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80 Hammers ways to ease the lockdown blues

Our partners at Blowing Bubbles Monthly know that everyone is looking desperately for something to do in their enforced lockdown until rules are eased further.
And their team wanted to do its best to make sure you’ve got something to read, memories to re-live and things to learn.

Editor Dave Blackmore with a previous edition of Blowing Bubbles

hat’s why they’ve made their back issues available to read online, for free! Their new digital archive contains more than 80 issues of the magazine for your enjoyment any time, on any device. You can delve into their digital archive here.

If you’re new to Blowing Bubbles, you can expect big interviews, columns written by former Hammers and a plethora of opinions. All pieces are written by West Ham fans, for West Ham fans.

Over the years, they’ve had some extraordinary interviews with the likes of Pele, David Gold and Mark Noble as well as former players such as John Hartson, Tony Cottee and Dean Ashton, to name but a few. They’re now all available to read in the digital archive.

There are also many timeless pieces to flick through. In previous issues they’ve counted down the best players in West Ham’s history, given their best XI in the Premier League years and ranked managers from worst to best.

They love to get feedback from readers with similar or contrasting opinions to their team – it’s all part of being dedicated supporters of a club. Now, more than ever, they’re hoping to keep conversations going, meet new people online and get talking.

Editor David Blackmore said: “We’re really excited be able to offer so many of our back issues online. It’s taken a lot of effort to get everything uploaded but it’s absolutely worth it.

“Covid-19 has changed everyone’s lives in some way and if we can offer people some light relief or an opportunity to get some sport back into their lives as a way of relaxing, then we’re glad to do it.”

For those of you who don’t know them too well, Blowing Bubbles has evolved over the last seven and a bit years into a monthly print and digital offering with thousands of dedicated readers every month.

Blowing Bubbles is the brainchild of David Blackmore who, following West Ham’s promotion to the Premier League in 2012, decided to fully commit to actioning the idea he’d had for a while. Over the years, he recruited great writers who shared a similar passion for the Hammers.


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About Hugh5outhon1895

Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

2 comments on “80 Hammers ways to ease the lockdown blues

  1. Hugh, Sorry – this is nothing to do with this article – but, did you read Martin Samuel’s piece in the Mail today ? It really blows open the farcical situation with weighted points per game. It is something that our Management must be made aware of – as West Ham would be the losers if this system is adopted. Please read it & make the Management aware of it. I think it is essential that we fight this ludicrously unfair system of distributing points, if games are not played. I have always said that the season would not resume, but that is the only way that this problem can be brought to a fair solution. This could be behind closed doors now, or as normal whenever we are able to play games with normal attendances ie next season.

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