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We're The Famous West Ham and We Went To Wembley!

Its been well over a week, but i thought it was about time i got the experience down in a blog. Wembley Stadium, the home of English football, and for 90 odd minutes on Saturday 19th May, home to the dreams of 40,000 West Ham fans.First, some background, this time last year the Hammers had been relegated from the Premier League after a dismal season, optimism wasn't great, but after a new gaffer was appointed in Big Sam & signings were made, we were one of the favourites for automatic promotion when May arrived this year. Obviously that wasn't to be, and the playoffs beckoned. After a 5-0 aggregate demolition of Cardiff, the first date at Wembley for West Ham was made since the League Cup final loss in 1981.Now clearly i wasn't there in 1981, and i didn't get to Cardiff on our 3 recent appearances there, so i was hoping for a chance to experience what would obviously be a rare day for the club at the national stadium. Not being a season ticket holder or member work…

A Beachboy Review, (Concord Rangers, not the band)

Anyone who has read my previous blogs would know that I have more than a bit of love for my local non-league team Concord Rangers, and this past season was their second in the Ryman (Isthmian) Premier League. In previous blogs over the season I’ve mentioned the history of the club, and the rivalry with fellow Ryman League members Canvey Island FC. Well today I just want to go over the experience I’ve had as part of the club, and that’s a key thing to be honest, even as a fan I have felt part of the club!
The start of the season wasn’t great to be honest, after an excellent 2010/11 season debuting in the Ryman Premier, there was the worry of the second season slump that many promoted teams seem to encounter, and that’s throughout the league system. The Beachboys had to wait until their 10th league game for their first win of the season, this coming at the expense of Horsham, who were to go on to get relegated from the Ryman Premier.
The next victory came in the Essex Senior Cup, a compe…

Season's Over, But Not Quite Finished

It’s that time of year when the football season comes to an explosive end, the cup finals are there to be enjoyed and the playoffs provide both excitement and tension in the lower leagues. You reflect on the ups, downs and floods of emotions that have come the way of the fans over the months since it all kicked off back in August. And that’s pretty much what I’m doing here, nothing too in depth, but enough to reflect how things have gone!
The Championship, the old 1st division, and the old 2nd division before that, this was where the Hammers would be playing their games after what can only be described as a disastrous relegation season the previous year. Big Sam Allardyce was brought in as the manager with the one objective simply being to get the team back up. A shake up of the team ensued, and optimism was actually fairly mild, at least from my perspective going into the season! And things didn’t start too well either, as we lost at home to Cardiff, which was a glimpse at how our hom…