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Noble/Tomkins: The finances

Local boys Mark Noble and James Tomkins signed deals worth less than the personal terms reported in the general media. It was widely believed that Nobes had signed a deal worth £50k a week and his pal Tomkins’ new contract was valued at around the £40k a week mark. ClaretandHugh understands according to sources that […]

Tomkins: We aren’t expected to lose like that

James Tomkins has bemoaned West Ham’s “out of character defeat” by Crystal Palace declaring: “We were not expected to lose, especially in the fashion we did.” He said: “It was a frustrating afternoon for sure.  It was out of character for us. This season we’ve beaten all the teams below us in the league, but […]

Sam’s a busted flush – call the cab Daves!

I’ve been attacked many times on forums as a Sam hater! In fact I hate nobody – far too strong a word. So before writing this piece I went back through the various pieces I have written on the manager this season to decide whether that’s justified as a perception. To be honest I couldn’t […]

How the Irons rated

Adrian: No chance with the goals but some good stops 7 Jenkinson: Tried hard to make things happen – they didn’t 5 Reid: Some great interventions in first half – off boil second 5 Tomkins: No better than adequate against lively front line 5 Cresswell: Sliced Murray header for first goal – not his best […]

Shocked Allardyce tries to make a case

Stunned Sam Allardyce had one or two excuses for the shocking  defeat at the hands of Palace. And with Palace reduced to ten men for the last 30 minutes, the defeat became even less bearable despite the team waking up and managing an Enner Valencia goal and plenty of pressure and chances. However, if you […]

Irons 1 Palace 3 The knee jerk reaction

We have come to a place where we simply don’t know which West Ham are going to turn up from week to week! And for a Sam Allardyce team o concede three goals from three set pieces is unthinkable and simply not acceptable. To watch the team deciding to play only when they are three […]

Allardyce: Tomkins for England

Sam Allardyce has called on Roy Hodgson needs to take a look at James Tomkins. He reckons his centre-back, 25, looks every inch an England international saying: “Why shouldn’t Roy Hodgson look at James Tomkins? “He is playing very well, very consistent and he’s at a very good age so if they ever need a centre-half, […]

Pardew discusses Allardyce contract

Alan Pardew has declared that  Sam Allardyce’s contract situation is very much a two way street. As the Hammers boss heads towards the end of the season with no guarantee of a new deal  the Crystal Palace manager said: “It is not just what the club want to offer Sam. It is what options Sam […]

Sakho: Why Palace game is special for me!

Diafra Sakho has quickly learned the excitement of London derbies but tomorrow’s game against Palace is especially important to him. He said: “”I am really looking forward to our game on Saturday against Crystal Palace, I look forward to every game but particularly at home, playing in front of our fans. “The game against Crystal […]

Tony Gale responds to Hackett apology

Tony Gale has responded to Keith Hackett’s apology to the West Ham fans for his horrendous FA Cup gaffe 24 years ago by declaring: “That stuff kills your dreams.” ClaretandHugh revealed today Hackett had issued his apology in an exclusive interview with ClaretandHugh’s Sean Whetstone and Nigel Kahn last night. And responding, Gale explained his […]