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Keeper confirms Fab story

Lukasz Fabianski has confirmed a Claret and Hugh story that he will be offered a contract extension.

Two days ago Claret and Hugh exclusively revealed that Fab was set to be offered a new 12-month extension.

“From what I know, there have been some initial discussions already taking place,” Fab told Meczyki. “I hope that we will come to a good solution for both sides. I do not see any reasons for it to be otherwise, since the club and I are happy with this cooperation.”

“It’s not just West Ham’s policy that footballers of a certain age extend from season to season. This is actually a logical solution for many reasons,” he added.

“Of course, the most important thing in all this is health and sports level. If I can manage these aspects, I see no problem in extending the contract.”

When asked how long he intends to play Fab replied: “I will judge step by step, but looking at Artur Boruc or many other goalkeepers, you can successfully play up to 40. I think I can continue until around that number.”

The West Ham shot-stopper signed a 12-month extension last season and looks on the verge to do the same again.

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West Ham U21’s win in Pizza cup

A West Ham Academy ‘Under-21s’ won tonight in the Papa John Trophy group fixture.

The EFL Trophy criteria for Academy sides says at least six of the starting eleven players named on the Team Sheet are players who were aged under 21 as at the 30th June in the year in which the Season concerned commenced; and no more than two players who are aged 21 or over; and have made 40 or more appearances in a First Team Fixture (either in the starting eleven or as a playing substitute) in each case as at the 30th June in the year in which the Season concerned, shall be named on the Team Sheet.

The Hammers faced Gillingham in the Papa John’s Trophy in Group A, Southern Section

The first goal of the night came from Harrison Ashby!  An outstanding switch of play from Alese pings it into the path of Ashby. He exchanges it and passes down the right swiftly with Chesters to make room for the strike, before the full-back slots in a finish across the ‘keeper! That was a good team goal. That’s Ashby’s fourth goal of the season from right-back… and we’re in October!
Just after the half-hour mark a fine through pass from Ashby picks out Nevers running in behind the defence, and he rounds Chapman and slots into an empty net!

Full Time: Gillingham 0 West Ham 2

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Club launch new ticket catergory for Liverpool

West Ham have launched a new Premium ticket category for the visit of Liverpool to the London Stadium.

The Liverpool game was originally categorised as an A-game but it has been changed to a double AA as demand starts to outstrip supply for tickets.

Category A prices for adult tickets start at £55 for band 5 with a 1966 ticket costing £80

Band 2 & 3 adult tickets are £65 while a Band 2 seat is £70 with U16 and accessibility prices from £55 to £80

For the Liverpool game general admission, adult ticket prices start at £65 for a band 5 seat to £95 for a 1966 ticket.

Band 2 & 3 adult tickets are £75 while a band 2 is £80  U16 and accessibility prices range from £45 to £95 per seat.

West Ham have increased the number of general admission tickets to 8,300 this season to help break a new club ticket revenue record.

Despite the price rises the match is sure to sell out as supporters flock to watch the Hammers in terrific Premier League form.

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London Stadium reviewed in 92 ground challenge

COPA 90 were not impressed with their visit to the London Stadium when Manchester United visited recently.

Episode 10 of 92 ground challenge saw the home of West Ham disappointingly only score 9 out of 20

This season COPA 90 has challenged Eugene to go to every single ground in the EFL.

With 10 grounds completed so far, West Ham and the London Stadium are last with his rather harsh review.

Eugene scored the Stadium soul as one of five,  home support got 3 out of 5 after he commented that the Bubbles song doesn’t carry around the stadium.

Matchday many actually got four of five after he admitted he liked the matchday bagel.

For Eccentricity which means ‘Deviation from the normal, expected, or established’ he scored one of five.

You can watch Eugene’s 60-second video review below:

Is his review fair or is he off the money? It will be interesting to see when the London Stadium ends up after the remaining 72 grounds are reviewed.

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West Ham all quiet on season ticket pledge

West Ham have failed in their pledge to replace game by game digital tickets with one code for the remainder of the season.

After performing a late U-turn the club promised to find a new solution after the second or third home game at the London Stadium.

The third game, fourth and fifth home Premier League games have passed without an update.

West Ham previously told Claret and Hugh that the club will communicate to supporters when there is something to communicate but there has been deafening silence since then.

That latest update will be disappointing news for many supporters hoping they would only need to download one more QR code for the season.

While turnstile queues have improved game by game, the digital ticketing system is much slower and if you are unlucky to be caught behind someone with a problem your wait can be much longer with a small number of supporters missing kick-off.

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Antonio explains Matrix goal celebration

Sunday’s goal was Antonio’s sixth goal against Spurs which is more goals than any other club in the Premier League.

Antonio typically did an iconic goal celebration after scoring, re-enacting a famous scene from the Hollywood blockbuster film The Matrix.

After the match, Antonio tweeted: “Must be a glitch in the Matrix, I’m getting deja vu! Another big big win!!!!!”

Speaking to Sky Sports, he added: “Well, last week I put a picture up on Instagram marked ‘AntoNEO’ and it went well to be fair so I thought ‘you know what I’m going to have to do it today!’

When I was doing it I worried someone was going jump on me and I’d tear my ACL. Someone pulled me up before they jumped on me so it was decent.”

Kurt Zouma had a very worried look on his face as he was concerned that Antonio could pull a hamstring during his celebration.

