Over the course of last season, there was a worrying trend. It started as a small, unruly minority, but it slowly grew over a stretch of successive draws and defeats, both home and away. People who called themselves West Ham fans were booing. Journalists, managers, players, and fellow fans were dumbfounded. While one can argue that cagey long-ball performances are not the West Ham way, no one can argue that booing is the West Ham way.
Amazingly, the Hammers will be on the box for five of their opening seven fixtures.
The most significant changes to our schedule as a result of these TV announcements are that our visit to QPR has been moved to Monday 1 October and our home fixture with Stoke City will now take place on Monday 19 November. Both of those will be 20:00 kick-offs.
Below is a complete summary of all the fixture, kick-off times and TV changes:
|Sat 25 Aug||Swansea City (A)||12:45||Sky Sports|
|Sat 1 Sep||Fulham (H)||12:45||Sky Sports|
|Sat 15 Sep||Norwich City (A)||12:45||Sky Sports|
|Mon 1 Oct||QPR (A)||20:00||Sky Sports|
|Sat 6 Oct||Arsenal (H)||17:30||ESPN|
|Sat 3 Nov||Manchester City (H)||17:30||–|
|Mon 19 Nov||Stoke City (H)||20:00||Sky Sports|
|Sun 25 Nov||Tottenham Hotspur (A)||16:00||–|
|Wed 28 Nov||Manchester United (A)||20:00||–|
Last season was a funny ol’ season, wasn’t it? We were favourites to bounce straight back up as Champions. Favourites in every game we played. Favourites do what Newcastle did only a couple of seasons before.
This is an interview I did with West Ham’s stadium announcer Jeremy Nicholas about his book ‘Mr Moon Has Left The Stadium’, which had just been released. The interview was originally published on my previous website ‘HammerTime’ in September 2011, but seeing as many you of may not have seen it and that it’s still an interesting interview, I thought I’d bring it back to life on this website.
If you haven’t yet read Jeremy’s book then you’ll definitely want to after you’ve read this.
Here’s an article I wrote for my previous blog a while ago. Thought I might as well post it up here for those that never saw it and for those that still don’t know what ever happened to the ‘legend’ that is Marco Boogers.