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2009-10 Barclays Premier League

10_01_03 WHU v. Arsenal FAC3

ARSENAL : F.A. Cup (Third Round)

Upton Park

1 - 2 (Diamanti)

3rd January 2010

Att: 25,549

Referee: M. Clattenburg

Green

Faubert

Tomkins

Upson

Daprela

Behrami

Jimenez

Kovac

Diamanti

Stanislas (Edgar)

Nouble (Sears

Arsenal scored twice in five second-half minutes to come from behind to beat West Ham at Upton Park and secure their place in the FA Cup fourth round. With more pressing matters ahead in their respective Premier League campaigns at opposite ends of the table, both managers could perhaps be forgiven for their team selection. However, once the action got under way, the encounter turned out to be a decent cup tie. West Ham, battling relegation from the top flight, took the lead in first-half stoppage time when Alessandro Diamanti beat the offside trap to slot past Gunners goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski. But with 12 minutes remaining the outstanding Aaron Ramsey levelled and Eduardo's looping header after 83 minutes completed the turnaround.

IN THE NEWS - 5th January 2010

West Ham and Millwall mount defence over Carling Cup violence

The Football Association will begin a three-day hearing into the charges brought against West Ham United and Millwall in the wake of crowd trouble before, during and after their Carling Cup tie in August last year, with both clubs expected to vigorously defend their positions.

Following the widely reported clashes, during which an innocent Millwall fan was stabbed and police made 64 arrests, both clubs were charged with having taken insufficient action to prevent missile throwing as well as violent, threatening and racist behaviour at the Upton Park fixture.

West Ham are also accused of failing to prevent their fans from invading the pitch after they ran on in the wake of each of their goals during a 3-1 extra-time win. In total West Ham face four charges and Millwall three, with both clubs facing the possibility of sanctions that could include heavy fines if they are found guilty. The trouble took place inside and outside Upton Park, with 50 of those arrested later being charged with offences including pitch invasion, assaulting police, breaching banning orders, GBH and violent disorder.

West Ham are likely to tell the FA they complied with requests made by a police-led safety advisory group, which met twice before the match, and point to the fact that there were no direct clashes between the opposing supporters inside the ground.

Upton Park

10th January 2010

MATCH POSTPONED

Why did West Ham and Wolves not play on Sunday despite no snow in east London? Blame it on the weathermen...

West Ham's game against Wolves was postponed after an incorrect forecast for more snow in east London on Sunday. The game was called off on Saturday despite the fact that by Sunday the pathways and roads around Upton Park   were largely clear of snow and ice.

But the Premier League will not be investigating West Ham, amid suspicions that it suited them to postpone the match at a time when they have so many key players injured, after written submissions from the police and council. The authorities did not believe it would be safe for supporters to attend the match because of the weather reports and a lack of resources to grit the roads.

WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS : Barclays Premier League

10_01_10 WHU v. Wolves Postponed

IN THE NEWS - 13th January 2010

West Ham found guilty by FA but Millwall are cleared after violent Carling Cup tie

West Ham and Millwall have both been cleared of charges of racist abuse by their fans but the Premier League side has been found guilty of two other offences of breaching Football Association rules. An FA independent disciplinary panel will decide on West Ham's punishment on Friday in relation to charges brought following crowd violence at their fiery Carling Cup match with Millwall in August. Millwall have been cleared of all charges, however, and West Ham have also been found not guilty of a further charge relating to missile throwing. The Hammers were found guilty of two charges: failure to ensure their supporters refrained from violent, threatening, obscene and provocative behaviour, and failure to ensure their supporters did not enter the field of play.  

The club could still face a range of possible sanctions, including being forced to play games behind closed doors, though a heavy fine now looks more likely. The violent clashes led to 64 arrests and the stabbing of a Millwall fan outside Upton Park, and there were pitch invasions during the match. The FA said in a statement: 'An independent regulatory commission last week heard charges issued as a result of the serious crowd disturbances in and around the West Ham United versus Millwall fixture at Upton Park on August 25, 2009. 'It was alleged that both clubs failed to ensure that their supporters conducted themselves in an orderly fashion. 'The independent regulatory commission, chaired by an independent QC, found West Ham United to be in breach of FA rules in the following respects: failure to ensure their supporters refrained from violent, threatening, obscene and provocative behaviour; failure to ensure their supporters did not enter the field of play. 'The commission will reconvene this Friday (January 15) to consider the issue of sanctions.

