|An archive of Cockney Hammer's West Ham-related daily news digests.
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Sam has scary vision of the past
SAM ALLARDYCE forced his West Ham squad to sit through a video nasty of their 5-1 midweek hammering at Ipswich.
The Hammers boss said: "The players have seen the game, it wasn't very good watching.
"We do see every game we play but I went a bit longer on this one. It was a big shock for me, I just hope it is a one-off.
"They didn't watch it as a punishment, I am glad to say there was a bit of discussion on why it went wrong."
Police have warned players not to go over the top in any goal celebrations against Millwall today for fear of whipping up fans in a powderkeg derby.
But Allardyce warned: "For us, teams at the bottom become very dangerous because they lift their game and we can get caught out — as we saw with Ipswich."
CRAZY ... but David Forde can understand the rivalry between Millwall and West Ham fans
The most hateful fixture in football
DAVID FORDE lines up in goal for Millwall at West Ham this lunchtime in what he describes as: The most hateful fixture in football.
Hundreds of police will be on duty at today's powderkeg clash at Upton Park in a bid to avert the crowd trouble and violence that has blighted this London derby in the past.
And Republic of Ireland keeper Forde, who unusually had a spell with the East End Hammers before joining the South London Lions, said: "I've never known hatred like it over a football game.
"But I totally understand the rivalry. There's just so much passion on both sides.
"It's been there for a hundred years or more and you're never going to change that.
"It's ingrained into both sets of fans.
"There are very few games in the world like it."
The bloody rivalry between the two clubs dates back around 100 years when both sides were formed in the East End.
Not even Millwall's move 'sarf' of the Thames in 1910 managed to cool tensions.
The Lions return to Upton Park today for the first time since trouble marred the clubs' Carling Cup second-round clash in 2009.
Forde, whose team lost 3-1 in extra-time that night, recalled: "It was a phenomenal night because it was just so crazy.
"It was a good game of football until the pitch invasions.
"It wasn't nice. You're playing a game and then you get these people coming on the pitch and getting right in your face.
"Strangely enough, I didn't really feel threatened at the time, even after the third invasion.
"It was only after the game when I saw the TV pictures that I thought about what could have happened. There was no need for it.
"We're all hoping there'll be nothing like that again."
Karren Brady’s football diary
A FREE Saturday thanks to our third-round FA Cup defeat.
Time for us all to reflect on Dylan Tombides, our 17-year-old Academy striker who is being treated for cancer.
Dylan's strength of character is incredible, he's a lovely young man and everyone is willing him to make a full recovery. Being a parent myself makes you very much aware of what his family must be going through.
Sunday, January 29
I SPOKE to Everton's Bill Kenwright regarding Rangers striker Nikica Jelavic.
I've learned in football that getting into an auction with a friend is not a great idea.
It's far better to negotiate between you to decide who gets the player, rather than cost each other money.
Bill and I agreed they were more keen than us.
We weren't out-muscled but on this occasion Sam had his eye on someone else.
Monday, January 30
MOVING a player from one club to another used to be so relatively simple.
Often the only thing the agent wanted, if there was one, was petrol money for himself and a boot allowance for his player.
But there was one player recently who wanted a Mercedes for his wife and an agent asked for more money for himself than the player.
Just one more day to go!
Tuesday, January 31
TRANSFER deadline day brought all the usual shenanigans.
None more so than an agent ringing me 10 minutes before the transfer window shut declaring he could get one of our players a loan move.
Talk about leaving it to the last minute! Oh, and starting a conversation with me with the words "hello darling," did not exactly get things off on the right foot.
West Ham did sign three new players including Ravel Morrison from Manchester United.
I've had to deal with the whole spectrum when it comes to negotiations with other clubs, but United are always wonderfully professional.
We lost 5-1 at Ipswich. People often say that Sam's bark is worse than his bite but, let me tell you, his bark is pretty bad.
I would prefer to face the agents tonight than the bus ride home.
Wednesday, February 1
SO, Carlos Tevez is still a Manchester City player.
City have the financial clout to be able to stand firm and I admire then for that.
