• Newcastle, owned by billionaire Mike Ashley, and Tottenham (where chairman Daniel Levy received £7m last year) have both rightly received flak for furloughing their staff and relying on the government scheme to pay 80 per cent of the staff's wages. Football is awash with money at the top and although […]
  • After Karren Brady's lapse, some good dignified statements in the last week from Mark Noble, David Moyes and England's Gareth Southgate on the need for togetherness amid the Covid-19 crisis. With the Premier League lockdown we're also seeing some glimpses into the lads' homes via social media. We've learned that […]
  • There's an excellent Henry Winter piece in the Times taking issue with Karren Brady's Sun column in which she states that the season should be declared "null and void". This would of course conveniently end West Ham's relegation worries. It would be an absolute travesty if Liverpool, 25 points clear, […]
  • Well, with all the current panic it's a relief the Wolves and Spurs games are postponed. All elite football has been cancelled — and strangely enough that includes West Ham. The Premier League had very little choice but to act after Mikel Arteta and Callum Hudson-Odoi tested positive for coronavirus […]
  • Here's a guest post by Michael Lee who wrote this excellent summary of West Ham's epic 2002-03 relegation season on the Ball Watchers blog. Read it and weep… and let's hope it deosn't happen again.A sliding doors moment is a popular term defined as a ‘tiny, seemingly inconsequential moment that can […]
  • Amid all the coronavirus panic, one fellow season ticket holder has just speculated that it would be the most West Ham relegation ever if the league was finished early with West Ham in the drop zone after the next three difficult games (Wolves, Spurs and Chelsea), but before the much […]
  • Enjoyed a pre-match drink in the Arsenal Tavern before Saturday's game. The next day the roof fell in, rather as it has on West Ham's season. Luckily no one seems to have been seriously hurt, but there's a mass of masonry and floorboards where I was sitting with my daughter […]
  • Arsenal 1 West Ham 0A harsh lesson for West Ham as the Irons miss at least four great chances and Arsenal nick a late goal via VAR.I'm among the home fans for this one after meeting daughter Lola and Gooner Michael in the Gunners Tavern for a swift half. Then […]
  • Beat Coronavirus with the Hammers. Never mind singing Happy Birthday or God Save the Queen while you wash your hands, as Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg recommend. My pal Alison suggests that singing the chorus of I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles is just as good and will ensure that you wash your […]
  • An unexpected bonus of West Ham's struggle has been the emergence of Jeremy Ngakia. Few of us had heard of him before David Moyes plucked him from the Premier League 2 squad and now he just might have solved a problem position. What was encouraging about his first two matches […]