Cup after successfully navigating a potential banana skin against Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers...''


Monday musings: the worst Liverpool side ever?
Monday, 4th January 2016
by Graeme Howlett
''Not content with winning at Anfield for the first time since 1963 earlier in the season, West Ham completed the double over Liverpool at the Boleyn on Saturday with a thoroughly satisfying team performance...''


Monday musings: keeping things ticking over
Monday, 21st December 2015
by Graeme Howlett
''West Ham secured a fifth draw in seven appearances at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday afternoon - although there was very little else to cheer on a dreadfully dull day in South Wales...''


Monday musings: no goals, but no lack of entertainment
Monday, 14th December 2015
by Graeme Howlett
''As goalless draws go, West Ham's nil-nil with Stoke at the Boleyn has to go down as one of the more entertaining ones in recent times...''


Monday musings: defensive frailties prove costly again
Monday, 30th November 2015
by Graeme Howlett
''West Ham United's run of Premier League games without a win extended to four on Sunday afternoon following a desperately disappointing draw at home to West Bromwich Albion at the Boleyn Ground...''


Monday musings: outfought, out-thought and outplayed
Monday, 23rd November 2015
by Graeme Howlett
''It was a case of men against boys at White Hart Lane on Sunday afternoon as Tottenham hammered the Hammers 4-1 in the day's big London derby...''


Monday musings: football fans must remain vigilant after Paris
Monday, 16th November 2015
by Graeme Howlett
''The terrorist attacks on Stade de France last Friday night left a handful of football fans dead and many more injured. But for the swift actions of French security forces, those numbers could have reached into the thousands...''


Monday musings: Something's better than nothing
Monday, 9th November 2015
by Graeme Howlett
''West Ham's home record against Everton in recent years is little short of appalling...''


Monday musings: A Hammers horror show
Monday, 2nd November 2015
by Graeme Howlett
''West Ham marked Halloween with a horror show of their own at Vicarage Road on Saturday afternoon, going down 2-0 to newly-promoted Watford...''


Monday musings: Goal-line tech has neutralised 'big club bias'
Monday, 26th October 2015
by Graeme Howlett
''The benefits of goal-line technology were clear to see at the Boleyn Ground on Saturday afternoon when Kurt Zouma's effort failed to result in the awarding of a goal - despite at least 95 per cent of the ball having crossed the line...''


An Honest Mistake
Friday, 21st August 2015
by Graeme Howlett
''Let me commence with a few caveats. ..''


Let the final season commence
Thursday, 2nd July 2015
by Graeme Howlett
''That West Ham United have been able to completely sell out the Boleyn Ground for tonight's Europa League tie against Andorran minnows FC Lusitanos is a clear indication of the fans' desire to make the most of the limited time remaining at our famous old ground. ..''


West Ham United, a season in review: January 2015
Wednesday, 1st July 2015
by Graeme Howlett
''Throughout the football season, KUMB Editor Graeme Howlett pens a weekly column for Echo Newspapers...''


West Ham United, a season in review: December
Friday, 12th June 2015
by Graeme Howlett
''Throughout the football season, KUMB Editor Graeme Howlett pens a weekly column for Echo Newspapers. ..''


West Ham United, a season in review: November
Thursday, 11th June 2015
by Graeme Howlett
''Throughout the football season, KUMB Editor Graeme Howlett pens a weekly column for Echo Newspapers. ..''


West Ham United, a season in review: October
Monday, 8th June 2015
by Graeme Howlett
''Throughout the football season, KUMB Editor Graeme Howlett pens a weekly column for Echo Newspapers. Join us as we take a look back at the highs and lows of the 2014/15 season, with our eyes today firmly affixed on October 2014.....''


West Ham United, a season in review: September
Wednesday, 3rd June 2015
by Graeme Howlett
''Throughout the football season, KUMB Editor Graeme Howlett pens a weekly column for Echo Newspapers. Join us as we take a look back at the highs and lows of the 2014/15 season, with our eyes today on September 2014.....''


West Ham United, a season in review: August
Monday, 1st June 2015
by Graeme Howlett
''Throughout the football season, KUMB Editor Graeme Howlett pens a weekly column for Echo Newspapers. Join us as we take a look back at the highs and lows of the 2014/15 season, beginning with his August musings.....''


