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West Ham Player Awards – The Winners

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slavIt is the night of the West Ham player awards at the London Hilton hotel in Park Lane, London. Hammers fan Ray Winstone has already been on stage singing a rendition of Bubbles and now Slaven Bilic has got up on stage to speak to the 1,000 guests paying up to £330 per head to be there tonight.

Slav told the audience  “I have loved this season. We expected it to be good. We knew we had potential. I spoke to my staff and with a bit of luck we knew we had a chance. Sam left me a good team and well organised squad. Beating Spurs at home was special. It is about the journey we have had. At the start we signed Dimi Payet and other good players.When you ask me the highlights there are so many. We beat some big teams at the start.I know we will do everything we can to win the final three games.The best moment for me was being so strong and solid. We didn’t look like we would get beat.

Claret and Hugh will bring you news of the winners as they are announced this evening so check back soon.

First West Ham award of the night up is the Best Team Performance which goes to the match against Everton away with that great come-back after being 2-0 down on 77 minutes but scoring three goals in 13 minutes to win the game 3-2.

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Darren Randolph has deservedly won Save of the Season for his triple save against Liverpool

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Reece Oxford wins the Young Hammer of the Year won by Reece Burke last year.

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The Dylan Tombides award for the West Ham Academy player of the year goes to Declan Rice

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First West Ham player award of the night for Dimitri Payet as he picks up the top goal-scorer award with twelve goals this season. The first of many times up to the stage tonight I am sure.

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A special award this year for the Greatest Boleyn Ground Goal goes to Paolo DiCanio for that volley against Wimbledon

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Sir Geoff Hurst has been awarded this year’s life-time achievement award on the 50 year anniversary on the 1966 world cup

“I am honoured to be given this award from this fantastic football club.The only regret I had was not seeing my time out with the club. I would like to have done that. But it was a great time for the club.I was very lucky to play with some great players like Bobby Moore. He was an inspirational player.” Sir Geoff Hurst 

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It is now official Dimitri Payet is this season’s Hammer of the year 2015/2016 to take his tally of awards to five tonight.

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That’s all folks, until next year.

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Boleyn Ground Final game plans revealed

boleynWest Ham has announced they will host a special celebratory event to mark their final game at the Boleyn Ground after next Tuesday’s match against Manchester United.

The fixture will be the Hammers’ final game at their home of 112 years. The game and the subsequent 30-minute closing ceremony are set to be broadcast to a huge global TV audience.

ClaretandHugh has agreed to keep the exact details of the celebrations secret until the night, but the Club has confirmed that, where contact details are available, every player to have made a first-team appearance for the Club has been invited to ‎attend the game as a guest. Hammers of the Year will also be guests of honour as they and the 35,000 crowd bid farewell to the Boleyn Ground one last time. As well as featuring legendary former players alongside the current squad and fans, the celebrations will also include spectacular lighting, music and big screen video to match the scale and emotion of the evening.

To ensure the event, which has a sizeable budget behind it, runs to plan, the Club are today reminding fans of the importance of staying in their seats come the final whistle. Due to event planning and licencing laws for evening fixtures, the show can only take place if the pitch is clear straight after the final whistle, so if any supporters enter the field of play after the match, it will mean cancelling all or part of the celebrations.

Commenting on the final game plans, Joint-Chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold said:  “This time next week, we will all be going through our usual pre-match routines as we prepare to visit the Boleyn Ground to support our team, West Ham United, there one last time.
 
“It will certainly be an incredibly emotional day from start to finish but I think if we were to have wished for a fitting fixture to bid goodbye to 112 years of history at the Boleyn, Manchester United under the lights would have been near the top of our list.
 
“We want it to be an evening that is ultimately about you, our loyal supporters, as it is you who have made the Boleyn Ground famous the world over. 
 
“But to make it special we need your support. Any incursions on to the pitch will certainly mean cancelling the current squad’s richly-deserved lap of appreciation and denying some of our greatest ever players the chance to take the field for the final time.
 
