• Well, that's a relief. After Everton's interest it was getting worrying the longer WHU waited for Moyes's signature. But now he's finally signed that three-year contract. Hopefully the gaffer has used his strong bargaining position to get a decent budget and full control of transfers and scouting policy. Watching the […]
  • Interesting comment from Declan Rice that he's never drunk a full pint of beer. He's clearly no Jimmy Greaves, Frank McAvennie, Razor Ruddock or Hayden Foxe. And what would Bobby Moore say? Still, should West Ham win the Europa League then I'm sure we might be able to take him […]
  • It's not a surprise that Fabian Balbuena has been released as he's in his thirties and was on a good salary. But even so I always quite liked The General. He was an underrated payer and one of Pellegrini's better signings. To get a PL centre back for £3.5 million […]
  • My thoughts on the season can be found in last week's Observer here. For once it's all positive. As transfer targets I've mentioned the need for a back-up (not a replacement!) for Rice and Soucek, and the rumoured interest in Czech midfielder Alex Kral from Spartak Moscow in encouraging. Kral […]
  • West Ham 3 Southampton 0After 14 months I'm finally back at a football match, having managed to buy a return after failing in the initial ballot. Just like in the olden times Matt and Lisa are dining in the Best Cafe and it's my first isotonic egg chips and beans […]
  • West Brom 1 West Ham 3With lockdown easing, a besuited Nigel, Matt, Lisa and myself are allowed upstairs at the Lucky Pub, the Leicester Arms, to watch this vital game. A pint of Portobello tastes very good after all those months in front of the computer. Private Matt is distributing copies […]
  • Said Benrahma has been a frustrating player to watch this season, often shooting when he should pass and passing when he should shoot. He'd had more shots without scoring than any other PL player. Yet there's never been any doubt about his talent, the way he can glide past players […]
  • Brighton 1 West Ham 1Was away in Yorkshire for this one so couldn't watch it live. But the highlights show West Ham had several chances, most notably Soucek's first half shot that was parried by Sanchez and a wicked cross from sub Benrahma that Dawson headed past the post when […]
  • West Ham 0 Everton 1This was always going to be the most difficult of the final four fixtures, up against a team with an eye on the Europa League that we traditionally struggle against. From the start the Irons struggle to penetrate the Toffees' five-man defence in a cagey game. The […]
  • This is a sad sight on Green Street, Ken's Cafe is now closed and has lost its famous sign. Carol and Ken have retired and the venue of legends is no more. It felt a bit like being Indiana Jones finding the ruins of a lost civilisation. Or as Wordsworth […]