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Posted by Billy Blagg on 08/04/2012

Well, it's good to be back! I've been away for a season - did anything big happen while I was gone? - and I'll be in-shape and prepared for the new kick-off just as soon as I've shed the uniform of the alter-ego that Lady B likes to refer to as 'Captain Olympic'.

For indeed, Blagg IT Ltd has a contract with LOCOG to keep an eye on West Ham's future park, and I'm helping London2012 run smoothly with some nifty PC moving and some intricate under-desk cabling. Who needs 100m training when you can bash your head on the underside of a drawer all day?

As you'd imagine it's a bit hectic currently, but just a soon as the world's largest jamboree has left east London and things return to 'normal' - although personally I don't things will ever go back to what they were in this corner of the World's greatest capital city - I'll be back with an outlook for the Mighty West Ham's return to the division that they surely belong in.

In the meantime, I thought I'd start this season off with a glance back to the last and my feelings on the Hammer's season in the Championship that culminated in one of the best day's I ever had following the team, the Play-off win over Blackpool.

Right, uniform on - I'm off the the Olympic Park - those TV pictures don't transmit themselves, you know....


Posted by Mark Payne on 08/04/2012

Welcome back back big man. You've been missed.

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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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