Tag: West Ham United

Meet The New Bosses, Same As The Old Bosses

There’s a not unreasonable chance that you’ll have read a lot about the concept of “privilege” over the last year or so. Put briefly, in the context to which I refer, privilege might be considered to be the concept that certain people have greater advantages in life thrust upon them for no reason than their race, gender, or other descriptors that have little to do with their ability or lack thereof. Society, it is argued, grants privilege upon men on account of their sex, upon heterosexuals on account of their sexual orientation, and upon white people on account of...

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West Ham United: Here Comes The Moyes

Not that anybody who’s perusing this afternoon’s news headlines will likely care too much, but there is an alternative narrative to the recent career of David Moyes. Received wisdom has it that, over the course of the last four years or so, Moyes has become one of football’s familiar bywords for failure who somehow keeps finding himself in work. He failed at Manchester United. He failed at Real Sociedad. He failed at Sunderland. Why on earth, received wisdom asks us, should that recent run end at West Ham United, where an expensively assembled squad is still, in November, playing...

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Video of the Day: West Ham United vs Manchester United, October 1982

The first weekend of the Premier League season comes this afternoon with the match from Old Trafford between Manchester United and West Ham United. The home side come burdened with the weight of expectation on their shoulders. Money has been spent, and the pre-season has brought mixed results, up to and including their defeat at the hands of Real Madrid in the European Super Cup, a match which demonstrated the gulf between Europe’s handful of current elite clubs and those that would seek to rejoin them. Never mind winning the Premier League – this is Manchester United’s ultimate ambition....

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Video of the Day: West Ham United vs Stoke City, March 1983

The party’s over for West Ham United, but there is still one more match to play in the Premier League this weekend before they can shut up shop for the summer. This has been a successful season for the Irons, who will guarantee themselves a sixth placed finish in the table with a win, and might yet be able to snatch fifth place and a spot in next season’s Europa League should Manchester United fail to beat AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford at the same time. That party starts again in August, of course, when the club takes its...

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West Ham United’s Eventful Farewell To Upton Boleyn Ground Park

A vast number of English football clubs, from some of the very biggest to some of the very smallest, have moved into new homes over the course of the last quarter of a century or so, but none have done so with quite the send off that West Ham United gave to (either Upton Park or) the Boleyn Ground against Manchester United last night. From the trouble that flared outside the ground prior to the match to a leaving ceremony that seemed at the time as though it may just carry on right the way through until dawn this...

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