First Indian Woman Footballer in England- West Ham’s New Goalkeeper Aditi Chauhan

New West Ham signing Aditi Chauhan has created history in her native India by becoming the first Indian woman footballer to play in England. West Ham Ladies play in the third tier (Premier League Southern Division) and Chauhan made her debut in the 5-0 loss to Coventry City on the opening day of the season.

India is a cricket-mad nation, although football and the Premier League have been slowly growing in popularity in the South Asian country. There is however NO current professional league for women footballers in India, so for Chauhan to make it so far, is a major achievement. [Read more…]

Video Arsenal West Ham 0-2- Super Slav opens with a super win- Goals for Zarate and Kouyate

Slaven Bilic was fully vindicated in his stance to rest key players for West Ham’s midweek Europa League clash against Astra in Romania as the Hammers upset Arsenal at the Emirates in the opening day of the season.

Kouyate scored the first on 44 minutes, with Zarate netting the second before the hour mark- both were errors from Arsenal keeper Petr Cech.

Young Reece Oxford (only 16!) had a composed debut, with a pass accuracy of 95% (20/21). He was replaced later in the game by 33 year old Kevin Nolan (twice Reece’s age!), who achieved a little personal landmark of getting to 400 league games.

Fellow debutants Payet and Ogbonna were great as well, with Adrian keeping a clean sheet under the sticks.

All in all, a very solid performance, handled everything Arsenal threw at them with ease, so much that Wenger was forced to bring on an unfit Alexis, whom he had said prior to the game that he would only use in an absolute emergency. [Read more…]

Video Astra Giurgiu vs West Ham 2-1 Lanzini scores debut Goal

Former West Ham manager Harry Redknapp had said before the game that he privately thought it would be better if the Hammers got knocked out. Well, ‘ol Harry got his wish as we went out in Romania in the second leg of our Europa League qualifying tie to Astra Giurgiu. Manuel Lanzini scored his first goal for the club, but Astra skipper Constantin Budescu rose to the occasion with two goals in four first half minutes as his side prevailed 4-3 on aggregate.

Bilic’s side selection seemed to imply that the Premiership opener against Arsenal was at the top of his mind, with Jenkinson, Nolan and Maiga the only players who could be termed starters taking the pitch against the Romanians [Read more…]

Video Highlights West Ham vs Werder Bremen 1-2 Goals 2015 Betway Challenge Cup

Our final pre-season game ended in defeat as Bremen beat us 2-1 in the Betway Challenge Cup. Diafra Sakho gave us the lead, but just a minute later, Anthony Ujah opened the scoring for Bremen, although Adrian would have been a little disappointed at letting the goal in. Ujah also scored a second, and that was that as both teams struggled to find rhythm in a disjointed second half [Read more…]

Video West Ham vs Astra Giurgiu 2-2 Highlights- Valencia suffers injury, Collins sent off

An eventful evening, but certainly not the best for us. Dropped a 2-0 lead at home to draw 2-2 (Ogbonna scored a comical own goal), Slaven got sent off to the stands by the ref, Collins got red carded, and worst of all, Enner Valencia suffered an injury that looks to keep him out for an extended period of time. Time for Slaven to sign someone as a stopgap- that Valencia injury looked nasty [Read more…]

Manuel Lanzini to West Ham- Bilic makes 7th signing of the summer window

Manuel Lanzini has become the latest arrival at the Boleyn Ground after signing a season long loan deal with West Ham. The 21 year old Argentine attacker joins from UAE club Al Jazira and becomes the Hammers’ seventh signing of the summer after Darren Randolph, Pedro Obiang, Stephen Hendrie, Dimitri Payet, Angelo Ogbonna and Carl Jenkinson. [Read more…]

West Ham vs Lusitanos 3-0- Great Crowd, Sakho Goals & Video Highlights!

A great crowd of 34,966 watched West Ham get their season underway with a 3-0 win over Andorran minnows Lusitanos. Bilic got a great reception from the crowd, but he was not in charge for this game, watching from the stands, with academy boss Terry Westley taking the reins.

The goals took a while to come- Westley had a frustrating wait till 40 minutes to watch the first go in courtesy Senegalese forward Diafra Sakho, who again got on the scoresheet before the interval. Zarate had a hand in the first, with Amalfitano setting up the second.

Great day for young Reece Oxford, who became West Ham’s youngest player at the age of 16 years and 198 days.

Skipper Tomkins got the third just before the hour mark.

West Ham starting lineup vs Lusitanos: Randolph, O’Brien, Tomkins, Burke, Page, Amalfitano, Poyet, Oxford, Jarvis, Sakho, Zarate [Read more…]

Martin Samuelsen to West Ham 2015- Hammers sign young Norwegian from Man City

It’s not Dimitri Payet (not yet), but we have a confirmed signing! West Ham United have made another acquisition in the summer transfer window by snapping up talented youngster Martin Samuelsen from Man City. He joins a two year deal (till 2017) and has the option of extending it by a further two years. Samuelsen is our third signing of the season after goalkeeper Darren Randolph (Birmingham) and midfielder Pedro Obiang (Sampdoria)

The 18 year old has been capped by Norway at U16, U17 and U18 levels, and Academy manager Terry Westley was delighted at the acquisition. Westley said that the teenager had been a target for the likes of Real Madrid and Chelsea at the age of 14, and chose to join West Ham despite having interest from several Italian and German clubs. [Read more…]