You have to go back to 2016 for a West Ham win in August. It’s hard to believe, even now, that we did not pick up any points whatsoever in the 2017 and 2018 Augusts.
Yes in 2018 we faced tough trips to Arsenal and Liverpool but we also had a home game against Bournemouth. And in 2017, we did play both Manchester clubs away but we also lost to Southampton and Newcastle.
Having said this, history shows that the first month of the season does throw up results that have no bearing on the rest of the campaign. Just look at August from our storming, final season at Upton Park. We beat Arsenal and Liverpool away but lost to Leicester and Bournemouth at home!
Either way, a point away at Brighton – who have had our number in recent years – and all three points at the home of last season’s FA Cup runners up, was a great return from our first three games. It gives us a great platform to build from compared to recent seasons where the pressure to pick up points was intensified in our last two Septembers.
With the 40th anniversary of our 1980 FA Cup win – our last major trophy – looming and with it being 34 years since the Boys of ‘86 – could this just be the season and the squad that goes down in West Ham history? If we can keep our key men fit for the whole season we could, just maybe, be in for a very special season.