But he can still leave as an emergency loan — so I sent City a text asking about the possibility of us having him. Never gonna happen was their reply. Never say never, I say!
Tevez will probably think again before declining to warm up when asked to.
Thursday, February 2
SPENT the morning freezing my butt off at the Olympic Stadium.
We could not see the pitch, the potential ticket office, the potential shop, some office locations, the control room, nor the kitchen locations due to 'restrictions' of one sort or another.
Other than that it was a very worthwhile morning! do not go there then
Friday, February 3
UNBELIEVABLY some Arsenal fans have been having a go at Arsene Wenger.
Those supporters with a shred of common sense should tell the doubters to sling their collective hooks.
Managers are under a lot of pressure, none more so than the pressure they put on themselves.
Not only have I worked closely with eight of them for the past 19 years, I'm married to one. So I should know.
West Ham vs Millwall goes into lockdown
Fortress Upton Park will go into lockdown as West Ham bid to prevent a repeat of the Carling Cup riot against Millwall.
Hundreds of police will be deployed for the Lions’ first excursion to the Boleyn Ground since the appalling scenes of August 25, 2009.
Amid the lunacy of pitch invasions, gates stormed by mobs without tickets and a stabbed ex-fireman left fighting for his life with a punctured lung, few remember West Ham’s 3-1 win after extra-time because it was secondary to the chaos.
Both clubs were fined by the FA, although Millwall’s penalty was revoked on appeal, and Lions manager Kenny Jackett privately confided the mayhem was the worst he had experienced after 32 years in football.
Although the reverse fixture, a goalless draw at the Den, passed off without major incident in September, police are taking no chances with their security blanket this time.
* Banning alcohol at the ground and the closure of pubs around Upton Park itself
* Reducing Millwall’s allocation to 1,400 tickets in the upper tier of the Sir Trevor Brooking Stand, with no Hammers fans within a 30-yard exclusion zone
* The police warning players to curb their goal celebrations
* And the appointment of experienced Premier League referee Mike Jones to boss the game.
Police hope the combination of an early kick-off, cold weather, live coverage on Sky and a beam-back to Lions fans at the Den will draw the sting from the fixture.
Both sides are aiming to bounce back after dispiriting midweek defeats. Championship leaders West Ham are in shock after a 5-1 drubbing at Ipswich, while Millwall are only one place above the drop zone after losing 2-0 at Watford.
Hammers manager Sam Allardyce, who is likely to hand debuts to deadline-day signings Nicky Maynard and Ricardo Vaz Te, said: “I wasn’t aware of any incidents at the last game – it was superbly planned and policed by everybody, and everything went according to plan.
"I just hope it goes the same way [today]. People have to be responsible for their actions including me as a manager, the players on the pitch and the supporters who come to watch.
“It will be live on TV and we’ll be portraying our football to people around the globe. We want to put on a good spectacle.”
Of the thrashing by Ipswich, former Lions defender Allardyce added: “Until then, our defensive record had been the basis of our success this season – we need to get over it and show everybody why we’re top of the table in a big derby game.”
Jackett, who could unveil £500,000 striker Andy Keogh and new German defender Lennard Sowah, said: “At 25, Andy has his best years ahead of him and he will be a good partner up front for Darius Henderson.”
Flashpoint: West Ham and Millwall fans clashed at Upton Park in 2009
West Ham owners make peace plea as Millwall come calling at Upton Park
West Ham co-chairmen David Gold and David Sullivan have pleaded with fans not to cause trouble ahead of Saturday’s derby with Millwall.
Disgraceful scenes marred the last meeting between the sides at Upton Park during a Carling Cup clash in August 2009 and Gold and Sullivan warned of punishments should there be any repeat.
‘We would just like to remind any supporter with the intention of doing anything but enjoying the game they will face serious consequences and will be dealt with in accordance with our matchday policies in conjunction with the Metropolitan Police,’ they wrote.
‘Previous incidents have seen nine season-ticket holders having their season tickets cancelled without refund and also received life bans from the club.
‘Fifty known supporters received life bans and most of those either received a three- or four-year football banning order.
‘This is your club; please show it the respect it deserves on the day, show your world-famous support and make it a day to be remembered for all the right reasons.’
