May 31, 2008
The Daily Telegraph reports this morning that former Hammers chairman Terry Brown has launched a High Court writ against the club for £5 million. Read the full story HERE.
The key passage is this…
Brown, who was the target of fans’ protests at Upton Park, claims he was sacked without notice and is seeking damages for the loss of his £492,000 yearly salary and chauffeur. He is also seeking recompense for loss of pension contributions and mileage allowance, as well as the use of eight seats in the directors’ box, hospitality places, and car parking for the rest of his life…. Brown says he agreed that he would resign as a club director and executive chairman in November 2006, becoming deputy vice-chairman, and a non-executive director, and would be given the title of honorary life vice president.He claims he was to be given eight seats in the directors’ box, eight hospitality places in the chairman’s suite, two tickets in the directors’ box and boardroom at away matches, two on-site parking spaces, and one parking space at away matches.
I hope the club contest this vigorously. How Terry Brown has the bare faced cheek to issue these proceedings is anyone’s guess. Through his mismanagement of the club, West Ham nearly faced forced relegation last year. Terry Brown did very nicely out of West Ham. If by any sheer fluke he wins this case, I trust West Ham fans will give him their customary welcome if he ever shows his face at the club again.
May 30, 2008
Various websites and newspapers are reporting that West Ham are willing to entertain bids of £5 million for Anton Ferdinand. I’d like to think these reports are rubbish, but there is a degree of consistency about them. Surely to God he is worth more than that, not that I think he should be sold in the first place. His form last season was consistently good, with fewer of the howlers which he has in the past been prone to make. His partnership with Matthew Upson in the first half of the season blossomed to the extent that we had the best defensive record outside the Top Four.
If we are to sell him, he is surely worth at least £8 million.
May 26, 2008
I was in Florida last week on business, popped in to the local pub I use (the pub on 27th Street in Davenport, FL) when I was there to watch the us play the Pompey game was on the net and my wireless had gone down at the house I was staying in, so I ventured up there knowing it would be full of scousers watching them rob the Arse. When i sat down the barmaid said: “Simon do you know that bloke sitting 2 seats away?” I said no, not wanting to bother him as he was obviously on hols and I knew it was Steve Lomas, but she kept saying did I want his autograph? I said no as I was more interested in getting the game on my laptop.
Anyway as the afternoon wore on and i was joined by another hammers fan who was in the pub and the game wasn’t working out too well on the pc via China so I gave up and was chatting to Steve Lomas who is a thoroughly decent chap. No airs and graces that you might find with some others, he was just one of the lads in the pub for the day. He bought me a drink and even didn’t mind having his pic taken with me although one scouser had to get in on the act.
Turns out he was on his own for the afternoon and kids probably at disney for day! He shook hands when he left with me, 2 Rangers supporters and their scouse mate
May 25, 2008
The News of the World again links us to Everton’s Andy Johnson. I like Johnson as a player, but he is incredibly injury prone, and I cannot see why we would need a player like him unless we were planning to sell Dean Ashton.
May 22, 2008
I just got the latest issue of Hammers News, together with a cheque for £20.65 from the publishers. It appears that the club has decided not to renew the contract with M Press, who have been publishing it in recent years. I presume the publication will still continue. Anyone know any more details?
I must admit that I have long felt that HAMMERS NEWS had lost its way. It was too obsessed with glossy pictures to the detriment of the writing. I suspect the number of words has halved, with some pages only having a few paragraphs on them.
May 20, 2008
I’m not sure how far Paul Doyle’s tongue was stuck in his cheek when he wrote THIS in today’s Guardian. He speculates that West Ham are interested in signing Louis Saha and El Hadhi-Diouf. Saha is a good player but do we really need yet another injury prone striker? I think not. We should have signed him when we had the chance eight years ago. As for Diouf, all I can say is Nooooooooooo!
May 14, 2008
As you may know, your Hammer of the Year and mine, Rob Green is climbing Kilimajaro this summer in aid of charity. If you’d like to make a donation and help him achieve his £10k fundraising target you can do so HERE, as well as reading more about his adventure.