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Season tickets finally go on sale

TicketofficeSeason tickets for the London Stadium finally went on sale today five days later than originally planned due to logistical issues.

Yesterday the club published a new pricing tariff for the 5,000 new season tickets which will now be available to the top of the 55,000 supporters who paid a tenner a time to join the waiting list.

Adults season tickets have risen between 5% and 6% while new under 16’s will pay between a 100% and 200% rise in bands one two and three while bands 4 and 5 stay the same.
seasonticketSupporters at the top end of the Waiting List will be allocated a window in line with their position on the List. These supporters will receive an email notification of their window, advising when they can call the Ticket Office to purchase their Season Ticket.

The procedure will work in the same way, the relocation window operated.  Those who turn down the opportunity will lose their place on the waiting list.

The first 3,000 were pre-selected when the club thought they were about to increase the capacity to 60,000 which now will not happen in time for next season. These 3,000 will now get the first opportunity to get a seat.

If you have received an email to get your time slot or been lucky enough to get a new season ticket let us know.


Parkesy hands down his Joe Hart verdict


Phil Parkes has waded into the discussion over whether Joe Hart should be a realistic target for the Irons this summer and made his feelings crystal clear.

Big Phil – who justifiably carries the title of “best goalkeeper in Hammers history ” for many issued a brutal assessment of the stopper in warning Slaven Bilic and the board against buying or loaning the stopper.

Hart is on a reported £100k wage a week and would make a massive dent in the club’s budget at a time when strikers are the priority.

And Parkesy declared: I’ve never really rated him – he makes too may mistakes and I remember the Torino chairman summing  his time at the club on loan.

“He said: ‘Joe Hart was okay but I really wasn’t expecting him to make as many mistakes as he did while he with us.”

Parkes added: “There really aren’t that many decent keepers around anymore and Hart was probably the best of a bad bunch. I really can’t see how the Hammers can justify spending that sort of cash on wages for him.”

Parkes believes the goalkeeping position has almost become forgotten with clubs focused on strikers and top midfielders.

He said: “To be brutally honest there are very few seriously good keepers around anyway. Were the club interested in buying one then Burnley’s Tom Heaton would be a punt. I like him but I imagine his club would put a silly price tag on him.

Fraser Forster at Southampton is another who has been mentioned but he’s another who can be error prone so we are probably as well off sticking with what we’ve got.

“Adrian and Darren Randolph are very similar and I guess the pre-season will decide who starts the season although as the man in possession  Adrian is favourite.”



Noble kept things secret

Mark-Noble-640914Mark Noble has revealed that he and the club kept his hernia problem a secret last season but is now looking forward to a top pre-season.

And it has now emerged from Mark that he played through the pain barrier until the last possible moment but has been working hard on his rehab and is looking forward to the resumption of pre-season training.

He told the official website: “I knew I had the hernias February time and me and the physios took it on ourselves not to say anything until the club was safe.

“It kept getting worse and worse and I went to see the surgeon before the Spurs game and he said ‘it’s urgent now, you need to have an operation.’

“Then we beat Spurs and were mathematically safe so it all worked out well.”

The captain also spoke of new signing Pablo Zabaleta saying: “He’s [Zabaleta] an all-round good fella,” Noble said. “I’ve spoken to him on text already and he’s really keen to meet the lads in pre-season.





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New roles for Brady and Antonio

AntonioKarren Brady and Hammer of the Year Michail Antonio have been unveiled as ambassadors for West Ham United Ladies.

The Hammers had revealed they were making significant improvements to the Ladies set-up, with a number of full-time appointments and ambitious plans to reach WSL1 in the next five years.

Now vice chairman Brady and top goalscorer Antonio becoming official ambassadors for the Ladies’ side.

Brady said: “My Board have been very keen to bring the Ladies Team in house so we can really help them establish themselves as a real force in the women’s game.

“From the top down, West Ham United is passionately committed to equality which is why I am extremely happy to become an ambassador for West Ham United Ladies at such an exciting period in the team’s development.

Michail Antonio said: “I couldn’t be happier to offer my support and time to help West Ham United Ladies hit their ambitious targets over the coming years.



New deal on cards for midfielder

Pedro scored his first ever Hammers game

West Ham are ready to offer a new deal to Pedro Obiang!

The midfielder is now recovering from an injury which saw him miss the last part of the 2016/17 campaign with interest reported from Everton, Ac Milan and Sevilla.

Earlier there was speculation that Liverpool were also interested but the Irons are determined to beat off inquiries for the player who was in the running for Hammer of the Year until his ankle injury injury in March.e

The club makes a practice of offering new terms to players who have seriously impressed as was the case with Michail Antonio and Aaron Cresswell soon after his arrival from Ipswich.

Now Obiang is in line for a deal with talks set to get underway although he remains tied down to the club until 2019 anyway.

He is believed to be earning around £35,000 a week but can expect to see that rise to around £50k- personal terms that would match his £12 million valuation.


Hammers encouraged by Chelsea moves

batshWest Ham are watching anxiously as Chelsea are reported to be in their opening moves to take Robert Lewandowski to Stamford Bridge.

It seems that Diego Costa’s Blues days are very much behind him with Antonio Conte deciding that the Spaniard can leave south west London.

But a lack of movement in the market has inhibited the Hammers hopes of clinching a deal for Belgian international Michy Batshuyai who is unsettled at the club after a season on the sidelines last term.

Now however, the dominoes may be about to topple with Lewandowski reported to be a serious Blues target although Romelu Lukaku is also believed to be in Chelsea’s sights.

Hammers insiders have made it clear that Batshuyai is at the top of their target list either as a permanent signing or on loan.