David Forde has pleaded for calm after fearing for his safety on his last visit to West Ham
DAVID FORDE FOCUS ON KEEPING IT REAL CALM
DAVID FORDE has pleaded for calm after fearing for his safety on his last visit to West Ham.
The Millwall keeper, 32, was caught up in the 2009 Carling Cup night of shame featuring some of the worst scenes to blight English football for years.
One fan was stabbed, hundreds were involved in running battles outside Upton Park, and supporters invaded the pitch three times amid a backdrop of racist taunts.
The bad atmosphere between West Ham and Millwall often spills over and police will be on high alert again in east London today.
Forde said: “The last time I played there it was scary stuff. You do worry about your safety.
“I think everyone hopes it doesn’t happen again as there’s no place for trouble in football. It ruins the game.
“We anticipate it being hostile in the stands and we understand the fact that passions run high.
“But we hope the fans just come to watch the game and cheer on their own team.”
The Met had to call in reinforcements to quell the riots amid the carnage that marred the Hammers’ 3-1 second round win two-and-a-half years ago.
Now over 1,500 Millwall fans are heading back for a Championship game switched to lunchtime to cut down the risk of hooliganism.
The clubs have issued a joint statement warning troublemakers to stay away – or face the prospect of being handed life bans.
But, according to Forde, the fight for three points should be the only talking point with leaders West Ham chasing promotion and the Lions bidding to beat the drop.
He added: “It’s a massive game for the fans with all the bragging rights.
“But earning the right result for both teams is important enough in its own right.
“They are pushing at the top and need the points while we are desperate to put some daylight between us the bottom three.
“West Ham, with all their new signings, will be favourites. They will also be under a bit of pressure after losing 5-1 at Ipswich.
“We can’t afford another flat performance, like we produced in the defeat to Watford, and I’m sure you won’t see one from us.”
Forde almost conceded a hugely embarrassing goal when the sides drew 0-0 in October.
His blushes were spared when Henri Lansbury’s shot from kick-off drifted inches wide – with the Irish shot-stopper failing to realise the game had started.
He added: “We all know we must remain totally focused on our jobs.
“We have to put a shift in or it will be a tough afternoon.”
big sam happy with squad
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Barcelona have watched Tottenham's Gareth Bale seven times this season and are thought to be planning a summer player-plus-cash offer for the Wales midfielder.
Tottenham's Gareth Bale
Bale has been a key part of Tottenham's fine season
Arsenal have put Montpellier's 25-year-old striker Olivier Giroud, Ligue 1's leading scorer this season, at the top of their summer transfer targets.
Wealthy Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala remain hopeful of signing Carlos Tevez - but have yet to make a formal offer to Manchester City for the wantaway Argentine striker.
Aston Villa striker Darren Bent insists he is happy at Villa Park and that talk of a move to Liverpool is "laughable".
Everton defender Johnny Heitinga is wanted by Spartak Moscow, according to Russian newspaper Sovietsky Sports.
Brazil international midfielder Ganso, reportedly a target for Tottenham, says he is happy to stay with Santos.
Liverpool are considering moves for Atletico Madrid defenders Diego Godin and Alvaro Dominguez, according to reports on a Spanish radio station.
England coach Fabio Capello is thought to be furious with the Football Association's decision to take the England captaincy from John Terry and checked his contract to see if he was able to veto the move.
Terry is ready to quit international football after feeling he has received a lack of support from FA bosses.
: Daily Express
Capello has urged an "angry and devastated" Terry not to retire from the England set-up.
The Times [subscription required]
New West Bromwich Albion midfielder Keith Andrews admits he was desperate to leave Blackburn - and has lifted the lid on the way the Ewood Park club is being run by owners Venky's.
Arsene Wenger hints he may reconsider his much-criticised transfer policy this summer - if Arsenal miss out on the Champions League for the first time in 15 years.
The Times [subscription required]
Manchester United's 38-year-old midfielder Ryan Giggs is set to agree a new one-year contract at Old Trafford.
