Tag: West Ham United

The 200% Premier League Pre-Season: West Ham United

And that’s your lot. This is the last of our annual pre-season Premier League previews and it comes courtesy of Richard Grinham. So, good luck everybody, and we’ll see you all on the other side. All things considered, West Ham United are in a much better position going into the 2013/14 league season than they were at this point last year. A tenth place finish, alongside their newly promoted counterpart Swansea (who were exceptional), is a strong result for a first season back in the top flight – certainly one that Sam Allardyce wasn’t expecting. If they were initially a little lucky to scrape through the Championship play-offs in the first place, they have certainly shown that they are Premiership quality since then. It’s doubtful that many people expected them to get sent straight back down but I also can’t imagine many that people expected such a good final league position as they eventually managed either. The club’s owners, David Gold and David Sullivan, continue to build for the future and they have shown their willing to make the funds available for the manager to improve their squad – putting their hands in their pockets several times over the last few months. The coaching staff have been notorious for their lacklustre attitude toward player fitness, especially at the beginning of a season, but – with West Ham’s preseason being...

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Tarred By A Minority: On West Ham United At White Hart Lane Yesterday

There seldom seems to be a weekend go by which doesn’t end up revolving around something which has nothing to do with what has been occurring on the pitch, and this weekend has been no exception. For all of the events of Stamford Bridge yesterday afternoon, though, it seems likely that the majority of tomorrows newspaper headlines will be taken up with the antics of a proportion of the West Ham United supporters at White Hart Lane this afternoon for their match against Tottenham Hotspur. The match was marred by a series of songs from amongst the travelling support which seemed to be revelling in the stabbing of two Spurs supporters during the week, as well a somewhat more familiar and general antisemitism which has been following these matches around like a bad odour for some time now but felt all the more jarring this weekend considering that the events in Rome of last Wednesday night have been widely rumoured to have an antisemitic edge to them. This, however, probably isn’t the best of times to be tarring all West Ham supporters with the same brush and consigning the club to the naughty corner to think about what it has done, no matter how convenient it may be for a press which doesn’t particularly like nuance or shades of grey. The truth of the matter is that a majority...

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Match Of The Past: West Ham United

We are nearly at the end of our summer long series of videos featuring matches involving the clubs of this seasons Premier League, and the latest in this series features the club that scrambled into the Premier League via last seasons play-offs, West Ham United. West Ham have a long history of bouncing between the top two divisions – the club has never played below the top two divisions of English football since joining the Football League in 1919 – and our six matches for you come from the period between 1971 and 1986. Our first match comes from January 1971, and it’s a home match against a championship chasing Leeds United team. Our second match is from the following season, and sees West Ham travel to Crystal Palace for a league match played in October 1971. Our next two matches feature very differing FA Cup experiences for the club. First up is a home match against Hereford United from the 1973/74 season. Hereford had only been elected into the Football League in 1972 following an FA Cup run which saw them beat Newcastle United before losing to West Ham in a Fourth Round replay. This time, however, the first match was at Upton Park, and the draw that West Ham scrambled that day only proved to be respite from a giant-killing act. The following season, however, saw the...

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Match of the Weekend 1 – The Championship Playoff Final: West Ham United 2 Blackpool 1

West Ham United are back in the Premier League, after Ricardo Vaz Te’s late strike gave them victory over a doggedBlackpoolside. In a match that inevitably gets linked with the £90million that the club will earn from being in the Premier League for  a season (and the parachute payments should the winning team last just one season), it was a match that the Sky hype machine almost manage to bill as the most important game of the season, but the second most important of the day. In terms of quality, it wasn’t one of the greatest Playoff finals, butBlackpooland West Ham served up yet another exciting game, and one that will sit comfortably among the Championship’s end of season finale.   It was a game that, started as it would play out. West Ham spent most of the early exchanges showing their hand in terms of their main game plan. They looked to get Ricardo Vaz Te behind the defence, and try and spring it from a cross out wide, a tactic the Hammers try three times in the first ten minutes, yet each time, the Portugese forward is clearly offside, The Plan B looks to be pushing the midfield forward, so that any loose balls are met hard and fast, and Matt Taylor shows this tactic’s potential by charging into the box to claim a second ball from...

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West Ham United’s Faustian Pact Bares Its Teeth

A quite, considered hush fell over Upon Park about ten minutes into the second half of West Ham Uniteds match against Reading yesterday afternoon. As the visiting team dispatched their third goal, a penalty kick from Ian Harte after a clumsy tackle by Abdoulaye Faye in fifteen minutes either side of half-time and extended their lead to three-one, it was as if this was the collective moment of realisation for their supporters that, having been there or thereabouts for most of this season, the possibility of thereabouts being the sum total of their forty-six league matches us starting to become rather more of a likelihood. The afternoon had started reasonably well, an early lead grabbed through Carlton Cole and enough possession being maintained to raise the question of what all the fuss over this Reading that has been quietly shuffling its way up the Championship table is all about. In the space of three minutes at the end of the half, however, old unfamiliarities reasserted themselves with two goals for the visitors from Kaspars Gorkss and Noel Hunt to turn the scoreline upside-down. To an extent, the third Reading goal was merely confirmation that the couple of minutes prior to half-time hadn’t merely been confirmation that the couple of minutes prior to the half-time whistle hadn’t merely been some sort of collective hallucinatory experience. Hope came again with a...

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