ASTON VILLA : Barclays Premier League

Villa Park

0 - 0

17th January 2010

Att: 35,646

Referee: M. Jones

Green

Faubert

Tomkins

Upson

Spector

Noble

Kovac (Stanislas)

Parker (Diamanti)

Behrami

Collison

Nouble (Da Costa)

Aston Villa failed to cash in on slip-ups by their Champions League-chasing rivals as West Ham earned a surprise share of the spoils to move out of the Barclays Premier League bottom three. Villa could have closed the gap on the top four after Manchester City, beaten at Everton, and Tottenham, held at home by Hull, both dropped points. But a combination of a below-par performance and some fine saves by Robert Green meant they had to settle for their first goalless draw of the league campaign.

IN THE NEWS - 19th January 2010

David Gold and David Sullivan seal West Ham takeover

Former Birmingham City owners David Gold and David Sullivan have taken control of West Ham United. A 50% holding, valuing the Premier League club at £105m, gives them the final say on all matters at the club. Sullivan said Gianfranco Zola will remain as Hammers boss and Karren Brady will join as vice-chairman. "We're taking on a huge task at a club with enormous problems. It will take time for us to turn it around." The deal has been done in Sullivan's name but he and Gold have been named as West Ham's joint chairmen. Scott Duxbury has stood down as chief executive, with Sullivan and ex-Birmingham managing director Brady taking over the day-to-day running of the club. Sullivan added: "We have short-term and long-term goals. In the short term, we want to stay in the Premier League and in the long term we would like to be challenging for the top four and the Champions League." Asked if there was money available for new players as the club looks to pull away from the relegation zone, Sullivan said: "There will be some transfer funds available to the manager this month. "January is not the best time to buy players - you don't get many bargains - but the club has such an unbalanced squad, players will have to be bought, loaned or acquired. "Myself and David Gold will be honest with the fans about the books, the imbalance of the squad and the crazy wages the Icelandic owners paid out that has brought the club to its knees. "But this is an important day for us. For 20 years, this is the club we wanted. The club is now back in the hands of East Enders, people who understand the community and its passion for the Hammers."

GOLD David to Steve SULLIVAN David to Steve

PORTSMOUTH : Barclays Premier League

Fratton Park

1 - 1 (Upson)

26th January 2010

Att: 18,322

Referee: A. Marriner

Green

Upson

Tomkins (Da Costa)

Spector

Faubert

Kovac

Behrami

Noble

Diamanti (Stanislas)

Collison

Nouble (Cole)

Portsmouth substitute Danny Webber notched his first Premier League goal for the club to keep Avram Grant's side in touch with their relegation rivals. The Hammers held basement team Pompey 1-1 at Fratton Park, with skipper Matthew Upson giving the visitors the lead after 52 minutes. But Webber's 75th-minute goal just two minutes after replacing Frederic Piquionne kept his side's hopes of top flight survival alive.

10_01_17 Aston Villa v. WHU 10_01_26 Portsmouth v. WHU 10_01_30 WHU v. Blackburn Rovers 10_02_06 Burnley v. WHU

IN THE NEWS - 1st February 2010

Benni McCarthy seals move to West Ham from Blackburn

West Ham have completed the signing of striker Benni McCarthy from Blackburn Rovers for an undisclosed fee. A deal for McCarthy was agreed last week but the move was reported to have been held up by work permit issues. However, the 32-year-old South Africa international has now signed a contract until 2012 and he said: "I am very pleased and extremely happy. "I am looking forward to making up for lost time and I can't wait to make my debut. All I want is to score goals." McCarthy also revealed he came close to joining West Ham from Portuguese club Porto five years ago and added: "The reason why I am happy that it has finally happened is because about five years ago I had a disappointing experience when I thought I was going to be a West Ham player until Porto pulled out and I had to go back. "I would have loved this to be my first Premier League club. I went to Blackburn instead but West Ham kept on pursuing me and eventually I am here." Hammers manager Gianfranco Zola, speaking after Saturday's draw with Blackburn, stated: "I do not know the terms yet but they have told me the deal is done. "He should be available for the next game [at Burnley on Saturday]." The news will come as a relief to the Italian after Tottenham persuaded Monaco striker Eidur Gudjohnsen to reject the Hammers in favour of a move to White Hart Lane. "Benni will be a threat in the last third. He is a player who can score goals and he will be a very good help for us," added Zola. McCarthy, who is expected to cost about £2.5m, will be new West Ham owners David Sullivan and David Gold's first signing since their takeover of the debt-ridden club earlier this month. Sullivan has revealed the club are £110m in the red.