Manchester Evening News
Under-fire goalkeeper David de Gea has been backed to come good - by Manchester United's former stopper Massimo Taibi, the man infamous for his blunder in his Old Trafford debut against Southampton in 1999.
Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish says Luis Suarez will not be guaranteed his place back in the team when his eight-match suspension ends next week.
: Daily Star
Stoke boss Tony Pulis believes the staging of his team's FA Cup tie at Crawley at 1200 GMT on 19 February will jeopardise their Europa League campaign, with matches against Valencia on the Thursday either side. "They could have given us an afternoon slot instead of one so early in the day," he says.
Returning Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar says going back to Goodison Park feels like going home.
Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill will consult the club's medical staff before deciding whether to select striker Fraizer Campbell for his third game in six days.
Swansea are awaiting reports on Ferrie Bodde's knee injury, amid fears that it may force the Dutch midfielder, 29, to retire.
South Wales Evening Post
Leeds United players want caretaker boss Neil Redfearn to replace axed manager Simon Grayson on a permanent basis.
David Beckham, who was famously sent off during England's 1998 World Cup campaign, reveals he recently received another red card - at a kids' match where he was watching son Romeo, nine, play.
Tottenham's exuberant Brazilian midfielder Sandro has demonstrated his martial arts skills on Twitter.
babe of the day
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I'm not sure if the clubs Vice Chair is aware of the implications of what she is writing there , but that is colluding to fix a price and is illegal under EU law .That is a serious offence under competition rules .
As we have been telling you, darling
Cheers CH ~ That picture of Karren and husband Paul should only be seen after 9:00pm. There are children on this site you know
i thought the same mate they can plaster it all over there back pages sunday mrs ch went down upton park this morning about 8 oclock and she said she was amazed at how many old bill was out at that time of the morning
Barca have watched Bale SEVEN times this season
Real Madrid plot summer swoop for Aguero
Stoke are Potty about Birmingham starlet
Arsenal open door to Arshavin departure
Pavlyuchenko completes Lokomotiv Moscow switch
Arsenal will make a summer move for Montpellier's 25-year-old striker Olivier Giroud (The Sun)
Liverpool want Udinese's Chilean midfielder Mauricio Isla (Daily Mail)
Arsenal and Manchester United will battle it out for Racing Club midfielder Claudio Yacob (Daily Mail)
Anzhi Makhachkala remain hopeful of signing Carlos Tevez (Daily Mail)
Ezekiel Fryers has turned down a new Manchester United contract sparking fears he may leave the club (Daily Mail)
Spurs outcast Heurelho Gomes rejected a deadline day move to CSKA Moscow (Daily Mail)
Ryan Giggs is set to agree a new one-year contract at Manchester United (MEN)
Leeds players want caretaker boss Neil Redfearn to replace axed manager Simon Grayson on a permanent basis (The Sun)
Manchester United keeper Tomasz Kuszczask will leave on a free in the summer (Daily Mail)
Aston Villa striker Darren Bent has laughed off rumours of a move to Liverpool (TalkSPORT)
Spartak Moscow want Everton defender Johnny Heitinga (TalkSPORT)
Tottenham target Ganso says he is happy to stay with Santos (Goal.com)
Liverpool are looking at Atletico Madrid defenders Diego Godin and Alvaro Dominguez (Inside Futbol)
Fabio Capello WILL take John Terry to Euro 2012 - despite the defender being axed as England captain.
Wolves boss Mick McCarthy has held clear-the-air talks with chairman Steve Morgan over his dressing room rant at the players.
Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas insists Jose Mourinho will haunt every top Premier League manager.
Marvin Sordell claimed it took him a matter of seconds to ditch a move to Cardiff in favour of joining Bolton.
David Stockdale will discover today whether he needs to land a loan move away from Fulham to boost his Euro 2012 hopes.
Fabio Capello's relationship with his FA bosses is in chaos today after John Terry was stripped of the England captaincy.
Sir Alex Ferguson has backed David De Gea ahead of Manchester United's showdown with Chelsea, confident the goalkeeper will cut out his mistakes.
Barcelona have stepped up their interest in Gareth Bale after sending scouts to watch him seven times this season.
