Time to raise the roof!


west-ham-fans-bubblesThis is a personal message from me as a lifelong fan rather than as the bloke who founded and runs this website with Sean.

I have heard every argument for and against everybody involved in the positions that matter at this club – the directors, players, manager – whoever.

The moans and groans are relentless right now and by and large understandable. We’ve heard all about “the shocking summer signings , the lack of effort from the players, the anxieties over the manager and his tactic and the board’s lack of investment” to the point of utter tedium.

It’s been a horrible season but on this night  – ahead of one our most important games for years and tomorrow as we head into the most important game in a long long time-  let’s put all of that aside and create a mood and atmosphere which Swansea will find impossible to operate within.

We all care so much. Let’s use that energy to be the 12th, 13th and 14th men.


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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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  • kevin says:

    Nonsense, Hugh .
    We have had too many ” most important games for years ” events .
    Since the late to mid-sixties we should have been a massive club . I , as a fan and supporter am very tired of us being fodder for the successful clubs ., and smaller clubs that show some initiative .
    It’s been going on far too long . People want to see Thier teams win things , or , at the very least show some interest in wining things . Our last two fortunate excursion’s into Europe were embarrassing and insulting to the fans that pay good money and give Thier heart and soul to the team . We don’t want to fodder for other teams that show more passion .
    Naturally I shall be behind the team on Saturday , but , that doesn’t mean I agree with you.
    As for raising the roof ,, first we have to build one . If we escape this season intact it will be because other teams have let us , not , because we earned it .

    • Think I may have been supporting them longe than you mate and my Hammers experience has been magical – sorry yours is always such a crap with the accompanying misery bag reflecions!

    • Stratford E20 says:

      I fully understand where you are coming from kevin. I fear today’s game. I expect the atmosphere to be very tense and quiet because of the way that we have been playing. It will be even worse if we fall behind. We’re talking about Swansea… I can’t believe we’re here again.

  • The Demon says:

    Couldn’t agree more. Things haven’t been great on several fronts, but there’s no reason why a lack of support when the year need us should be one of them.

    Whether the new stadium is your cup of tea or not, when we get into full voice, it rocks. The Chelsea cup game, the noise after Carroll’s strike against Palace and the urging of the crowd as we chased Leicester all show that when get behind them, they play better. It might not be enough, but that’s no reason not to give it our all.

    Just don’t ask me to repeat this when we’re 2-0 down at half time….

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