“That would be a tragedy; for them and the Boleyn Ground.

“If we can present the post-match ceremonies as planned, we are sure you will walk away from Upton Park on Tuesday prouder than ever of the Club you support. 
 
“We hope those of you attending have a truly special evening – together we will create memories that will live with us forever.”

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The West Ham Player Awards Payet show

AwardsIt’s that time of the year again when the players, together supporters prepared to pay up to £330 per seat, attend the Players Awards ceremony at the London Hilton on Park Lane, London.

The posh event this evening is likely to become the Dimitri Payet show as he could scoop up to six awards tonight. He has two awards virtually in the bag already being the top goal scorer (with 12 goals) and is the massive odds on favourite for Hammer of the Year 15/16. The big question is how many more will he collect up on the stage tonight???

The award categories are below with contenders and possible winners:

West Ham Goal of the Season Award:  I think Dimi Payet’s will win this award for one of his four goals in the nine strong short list. My personal favourite is the Payet free kick versus Crystal Palace.

The nine contenders are: Payet v Newcastle, Valencia v Bournemouth, Noble v Norwich, Payet v Blackburn, Payet v Manchester United, Lanzini v Chelsea, Carroll V Chelsea,  Cresswell v Leicester City, Payet v Palace

The Dylan Tombides award: This award recognises the Academy Player of the Year and was won by Reece Oxford last year.  Reece Burke and Josh Cullen will have a good shout out for this award but they have been on loan to Bradford who that might preclude them. Difficult one to call as it will be who Terry Westley and his team decide has improved the best in the Academy this season.

The Young Hammer of the Year award: Reece Burke won this last year and I think he has a good chance again this year after scooping so many awards at the recent Bradford player awards. I also think Josh Cullen and Reece Oxford are in with a shout. Again Terry Westley and his team will make the decision on who is most worthy of this award.

Signing of the Season award: Dimitri Payet must the bookies favourite for this award with Michail Antonio and Manuel Lanzini as  the outside bets.

West Ham Top Scorer award: The winner with 12 goals will be Dimitri Payet.

Payet has scored nine Premier League goals with a further three in the FA Cup. Michail Antonio and Andy Carroll have both scored nine each so far, while Mark Noble has bagged seven this season.

Best Individual Performance of the season award: Lanzini, Payet, Noble and Antonio all deserve this award for individual performances. I think Payet will edge the fan vote with Antonio as the outside bet to get this award.

Contenders: Reid v Man City, Lanzini v Everton, Payet v Blackburn, Noble v Blackburn, Antonio v Spurs.

Best Team Performance of the Season Award: Personally I think the West Ham’s win over Liverpool at Anfield has a good chance of winning this after 53 years of waiting but I am sure the Spurs game, the Chelsea game and the Everton come back will pull some fan votes too!

Contenders are: Arsenal v West Ham, Liverpool v West Ham, Man City v West Ham, West Ham v Liverpool (FA Cup), West Ham v Spurs, Everton v West Ham.

Players’ Player of the Season award:  Mark Noble could be in with a shout here from his team mates who love him but Dimitri Payet or Michail Antonio could also be up for the award here.

Save of the Season award: The usual joke that Adrian will win it, is not true this year as Adrian makes up just four of the six short listed goals. Darren Randolph could be in with a shout this season. Personally I think Randy deserves the award for his performance against Liverpool in the FA Cup.

Contenders are: Adrian v Norwich 61min, Adrian v Manc City 85 mins, Adrian v Bournemouth 91 mins, Adrian v Man United 59 mins, Randolph v Liverpool 74 mins, Randolph v Liverpool 98 mins.

Hammers Lifetime Achievement Award: Last year’s winner was Martin Peters with Sir Trevor Brooking and Billy Bonds picking up previous years since it’s inception. Assuming the award carries on tonight then my money would be on a surprise visit by Sir Geoff Hurst with the 50 year anniversary of the 1966 World Cup win.

