January 11, 2017 at 4:22 pm #1415210
Mal, I bumped into Daft Eddie over Xmas and he was telling me about the time your old Dad could not get served in the pub behind the Old Basebsll Ground in Derby because they could understand his accent and his rhyming slang. Then about the banter with Charlie George during the game. What a character he was. Fantastic memories buddy. Okay I will see you for a beer before the game. I am not sure about attending Big Sam’s party. I think the script has already been written!January 12, 2017 at 12:42 am #1415381
Daft Eddie, sounds like a character H! All those old grounds we used to go to, the baseball ground, the Dell, Filbert Street, Roker Park, Plough Lane (what a dump that was!) etc etc, all replaced with proper modern football stadiums. Chelsea and Spurs next on the bandwagon, brand new football stadiums, while we will still be ironing out the kinks and trying to create an atmosphere with the players a hundred yards away and the bloody running track between us!
What odds on Benteke scoring his usual goal against us, or worse a Tompkins?January 12, 2017 at 1:10 am #1415385
RIP Francois van der Elst, enjoyed watching you in claret and blue in the early eighties. How we could do with some of that skill and goals today.January 12, 2017 at 1:50 pm #1415668
Hurstie, sad news about Frankie. Terrific player and so quick. He would have really suited today’s game. Disgusted with Payet. He should be left to rot in the stiffs. It won’t happen though and my money is on him returning to Marseilles by the end of the window. You can see how much Bilko is hurting is the interview. Everyone now needs to unite behind Bilko. I believe given the support of the Spivs he will turn this mess around. You can see how passionately he cares about WHU. He is carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders but he can sort it. Of course he has made some mistakes but I would rather have him than any one else. Daft Eddie is character alright. In the old days we used to hire a mini bus for away games and take turns to drive. One season Daft Eddie was driving us to Bolton (to their old stadium at Burden Park) but we got delayed on the M6 and arrived near the ground just before kick off. We all jump off the bus and leave Daft Eddie to park it somewhere and meet us in the stadium. He eventually arrives at half time just as we are getting a beer at the bar and explains how difficult it was to find somewhere to park. After the game we come out of the stadium and the pillock can’t remember where he parked the bus. After two hours of combing the streets we still can’t find the bus. We have to report the bus missing to the Police who eventually discover it’s been towed away to the pound and we have to pay to get it back. That’s Daft Eddie for you. But Big Mal’s old Dad bless him was one of the funniest.January 12, 2017 at 3:40 pm #1415762
Make no bones about it, Payet has shafted us big time. Almost half way through the January transfer window and he says he doesn’t want to play for us anymore. Who can we replace him with in less than 3 weeks? It would be difficult enough to replace him at any point. Not sure it would make sense sending him to the stiffs Harry, although I can see where you are coming from, but it would be dead money. Might as well get as much as we can for him, as long as the money is ploughed back into the team. We were United before him, we’ll be United after him. Bigger & better players have left in the past, life goes on starting on Saturday when it’s imperative the crowd, as one, gets behind Slav, as I’m sure it will.January 12, 2017 at 4:09 pm #1415779
Devo, I have just transferred Payet out of my dream team. That will teach him! The ungrateful git. I would like to see the Spivs hold their nerve until the end of the window. Then he either has to eat humble pie or mess up his career by rotting until the summer. The fact that he has refused to play for the club means we probably don’t have to pay his wages either. He will have been tapped up and advised by his Agent. Kone at Sunderland has the same Agent and is doing the same to force a move. Sully can be horrible and might just teach him a lesson. If it was Daniel Levy at Spurs he would be slaughtered. I don’t give a monkey’s about any player who does not want to play for this club. He’s history as far as I am concerned and hopefully lives to regret his actions. Shame young Cullen is out on loan until the summer. He would be useful now. The time is now perfect for Lanzini to step up and take his crown. We all need to get behind Bilko now. He’s feeling it big time.January 13, 2017 at 12:11 am #1415915
I think I agree with Harry, stand firm until the end of the January window and let Payet decide the next move. Its too bad because now whatever happens he will be thought of in the same vein as Ince, Defoe etc. when the contract is up and you to decide to move on is one thing or if the club agree to sell you and you agree to go that’s another…..but to come out and say you don’t want to play for the club anymore when you just signed a contract extension until 2021 is something completely different. The players are taking the p… and it’s bang out of order. Bilic is really taking it hard, I think you can see that in the press conference, its crushing him. Despite all the doom and gloom it’s good to hear that east end humour is alive and well and that characters like daft Eddie still existJanuary 13, 2017 at 11:15 am #1416071
Hurstie, part of me agrees with you & Harry about making Payet sweat it out, if it was say 5m we would be looking at then yes, definitely. But the money we could possibly get from his sale (providing it is spent wisely) would strengthen the squad for the tough 4 months that lie ahead. It will be interesting to see what happens next.January 13, 2017 at 12:15 pm #1416096
You could be right Dev, the money eventually talks and its toxic having unhappy players around the club. It will be interesting to see the players reaction tomorrow…coz you know Sam will have Palace well up for it. It probably won’t be for the faint of heart!
