Premiership Preview: West Ham United

August 1, 2007 at 1:04 pm | Posted in Football, Jackie Manuel | Leave a comment

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West Ham back in the top half?

Interesting Wikipedia Fact: The team’s supporters are well known for their rendition of the chorus of their team’s anthem, I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles introduced to the club by former manager Charlie Paynter in the late twenties. At the time a Pears soap commercial featuring the curly haired child in the Millais “Bubbles” painting who resembled a player Billy J. “Bubbles” Murray in a local schoolboy team of Park School for whom the headmaster Cornelius Beal coined singing the tune “I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles” with amended lyrics.

Jackie’s club knowledge: Imagine a starting line up of Kanoute, Defoe, Joe Cole, Lampard, Carrick, Reo-Coker, Konchesky, Rio and Anton Ferdinand, Neil David James. West Ham were a real threat to takeover Manchester United’s hold on the league…or at least many English pundits said so. In the end, they hired a terrible manager and relied too heavily on Paulo Di Canio. The Hammers of 2003 were the best team I’ve ever seen relegated.

Worst Kit:

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Fantasy: Assuming Tevez moves on to Manchester United, Bellamy and Ashton are likely to start. That’s quite an upgrade from Zamora and Harewood, but some caution is needed with Craig being a complete c*nt and Dean coming off a serious injury. Scott Parker was surprisingly decent for Newcastle last season, but he’s still not a strong pick most weeks. Freddie seems the most likely Hammer to put up decent numbers. He’s lost a bit of pace, but it won’t be so noticeable at Upton Park. If Julian Faubert recovers on time he could also be a cheap play.

Best and Worst Possible Finish: 9th and 15th-I think West Ham have done enough to move up the table, and if things break right perhaps even move into the top half. Freddie and Bellamy should allow the Hammers to counter well and now that Pardew is gone they should be far more consistent under Curbishly.

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