For a period of 12 years, I was fortunate enough to enjoy widespread access to media events at West Ham United.
Earlier this week West Ham United were drawn away to Newport County in the second round of the Carabao Cup.
West Ham United's 5-0 defeat at home to Manchester City on Saturday was not the first time the Irons have suffered a miserable defeat on the opening day of the season.
The suspension of Under 18s coach Mark Phillips has given West Ham United's Board yet another unwanted headache to deal with.
I was interested to read a item on West Ham's website this morning citing the gains made as a result of the concerted efforts of the now defunct SAB (Supporters’ Advisory Board) and the DSAB (Disabled Supporters’ Advisory Board).
West Ham United may have guaranteed their place in the Premier League next season, but this is no time to rejoice.
David Moyes may have put a stop to West Ham leaking unnecessary goals - but now he has to find a way to start scoring them again.
News that West Ham have finally agreed to sponsor the official Hammers Supporters Club is thoroughly welcome - even if the timing is perhaps a little cynical.
Join us as we take a look back at the 2015/16 season through the eyes of KUMB Editor Graeme Howlett, who penned a weekly column for the Echo newspaper throughout the campaign.
We take a look back at the 2015/16 season through the eyes of KUMB Editor Graeme Howlett, who penned a weekly column for the Echo newspaper throughout the campaign...
It was a hugely emotional night as West Ham United FC bade farewell to its spiritual home, The Boleyn Ground, last Tuesday evening.
Tonight, when West Ham United bid farewell to Upton Park after 112 years, it'll be almost 40 years to the day since I took my first tentative steps inside the Boleyn Ground.
West Ham United's supporters marked the final Saturday match at the Boleyn Ground with a rousing and emotional chorus of 'Bubbles' ahead of the game.
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.
With the FA Cup semi finals in full swing, Slaven Bilic and his West Ham United squad were afforded a rare weekend off.
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.
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".
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.
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.
Last November a dreadful challenge by Everton's James McCarthy sidelined West Ham's Dimitri Payet for the remainder of 2015.
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.
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.
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.
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.
West Ham United FC have got so much right in this, our final season at the Boleyn Ground.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
West Ham's home record against Everton in recent years is little short of appalling.
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.
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.
Let me commence with a few caveats.
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.
Throughout the football season, KUMB Editor Graeme Howlett pens a weekly column for Echo Newspapers.
Throughout the football season, KUMB Editor Graeme Howlett pens a weekly column for Echo Newspapers.
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...
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...
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...
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.
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.
Over the course of the past nine months, KUMB Editor Graeme Howlett has been writing a weekly diary for Echo newspapers.
Over the course of the past nine months, KUMB Editor Graeme Howlett has been writing a weekly diary for Echo newspapers.
Over the past nine months, KUMB Editor Graeme Howlett has been writing a weekly diary for Echo newspapers.
This is a momentous day in the history of West Ham United Football Club.
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.
So Avram Grant has finally gone. Several months too late, say many.
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.
Join us as we take a look back at the first team squad's performances over the last nine months...
Nobody involved in the weekend's events surrounding the Chelsea game has walked away from the affair smelling of roses.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It's now a year since Bjorgolfur Gudmundsson and Eggert Magnusson's Icelandic consortium took control of West Ham United FC.
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.
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.
... 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).
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 ...
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.
Last night saw the latest fans forum held at The Boleyn Ground, where supporters are invited to meet club officials for an informal chat.
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?
Regular readers of KUMB will be well acquainted with our valiant match reporter, East Stand Martin.
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.
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.
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.
Regular readers of KUMB will be well acquainted with one of our valiant match reporters, East Stand Martin.
The latest instalment of KUMB editor Graeme Howlett's weekly column for OLAS, the number one Hammers fanzine.
Doom and gloom abound this week.
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
With 19 games played in the Premiership this season, West Ham, under new manager Glenn Roeder are exactly half way through their league programme.
Join us as we take a look back at the year that was 2000* ...
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.
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.
... 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.
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.
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?
Five games since the last report; three draws (Sunderland, Steaua and Chelsea) and two defeats (Liverpool and Leeds).
Three games since the last report; a win against Bournemouth and defeats at the hands of Middlesbrough and Steaua Bucharest.