The former Chelsea defender who received the West Ham man of the match for the game rushed to aid to soften his fall to the pitch to tell him down gently to ensure West Ham only striker didn’t pull anything.

 

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Door was not left unlocked insist police

Met Police officer assigned to West Ham football club, Andy Sheldon insists the metal door separating the two sets of football fans on the London Stadium concourse was not left unlocked instead saying the safety door was damaged by Spurs supporters who were kicking it repeatedlu. The same individuals were arrested at the stadium for that offence.

Video footage that went viral on social media showed Spurs fans forcing their way throw the door to be met with sprays of beer from West Ham fans.

Quite wasteful considering beer costs upon to £6 per pint in the London Stadium concourse.

Brave stadium safety stewards eventually regained control and there didn’t seem to be any widespread violence that other reports suggested.

Police have vowed to review high definition CCTV footage of the incident this week to identify the culprits although banning some Spurs fans might be considered mercy considering the way their team are playing.

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Antonio credits Romero with West Ham win

Hammer Michail Antonio has credited Christian Romero as helping West Ham to win Sunday’s London derby against Spurs.

Antonio believes that the scuffle between Pablo Fornals and Romero sparked the West Ham game into life.

In the second half, the Spaniard got into a bit of an altercation with Romero and that suddenly lifted the London Stadium and also the Irons who scored the winning goal not long after the incident.

When asked by Laura Woods on Sky Sports about the incident, he said: “It was a bit of a stale game.

“There wasn’t really much going on; we had a couple of opportunities, they had a couple of opportunities, but there was no real excitement in the game.

“It wasn’t until that happened it sparked, the fans started lifting, everyone was going and then not long after the goal came.”

Romero was booked for his foul on Fornals but he is alleged to have said something in Spanish which sparked a reaction from the Hammers.

In the first half, after Antonio brushed Romero off the ball, Carney claims the Irons star mocked the Tottenham man.

“Michail Antonio says ‘get on the weights’ to Cristian Romero,” said Carney on BBC Radio 5 Live, as quoted on the BBC Sport website on Sunday.

It was Antonio’s sixth Premier League goal of the season, and put the Hammers into the top four.

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West Ham will look to spoil Man City record

West Ham have won 37, drawn 18 and lost 59 in all competitions against Manchester City since they first played in old division one in 1924.

Pep Guardiola clearly loves the EFL/Carabao Cup and has won it four consecutive times – from 2017/18 to 2020/21.

Man City have not lost a single EFL Cup match since 2017/2018.

City will be looking for their 5th consecutive trophy and 9th in total, when they face West Ham at London Stadium on Wednesday night, October 27 at 7:45 pm.

David Moyes is hoping to upset City’s record after beating Manchester United 1-0 to advance to this round of 16 to knock out City.

Man City are the favourite for the cup but David Moyes current team fears no one and this is not a forgone conclusion.

City has beaten West Ham all of the five last matches played between these two sides.

These two clubs have scored against each other in 3 of their last 5 matches.

The Hammers last League cup encounter came in 2014 when West Ham lost 3-0 while a FA Cup clash in 2017 ended 5-0 against the Irons.

West Ham’s last win in all competitions came in 2015 when Victor Moses and Diafra Sakho made it a 2-1 win at the Ethiad stadium.

The year before that it was Morgan Amalfitano and Diafra Sakho on the West Ham score sheet to mak 2-1 at the Boleyn Ground.

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West Ham eclipsing tradition

Blind Hammer looks at a previous Genk clash.

For all my life I have supported a club that tends to look backwards rather than forward

This may finally be about to change.

Ironically we need to look back just one more time to understand why.

In the historic 1964 European Cup Winners campaign West Ham coincidentally faced last week’s opponents Genk.
Then it was a much more hard-fought affair.

A 1-0 away victory meant that a 1-1 draw at Upton Park was sufficient to allow the Hammers to progress. A Martin Peters own goal was cancelled out by a Johnny Byrne equaliser.

In goal was stand-in keeper Alan Dickie but apart from that, the side reads like a Who’s who of West Ham greats.

John Bond
Bobby Moore
Ken Brown
Eddie Bovington
Martin Peters
Ronnie Boyce
Johnny Sissons
Peter Brabrook
Geoff Hurst
Johnny Byrne

Including Johnny Byrne and Peter Brabrook, 5 of these 10 were either current or future England internationals
This West Ham side went on to memorably lift the trophy, only the second English side since the 1955 start of European Competition to do so.
West Ham then reached a global audience when the core of that side produced a Captain, a hattrick hero and midfield poacher in the World Cup Final.

Yet Ultimately this legendary side failed to realise the promise their talent offered.
West Ham never grew the big club structure to regularly compete in the league. We were the 4th club in London and occasionally had even this threatened by a Rodney Marsh and Gerry Francis inspired QPR.

This may, however, be about to change. 56 years ago The faithful roaring on West Ham against Genk numbered only 24,101.
In contrast, the numbers packing in at the London Stadium last week was 45,980. Nearly twice as many.

Our current season ticket allocation dwarfs the biggest crowds possible even with packing in standing supporters in those days.

West Ham is growing before our eyes, obvious to even a blind man like me.

Each week we succeed in Cup competitions we draw in new supporters, outside of our season ticket base.

Each time we achieve the excitement of a European night under lights at the LondonStadium we win more hearts to the cause.

This side has won nothing yet but just maybe, this is not another false dawn.