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How have the World Cup host nations performed in the past?

Russia is already up against it leading into the World Cup,

Having failed to win a single match in their previous seven matches leading up to the tournament. (more…)

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The fascinating story of the other Upton Park

The Upton Park area of London has had close links with West Ham ever since the club moved to the ground in 1904.

Thanks to the statue of West Ham’s three World Cup winners, the area maintains a lasting monument to its contribution to what remains English football’s greatest achievement. (more…)

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West Ham United’s cup-winning captains

Only two players in West Ham’s long history have had the chance to lift the FA Cup.

Here is the profile of the men who wore the armband on the greatest days in the club’s history. (more…)

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Idle thoughts on the FA Cup

I have, on a previous occasion, mentioned the story my Uncle Tommy used to tell.

Of the day, way back in the early 1930’s, when, having finished his shift down the mine, he walked into Sunderland for the big match. (more…)

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How David Gold and David Sullivan have committed the ultimate ownership sin

Ask people in the East End what life means to them.

The chances are they will immediately think of particular traditions that are embedded deep within their own culture. (more…)

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Ten things about England and West Ham United: Did anyone mention 1966?

Ten things about West Ham United’s influence over the England team through the years.

Here goes. (more…)

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1966 – The greatest Hammers that ever lived

In this week’s unusual edition of our weekly throwback segment,

We hear from Bill, 80, a lifelong Hammer about the time that West Ham United won the World Cup. (more…)

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The Ballon d’Or – Ecstasy, rage and everything in between

The FIFA Ballon d’Or has passed after months of lobbying and debate,

With Cristiano Ronaldo as expected taking home the greatest individual prize in world football. (more…)

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The case for Manuel Neuer to win the Ballon d’Or

With FIFA having announced the final three-man shortlist for the Ballon d’Or.

Given to the best player in world football for a given year, debate has raged over who should win the award this time around. (more…)

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No longer ‘The Academy of Football’?

Have West Ham lost their reputation as ‘The Academy of Football?’

It is with great concern that I am writing this article; (more…)

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England’s dreaming – All those years of hurt

When I was a small boy, there were two scarves hung in my room, Coventry and England.

Club and Country, my footballing legacies for life. (more…)

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Leaving Upton Park

There has been a mixed reaction to the move to the Olympic Stadium for West Ham.

You have to question whether it’s going to make the club better, or whether we are just leaving home? (more…)

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England: A must win game forty years on

Forty years ago it marked the shift from England’s golden era to the dark ages.

Poland might have had a ‘clown’ in goal but the joke was on Alf Ramsey and his charges as the 1-1 draw at Wembley ensured England failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time. (more…)

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Premier League 2012/13 Mid-Season Review – Part 3

With the Premier League season more than well and truly underway..

It is time to have a look at each club and how they’re doing and where they’re on (or off!) course to finish. (more…)

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