Transfer News Latest

August 31, 2007

Er, there is none, apart from the fact that tumbleweed could be seen blowing through the West Ham Transfer Signature Room this morning…

I reckon Barnes and Shorey are still the two most likely arrivals, but having written that, I’ve probably put a jinx on them. I see Glen Johnson has gone to Portsmouth. And Joe Cole has gone to West Ham… just joking.


Transfer Rumours Latest

August 30, 2007

I’m writing my Telegraph column (it’s political, so look away) this morning so little time to post, but here’s a roundup of the latest rumours…

* £15 million bid for Adriano accepted by Inter Milan
* Mullins to go to Reading as part of Shorey deal
* Giles Barnes bid resurrected
* Zamora to Fulham
* Roma’s Mancini is on the bid list

Enough to be going on with?


The Importance of Being Noel

August 30, 2007

An anecdote from a reader from the Man City game…

A mate of mine was waiting (with his son) to meet Curbs after the game v City. He’d been invited, naturallly. There in the car park (and he has a pic to prove this) was Noel Gallagher on his mobile. Several kids spot him and surround him at which point Noel says to his caller “I’m being surrounded by f****** West Ham fans”..the self-same fans (deliberately) start calling “Liam, can you sign this please…Liam can you write in my programme ” etc…at which point he hangs up his phone and shouts…”I’m not f****** Liam…I’m f****** Noel!”

Never liked him.


Shorey Deal on?

August 29, 2007

West Ham have tabled a £5 million bid for Nicky Shorey, according th 5 Live. Pundits reckon they will have to increase it by at least another million. Go for it, I say. We need another left back and he’s an England international.


West Ham Till I Die Blog Survey Results

August 29, 2007

A few weeks ago I invited people to take part in a reader survey about West Ham and what you like or don’t like about this blog., The main message is that you’d like more regualr posts. You may have noticed an increase in frequency of posts of late as I try to heed your wishes! Anyway, here are some of the other findings. More than 500 took part, of which 97% are Hammers fans…

* 23% of you are season ticket holders, but 40% go to fewer than half of the home games. 27% never go to a game.
* More of you sit in the Dr Martens Stand (23%) than anywhere else in the ground and 22% of you go to a pub before the game.
* 37% of you visit this blog at least once a day. I intend to get that figure up to 60% within 3 months!
* 34% of you expect Alan Curbishley to be sacked before the end of the season
* 35% believe Dean Ashton will be Hammer of the Year and 22% Lucas Neill
* 40% of you believe we should move to a new stadium in London Docklands. Only 14% reckon we should stay at Upton Park come what may, 13% want to go to the Olympic Stadium and 13% to a site nearer the M25
* 61% read the match day programme, 34% buy OLAS, 44% read Hammers News and 18% read Ex
* 88% of you visit the West Ham official site every day, 80% visit KUMB, 55% the West Ham News Now page, 35% teamtalk and 73% the BBC football pages
* 30% of you are aged between 36 and 45, the most popular age group. Only 3% are under 16. None of you are over 75!
* Rather shcokingly, only 3% of you are female!
* 50% of you thought Eggert Magnusson played a blinder in the Carlos Tevez affair, 29% thought we were lucky not to be relegated and 56% reckon the club should sue Terry Brown
* 40% voted for John Lyall as West Ham’s best ever manager with 34% opting for Ron Greenwood. Would the one person who voted for Glen Roeder please levae the room now?

This is the team you voted for as your best team of the last 15 years

Ludek Miklosko
Rio Ferdinand
Alvin Martin
Lucas Neill
Julian Dicks
Joe Cole
Michael Carrick
Frank Lampard
Trevor Sinclair
Paolo Di Canio
Carlos Tevez

* 33% of you named Tottenham as the team you most dislike in the Premiership.
* 15.3% of you voted for Portsmouth as your second favourite team, only 0.2% ahead of Liverpool and Arsenal (!)
* 59% voted for Phil Parkes as the best goalkeeper of the last 40 years, followed by Ludek Miklosko with 20%

And thank you to the 255 people who left comments and suggestions. They were all positive and constructive and I shall try to take most of the advice offered.


Dyer Suffers Bad Injury

August 28, 2007

Kieron Dyer has broken his leg. Could our injury jinx get any worse?


Adriano Approach Made

August 28, 2007

It’s being reported that we have made a bitd for Adriano, the Inter Milan striker, Sky Sports News are saying it’s for £17 million. What do people know about him?

His Wikipedia page is HERE.