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December 31, 2010
Posted by Billy Blagg on 12/31/2010

Happy New Year to all who have taken the time to write and contribute this year, both on the West Ham page and for the limping World Cup back in the summer. My thoughts on 2011?

Here comes the future and you can't run from it / If you've got a blacklist I want to be on it

For the original lyrics (brilliant) and an even more stunning performance with some new, then see the New Year in with this:

No relation (sadly!)

December 29, 2010
Posted by Billy Blagg on 12/29/2010

It was honours even at Upton Park as Everton levelled the Hammer's 16th minute opener - an own goal by Hibbert with an 'assist' from Kovac - with a goal remarkably similar to the one that Piquionne scored at Craven Cottage on Boxing Day, Coleman hitting home unmarked just before half-time.

Other than that it was a frustrating evening for Hammers' fans hoping to see their side build on the three points gained at Fulham just two days earlier. It wasn't that the home side were particularly poor or even that the visitor's were good - given the claret and blue's poor record against the Toffee's, a draw might even be considered a bit of a result! - it was just one of those games that cried out for someone to just show that extra bit of class or turn up the pressure a tad more.

December 26, 2010
Posted by Billy Blagg on 12/26/2010

This fair took me back to days of yore - when I were a lad (before me sex change) - and my favourite terrace song:
"Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells
Jingle all the way
Oh what fun it is to see
West Ham win away"

An away win - what a Christmas present! So unexpected and yet so welcome; the Hammers coming from behind to lift themselves off the bottom and give a real boost to confidence in what is a vital time. It's so easy to read too much into just one win but it shows this season isn't over just yet. Or have I just been at the eggnog a little too much?

December 18, 2010
Posted by Billy Blagg on 12/18/2010

Scott Parker, as ever, was magnificent as the Hammers came away with a point from Ewood Park but once again this seemed to be two points lost rather than one gained as this was surely the best possible time to play Rovers.

The home side, who surprisingly sacked manager Sam Allardyce in mid-week, looked to be in a nervous mood with the visit of the Premier League's bottom club and I was praying this game went ahead as I expected the Hammers to win away for the first time since August of last year. Well, you can't complain that I'm not an optimistic sort, can you?

December 12, 2010
Posted by Billy Blagg on 12/12/2010

As Alan Hansen mentioned on Match of the Day; 'Manchester Cty have better players than West Ham and if you want to compete against better sides then you have to be organised'. The rest, as they say, writes itself.

To beat a Championship chasing side, you need to be commited and at the top of your game while hoping the opposition are below theirs. Wolves proved back in October that it is possible, but the Hammers are a long way from achieving that feat at the moment and you have to view this as a regular day at the office for both sides.

December 6, 2010
Posted by Billy Blagg on 12/06/2010

The Hammer's away-day blues continue and that's about all there is to say. It would be wrong to suggest West Ham deserved something from this - one shot on target simply isn't good enough to argue that point - but in all other aspects the claret and blue looked equal to Sunderland and didn't look in terrible trouble for most of the game.

The deciding goal was Sunderland's only significant contribution and considering much was being made of the Black Cats three-pronged attack, the porous West Ham defence seemed to continue its improvement under new coach Wally Downes.

December 1, 2010
Posted by Billy Blagg on 12/01/2010

Gadzooks - what just happened to my life there?

This time yesterday I was sitting on a beach in Side, Turkey in shorts and T-Shirt, the good Lady B beside me in a pleasingly revealing swimsuit, both sipping Raki in temperatures of 24 degrees, and then suddenly, by 10pm yesterday evening I was in a foot of snow outside Stansted. As if that wasn't disconcerting enough, I find West Ham have won 2 games since I left and one of them is a 4-0 cup win over ManU.

Posted by Billy Blagg on 12/01/2010

Regulars know the drill by now. 25 days, 25 songs; some chestnuts, the occasional cracker and a few turkeys. If you have anything you think I should hear then mail the blog or send me a link to

This year's selection is dedicated to the Soccernet regular who started sending me songs in FEBRUARY, a dedication to the cause even I can't match.

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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