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That was divine football lunacy …and so very West Ham


By Hugh Southon

Spurs 2 West Ham United 3

Some of us who have been around for a while sat, smiled and remembered: ‘That was so West Ham.’

When everything is fading and dying up they come, as they so often have, with one of the most stunning and remarkable nights under the lights and that it was the north London mob who got heir arses spanked under theirs made it soooo much better.

This was incredible, remarkable – oh pick your own word. It was a night when dreams are made and another Wembley visit and Final victory becomes more than a hope. After this it could almost be a probability.

Two goals down from Sissoko and Dele at half time and back come the Irons with two from the most maligned footballer in the club – Andre Ayewand a winner from the long forgotten defender Angelo Ogbonna.

Honestly, it it doesn’t get anymore Irons than that; ridiculous footballing lunacy at its most divine. It’s why some of have never gone showboating and supporting those so called aristocratic money bags outfit.

West Ham tonight owned our souls again with the most disastrous of first halves followed by a second of epic attacking and defending qualities.

Two goals from Ayew inside second half minutes put us all square before Ogbonna towered above the Spurs defence to thud home a headed winner.

Oh my God how could we have expected any of that but we needed to survive a battering at the back and we did with a tremendous contribution from young Declan Rice who got his head on every ball in that mattered .

The team gave us everything in that 45 minutes as they learned to win again and if I was a boozer I’d have sunk ten by now following the final whistle.

A magical night and I’m thrilled for Slaven Bilic – a decent man who finally got a break. Lost the dressing room eh? You’re having a laugh!



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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

13 comments on “That was divine football lunacy …and so very West Ham

  1. Nice to see Pardew in the commentary box, Forgot all about him, i’d have him back.
    Great win tonight. Good for Bilic

  2. Start that team on the weekend. They should be buzzing.

  3. First half isn’t that bad imho…we were good at the ball,but their first goal was really discouraging..

  4. I hope Slav has the courage to keep Adrian in goal the guy deserves to play he gives everything for the cause doesn’t complain and kept us in the match first half.

    • Spot on and great Character been a Claret & Hugh Servant for years. And is just as good if not better then Hart but cost much le

  5. We’re back to playing the West Ham Way 😉


  6. Bilic back in – for now!

  7. I just don’t know what to say really ..first half was the worst I’ve seen ..the players just looked liked they didn’t give a **** especially carol then that ha
    Pens In the second half ..but let’s just enjoy beating them spuds for the min. ..and see what happens Saturday

  8. Great ! But, where does it get us ? I just don’t know. The West Ham way suggests another miserable performance against Palace. But, after the superb second half display, who knows ? I just hope that the players now finally realise what they are capable of & finally get themselves together. Ayew looked like he was up for it from the start, but was getting nowhere, but most of the others were poor in the first half. Generally, we were sh*t in the first half & started the second in the same way. Then, Ayew gets his reward for all his effort & being in the right place, & scores 2. Well deserved – the best display from him that I have seen. Suddenly, the whole team is up for it. Things start to go right & Ogbonna caps one of his best displays with a great goal. Second half, we looked capable of beating anyone. Why ? I have been a supporter since 1958. I’ve seen these turn arounds on countless occasions; & I’ve seen first half displays & games such as Brighton all too often for my liking. It is just the way it is with West Ham. But, this (2nd. half) performance must surely lift the whole team & give us all the confidence we need to beat Palace & turn our season around. Also, Bilic is now, temporarily, a hero. He’s got to stay, hasn’t he ? With West Ham, who the hell knows !?

  9. Hugh, you’re thrilled for Slav, a decent man, etc. But you’ve called for his dismissal in recent weeks. You are as consistent as the team (isn’t)

  10. Being thrilled for a decent person and wanting him gone are not mutually exclusive and of course I could be wrong

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