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Video: 50 years to the day as WHUFC win World Cup!

It has been discussed and re-lived a million times or more but that’s OK because it was West Ham and England’s magical  moment.

And tomorrow (Sat) it will be 50 years since Mooro, Hursty and Peters put the then West Germany to the sword with an international victory which has never been repeated by the Three Lions on the world or European stage.

The 4-2 victory still lives large in the memories of some of us who were there on tht amazing day – a day of roller coaster emotions as the game swung to and fro.

Mooro became the most famous man in Britain and the world as the name of West Ham was mentioned almost as regularly as his.

We don’t expect to see a game such as this again and whenever you came to support West Ham United – then, later on or now, it is your victory, part of your folklore as fans of this great club.

Enjoy this fab footage from the days when the Irons made England great!

 

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Hammers hopes rise on striker

bacca2West Ham are contunuing to track events as Carlos Bacca starts to run out of options.

The AC MIlan striker is no longer wanted at his club despite having three years left on his deal with the Serie A outfit keen to take the £26 million on offer from the Hammers.

And although Bacca has been offered around £90k a week to swap Milan for Leytonstone, he has been holding out believing one of PSG, Sevilla or Napoli would come calling.

RR ModerateBut they have all slowly fallen away and now the Hammers board are aware that the player may be ready to come back to the negotiating table.

They are unfazed by his attitude which they see as normal among the world’s top players who seek to ply their trade at the highest level.

Publicly the Hammers have held a public position which has shown them as being irritated that he could be using the club as “a back stop” but in fact if a deal can be done they will do it.

ClaretandHugh was told: “Everybody knows how the game works and there are signs emerging that he may now be ready to become positive about the move.

“We are always ready for the long game and if that’s how it turns out nobody here will cut off their nose to spite their face.”

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Mooro speaks – it really was 50 years ago

Fifty years ago we won our our only  international trophy when the great  Mooro became the most famous person in the land.

West Ham’s inspirational and unforgettable skipper led us to that famous victory and this week he was honoured again when a blue plque was placed on his childhood home at 43 Waverley Gardens in Barking, east London where he first learned to play football.

Greg Dyke, who is an English Heritage Blue Plaque Panel member, said the plaque “honours… the house and the streets where he grew up and first learned his footballing skills”.

Now, those who never heard the great man speak have the chance to listen as he gave his thoughts on the eve of the World Cup Final which saw the streets of a nation fall into total silence for 120 minutes as people clamoured into Wembley or around their TV sets.

Then came the eruption of joy.

Mr Hughie Southon was among those who was soaked to the skin as he danced in the Trafalgar Square fountains after witnessing that unforgettable game of football!

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Hammers ready with £5 million left back bid

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West Ham are ready to launch a bid of around £5 million for Hull City left back Andy Robertson.

Reports claiming we have launched a £7 million bid are untrue but our regular source admitted that the club were likely to go in at £5 million “soon.”

Sky Sports are claiming the bid has been made but whilst the Irons admit big interest the formal offer is still on the back burner.

The Hammers have been keen on the full back for a long turn but failed to sign him when he was with Dundee United ahead of the move for Aaron Cresswell.

Now they are back in and believe they can do a deal with City – from who Steve Bruce recently resigned because the club would not back him in the transfer market.

The club are keen to moves some players on ahead of appointing a new Manager and the Hammers will be hoping to tie up a quick deal.

We understand the Hammers moved in on Robertson after Norwich City told them they wanted £12 million for Robbie Brady to which our source responded: “That was far too much for a back-up player.”

 

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Exclusive footage as the seating moves forward

The much maligned and often criticised retractable seating appears to be moving ahead at pace despite the scare stories that have been doing the rounds recently.

Claret and Hugh partners hammerschat once again bring you exclusive video footage from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park with the most up to date progress.

This particular video was recorded this afternoon and shows the seating on the side of the stadium where the dugout is situated. It can clearly be seen how much of the track the seating is covering with the corners particularly close to the pitch.

There had been a few concerns when only the top tier of the stadium went on sale for the second leg of the Europa Cup but it is clear from the footage that the seating is almost completely in position now.

 

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Sullivan talks transfer news

davidsullivan_726West Ham chairman David Sullivan has been speaking to the official website about transfer news in the light of the recent Europa league loss and the injuries.

“Thursday’s performance and the injuries suffered by Aaron Cresswell, Manuel Lanzini and Gokhan Tore have only increased our eagerness to get deals done. There has been some good news with Manu, who we hope will only miss three Premier League fixtures.” Sullivan told WHUFC.com

“We are very close to bringing in a very promising striker who has scored goals regularly in his career in competitive leagues. He will need time to settle, like every new player, but we are confident he will add a lot to the squad.”

“We are also talking to another Premier League club about a top-class international forward, but the discussions over financial terms still have some way to go.”

“With Aaron unfortunately out for a few weeks, we have lodged bids in for a left-back, one of which was an £8m bid which was turned down on Thursday. We will now decide whether or not we increase that bid. Watch this space.”

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Chelsea away sells out in four hours

chelseaChelsea away sold out in just four hours this morning.  The Hammers were allocated 3,000 tickets at Stadium Bridge at£30 each for the opening game of the Premier League season on Monday night 15th August.