Jeux Sans Frontières
Tuesday, 26th May 2015
by Graeme Howlett
''So after months of speculation, it's finally in the bag. We may have not followed the conventional path to qualification, but West Ham are in the Europa League for the first time in the club's illustrious history nonetheless...''


Sam Allardyce, 2011-2015
Sunday, 24th May 2015
by Graeme Howlett
''Just three minutes had elapsed after the final whistle at Newcastle on Sunday afternoon when West Ham announced that manager Sam Allardyce would be leaving the club with immediate effect...''


Echoes: April
Wednesday, 4th June 2014
by Graeme Howlett
''Over the course of the past nine months, KUMB Editor Graeme Howlett has been writing a weekly diary for Echo newspapers...''


Echoes: March
Tuesday, 3rd June 2014
by Graeme Howlett
''Over the course of the past nine months, KUMB Editor Graeme Howlett has been writing a weekly diary for Echo newspapers...''


Echoes: February
Monday, 2nd June 2014
by Graeme Howlett
''Over the course of the past nine months, KUMB Editor Graeme Howlett has been writing a weekly diary for Echo newspapers...''


Echoes: January
Thursday, 29th May 2014
by Graeme Howlett
''Over the course of the past nine months, KUMB Editor Graeme Howlett has been writing a weekly diary for Echo newspapers...''


Echoes: December
Tuesday, 27th May 2014
by Graeme Howlett
''Over the course of the past nine months, KUMB Editor Graeme Howlett has been writing a weekly diary for Echo newspapers...''


Echoes: November
Monday, 26th May 2014
by Graeme Howlett
''Over the course of the past nine months, KUMB Editor Graeme Howlett has been writing a weekly diary for Echo newspapers...''


Echoes: October
Friday, 23rd May 2014
by Graeme Howlett
''Over the course of the past nine months, KUMB Editor Graeme Howlett has been writing a weekly diary for Echo newspapers...''


Echoes: September
Thursday, 22nd May 2014
by Graeme Howlett
''Over the course of the past nine months, KUMB Editor Graeme Howlett has been writing a weekly diary for Echo newspapers. ..''


Echoes: August
Wednesday, 21st May 2014
by Graeme Howlett
''Over the past nine months, KUMB Editor Graeme Howlett has been writing a weekly diary for Echo newspapers. ..''


A legacy for West Ham
Wednesday, 5th December 2012
by Graeme Howlett
''This is a momentous day in the history of West Ham United Football Club. ..''


Heaven knows he's miserable now
Monday, 16th May 2011
by Graeme Howlett
''Kitzbuhel, Austria - July 2010: One of the small band of travelling supporters to follow West Ham on their pre-season tour of Germany and Austria spots new manager Avram Grant in the crowd as the team arrives for the friendly with Panathinaikos...''


By Royal appointment
Sunday, 15th May 2011
by Graeme Howlett
''So Avram Grant has finally gone. Several months too late, say many...''


Sibling rivalry
Wednesday, 24th June 2009
by Graeme Howlett
''West Ham United have long been known as a family club - so it's no surprise to find out that so many brothers have worn the famous claret and blue...''


Player reviews 2008/09
Thursday, 28th May 2009
by Graeme Howlett
''Join us as we take a look back at the first team squad's performances over the last nine months.....''


When skies are grey
Tuesday, 28th April 2009
by Graeme Howlett
''Nobody involved in the weekend's events surrounding the Chelsea game has walked away from the affair smelling of roses...''


You can't uneat the apple
Tuesday, 23rd September 2008
by Graeme Howlett
''Today we learned that Sheffield United had won their tribunal case against West Ham United. Now the Hammers face a damages claim of some £30million (give or take the odd thousand) as a result of a verdict that has stunned not only those followers of West Ham, but the entire footballing fraternity...''


A right two-and-eight
Friday, 12th September 2008
by Graeme Howlett
''The appointment of Gianfranco Zola as West Ham United's twelfth full-time manager has polarised opinion amongst United fans. Whilst some supporters are looking forward to the prospect of having one of the best players of his generation impart his knowledge and considerable experience upon the squad, others share a number of misgivings...''


It's now or never
Friday, 29th August 2008
by Graeme Howlett
''Growing numbers of supporters are voicing their discontent by calling for Alan Curbishley's head following United's edgy start to the season. Despite leading the Hammers to two wins in their opening three games the manager’s position appears increasingly fragile with each passing week...''


