Bargain! Extraordinary issue for extraordinary times

Are you looking for the perfect Father’s Day gift for your West Ham-supporting Dad? Blowing Bubbles might just have the answer!
The monthly magazine has a Father’s Day offer of 25% off their 10-issue hard copy subscriptions for UK, European and International Hammers.
To take advantage of this offer, visit and enter FathersDay in the coupon section when checking out with either a UK, Europe or International 10-issue subscription.
Editor David Blackmore, who launched the fanzine in 2012, says anyone purchasing a subscription as a gift for their father will be able to present them with a copy of their June issue on Sunday, 21 June.
“Our June issue is an extraordinary issue in an extraordinary time,” David says. “It’s a terrific memento that beautifully captures life for a West Ham fan since March when we published our last issue.
“It’s arguably one of the best issues we’ve ever produced and I’m sure West Ham Dads up and down the country would love to receive a copy of our June issue on Father’s Day with the promise of nine more to come!”
Blowing Bubbles’ June issue is dedicated to key workers and is their first cover image to not involve a West Ham player. It comes after they weren’t able to print in April and May because their printers were closed.
David continued: “When Boris Johnson announced our lockdown measures, our lockdown measures back in March, it didn’t even cross my mind that this would impact our operation, somewhat ignorantly. If anything, I thought it would give us the opportunity to provide a bit of escapism for you each month.
“As we were applying the final touches to what would have been our April issue, our printers got in touch to say they were stopping the presses. So for the first time since 2012, the Blowing Bubbles express was held up in March (it’s a real place you know, in Cambridgeshire!), waiting for a green light to continue.

“But while the Premier League and the production of our magazine was no match for coronavirus, I think it’s so important that we always remember those who have helped stop it in its tracks.

“Our June issue is dedicated to all of our key workers. From those working in health and social care, education, childcare, food and other necessary. And to those working for key public services, utility workers, public safety, national security, and transport – we wanted to salute the part they’ve played to help keep us safe.

“The past few months have been extraordinary and so is this issue. It’s another step towards a new normal. What the future holds for this magazine – and the football world – remains unclear right now but hopefully a new path will emerge.”

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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!"

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