O90 – What We Learned – Manchester City 1 West Ham United 2

Manchester City fielded nearly £300 million in talented personnel – the most expensive line up in Premier League history – and while David Silva was injured in the warm up, they were still heavy favourites to beat their giant-killing opponents. Yes, West Ham were on a remarkable away run, but they were to face a […]

West Ham 1 – 0 Sunderland: What We Learned

West Ham tussled and turned frenetically with Sunderland, who, under new manager Dick Advocaat, were hoping to immediately revive themselves from their relegation-bound malaise. The match wasn’t one for the purists, but it did teach us a few things. I articulated them in digital text, on Outide90.com. West Ham were waiting with baited breath on […]

The Hammers reign supreme in the air

  Jonathan Wilson perhaps summed up Andy Carroll best, or just most simply: “A terrifying force in the air”. Barney Ronay, when it was his turn to wax lyrical about Carroll’s oeuvre, turned a typically luscious phrase: “Football as interpreted through the eyes of a rearing, drizzle-soaked highland stag”. Carroll’s reintroduction to West Ham’s starting […]

The 2014/15 Premier League So Far Awards: Part 3

All right, football fans, here we are, mercifully, arriving at the final station on this apocryphal little journey. Along the way there’s been tears, there’s been jeers (we’re all looking at you, Arsenal fans) and let’s all hope that, after their short sojourn around the sights of the Champions League, Liverpool got some souvenirs (the […]

Sam’s secret super signing

West Ham’s highly successful summer transfer business has been a heralded topic lately. Sam Allardyce brought in 9 players, nearly all of whom have flourished immediately under his stewardship. Of course, after scoring a goal in each of his first 6 starts, Diafra Sakho has rightfully snatched most of the attention. But standing in the […]

Magic Beans: Liverpool’s transfer failings

When he traded his family’s cow for that fabled bag of beans, walking home even gullible Jack must have been developing that sinking feeling in the pit of his stomach. The cow, beloved but no longer lactating, was gone and all he had gotten in return was a pouch filled with these pills of uncertainty. […]

A fixture that’s barely recognisable

In March 2013, Stoke City staged their home fixture against West Ham United. Most enthusiastic perusers who had scanned that weekend’s match ups would have marked this one down as an emphatic “must-avoid”. Entrenched as they were in the deepest, most mind-numbing depths of their respective periods of long-ball direness, Tony Pulis’s Potters and Sam […]

Hammers making their own luck

A more cynical observer of the current league standings might well scoff, review West Ham’s last two matches, matches they won, and smugly utter some dripping, tepid arrangement of syllables the gist of which indicates that Sam Allardyce’s team are “lucky” to be holding such a lofty position on the table. They would scour the […]

Burnley fail to finish and are punished by West Ham

Sean Dyche’s squad is the least glittering in the league and the financial restrictions under which he must try and work are suffocating. It was clear, as Burnley burst out of the dressing room onto the pitch, racing around, pressing with venom, that Dyche had instructed his team to try and shock West Ham into […]