Tag: West Ham United

Sunday Night At The Football Palladium 4: West Ham United vs Everton, October 1975

Good evening ladies and gentlemen. It’s time to empty our collective heads for an hour, sit back, and enjoy some Sunday night football from a bygone era. As most – if not all – of you will be plenty aware by now, West Ham United will be leaving the Boleyn Ground at the end of this season for the Olympic Stadium, so tonight we’re going back a full four decades to October 1975, to a time when the club was the holder of the FA Cup. This is an episode of London Weekend Television’s The Big Match, so it...

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Going, Going, Gone – The Bell Tolls For The Boleyn Ground

The “Sold” sign went up at The Boleyn Ground yesterday, a point of no return in West Ham United’s enduringly controversial plans to leave The Boleyn Ground, the club’s home for the last one hundred and ten years, for the newer pastures of the Olympic Stadium in nearby Stratford. Yet whilst this was an announcement that was expected by most, there has been a solemn atmosphere amongst the club’s supporters over the last couple of days or so, and the feeling that, of all the people that are likely to benefit the most as a result of this move,...

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Back To The Eighties: 1980/81, Part Eight – West Ham United’s Revival Continues

“At a time when so many clubs are suffering from falling attendances West Ham can actually boast that average gates are higher at Upton Park this season,” says Match Of The Day’s commentator Alan Parry prior to West Ham United’s home Division Two match against struggling Grimsby Town on the eighth of November 1980, “and the loyalty of West Ham’s supporters is a reflection of the team’s success.” And well they might. The club had been relegated from the First Division at the end of the 1977/78 season, but despite not having been able to bounce straight back into the top flight, West Ham United won the FA Cup in 1980 against Arsenal thanks to a single headed goal from Trevor Brooking, and the club went into this match in second place in the table, just behind leaders Notts County. Our other two matches feature somewhat briefer highlights of two matches from the First Division. The cameras of Southern Television were at The Dell to see Southampton play Ipswich Town in what was probably the most entertaining single match of the entire weekend, while finally we have the chance to see a few minutes filmed footage of the match between Leicester City and a Manchester City side that was starting to settle following the appointment of John Bond, who had come into the club a few weeks later to...

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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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