Lack of investment is a concern for supporters
Sunday, 17th August 2008
by Graeme Howlett
''West Ham United went into the 2002/03 season as the only Premiership club not to have spent a single penny on transfer fees during the summer - and were subsequently relegated nine months later. ..''


The dirty dozen
Monday, 21st April 2008
by Graeme Howlett
''West Ham United have confirmed that a number of first-team squad members face the chop this summer as Alan Curbishley is forced to reduce his playing staff. ..''


Magnusson: a year in quotes
Sunday, 2nd December 2007
by Graeme Howlett
''It's now a year since Bjorgolfur Gudmundsson and Eggert Magnusson's Icelandic consortium took control of West Ham United FC...''


West Ham Utd v Bolton
Sunday, 4th November 2007
by Graeme Howlett
''Due to the absence of our regular match previewer Matt Coker (thanks to the arrival of the latest member of the Coker clan) we asked Crazy Horse from Bolton site the-wanderer.co.uk to give us his opinions on our visitors today...''


Pardew's folly?
Monday, 11th December 2006
by Graeme Howlett
''Six months ago Alan Pardew had the world at his feet. Adored by the United faithful for bringing the good times back to the East End after an excellent season, the then 44-year-old manager could do no wrong...''


Summer's almost gone ...
Friday, 1st September 2006
by Graeme Howlett
''... and the transfer window has finally closed. Join us as we take a quick recap of the comings and goings this summer (with a bit of scurrilous rumour thrown in for good measure)...''


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 ... ..''


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...''


Fans forum - 2nd February 2006
Friday, 3rd February 2006
by Graeme Howlett
''Last night saw the latest fans forum held at The Boleyn Ground, where supporters are invited to meet club officials for an informal chat...''


39 and counting
Thursday, 26th January 2006
by Graeme Howlett
''How many players do you think Alan Pardew has signed since succeeding Trevor Brooking as West Ham's manager in October 2003? 20? 25? 30 even?..''


ESM's (belated) 2005 Annual
Friday, 6th January 2006
by Graeme Howlett
''Regular readers of KUMB will be well acquainted with our valiant match reporter, East Stand Martin...''


2005 in review
Wednesday, 28th December 2005
by Graeme Howlett
''2005, a year of highs and lows ... join KUMB as we take a look back at the best - and worst - of the last 12 months...''


The Bill Gardner interview
Sunday, 1st May 2005
by Graeme Howlett
''Prior to the recent launch party for Bill Gardner's new book - 'Good Afternoon Gentlemen, The Name's Bill Gardner' (Blake Publishing) - KUMB caught up with Bill and co-author Cass Pennant for a quick chat. Firing the questions for KUMB was Graeme Howlett. ..''


In defence of Pardew?
Sunday, 2nd January 2005
by Graeme Howlett
''Much has been made recently of West Ham's inconsistency this season - with the blame being placed squarely upon the shoulders of manager Alan Pardew...''


ESM's Christmas Annual 2004
Sunday, 19th December 2004
by Graeme Howlett
''Regular readers of KUMB will be well acquainted with one of our valiant match reporters, East Stand Martin...''


You just haven't earned it yet, baby
Monday, 18th October 2004
by Graeme Howlett
''The latest instalment of KUMB editor Graeme Howlett's weekly column for OLAS, the number one Hammers fanzine...''


Waiting for the sun
Thursday, 30th September 2004
by Graeme Howlett
''Doom and gloom abound this week...''


How we threw it all away: the end of an era
Sunday, 22nd August 2004
by Graeme Howlett
''The last remaining jewel in West Ham's crown - 23-year-old midfielder Michael Carrick - is on his way to Tottenham as West Ham United complete the dismantling of what promised to be one of the greatest home-grown teams ever produced...''


The Scottish connection
Saturday, 8th May 2004
by Graeme Howlett
''Last weekend, Scottish Hammers Don Hutchison and Christian Dailly both hit the target against Watford, thereby underlying their importance to Alan Pardew as he seeks to take his team into the Premiership via the play-offs. ..''


The EGM: a review
Thursday, 29th May 2003
by Graeme Howlett
''Today's EGM was attended by over 150 shareholders - a figure which included several new shareholders who had taken advantage of the single share scheme. Here follows a brief rundown of the days main events .....''