Stoke have joined the chase for Birmingham Nathan Redmond, who is also wanted by Manchester City.
Andrey Arshavin can quit Arsenal this month.
Real Madrid knocked back a bid from Chelsea for Gonzalo Higuain.
John Terry will consider quitting the England team, with the FA decision to remove him as captain also leaving Fabio Capello furious and feeling undermined.
Fuming Fabio Capello has vowed to pick John Terry for Euro 2012 - despite fears it will split England's dressing room.
Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas admits he is haunted by the ghost of Jose Mourinho.
Neil Redfearn is the Leeds players' choice to take over as the club's new manager.
Arsenal will put Montpellier striker Olivier Giroud high on their summer hitlist.
John Terry was stripped of the England captaincy for the second time yesterday and a number of team-mates believe he should not be picked by Fabio Capello while allegations of racism persist.
Spartak Moscow are ready to offer around £4.2million for Everton's Johnny Heitinga.
Anzhi Makhachkala remain hopeful of signing Carlos Tevez, although the Manchester City striker is weighing up his options.
Benfica, Arsenal and Manchester United all want Argentinian midfielder Claudio Yacob.
The Football Association's decision to remove the England captaincy from John Terry has left him contemplating whether to quit international football in protest and comes at a time when he is facing a potential mutiny within Fabio Capello's squad.
Fabio Capello has been left "furious" after he was not consulted over the decision to strip John Terry of the England captaincy yesterday.
Andre Villas-Boas admitted yesterday that Chelsea have not progressed since September but that they would challenge for the title next season.
Fabio Capello has urged John Terry not to retire from international football despite the potential for a split in the dressing room if he continues to play for England.
Andre Villas-Boas praised John Terry last night as a man of "great personal convictions" after confirming that he will remain captain of Chelsea.
Neil Lennon last night said years of financial failings had forced Rangers to sell Nikica Jelavic to Everton and weaken their title bid.
Ally McCoist last night backed Nikica Jelavic's claim that the striker did NOT tell him he wanted to leave Rangers.
Hearts boss Paul Sergio has demanded a showdown summit with Jambos owner Vladimir Romanov over his Tynecastle future.
West Ham overdue a regulation win against Millwall
“Frankly we’re long overdue a regulation win against this lot, and we can only hope that Tuesday’s capitulation serves as a much-needed kick up the backside”
To say Tuesday’s 5-1 demolition at the hands of Ipswich was a bolt from the blue would be an understatement.
On the train to Portman Road, we spoke of how it would be ‘typical West Ham’ to contrive to lose, but this was really nothing more than the typical pessimism that has become the ritual of every pre-match train journey we take.
We have become accustomed to West Ham winning ugly on plenty of occasions this season, well this time we got to see them lose ugly.
From the very first whistle it was completely inadequate. The players seemed to be easing their way into the game when the first Ipswich goal hit the back of the net, having only arrived at my seat a few minutes before kick-off I can’t actually know for sure whether they had bothered to come out and warm-up before the game.
Maybe the game would have been different if Carlton Cole’s header had crept in when it hit the inside of the post while the score was 1-0, but almost everything that followed that moment was a horror show.
In a failed mission to find a half-time beer, I didn’t even have the solace of witnessing our only goal, but sod’s law meant I wandered up the steps just in time so see George McCartney concede the penalty that killed the game off right on the stroke of half-time. I don’t even want to talk about the disaster that was the second half.
What better preparation could we ask for ahead of the visit of the old enemy Millwall at lunchtime? Frankly we’re long overdue a regulation win against this lot, and we can only hope that Tuesday’s capitulation serves as a much-needed kick up the backside.
The arrival of three new faces on deadline day should help matters. Nicky Maynard is a proven goalscorer at this level, and while I consider both Ricardo Vaz Te and Ravel Morrison both to be unknown quantities in terms of reliability, they should hopefully provide that extra pace and creativity that has been sorely missing all season long.
Hopefully all today’s talking points are about the football, and more specifically about a crucial three points in the promotion push.
She didn't say they fixed a price though...
Yeah, the well known Everton/West Ham cartel, fixing prices to buy players. Surprised no-one's noticed before....
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