Three games since the last report; wins against Osijek and Arsenal plus defeat at Coventry.
Two games since the last report; a win at home to Osijek and defeat at Everton.
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.
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.
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).
It's been a good week to be a West Ham United supporter.
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.
... Spurs jokes.
... on the BBC's Match of the Day.
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.
West Ham United were just sixteen minutes away from going out of the Carling Cup against League Two outfit Macclesfield Town at The Boleyn Ground tonight before a Lee Bowyer strike averted disaster - and possibly saved Alan Curbishley's job.
West Ham's defensive frailties cost them dear tonight as they went down 3-2 to the MLS AllStars in the second and last game of the North American Tour.
Teenage striker Fred Sears was the width of a post away from being a Hammers hero for the second Saturday in succession at Goodison Park this afternoon.
An injury time equaliser from Kevin Nolan denied West Ham all three points in this afternoon's Premier League encounter.
West Ham United are through to the quarter finals of the Carling Cup thanks to an injury time winner from Carlton Cole.
Two goals from Craig Bellamy ensured the Hammers avoided a potential banana skin aginst League One outfit Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Ground tonight.
'We've only had one shot' sang the travelling Hammers - but it was enough to earn a priceless three points at the Emirates stadium this afternoon.
West Ham are back in the fight for survival after a comfortable 2-0 win against Middlesbrough at the Boleyn Ground this afternoon.
West Ham United are off the bottom of the Premiership after they recorded their first away win of the season at Ewood Park.
A debut goal from striker Kepa Blanco wasn't enough to prevent United from slipping to another demoralising home defeat at the Boleyn tonight.
West Ham United picked up their first away point of 2007 at St James Park this afternoon - but will be disappointed not to have taken all three .
West Ham were lucky to escape with a draw against newly-promoted Watford at Vicarage Road tonight.
West Ham finished their pre-season programme with a respectable draw against Greek champions Olympiakos at the Boleyn this afternoon.
Istanbul - Wednesday, 25 May 2005: Liverpool - spurred on by inspirational captain Steven Gerrard - come back from 3-0 down in the Champions League final to beat AC Milan 3-2 on penalties in an extraordinary game.
West Ham recorded their 14th Premiership win of the season against Manchester City this afternoon thanks to a first half goal from Shaun Newton.
West Ham were well and truly thumped at Stamford Bridge this afternoon - despite playing for the majority of the game with a man advantage.
West Ham have lost by a single goal in tonight's Premiership encounter with Manchester United.
West Ham have nicked all three points in this afternoon's Premiership clash with Wigan thanks to a last-gasp strike from captain Nigel Reo-Coker.
West Ham are through to the FA Cup semi-finals thanks to a brace from £7m striker Dean Ashton.
An under-strength West Ham suffered their heaviest home defeat of the season at the hands of relegation candidates Portsmouth at The Boleyn ground this afternoon.
West Ham are through to the last eight of the FA Cup after narrowly defeating Bolton in tonight's fifth round replay at The Boleyn Ground.
West Ham's nine-match unbeaten run came to a crashing end at the Reebok Stadium this afternoon.
West Ham have failed to record a club record eighth successive win - but still did enough to earn a replay after a goalless draw against Bolton at the Reebok Stadium this afternoon.
West Ham are in the hunt for a European spot following a 3-0 win over Birmingham City at The Boleyn tonight.
A spirited performance failed to prevent the Hammers slipping to their fourth consecutive Premiership home defeat.
Two late first half strikes were enough to condemn West Ham to their third successive home defeat.
Bobby Zamora's third goal in successive games was enough to give West Ham their first win at Goodison Park for 11 years tonight.
A goal of the season contender from Bobby Zamora set the Hammers on their way to a 2-1 win at Birmingham tonight.
Saturday, 14th September 1963. The last time that a West Ham team came home from Anfield with a win to their name.
West Ham got out of jail at the Stadium of Light this evening thanks to a second half strike from Yossi Benayoun.
West Ham held title challengers Arsenal to a draw at the Boleyn Ground this afternoon with another plucky performance.
West Ham survived a late scare to win through to the next round of the Carling Cup at Hillsborough tonight.
West Ham recorded their first away win of the season at Craven Cottage this afternoon thanks to goals from Marlon Harewood - and Fulham goalkeeper Tony Warner.