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West Ham Club London members feel left out

Club London Corporate Members feel left out of the recent renewal deadline change negotiated by the Official Supporters’ Board (OSB).

West Ham general season ticket holders, away scheme away members and payment scheme supporters have all had their deadlines moved out but the corporate hospitality deadline remains the same on 17th April.

One Club London member called Stuart took to social media to ask West Ham on social media: “Anyone who has a lounge ticket found out about the 11% price rise one week after general admission and have a deadline of April 17th!!! was this discussed at all?”

Corporate members have been asked to commit to three years before the 17th April if they want to keep their hospitality lounge access.

Another Club London member called Andy Dennis also took to Twitter to say: “As a Club London member I just got a text saying if  I commit six grand to 3 years BY 5PM TODAY – i get entered into a prize draw for a tiny chance of a signed shirt – Now, where’s my bank details. No Thanks !”

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Declan Rice pokes fun at Spurs

Hammer Declan Rice poked fun at Spurs telling West Ham TV at Wembley post-match “I thought we beat Spurs here last season,” in reply when asked what was going through his mind as he warmed up before the game ahead of his debut.

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Report: Hammers are big admirers of Milan star

According to a report by Calciomercato.com West Ham are said to be big admirers of AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie who is wanted by Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs this summer.

The Ivorian moved to the San Siro from Atalanta in summer 2017 in a two-year loan deal, with Milan expected to pay €20m this summer to make it a permanent move.

The Italian has have implied that recent events have left Kessie’s future at the club in doubt. They have hinted that the midfielder’s recent struggles for form, as well as a spat with team-mate Lucas Biglia on the bench during Sunday’s defeat to Inter, could have changed Milan’s mindset. It has been reported that an offer of €40m would tempt the Rossoneri to sell.

Claret and Hugh say:

There is no doubt that this guy has talent but to spend over £34m on a midfielder and therefore seems unlikely and we would also need to sell to buy. With the loss of Andy Carroll and Andy Carroll and the possible loss of Marko Arnautovic and Javier Hernandez as well one would think that strikers will be the main priority this summer and where the majority of the transfer budget will go.

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Obiang scores in Sudan

Hammer Pedro Obiang scored his first international goal for Equatorial Guinea as the midfielder helped his side to an easy 4-1 win over Sudan. The Hammers midfielder broke his International duck and fired home in the 85th minute in his nation’s side win, capping a strong performance away from home in Friday’s African Cup of Nations qualifier.

Obiang started the fixture, earning his second cap for Equatorial Guinea since declaring for the country last year, and helped the team to take a 2-1 lead at half-time. Sudan took the lead through Mohamed Mukkhtar but two penalties, tucked away by captain Emilio Nsue, gave the away side the advantage.

Pablo Ganet added a third for Equatorial Guinea four minutes after the restart, before Obiang struck to secure an emphatic win.

Despite the victory, Equatorial Guinea did not qualify for the 2019 AFCON Finals in Egypt after finishing third in Group A with six points from six matches.

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Hammer seeks to secure Copa America Brazilian place

Felipe Anderson is looking to impress Brazil’s manager this weekend as he seeks to secure his place in the team’s Copa America squad this summer.  The Hammer joined up with the national team for Saturday’s friendly at home to Panama and the trip to play Czech Republic on Tuesday.

“I can’t wait,” Anderson told WHUFC.com. “It has been a long time since I was called up to the Brazilian national team and that’s very important to me.  I want to thank West Ham because this club has allowed me to showcase my abilities. As a consequence of playing well I got a call up after a long time, so I’m very excited to go there and show my worth there too. We have this competition [the Copa America], but there’s a lot of things that can happen before then. I have to keep on playing well here with West Ham and then go there and show what I can do.

“For sure, going to the competition is one of my goals but I have to keep on doing my job here and good things will ensue as a consequence.”



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Chicharito misses start for Mexico

Chicharito had to wait patiently on the bench until the second half as his Mexico teammates won over Chile in an overnight friendly.

The West Ham striker was a second half substitute in the fixture at the Qualcomm Stadium.  Mexico’s forward line was instead led by Wolves’ Raul Jimenez, who opened the goalscoring with a penalty, which he tucked away on 52 minutes.  A quick-fire double from the highly-rated Hirving Lozano just 12 minutes later had the game wrapped up in Mexico’s favour.

Chile were able to find a consolation thanks to Nicolas Castillo’s goal 20 minutes from time, with Chicharito entering the fray on 75 minutes.

