Hammers in October shake-up


There’s not much joy for us traditional Saturday afternoon football lovers these days,

Once again October sees three Hammers fixtures amended to suit the broadcasters who have the game completely tied up.

Three matches have been given new dates and times, with two of those outings chosen for live broadcast in the United Kingdom.

Our first Premier League match of the month sees Newcastle United visit on Sunday 8 October at 2pm, but has not been selected for television broadcast. This match has been moved due to West Ham’s involvement in the UEFA Europa League group stage the preceding Thursday.

David Moyes will next take his Irons to face Aston Villa, with the trip to Villa Park chosen for live coverage by Sky Sports. The clash with Unai Emery’s side will be played on Sunday 22 October at 4.30pm.

Completing a hat-trick of Sunday fixtures in the month is our home match against Everton on Sunday 29 October at 1pm, with Sky Sports again broadcasting the encounter in the UK. Again, this fixture has been moved due to the Irons Europa League group-stage tie the preceding Thursday.

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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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