Hello, Division One
Tuesday, 13th May 2003
by Graeme Howlett
''As the Hammers wave goodbye to the Premiership for a year or so, KUMB cancels the Sky subscription and looks ahead to the teams who await us in the First Division...''


Farewell, Parlo
Sunday, 4th May 2003
by Graeme Howlett
''After four years as a Hammer, Paolo Di Canio will be leaving the club this summer when his current contract expires. Signed as a gamble by Harry Redknapp in January 1999 the former Lazio and Celtic striker soon won over a sceptical Hammers faithful to become one of the club's most loved players in recent years...''


Bobby Moore remembered
Monday, 24th February 2003
by Graeme Howlett
''Monday, 24th February 2003 marks the tenth anniversary of the death of Bobby Moore, England's greatest ever footballer. We remember Bobby today through the words of those to whom he meant most - the supporters of West Ham...''


The referee's a w*nker ...
Tuesday, 21st January 2003
by Graeme Howlett
''For some reason Premiership officials appear to have it in for Glenn Roeder's Hammers this season. Roeder himself must be aware of it 'cos he blames them for something or other after nearly every game .....''


Where are they now?
Saturday, 10th August 2002
by Graeme Howlett
''We're now in our fifth season at KUMB. Back in August 1997 when we first went online, when Bobby Upper Bobby* was just a twinkle in his daddies eye and 'Knees Up Mother Brown' was still occasionally heard on the terraces the Hammers were entering the new (97/98) season with renewed optimism after staving off relegation the previous term...''


Glenn Roeder: Half term report
Saturday, 29th December 2001
by Graeme Howlett
''With 19 games played in the Premiership this season, West Ham, under new manager Glenn Roeder are exactly half way through their league programme...''


2000 in review
Monday, 1st January 2001
by Graeme Howlett
''Join us as we take a look back at the year that was 2000* .....''


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...''


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 .....''


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...''


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?..''


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)...''


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...''


Dirty Bastard
Wednesday, 6th October 1999
by Graeme Howlett
''Three games since the last report; wins against Osijek and Arsenal plus defeat at Coventry...''


Digital Nonsense and Other Stories
Saturday, 2nd October 1999
by Graeme Howlett
''Two games since the last report; a win at home to Osijek and defeat at Everton...''


One Elle of a week
Thursday, 23rd September 1999
by Graeme Howlett
''What a week it's been here at KUMB. Three Hammers matches (two wins and a draw, can't be bad) plus one of the most amazing experiences of my life - the birth of my first child, little Elle (pronounced Ell-ee in case you were wondering)...''


(Not So) Happy Days
Monday, 13th September 1999
by Graeme Howlett
''Last week I opened this column by reflecting on what a good week it had been to be a West Ham supporter. So predictably, and in typical fashion, this week turned out to be completely the opposite...''


Round-up
Friday, 10th September 1999
by Graeme Howlett
''Well, it seems like ages since I filed my last report. Parenthood has rather taken over everything in my life - believe me, this two week break in the Premiership couldn't have been better timed...''


Happy Days
Wednesday, 18th August 1999
by Graeme Howlett
''It's been a good week to be a West Ham United supporter...''


Stan Makes The Grade At The Academy
Sunday, 8th March 1998
by Graeme Howlett
''If Stan had the power to change one thing about football, he would eliminate racism. Coincidentally, Lazaridis voiced his opinion the day before the premierships more notorious Stan, a certain Mr Collymore, alleged he had been insulted by a fellow professional. The Australian Lazaridis has never had to absorb anything more disparaging than 'Put another shrimp on the barbie', the kind of remark which amuses rather than affronts him. ..''


My three favourite ...
Wednesday, 17th December 1997
by Graeme Howlett
''... Spurs jokes...''


Five things you'll never hear ...
Tuesday, 16th December 1997
by Graeme Howlett
''... on the BBC's Match of the Day...''


Beech on Hartson
Wednesday, 10th September 1997
by Graeme Howlett
''Cyril Beech, the scout who discovered John Hartson and set the rebellious Welsh teenager on the road to fame and fortune, has talked about his early days with the Hammers striker, and how he took Hartson to one side for a no-holds-barred pep talk on one particular occasion...''


 
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