It was a brief run-out for the 30-year-old, but Chicharito will have another opportunity to pull on the Mexico shirt when his nation play Paraguay and fellow teammate Fabian Balbuena in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Fabian Balbuena was on the wrong end of a 1-0 scoreline on Friday evening, losing 1-0 to Peru.

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Last chance for 2019 London Stadium Survey

Over 3,75o West Ham match going supporters have already filled out the 2019 London Stadium in the first ten hours since it was published last Wednesday.

Now in its third year, the 20 question survey is designed to gauge changing perceptions and experiences of fans to the London Stadium since the Hammers move in the summer of 2016.

Supported by a number of different West Ham websites, blogs and social media accounts, the survey was completed by over 10,000 match-going supporters in previous years.

The 2019 survey takes around three minutes to fill out and is designed only for those who have visited the London Stadium in person to sample one or more West Ham games this season. Please base your answers on your most recent visit to the London stadium to recognise areas which may have improved.

We would like to encourage as many season ticket holders, claret members and general admission ticket supporters to answer this questionnaire as possible so please spread the word far and wide on forums and social media. This is designed to be an independent survey of supporters and not affiliated one particular West Ham site, blog or social media channel.

A copy of the results of this survey including all comments will be shared with the West Ham board of directors after the closing date of  11 pm Sunday 24th March.

Fill in the 2019 London Stadium Survey here at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Y6JN8JG

Many Thanks

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West Ham summer spending poll results revealed

West Ham supporters believe the club will need to spend big again this summer despite having limited transfer funds available.

Over 17% of 1,103 Claret and Hugh readers say the club should spend between £51-£60m this summer while over 16% say they should spend over £100m at the end of this season.

A further 15% say the summer transfer budget should be between £71-£80m with over 14% say it should be between £41m-£50m.

Less than 10% say we should spend less £40m before next season starts in August.

The Hammers are thought to have budgeted around £20m-£25m without outbound sales factored in against a backdrop of losses for this season of around £25m-£30m.

Last Summer the club spent £89.5m but club insiders say that is not financially sustainable and we must sell to buy to increase the summer transfer kitty.

Full Poll Results: 1,103 Votes

£51m-£60m (193) 17.5%
Over £100m (181) 16.41%
£71m-£80m (166) 15.05%
£41m-£50m (159) 14.42%
£61m-£70m (135) 12.24%
£91m-£100m (107) 9.7%
£81m-£90m (70) 6.35%
£31m-£40m (58) 5.26%
£21m-£30m (19) 1.72%
Nothing (11) 1%
£10m-£20m (4) 0.36%

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Di Canio sings Bubbles

Former Hammer Paolo Di Canio completed his second night of a three-night tour with John Hartson last night. West Ham supporters have paid between £36 and £121 to listen to the West Ham legend at the Broadway in Barking.

Perhaps the most beloved West Ham player of the last 20 years, Paolo Di Canio excited and excelled, frustrated and, at times, overheated during his three-and-a-half seasons in Claret and Blue. He made 141 appearances scoring 51 goals between 1999-2003 for the Hammers.

The passionate Italian always wore his heart on his sleeve whenever he pulled on a Hammers shirt, having joined Harry Redknapp’s squad after being banned for pushing referee Paul Alcock while playing for previous club Sheffield Wednesday. However, the gamble paid off as Di Canio inspired West Ham to a fifth-place Premier League finish in his first few months in east London. Later the same year, 1999, he was part of the team which won the UEFA Intertoto Cup by defeating French club Metz over two legs.

The 1999/00 season also ended in memorable style as Di Canio scored an unforgettable volley in West Ham’s Premier League win over Wimbledon at the Boleyn Ground before being voted Hammer of the Year.

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Poll: Which Premier League position will West Ham finish?

With just seven games remaining we ask where West Ham will finish in this season’s Premier League table.

The Hammers currently sit in ninth after 31 games on 42 points just one point off Watford in eighth and two points off Wolves in seventh for that European spot.

Leicester City is just one point behind us in tenth with Everton two points behind and Bournemouth are four points behind.

With 21 points still to play for we can still rise as well as fall.

The Premier League title is now out of reach but we could mathematically still achieve 2nd place and  Champions League football if those above us mostly lose and draw a few games where they play each other while we win our all remaining seven games.

Mathematically we could also still be relegated if we lose the next seven games and those below us win and draw games against each other.

Now back to reality the real range of where we will finish is between most likely between 7th and 12th so we ask that question in today’s Claret and Hugh poll.