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Arnie from Austria: A West Ham Legend In The Making?

I have been to London twice this autumn and Christmas time. Fortunately I was able to watch West Ham on both occasions and to some extent I witnessed history: I was present at Slaven Bilic’s last game in charge back in November, and I watched my fellow Austrian Marko Arnautovic’s first goal for the Hammers. [...]

The turning point

Marko Arnautovic’ erstes Tor für West Ham und David Moyes’ erster Sieg – das war das Match gegen Chelsea im London Stadium am Samstag, 9. Dezember, und wir waren dabei! Es war eine “completely different story”, verglichen mit dem Spiel der Hammers gegen Liverpool Anfang November. Einen “turning point” hatte ich mir nach der damaligen [...]

Watford v West Ham: David Moyes’s 1st and 500th game

David Moyes, the new West Ham manager, says it is time to stop dwelling on his past as he prepares for his first game in charge of West Ham against Watford, live on Sky Sports on Sunday. The game will be Moyes’s 500th Gamecast a Premier League manager. And the new manager has got some advice [...]

The Liverpool Defeat: Will It Be Another Turning Point?

The Liverpool game was my first “live game” in London this season. Together with three friends we had planned to spend a weekend in London at the beginning of November and watch those boys in claret & blue under the lights on Saturday evening. And maybe, well maybe, we were going to be entertained by [...]

West Ham Supporters Club refuses to ‘fade and die’

The closure of their Castle Street Headquarters was a huge blow to famous Supporters Club, but a new match day facility has been opened at Stour Space PUBLISHED in Newham Recorder, 11 October 2017, by Dave Evans, West Ham Correspondent < Paul Christmas outside the West Ham Supporters Club close to the former Boleyn Ground It was the [...]


Pedro Obiang’s heavily deflected goal was the moment of luck West Ham and their manager needed to set them on the way to their first points of the Premier League season as Huddersfield suffered their first defeat. It was a well deserved win on Slaven Bilic’ 49th birthday! The Hammers with Andy Carroll back in [...]

Still disappointing … but does the season start now?

Die neue Fußballsaison hat alles andere als optimal begonnen für die Anhänger von West Ham und Rapid Wien: drei Auswärtsniederlagen für die Hammers, verschenkte 2:0-Führungen bei Rapid. Dazu gibt’s noch die Nationalteam-Depression für den österreichischen Fan, denn das Nationalteam hat sich mit 0:1 in Wales und 1:1 gegen Georgien von der WM-Qualifikation verabschiedet. Marko Arnautovic [...]

Disappointing start

The sum of all our fears came to past as Mourinho’s mob took us to the cleaners and back again. Ok, we didn’t expect much but we certainly didn’t believe that we would be second or third best to every ball and manage just one shot on target. Yes, United are a highly athletic and [...]

Another surprise on the cards?

The first round of the Premier League has already provided us with some shock results: Watford holding Liverpool to a 3-3, Burnley winning 3-2 away at Stamford Bridge against champions Chelsea, and newcomers Huddersfield beating Crystal Palace 3-0 in London. Will we see another upset in Sunday’s late kick-off when Manchester United host West Ham [...]

Football is back

Natürlich wird schon seit Wochen in den europäischen Cupbewerben und auch in der österreichischen Bundesliga wieder Fußball gespielt. Aber so richtig zu Ende ist die sommerliche Fußballpause erst mit diesem Wochenende. Die englische Premier League geht endlich wieder los. Diesmal ist nicht nur für mich Ost-London der Fokus des Interesses. Aus österreichischer Sicht richtet sich [...]