I think Payets advisors and him, and not for the first time got it all wrong. No body wants him to leave but they want even less him going on strike and saying he no longer wants to play for the club. We MIGHT have given him a break had he come out and said his family can’t settle and he’s unhappy in London, wants to play champions league football but he will stay until the end of the season and give his all to help West Ham finish up the league as high as possible instead of this mess that we’re in now. I don’t know how much influence Bilic is going to have over this, but he seemed pretty adamant the club wouldn’t sell. It’s just another kink in what is turning out to be a nightmare season.January 14, 2017 at 7:51 pm #1416795
Dire first half but what a brilliant second! AC was immense in defense and attack. Well deserved man of the match and a special goal to boot. Changing the system to 4-4-2 at half time made all the difference. Well done Bilic, not afraid to make a change when things are not working.January 14, 2017 at 8:10 pm #1416807
A great response from the team today. The players & the fans showed that if there was any doubt they were anything but 100% behind Slav, then it was well and truly quashed. From back to front, nobody put in a bad performance. That said, Noble seems to give the ball away far too much these days for my liking and I worry for him when Kouyate returns. I thought Feghouli was outstanding, not just his goal but he was taking on (and beating defenders) and tracking back too. Great to see young Byram return, hopefully he can stay injury free now. As for Carroll’s goal, what can you say that hasn’t been said already! Goal of the season for me. Harry, I hope you brought in Antonio to your fantasy footie team when you got rid of the Frenchman!January 16, 2017 at 10:09 am #1417765
Mal persuaded me to go in the end after a little lubrication. First half was poor but Bilko’s switch at half time to 442 changed the game and during the second half the London Stadium for the first time in my experience seemed almost like home. I have been saying for weeks it’s alright saying the fans need to do their job but the team have to give you something to cheer to create the atmosphere. I had a perfect view of all the goals. Brown Ale muse surely win goal of the season but Lanzini also played a blinder and scored a terrific goal. Devo, you have to love Antonio. In bed with the flu and a high temperature on Friday and puts in a performance like that. I had him in my dream team early doors but despite his goals he never racked up many points for me and I swapped him for Snodgrass! I thought it was brilliant the way the crowd got behind Bilko. Boro here we come…..January 16, 2017 at 7:46 pm #1418163
I’m glad you went H! I thought carroll was immense, in defense as well, did he win every header?
