I think most Hammers fans at the start of this season would have taken our league position and points tally that we have reached in November.
We are now approaching potentially our toughest set of fixtures in the run up to Christmas. As most people who know me will tell you, I get quite paranoid when it comes to making predictions where our beloved Hammers are concerned but I believe we can build on our solid start to the season and reach Christmas still in a relatively secure position.
Our performance against Manchester City was superb, yes some may say we were robbed with Nolan’s sublime goal being wrongly ruled out, but to score so early on could have provoked a bigger reaction from City earlier in the game and we may not have been able to hold out, as we were unable to do against the Arsenal, despite another good gritty performance.
The week before against Wigan was probably the most unexpected and disappointing result of the season so far. Where we just didn’t turn up and were by most accounts outplayed by Wigan, however their very pleasing result at Tottenham the following week put our result against Wigan in a much better light.
What can we expect then from this tricky run of fixtures then? If the team can sustain the work rate that they did against the reigning Premier League champions and also have a little bit of luck along the way, we may just reach Christmas with a few more points on the board that we might have expected when we looked at the fixture list back in August and I wouldn’t be surprised either if we nick a few points from some unexpected places! As for King’s Lynn Irons Supporters Club matters, arrangements are well in hand for our annual Christmas function with numbers for the event looking to break the 50 barrier.
Another important development for the King’s Lynn Irons, and for me personally, is that I have been successful in being elected to the Supporters Advisory Board. I am really looking forward to seeing how the board functions and hope that I will be able to make a positive contribution to the process. As a lifelong Supporter I feel privileged to have the chance to represent the views of ordinary supporters and I must thank those fellow season ticket holders who nominated me. The first meeting will have taken place by the time you read this and I hope I will be able to tell you more about in a future issue of BB.
This match against Stoke whilst far from easy represents one of our best opportunities for three points in this difficult period.