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SHEP: Don’t cry….blow bubbles that it happened

My first game at the Boleyn Ground was on the opening day of the  1969/70 season. It was against Newcastle.I was a couple of months short of my eighth birthday.Bobby Moore , Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters were all playing. I can’t remember anything about the game itself apart from the fact West Ham won […]

Shep: It’s time for transfer window rethink

West Ham,along with many other clubs, will be engaged in frantic transfer activity over the next 72 hours before the  window shuts. Emmanuel Adebayor, Joey Barton, Alessandro Matri  are amongst what has been a very long list of targets on the Hammers’ radar. There could well be a name no one has heard about who […]

Shep: Carroll dilemma may hinder striker hunt

Andy Carroll insists he is on course for a return to action within a couple of weeks despite yet another set back scare. We shall see. One thing seems clear West Ham can no longer keep on “Waiting for Andy”. Brian Clough had a strong view on injured  or recovering players .Cloughie  didn’t talk about […]

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Ballsy’ Bilic gets it right on all fronts

It is only a week ago that some extreme West Ham fans were calling for Slaven Bilic’s head. There were those media pundits (some in Sam Allardyce’s social circle no doubt!) who were stirring things up and suggesting it wouldn’t be long before the club were pining for the return of the 60-year-old former Bolton, […]

SHEP’S BLOG Big Sam camp waits to wield knife

To coin the old chestnut West Ham can now concentrate on the league. Getting knocked out of Europe in Romania on Thursday by Astra Giurgiu was no surprise in the circumstances and deep down a blessed relief for Slaven Bilic. The new West Ham boss  goes into the Premier League season  under immediate pressure and […]

Shep’s blog: Astra comeback a blessing in disguise

Before a ball had been kicked I suggested the Europa Cup could prove a poisoned chalice for West Ham  So it has proved and  they would be better off slipping quietly  out of the competition next Thursday in Romania before more damage is done. Agreed I argued  positives could be taken from the prolonged involvement […]

Beware! There’s still one player we really need

West Ham have secured some exciting looking signings this summer. This week Argentine starlet Manuel Lanzini  became  the seventh following  Dimitri Payet, Angel Ogbonna ,Pedro Obiang,Carl Jenkinson  Stephen Hendrie and Darren Randolph. On the face of it the squad has been significantly strengthened and with Slaven Bilic also prepared to consider some of the impressive young […]

Slav’s priorities will put noses out of joint

Slaven Bilic made no bones when asked by West Ham’s owners what his transfer market priority was. “A top centre half” was Bilic’s reply at the time of his appointment. The club was under the impression it was well stocked in that area: after all it had Winston Reid, James Tomkins, James Collins, and emerging […]

Sakho grabs two in Irons stroll

Rob Shepherd reporting from Upton Park West Ham 3 FC Lusitans 0 The Slaven Bilic era at West Ham got off to a predictable winning start as stiker  Diafra Sakho  sharpened his sword for the new season with two first half goals. It was never going to a mountain to climb against FC Lusitans of […]

Here’s the top Irons summer signing of all time

There is a positive buzz around West Ham right now. New manager Slaven Bilic has started work, a new retro style kit is selling like hot cakes as fans prepare to say a long Goodbye to the Boleyn Ground, there is the added spice of European football and the club is working hard to sign […]