And we were told: “It genuinely is a waiting game. We are keen to get into talks and are watching all developments here and at the other clubs where we are interested in players and are ready to move. It’s encouraging if thing are moving at Chelsea”



West Ham home kit launched


West Ham’s home kit for 2017/2018 has been officially launched by the club. The shirt was previously leaked in Thailand and went viral on the Internet.

Supporters who pre-order have been offered  a 10% discount off all 2017/18 home shirts plus free UK mainland standard delivery to selected UK postcodes.

The claret and blue kit takes inspiration from the famous strip worn by Billy Bonds and Trevor Brooking in the 1976 European Cup Winners’ Cup final, with both West Ham legends featuring in the video campaign for the new kit.

“Everyone knows that West Ham United is claret and blue, it’s who we are. This season’s kit is a really nice take on that theme and I think the Claret and Blue Army will really like it,” said Club captain Mark Noble to WHUFC.com.

“It’s the material that is the most important for us players and when we tried it on at the photoshoot the boys were all really impressed with how it felt, and we are really looking forward to playing in it next season.”

The shirt fronts and collar feature the popular chevron design worn by the Hammers for the first time in their memorable meeting with Anderlecht and throughout the late 1970s. The chevrons also take inspiration from West Ham’s famous crossed Hammers, as well as our London Stadium home, where the iconic floodlights, giant cantilever roof and supporting infrastructure also feature the same triangular shape.

The Hammers’ new Home kit is available to pre-order now online from the Official West Ham Store or in person at the Club’s London Stadium, Lakeside Thurrock and Liberty Romford stores.

The shirt is priced at £55 for Adult sizes and £45 for Junior sizes, with all fans receiving a 10% discount and free delivery on all Home shirt purchases.  With a discount at £49.50 for adults, it is cheaper than the offers seen by Sports Direct in recent weeks.



The West Ham £200m waiting game

Chelsea-striker-Michy-Batshuayi-614216We all know that West Ham want two good strikers this summer transfer window, the problem is that most of the Premier League club want proven strikers also.

Arsenal, Manchester City, Chelsea, Southampton, West Brom, Palace, Liverpool and Everton are just some of the clubs on the lookout for a new striker and most are prepared to break their club’s transfer record awash with money from the new £5.5 billion TV deal.

Olivier-Giroud1The Hammers are playing a waiting game with Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City in the hope that can land their own prime striker targets to have a domino effect to release our summer targets. The situation is somewhat like a housing chain when buying a house. Only one part of the chain needs to fail to stall the whole process.

In the case of Chelsea, they are hoping to land Lukaku for around £80m to allow them to consider loaning out Michy Batshuayi, Arsenal

Arsenal are said to want Alexandre Lacazette and have been quoted a fee of €55 million (£48.7 million) plus €12 million (£10.6 million) in add-ons to sign the former West Ham target. If the mega £59.3m transfer comes off they would be able to release Oliver Giroud.

KelSimilarly, Manchester City are said to be considering a bid for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who would cost them a cool 70 million Euros from Borussia Dortmund which is around £61.5m. In turn, they would release Kelechi Iheanacho.

These three transfers worth almost £200m between them would start the ball rolling for West Ham transfer business to take place. Quite simply no self-respecting football club will release a decent striker until they have guaranteed a replacement.

Quite simply no self-respecting football club will release a decent striker until they have guaranteed a replacement.  We have to be patient as we are not at the top of the food chain!


Irons unfazed by Wenger as Giroud chase continues


West Ham remain untroubled by Arsenal boss  Arsene Wenger’s claim that he needs Olivier Giroud to remain at the club next season.

The Gooners boss claimed in various reports today that Giroud – despite only starting 11 games last season – was an important member of his squad and that he wanted the Frenchman striker to stay.

The Irons however, are continuing to work behind the scenes in their bid to grab to the player rated at around £15-£20m knowing that everything could change should Wenger successfully land prime target Alexandre Lacazette or another on his wish list.

It is well known that Wenger is very much in the market for a top forward and has a policy of looking carefully at players once they reach 30 plus.

ClaretandHugh was told by a senior Hammers source: “It’s very very early days in the market and it’s no secret that Arsenal are looking for a top striker so we remain confident that there’s an awful lot left to develop on this one.

“Not many of the top clubs are ready to talk about transfers out until they have organised the transfers in.”



Season Ticket Price Rises by over 200%

TicketofficeWest Ham have raised the cost of new season tickets for the coming season. Although 47,000 season ticket holders had their ticket prices frozen, 5,000 new season tickets at the London Stadium must pay an increased price range.

Prices have risen above the rate of inflation seeing between a 5% and 6% added on to existing adult season tickets.

Under 16 prices have seen a massive increase possibly in an effort to reduce abuse and non-attendance which saw many empty seats.

Band 1 Under 16’s will now pay £300 an increase of over 200%, Band 2 kids will pay £250 an increase of over 150% while band 3 will pay £200 an increase of over 100% on existing season ticket holders.

Band 4 and 5 Under 16’s remain at £99!

There are said to be over 55,000 on the season ticket waiting list with under 5,000 getting a chance to buy one.

The club expects one in three to take up the offer despite the price rise.

2017/18 new Season Ticket prices:

Season Ticket Prices
Adult O65s & U21s U16s Disabled Adult Disabled Concession
1966 £1,155 £1,155 £1,155 £1,155 £1,155
Band 1 £945 £475 £300 £475 £300
Band 2 £840 £420 £250 £420 £250
Band 3 £630 £315 £200 £315 £200
Band 4 £525 £265 £99 £265 £175
Band 5 £289 £145 £99 £145 £145