Hogan Hammers Hero?

Back in the day there was a TV series called Hogan's Heroes in which a ramshackle bunch of P.O.W's led by Captain Hogan, including an appalling Dick Van Dyke sound alike 'cockerney', rang rings round ze germans, one of which named Schultz would famously say "I saw nothing!"when outfoxed by the cheeky chappies. Fast track to the present day, and the entertainment known as the Barclays Premier League transfer window, in this particular episode Hogan rides to the rescue of West Ham United, a team sadly lacking goals.

West Ham United v Manchester City Confirmed Team Sheets

West Ham United: 13Adrián, 4Nordtveit 2Reid 21Ogbonna 3Cresswell 31Fernandes 14Obiang 7Feghouli 10Lanzini 30Antonio 9Carroll Subs: 1Randolph 16Noble 24Fletcher 27Payet 28Calleri 35Oxford 36Quina
Manchester City: Caballero, Sagna, Stones, Otamendi, Clichy, Toure, Zabaleta, De Bruyne, Silva, Sterling, Aguero Subs: Nolito, Kolarov, Jesus Navas, Delph, Iheanacho, Garcia, Bravo

West Ham United 0 - 2 Mike Dean

West Ham United were well and truly shafted at the London Stadium, not by opponents Manchester United but by that tour de force of refereeing known as Mike Dean! Not only did he incorrectly issue a straight red card to Sofiane Feghouli within the first quarter hour for an innocuous but commited tackle that Phil Jones milked from here to closing time, but he compounded the injustice by allowing Manchester Utd's second goal to stand despite scorer Ibrahimovic being clearly offside. An irate Slaven Bilic: "I was pleased with the performance, we fought hard and gave everything.

Leicester City v West Ham United Confirmed Team Sheets

Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Chilwell, Mahrez, Drinkwater, Amartey, Albrighton, Slimani, Gray. Subs: Musa, King, Okazaki, Zieler, Ulloa, Mendy, Fuchs.
West Ham: Randolph, Nordtveit, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Noble, Kouyate, Antonio, Ayew, Payet, Carroll. Subs: Feghouli, Lanzini, Adrian, Obiang, Fletcher, Fernandes, Quina.

Return Of Defoe Gathers Momentum

The old adage of there being no smoke without fire might be applied to the increasing speculation that 34 year old striker Jermaine Defoe could return to West Ham United, a club who many believed that he let down badly by 'jumping ship' following relegation many many years ago. If Defoe did leave Sunderland, where he is captain and their main hope of Barclays Premier League survival, then he would be held with vitriol to a new dimension! So is it all agent talk?

Swansea City v West Ham United Confirmed Teams Sheets

Swansea: Fabianski, Rangel, Mawson, van der Hoorn, Kingsley, Cork, Britton, Routledge, Sigurdsson, Fulton, Borja Baston. Subs: Fer, Llorente, Dyer, Nordfeldt, Montero, Naughton, Fernandez.
West Ham: Randolph, Kouyate, Reid, Ogbonna, Antonio, Noble, Nordtveit, Cresswell, Payet, Carroll, Ayew. Subs: Feghouli, Adrian, Fletcher, Fernandes, Quina, Pike, Rice.

A Merry Christmas To All Orgers & West Ham Fans

It may not have been the season everyone had been hoping for or expecting, but with the assistance of the 'wooden' twelfth man and a lot of lady luck recently, West Ham United find themselves in a relatively comfortable Barclays Premier League position, had it not been for seven points in three games within such a short space of time feelings might not be so optimistic! Admittedly Slaven Billic has had to deal with an 'arsenalesque' amount of injuries, but he has also had to contend with some dubious signings, some of his own volition.

A Rallying Cry For West Ham Board?

Jonny is a West Ham fan and this timely film is a rallying cry to the board. While the stadium move is a positive step, the board's ongoing efforts to turn the fans' beloved club into something more like a retail brand is alienating. Touching on important themes that cut to the heart of modern football, the film (link below) is an irreverent and ultimately rousing call for the board to remember that West Ham United means more to people than just a brand.

Payet To Marseille But Not This Year, May Be Not This Decade!

Lost In Translation Again?

West Ham United v Hull City FC Confirmed Team Sheets

West Ham: Randolph, Kouyaté, Reid, Ogbonna, Antonio, Noble, Obiang, Cresswell, Lanzini, Payet, Carroll Substitutes: Nordtveit, Adrián, Ayew, Fletcher, Fernandes, Quina, Feghouli
Hull City: Marshall, Elmohamady, Dawson. Davies, Robertson, Snodgrass, Livermore, Clucas, Mason, Henriksen, Diomande. Substitutes: Maguire, Meyler, Huddlestone, Jakupovic, Weir, Tymon, Bowen

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