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February 27, 2011
Posted by Billy Blagg on 02/27/2011

Oh yes! This was more like it; almost certainly our best display and result this season against a team that we normally barely compete with. Not only did West Ham deserve all three points, it was also a comprehensive display with Liverpool amazingly being outplayed in areas of the pitch. Major praise must go to the astonishing Scott Parker - can this man get any better? If I came home and found him in bed with my Mrs I'd make them both a cup of tea (Be aware though Scott, she's still holds a torch for Les Fedinand).

February 21, 2011
Posted by Billy Blagg on 02/21/2011

Thomas Hitzlsperger at last made his West Ham debut after six frustrating months for player and fans, and showed what everyone has missed by scoring a screaming opener in a 5-1 demolition of Championship side Burnley in this Fifth round FA Cup tie at Upton Park.

Further goals from Carlton Cole, a header from Winston Reid following a pinpoint corner from Hitzlsperger, and a late strike from Freddie Sears sealed a win that looked easier on paper than it sometimes was to watch. Certainly going forward the Hammers can look every inch a solid Premiership side but at the back.... oh dear! Burnley can probably run them pretty close.

February 12, 2011
Posted by Billy Blagg on 02/12/2011

This was either a magnificent game of football or a stunning example of defensive incompetence but, either way, it is almost certainly a match that West Ham will take more pleasure from than West Brom.

It's not often a team comes back from a half-time deficit of 3-0 and the last time West Ham did it, everyone had long sideburns, Rod Stewart's 'Sailing' was Number One and the Hammers could boast a side that contained Billy Bonds, Trevor Brooking and Frank Lampard's old man. Now? Well, we have Scott Parker's Churchillian speeches, I guess...

February 9, 2011
Posted by Billy Blagg on 02/09/2011

Despite the fact I said I was incommunicado this week, so dedicated to the cause am I and so up to date is this blog that I'm posting this within one minute of the announcement on the BBC, that West Ham have won the battle for the 2012 Olympic stadium.

The Olympic Park Legacy Company executives have decided the offer from the Hammers was better than Tottenham's rival bid and the announcement will be made officially on Friday.

The government and London's mayor will still need to take the final decision but it would be a major shock if they did not back the OPLC's recommendation, particularly as the north London club's bid had become somewhat tarnished over the past few weeks.

It's no secret that I don't believe the situation should ever have been allowed to develop anyway, Tottenham should have been told from the off that they need to stay north and the suggestion that the new stadium be torn down to build a new stadium - it sounds ludicrous just typing it - was always likely to be contentious whatever the dubious recommendations of a legacy promise that no-one seems to have ever seen.

February 6, 2011
Posted by Billy Blagg on 02/06/2011

Only have a few minutes to talk about this match and then I'm incommunicado all week so, in a week in which I seem to have spent most of my time trying to understand a whole new batch of acronyms at three (count 'em) Train the Trainer courses, all I can think to call this is PPP. Poor, Poor, Poor.

A solitary Zigic header from what was probably one of the afternoon's few clear-cut chances was enough to dent the home side's hopes and, in truth, as we sunk to the bottom of the table West Ham looked very much what we are; strong relegation candidates. Or should that be SRC's?

February 5, 2011
Posted by Billy Blagg on 02/05/2011

There's no doubting this was a vital three points. As I've been saying for some time, I don't believe Blackpool are out of the relegation mix and the more clubs West Ham can drag into the mire the better their own prospects are.

In this match though, you wouldn't have thought the Hammers had too many worries. Two goals from the in-form Obinna and one from debutant Robbie Keane were enough to put West Ham in control as half-time approached. Blackpool's solitary strike on 42 minutes pinned the Irons back to 2 - 1 but Obinna scored with a cracker just 90 seconds later and it took the wind out of the home side's sails.

About
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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