West Ham introduced a new online away ticket system at 9am morning but just after 1pm this afternoon all 3,000 tickets had been snapped up by season ticket holders despite the game being live on TV.

Only supporters with 4 priority points or more will able to purchase a ticket today.

The new ticket system was not without it’s complaints, some season ticket holders complained their priority points balances were wrong and some with four priority points were unable to buy tickets at 1pm when the system incorrectly claimed they didn’t have enough points.

Supporters who tried to buy Chelsea away tickets at 2pm were greeted with a message that they didn’t have enough privileges to buy tickets when in fact the allocation had been sold out.

Supporters inundated the post sales helpline for help waiting up to 27 minutes to be told the game had sold out. West Ham removed the link to buy Chelsea ticket from ticket website around 2.15pm this afternoon.

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No go Enner

Britain West Ham ValenciaEnner Valencia is not on his way to Galatasaray or anywhere else at the moment.

Reports from a generally unreliable Turkish media suggested that the Ecuador international was on his way to the club later this summer.

But ClaretandHugh has learned there is not a word of truth in the suggestion with soures close to the player rubbishing the speculation.

With the Hammers becoming desperately short on the striker front given Diafra Sakho’s desire to get away, there is no chance of the club releasing anyone anyway.

But a source close to Valencia told us: “Where does this rubbish come from. We have heard absolutely nothing about this. It would be nice if the media had a hint of interest that the Turkish club were interested but there is absolutely nothing.

A Twitter rumour said: “Enner Valencia has reached an agreement in principle with Galatasaray‘ after it had been broadcast on Turkish source A Spor.

Not true! Move on.

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Lanzini/Tore injury update

Manuel+Lanzini+West+Ham+United+v+SV+Werder+0Pg6_ic94sIlManu Lanzini will be missing from the Hammers action for anything between three to six weeks.

The brilliant midfielder – injured while on international duty for Argentina ahead of the Rio Olympics – flew back into the UK earlier in the week and after scans at Spire Roding Hospital has been told that he has suffered a soft tissue knee injury.

There is no break and the club are relieved that he will not be out for an extended period with a ClaretandHugh source explaining: “Of course we wanted him from the start of the season and it’s not the greatest news but perhaps better than expected.”

Meanwhile Gokhan Tore – who missed last night’s Europa Cup defeat in Slovenia – will be available for the second leg match at the London Stadium next week.

ClaretandHugh was told: “It was nothing beyond a training round knock and he will be available for selection.

“We just felt it was sensible to take no chances at this point in the campaign.

 

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Hammers in urgent market moves

aaroncresswell-e1444287834803West Ham United have attempted to make splashes in the transfer market over the summer in their bid to break into the Champions League next season.

But the lack of a new top class striker and the crucial injury to Aaron Cresswell are serious body blows with, maybe, some of the cash put aside for the front man, having to be redirected into the left back position.

After finishing seventh last term, just four points adrift of the top four, the effort to bridge the gap things are becomng becoming tougher and tougher.

Defeat in the first leg of their Europa Cup opener against Slovenian minnows Domezele is concetrating minds but the club have a shopping list of three for that left back role and despite much waiting, Carlos Bacca is still on the agenda

The club has Havard Nordveit and Sofiane Feghouli – who showed reasonably well on Thirsday night and the manager is not short of creative options.

Lanzini however, was injured ahead of the Rio Olympics and Tore, too, has taken a knock in training. The club are monitoring both closely.

Despite the problems, the Hammers continue to dream of emulating Leicester City’s feat of winning the top-flight crown for the first time, with the latest football betting odds backing them at 80/1.

Wewere one of the highest-scoring teams in the division last season, notching 65 strikes in their march towards joining Europe’s elite.

Dimitri Payet shined throughout as leading scorer with AC grabbing nine goals in the top flight.

As a result, Bilic seems determined to land a striker before the start of the new term to ease the pressure on the winger in the final third.

We were of course  interested in Michy Batshuayi and lodged a bid to acquire the Belgium international from Marseille, but were beaten to his signature by Chelsea.

Missing out on Batshuayi has forced Billic to look elsewhere for his elusive frontman, and  Carlos Bacca remains in the frame although once again we face competition to sign the Colombia international.

The 29-year-old has enjoyed a great deal of success since his move to Europe, thriving in his time with Club Brugge, Sevilla and Milan last season. Over the course of his career he has a record of notching a goal every other match, highlighting his quality in front of the net.

Those attributes will appeal massively to West Ham, given that they lack a real poacher inside the box as Carroll, Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho along with Payet are not prolific goalscorers.

Should Bacca complete his move to the Hammers, it would add another dimension to their play and give opposition defences plenty of problems dealing with the threat of the Colombian and Payet in the final third.

His arrival could spark a serious challenge for the top four, handing Bilic a similar potent duo to the one that went one step further and delivered the Premier League title for Leicester City in Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez.

The Hammers will be anxious to get the deal over the line but it would be prudent for them to have alternative options and they continue to explore several.

Bilic and the Irons face an important final five weeks of the transfer window in order to make their dreams a reality.

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