The Hammer of the Year award 2016 : This is almost a dead certainty. It will easily go to Dimitri Payet. In our own ClaretandHugh poll of over 1,500 Hammers fans Payet picked nearly 46% of the vote with Michail Antonio the runner-up.

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West Ham seeks new head of media – Apply within

PaulstringerWest Ham are recruiting for a new ‘Head of Media Relations’ to manage the press and media team next season. The current Hammers Head of Press and Media, Paul Stringer is leaving to join the Premier League in two weeks time after a four year stint with the club while his predecessor, the former West Ham Head of Media, Greg Demetriou joined the FA as Head of Corporate Communications after five years at West Ham when he left in 2012. West Ham are advertising the role on The Guardian’s website with applications closing in two days time on 5th May.

The Guardian advert says:

The Role

This is a high profile and challenging role with huge prospects to play a lead role in a flourishing and growing department; the successful individual will work closely with the club’s first team manager and the first team squad to promote the football side of the business, whilst being jointly responsible for managing the press office team and overseeing the club’s content team.

Reporting directly to the Executive Director of Marketing and Communications the Head of Media Relations will be required to provide senior level consultancy to the board, draft club statements on their behalf and oversee all media relations on behalf of the club. You will oversee senior management press appearances, interviews and press conferences briefing players and managers beforehand.

 The Person

The successful candidate will need experience of working in a busy, high pressurised press environment. You will be well versed in dealing with crisis-communications and ideally have experience of working within the professional sports industry. You will be required to demonstrate an extensive media background and current press contacts.

Apply HERE 

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Manchester teams have minds elsewhere

NobleWhat a weekend of results for West Ham! Our 3-0 away win over West Bromwich Albion was the perfect start to take us to our largest ever Premier League points tally of 59 points. Liverpool’s loss to Swansea putting them four points behind us on 55 points in eighth place was also welcome news and effectively wrote off their ambition of a top five finish.

Manchester United could only manage a draw against Premier League champions Leicester keeping the gap down to just one point with West Ham having a superior goal difference and Manchester City lost to Southampton 4-2 to be just 5 points above us in fourth place.

West Ham’s win on Saturday and Chelsea’s draw with Spurs yesterday means the Hammers are guaranteed to finish above Chelsea for the first time since 1995!

Fifth place is still very much within our grasp while a fourth place and Champions League football remains a remote possibility. The major thing we have in our favour is both Manchester clubs have their minds elsewhere and their eyes on other prizes.

champions-league-trophyManchester City face Real Madrid tomorrow in the second leg of the Champions League semi final with the first leg drawn 0-0. Should they win tomorrow evening, their minds will be firmly on the Champions League final on 28th May in Milan and not on their penultimate game against Arsenal this weekend or their last game against Swansea away. Two defeats, two draws or a loss and a draw would see them finish on between 64, 65 or 66 points with West Ham needing at least two wins from their remaining three games to have a small chance. Three wins over Swansea, Manchester United and Stoke would put us on 68 points with a real chance of fourth place should Manchester City slip up.

FA Cup.jpg-pwrt3Manchester United also have their eyes on the FA Cup final with Crystal Palace at Wembley on 21st May. They face Norwich away this weekend as the Canaries fight for Premier League survival. It won’t be an easy game for them and will be a tough battle. They will then face West Ham next Tuesday evening for the last ever game at the Boleyn Ground.

Emotions will be high and we still remain unbeaten in the League at home since August last year. Finally the Red Devils play Bournemouth at Old Trafford in their last game of the season which just just six days before the FA Cup final. I can see them resting a few players in the run up to the Wembley showpiece. If we win all our three remaining games we are guaranteed to finish above Manchester United, it is as simple as that!

Our season isn’t over yet and we must make those last three games count. At £1.3m per Premier League place together with the riches that wait us in the Europa or Champions Leagues we can make this truly a season to remember.  Come on you Irons!

