Why Kevin Nolan is bad for West Ham

It’s only natural for those jaded and rubicund devotees to think they know better. They’re the ones who shell out a small fortune every weekend. They’re the ones who’ve been to every home game since 1962, they’re the ones with the modest collection of vintage match day programs, and they’re the ones with the indoctrinated […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

A Bad Start

Things are tense at Upton Park. Andy Carroll is injured, again. The pre-season trip to New Zealand resulted in two embarrassing losses to A-League opposition. The manager is obviously uncomfortable working to the new, attacking brief set by the owners, who themselves haven’t helped matters by accidentally ‘favouriting’ tweets calling for Allardyce’s removal. Ravel Morrison, […]

A Striking Sense of Deja Vu

A club record signing. A English striker in his mid-twenties. A player of precocious power, with more than enough ability to lead the line. A few England caps and some impressive moments at international level. A physical style that attracts foot and ankle injuries, injuries that seem to come with regularity. A debut season restricted […]

Moving on after the World Cup

There is always an inherent risk in buying a player that’s coming off a good World Cup. Few things can sway a scout more than a blinding tournament performance, but the clubs looking to snap up the star performers from Brazil 2014 may want to curb their enthusiasm. One month’s worth of quality play won’t necessarily transfer over […]