OUR latest State of Play report looks at West Ham United. This is a club with a very distinctive regional identity: the club of the cockneys, … Continue reading West Ham United: The next step
WEST HAM UNITED’s 2019-20 financial accounts reveal the initial impact of the pandemic in 2020, but offer little comfort for the current season, which could be even more of a concern for the club. The Hammers’ turnover, at £ 140 … Continue reading West Ham suffer first covid crunch – worse to come?
THE 1974-75 season wasn’t a classic for English football. The country had been suffering a long hangover after the national team’s exit from the World Cup. We were excluded from the 1974 finals in West Germany, pinning our hopes on … Continue reading Docherty’s Manchester United and a hint of total football
IN 1970, West Ham United’s manager, Ron Greenwood, a student of the global game, returned from Mexico with what he thought was a trump card. He was interested in signing Israel’s captain and star player, Mordechai Spiegler. His fascination with … Continue reading Mordechai Spiegler – a star in the Middle East that never got to shine
CLOTH CAP nostalgia is a popular pastime among football folk as inner cities continue to be purged of their old football stadiums, replaced by smart, antiseptic structures of white steel and plastic. Horse manure no longer squelches underfoot as fans … Continue reading Goodison Park – where games for the people are still played
ON THE London Fenchurch Street railway line out to Essex there was a building that resembled a mill of some sort, alongside a canal. On the wall of this mill was scrawled, “West Ham United – World Cup winners 1966”. … Continue reading Forever blowing bubbles – West Ham’s mid-60s heroes