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West Ham – Kings of the London Derbies

So Leicester City may have won the Premier League but West Ham lead the London Derby table this season over our London rivals Spurs, Chelsea, Arsenal and Crystal Palace.

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Exclusive: Thrilled DS: “We can dare to dream”

DavidSullivan306David Sullivan is absolutely thrilled at Leicester City’s title success claiming it has given us all the chance to “dare to dream.”

Tottenham’s failure to win at Stamford Bridge last night (Mon) saw the Foxes lift the unlikeliest trophy ever at starting odds of 5,000-1 and the Irons chairman described it as “absolutely fabulous.”

Nobody is likely to disagree unless they follow the team from North London.

David – speaking exclusively to ClaretandHugh – was simply overjoyed at a success which has totally rearranged the furniture at the top of the Premier League.

He said: “It’s absolutely fabulous for British football, it shows every supporter at every club can dare to dream.

“I said at the start of the season that it was possible we could get into the Champions League. I said it was unlikely, but possible.

“Everybody thought I was mad, but with three games to go the position is the same -it’s unlikely but possible !

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£1.5m bonus awaits outcome of Championship

DowningThe West Ham board will be taking a keen interest in the Championship game between 2nd placed Middlesbrough and 3rd placed Brighton this Saturday lunchtime.

One Claret and Blue team (Burnley) have already secured promotion to the Premier League with another Claret and Blue team (Aston Villa) swapping places with them after their relegation from the top flight.

However the second automatic promotion place worth over £200m is still up for grabs with both Boro and Brighton on 88 points.  West Ham are believed to have written a £1.5m promotion bonus clause into the contract for their sale of Stewart Downing, which would come our way should he help them achieve promotion. Middlesbrough need a draw or a win on Saturday as they have superior goal difference.

Downing joined West Ham in 2013 and made 69 Premier League appearances for the Hammers. The Hammers sold Downing for a fee believed to be £5.5m plus the £1.5m promotion clause which would take the total to £7m, he signed a four year deal with Boro dropping his wages to £35,000 per week which he will double to £70,000 per week on promotion back into the Premier League.

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Noble’s secret to success

marknoble_726West Ham will have played 51 games by the time this season ends but Mark Noble insists hard work can get them to their European goal.

The skipper has led from the front this season and said: “We have got some really big clubs around us who are playing well, so we need to keep on winning games.

“We just have to try and enjoy it and get as many points as we can.”

So after a ten month season under a new manager with new players what comes next for the brilliant Hammers of 2015/16.

Noble said: “It is just hard work. We set standards every day and we are all working for each other. You don’t need to work on your fitness at this stage.

We train hard when we train, but fitness doesn’t come into it. We are all fit so it is more about tactics and enjoying training.”

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Could West Ham win the Premier League next season?

Premier-League-trophyIt has has always been believed that money talks in the Premier League, your turnover, your wage bill, the size of your stadium, your ticket income, your retail income and your global brand and fan base dictate the pecking of the top four in the Premier League.

Last night, Leicester City changed all that and proved everybody wrong. We could be at the start of a new world order in Premier League football.

Leicester had a turnover of £104.4m in 2015 compared to £120.7m for West Ham in the same period. The Foxes spent £57.4m on wages compared to the Hammers’ £63.9m last year. Their average gate for King Power Stadium was 31,693 with a stadium capacity 32,262 while the Irons averaged 34,871 from the Boleyn’s 35,000 capacity. Leicester earned just £10.65m from ticket sales while West Ham earned over double that.

Despite being financial inferior in almost every category, Leicester City did the unthinkable, the unbelievable and won the Premier League this season.

Yes they have rich Thai owners but Chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha with his £1.9 billion of wealth compares to David Gold and Sullivan’s £1.3 billion of combined assets. What is £600m between friends?

It appears that financial might is no longer an impediment to the top four and we could see West Ham win a Premier League title in our life time.

West Ham co-chairman, David Gold tweeted: “Congratulations to Leicester City for winning the Premier League against all the odds, magnificent well done. West Ham next year. dg”

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