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November 29, 2009
Posted by Billy Blagg on 11/29/2009

Apart from the superb entertainment; the good thing about this match was it proved a number of points and highlighted others. So where do we start?

Well, most importantly, the three points were vital to West Ham and any attempt to underplay the significance of the result cannot be condoned. Most of us would have taken a 1-0 win at the start of play, bearing in mind the injuries to Upson and Behrami, and a 2-0 would have been accepted by all. The 5-3 scoreline though, just served to show that the Hammers do have enough firepower to worry the teams around them but, conversely, we will continue to suffer from time to time until they address the problems in defence.

November 21, 2009
Posted by Billy Blagg on 11/21/2009

Sadly, I'm only able to rely on TV highlights for this game, but I know some people who were there and they tell me a 'best bits only' package would still produce a show of well over 45 minutes; a shame then that Match of the Day saw fit to lead with the 2-2 draw between Manchester City and Liverpool, a game that Radio 5Live described as 'simply awful'. Still, we wouldn't want to deny a large proportion of the country a chance to see the usual clubs and the usual tedium so we'll just have to make do with what we have.

So what have we? Well, it was on before Chelsea and Manchester United, I suppose...

November 8, 2009
Posted by Billy Blagg on 11/08/2009

One step forward, two steps back; there is no denying this was a desperately disappointing result against a side that always seem to do us at home. That's bad enough, but, like last season, the result was a travesty as the Hammers deserved something from a game they dominated for long periods. Everton's goals came against the run of play and picking the ball from the net seemed to be the only thing Rob Green had to do all afternoon.

But, we lost and undid the good work of mid-week, been dumped back into the trouble zone and also, once gain, surely given the fragile confidence a knock. So what went wrong?

November 5, 2009
Posted by Billy Blagg on 11/05/2009

There were three minutes of a four minute period of stoppage time on the clock when young Zavon Hines swivelled and hit home a precious goal to give West Ham a 2-1 win against Aston Villa. The crowd erupted and I, for one, can't remember the last time I've been hugged by so many fat, bald blokes (?). It was late - very late - but I didn't think it was anything less than West Ham deserved for a battling display that was full of conviction, tenacity and good football. In fact, this was a cracking match with both sides showing good form.

Posted by Billy Blagg on 11/05/2009

To nobody's great surprise, former boss Alan Curbishley has won the court battle for unfair dismissal against his old club and can look forward to significant compensation from the Premier League manager's tribunal as a result. Whatever the rights and wrongs of Curbishley's resignation, it can be pretty much guessed that if there is any chance of the Hammers having to fork out money somewhere, then someone from the Upton Park offices is going to be seen running down to the bank with a cheque book before the month is out.

The ruling that decided that Curbishley had been forced to resign when certain clauses in his contract were not upheld, is yet another financial blow for the Hammers. Curbishley was quoted after saying: "The club completely ignored my contract when selling Anton Ferdinand, and when George McCartney was then sold, the club having given me assurances that no players would be leaving the club after the sale of Anton Ferdinand, I had no alternative but to resign."

"My authority and integrity were undermined and my position was made untenable.''

November 1, 2009
Posted by Billy Blagg on 11/01/2009

I suppose, for the sake of symmetry, I should say this is a draw that felt like a defeat as the Hammers had done to them what they did to Arsenal last week; but that would be a lie as Sunderland bossed the second half and a point seemed only fair and was, in any case, probably a result I would have taken before the game began.

Gianfranco Zola though looked dispirited after the match and was obviously annoyed at the way the Hammers let a two goal lead slip away by allowing the home side to dominate for long spells in the second half even though they were down to ten men for most of it.

Billy Blagg Born at an early age a mere defenders' spit from the Boleyn ground, Billy Blagg has seen every West Ham game from 1898 onwards. Blagg was mentioned by Kenneth Wolstenholme in 1966 as one of the people on the pitch during the famous Hammers win over West Germany that lifted the World Cup and he returned to the pitch again for the 1975 FA Cup Final but stayed on the terrace for 1980 FA Cup victory. Blagg, 26, now lives with his eighth wife and innumerable children in a small semi-detached with chintz curtains in Dagenham, Essex and still attends every Hammers match and training session.

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