If you’re like me and wondering what on earth to ask for for Christmas or what to buy a Hammers fan for a present, then look no further than Alan Shubrooks’ beautifully produced book of photographs taken over an 8 year period of West Ham United’s home and away games.
The 83rd FA Cup final took place at Wembley Stadium on 2nd May 1964 between West Ham United and Preston North End. The Hammers, captained by Bobby Moore and managed by Ron Greenwood has seen off Charlton Athletic, Leyton Orient – although through a replay, Swindon and Burnley in the previous rounds to earn a semi final place against Manchester United at Hillsborough on 14th March of that year. The Hammers first semi final appearance for 31 years.
Joining the Hammers aged 14, Ngakia has played both right back and right wing and you can see how offensively he plays with some wonderful runs down the wing to give the forward players space and time on the attack.
After the excellent performance at Anfield against runaway league leaders Liverpool, the Hammers followed that up with a convincing win against The Saints at the London Stadium
The draw against The Seagulls at London Stadium on Saturday felt like a defeat. After holding a 3-1 lead the shape of the team changed when Moyes replaced Antonio with Masuaku and put 5 at the back we lost the movement and danger we had going forward.
Moyes set up the team to restrict Liverpool and the game plan worked until the penalty awarded to the opposition on 35mins. Until then the Hammers worked hard to keep Liverpool at bay and sit deep, venturing into wide and forward positions when able.
I have not felt angry about the club for a while, but I felt anger on Saturday. I’m not angry with the owners – I don’t think that will achieve anything. They are here for the long haul. (Although there is talk of a stay away protest for the Liverpool game) I am not angry with Moyes, he was badly treated the last time he managed us and now he has inherited a team in a torrid state and low on confidence and quality. He is doing the best he can.
A miserable night of football as West Ham legend Martin Peters is honoured before the game.
When my mum passed away my brother and I spent quite some time going through her things. Never an easy thing to do but to be honest, I was grateful to share this time with my brother to remember my mum and what she meant to us both. Memories, locked within so many different everydayContinue reading “From the Stands”