It was originally penned as the ideal pre-season warm up that would have us buzzing against a sleepy Arsenal on the opening day of the Premier League.
My first European experience was the Intertoto Cup as I was not alive for any European campaign that came before (bar the Anglo-Italian Cup, but as a six-year-old I donít think my parents would have let me travel) and the last before this season was travelling to Palermo for our ill-fated 2006-07 UEFA Cup campaign.
18 years ago this month Knees up Mother Brown - the online West Ham fanzine, as it was then known - took its first tentative steps on the World Wide Web.
So itís on to the second leg in Malta! For those who have little idea of Malta and its football-crazy population I thought Iíd give you all some background.
His holiness, Greg Dyke, who to the best of my knowledge has never previously been involved in football in either a playing, or administrative, capacity has decided, demanded almost, that in order to save the English national team from international oblivion Premier League clubs must adhere to a quota, whereby a minimum number of players should be 'home grown'.
Ever wondered what Slaven Bilic said to convince the West Ham owners he was the right man for the job?
It has already been a busy summer at West Ham who have not only turned to fansí favourite Slaven Bilic to reignite the spark back into the club as manager, but also been extremely pro-active in the transfer market.
I have written and commented on my optimism for the season ahead and how things feel good around West Ham (at the moment).
It seems likely that Kevin Nolan will be playing away from Upton Park next year or play a much smaller role than he has in recent seasons. With Nolan being the current West Ham United captain, obvious questions have been asked, just who will replace him as skipper?
Wonderful summer time in London. Lunchtime beers, evening beers, barbecues and girls wearing very little. Simple pleasures but ones that keep me happy while I expose my tattooed pink body to the sun.