Trials, Tribulations and Triumphs of being 3,473 Miles from Upton Park and West Ham United (Aug 2011 - May 2016)
I know that I still have the Man I.O.U. to re do, but other than that I am thinking that this is the Last Post.It's been a lot of work and a lot of fun and I'd like to make a massive shout out to Mr Smitty and Filthy Rich who rode along with me from start to finish. Also Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em, who whenever I thought has stopped commenting all together would chime back in. Thanks to to everyone else that came along for any part of the journey or just dropped by for a "butchers". West Ham no longer play at The Boleyn and I'm not sure if the first Europa League game will be played at The Olympic, but word is the Brady Bunch will ask for the first draw locations to be reversed if we draw the first leg at home - then it will be Stratford.
Well done Mr P, been a pleasure to add my somewhat tunnel vision, although of course reasonable and objective, views to your fine body of work. I'll have to run over to KUMB now with my 2c.At least you / we went out on a high note, I don't think we're gonna be close to winning it all in Europe but it will be entertaining, a decent run and we can only get better. Back in those leaden days with The Fat F*** in the drivers seat we were looking at the OS opener being Huddersfield (or some such) with a close fought park the bus 0-0, in front of 3 Belgian tourist and several stray dogs.Now we have a top flight Ironacoaster. COYI!!!!!!
I was reading Joe England's "5 Managers" fanzine, or was it "Push ? An interview with Jah Wobble - that strange bird the East End Spud - he said that West Ham had to decide between being Arsenal or Millwall and I firmly believe we have made the right move. I hear it's going to be harder to get tickets at The Olympic than it was at The Bloeyn !
And the good thing is they won't all be tourists and dogs buyin em. Wonder what the accoustics are like at the OS?
I have no idea about the acoustics Smitty, but there's unlikely to be anything as good as a corrugated iron fence to bang yer boots against !
It has been a fun and enlightening ride mr p and fellows......Some really top shelf artwork and cultural references. If I was in charge I would go all out to win the Europa league. Big noisy european nights will help to establish a new legend and history of WHU.
I'm with you Filthy - a few of the right calibre of players in and al little bit of luck, we could give Europa a serious go and thanks again for riding along !
I didn't say we won't do well in Europa but I don't think even with a few additions we've got enough to do it all - I could be wrong of course. We'll do better than last year of course.These are heady times for us and whatever happens it's gonna be fun.I'm sure there'll be a shortage of corrugated but a few games and I'm sure there'll be a adequate substitute once a few things come loose but I'm sure if the accoustics are good there'll be some great chanting to break it in.
As I'm sure you're aware Smitty, all we have to do is win the first round and we'll have done better than last year. But I won't be surprised if Payet is absent when it kicks off - I'm thinking he'll be a busy boy with France this Euros. Do we have anyone else on Euro/Copa America duty ? I can only think of Ginge for Cymru ?
Yep, I was aware. So we have a great chance to do better:)Can't think of anyone else but I don't think, or we shouldn't, need Dimi for the openers.
By the time the end of July rolls around Smitty, we should have some new blood in the squad anyway, some of it chaffing at the bit to get stuck in. Plenty o speculation on the KUMB summer transfer thread.
Yep Plenny of speculation and I'm sure SS with buy well.Looks like Tore at least he looks a goodun to start with.Meanwhile in the business as usual columnhttp://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/andy-carroll-shares-video-partying-8059573And the business unusual, too late to do us any good columnhttp://talksport.com/football/watch-mo-diames-stunning-promotion-winning-goal-hull-beat-sheffield-wednesday-championship
Way To Go Mo ! That's Mo as in Money Diame - well chuffed for him and have no problem with Hull (a Mick Ronson bias I'm sure). As for Tarzan I wonder what Jane thinks ? He didn't take Bam Bam with him did he ??
If you live in Hull it's nice to have something to cheer aboutI think MoD was another one that got misused abused in /by the prior regime.If you read the comment it seems to be the question. I'm sure we'll hear soon. Be interesting if he trips over a stray G String on the way out next time
T'was a nice goal, and I agree, happy to see Hull back up again. Tarzan of the concrete jungle.....no real surprises there except I'm amazed they had a video promo ready for him on screen, Or maybe he travels with it, pulls into a Denny's and asks the waitress "ere, put this up on the telly's will ya"
If you live in Hull Smitty, it might be the only thing to cheer about. You can only stretch an appreciation of Mick Ronson so far.As for Tarzan Filthy , I'm sure one of his drinking posse' handle the "promotion" !
Given his talent for long term unavailablity from short term stupid I wonder how SS feels about desert frolics.H e seems to have firm opinions about behavior. It seems in this case what happens in Vegas gets splashed all over the tabs. Not to mention is Jane waiting with the elephant bone in hand for his return to Essex.
Anyone got any info/thoughts on the new Bobby Moore doc? I haven't seen it or read much about it, but think that there can't be enough Bobby moore in the world- as long as he's recognized as the god he was/is?
Well....I just have to share my anger...Hodgson, not content with ignoring Noble (and then Drinkwater) has said that Rooney is a "mandatory starter in France"Absolute bollocks! No-one should be mandatory, especially when their inclusion means half the team playing out of position- and consequently like crap.Write this one off then.....
Well you've certainly covered the entire spectrum of English International Football in 2 comments there Filthy. From Bobby Moore to Wayne Rooney 2016.Haven't seen the doc, but would suggest a visit to KUMB ("General Discussion" or "Music Film & TV" forums). I hope it has enough grit to it - not only the fondness for a "swift one", but also his relationships with West Ham, Ron Greenwood and Sir Alf Ramsey. He was at the peak of his game the best defender in the world, The Brazil manager of 1970 said "give me Bobby Moore and Gordon Banks and no one would ever beat us again".As for Woy and the aging Mr Potato Head they were just made for each other those 2. If it was going to happen for Rooney it would have happened by now and Hodgson is another ne on the list of "How The Hell did He Become England Manager ???"
I have to cover another spectrum, and Saitch is an appropriate forum. The greatest has gone, and no-one since has had a legitimate claim to that title. I was 8 or 9 yrs old listening on the radio, under my pillow, Harry carpenter, such magic. the parky interviews, his beauty,bravado...footwork. I am glad he is so appreciated: for a "mere athlete" he sure changed the world.
When they took Ali's title away for three and a half years, they also took away his "mere athlete" status, from the too this day he has been The People's Champion and perhaps the only true World Champion I have ever seen - a champion of the whole world representing the whole world.