I guess up at the Etihad, Pep’s not having it all his own way. It’s a bit different Pep when there are more than two teams in the league!! Ha HaJanuary 17, 2017 at 3:19 pm #1418629
Hurstie, Goals change games as City found out at Everton. I have never really been a fan of PEP Football. It relies on having a full team of near world class footballers to be effective. City are a bit Dad’s Army now and if you don’t go chasing all over the park like we did you can pick them off. Defensively they are poor. It’s going to cost their owners big bucks to let PEP re-build the team and like Man U have discovered it does not guarantee anything. I was happy that we changed it at half time against Palace. I don’t like playing with the 3 lumps at the back. Cresswell seems much happier in a back four and I am hoping Byram can step up now but I am not totally convinced. He seems to get caught out too easily and then has to make risky tackles to recover the situation. I would like to see Bilko have a bit more faith in the youngsters particularly Oxford and give them some starts. Martinez, Browne and Quina are getting great reviews and might take their chance if they get one. Looks like Jenks is going to Palace on a permanent deal. It went a bit sour for him before his injury with us but I hope he does well because he always put in a shift for us. I have a feeling that Sully has two or three transfer deals lined up but it all depends on agreeing a deal for Payet. It will be interesting if a Chinese club comes in for him. We will see how homesick he is then! I am hopeful that Lanzini can take over from Payet because he has massive ability. Right I am rattling on too much. Time for mug of tea and a custard cream.January 18, 2017 at 8:37 am #1418867
A lot has been made of Noble’s form this season but I wonder how much he has been affected by Payet. Last season’s Payet made life much easier for Noble and he shone. This season he has in my opinion almost been trying to to do two roles. His game has been become hurried to compensate for the lack of intensity in our overall team performances. There were several examples in the first half against Palace where his desire to drive us forward and make tackles caused him to give the ball away. Noble is not the sort Of player who accepts losing the ball so he chases back, then makes desperate tackles which against Palace earnt to him a booking. It looks to me that he is trying too hard. When you don’t have natural pace it’s more difficult too. Factor in that he is our Captain and players will no doubt have been bending his ear about the special treatment given to Payet. He must feel under a lot of pressure and the last thing he needs is suggestions that he should be dropped. Once Payet is gone and everything settles down I think he will be fine.January 18, 2017 at 12:26 pm #1418989
Mal, You could be right about Nobes. Nobes problem is the form of Obiang. Obiang and Kouyate look the better combination to me. I also think Kouyate could be a future club captain. He apparently was the one who took Payet to task over his attitude and told him to get on with it. I still think we have missed Tompkins in the dressing room. He was always positive and good at winding players up. The sooner we rid the club of the Payet virus the better.January 20, 2017 at 8:56 am #1419818
Seems a bit odd that we are about to pay a reported 8m for Fonte at 33 but won’t divvy up for Snoddy at 29. I do rate Fonte and think he is an upgrade on Ogbonna but surely the priority should be a right back. I would rather have tempted the Spuds with an 8m bid for Trippier. The Hogan deal looks to be stumbling and attention has now switched to Andre Gray who looks a better punt to me. I think our business will go to the wire in this window and much depends upon Lambo Payet. Whoever threw the brick at his car needs a slap. There is always some idiot who gets us bad press as fans. All they have done is help Payet’s position and weakened our negotiating stance.January 20, 2017 at 4:51 pm #1420041
It all seems to fit now, the disruptive influence has obviously been Dimmie, but the boys put on a show against Sams boys, and once again Carroll comes out with his once a season special. Also Antonio was in bed all Friday and played his socks off, I think we may be turning the corner and if the rumours of Fonte are true then I think that is a good capture . Happy New year to you all, sorry it’s late been poorly.January 21, 2017 at 5:48 pm #1420646
AC is unplayable when he’s powering those headers in, brilliant goal! Great 3 points and into the top half. Glad for Calleri that he’s off the mark even it was a huge deflection. Maybe that will give him the confidence to push on.January 23, 2017 at 3:12 pm #1421699
3 points secured in Mad Max Land and 10th in the premiership. There were a few nervy moments but overall I thought we were good value. I have been a bit critical of Ogbonna this season but with the news that he has played with a knee injury possibly explains why he has looked a bit off. Let’s hope his knee op is a success and we see him back soon. He is a good character and not moaned about his injury. Fonte is good signing and should make us tighter at the back. Cresswell seems to be struggling for form but we are a better side with him than without. Professor Obiang had another solid game and seems to have established himself as first choice now. Brown Ale scared the living daylight out of Boro. You can’t beat a good old fashioned centre forward especially when he is getting the service he needs. I have said for a long time that Brown Ale and Antonio as a front two would cause any defense problems. Let’s hope we can carry the form into the City game. Final word to the Middlesborough Stewards. Every time I visit this stadium I am appalled by their aggressive confrontational attitude. You can guarantee it will kick off and after they provoke the incident they retreat for the boys in blue to sort it out. It’s the same pattern every time. I can’t believe it’s just us they have a problem with. I also can’t believe how they get away with it time after time. It’s the least enjoyable away day experience for me. The local pubs even put signs up West Ham Not Welcome! Can you imagine what it must be like to live in Middlesborough? Horrible place. Horrible club.
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