Mido & Ilan join West Ham on loan

West Ham United have completed the loan signings of strikers Mido from Middlesbrough and Brazilian Ilan from French club St Etienne. The two deals followed the signing of Blackburn forward Benni McCarthy. The 26-year-old Mido, who spent the first few months of the season with Egyptian side Zamalek, first made his name in England with rivals Tottenham. Mido has joined until the end of the season as has the 29-year-old Ilan, who has the option of extending his stay. "I am here to play football and to prove a point, definitely. I am very happy to be here," Mido said. "I had to sacrifice some things but this is a great club and I am sure I will do well here, hopefully." Ilan helped Atletico Paranaense to their first Brazilian league title in 2001 before enjoying success with French sides Sochaux and St Etienne. He was available on a free transfer after leaving St Etienne last month with 25 goals in 95 matches. "I am very happy to have signed and to play here," said Ilan, who has also won three caps for Brazil. "I spoke to Gianfranco Zola and he is a very nice guy. I spoke a little Italian and a little French to him. I am happy to be here and it is a great opportunity for me. "West Ham are a big club in England and a very traditional club. I also love the Premier League." The arrival of three more forwards takes the number of strikers at Upton Park to nine as they desperately try to avoid relegation. The Hammers lie one point off the bottom three, 15th in the table.

BLACKBURN ROVERS : Barclays Premier League

0 - 0

Upton Park

30th January 2010

Att: 33,093

Referee: P. Walton

Green

Faubert

Tomkins

Upson

Spector

Collison

Nouble

Kovac (Cole)

Behrami (Parker)

Diamanti

Nouble (Sears)

West Ham began a new era of hope at Upton Park with the same old problems after a goalless draw against Blackburn. The Hammers - playing in front of co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold for the first time at the Boleyn Ground since their successful takeover - had plenty of possession but lacked a cutting edge in attack even after the second-half introduction of fit-again England striker Carlton Cole. Indeed, the relegation battlers could have found themselves behind just before the break when Morten Gamst Pedersen's 25-yard free-kick crashed against the crossbar and then substitute Jason Roberts failed to beat Robert Green when clean through with 15 minutes left.

BURNLEY : Barclays Premier League

Turf Moor

1 - 2 (Ilan)

6th February 2010

Att: 21,001

Referee: H. Webb

Green

Upson

Tomkins

Spector

Faubert

Noble (Ilan)

Parker

Collison (Stanislas)

Behrami (Mido)

McCarthy

Cole

Debut boy Danny Fox handed Brian Laws his first win as Burnley boss with a stunning second-half free-kick but the Clarets were left clinging on desperately for the points. The former Celtic left-back landed at Turf Moor last month in a £1.8million switch and it looks like money well spent after Fox helped his new side back to winning ways. First he delivered the long ball in the 14th minute for David Nugent to lob home the opener. Then his curled free-kick from a tight angle in the 55th minute found the top corner. It was just what Laws required after three straight league defeats since he replaced Owen Coyle - and a club run stretching back 12 long games to the end of October. But it was still almost denied them as Hammers substitute Ilan reduced the deficit 10 minutes from time before Mido's low effort struck the base of the post with seconds remaining.

IN THE NEWS - 17th February 2010

West Ham to pay Alan Curbishley compensation

Alan Curbishley won his case for wrongful dismissal against West Ham after claiming he had no option but to resign last year. A Premier League managers' arbitration tribunal ruled Curbishley was justified in his actions because the club sold Anton Ferdinand and George McCartney to Sunderland against his wishes. The tribunal, which dismissed a counter claim from West Ham, has yet to decide on compensation but it is expected the cash-strapped Hammers will have to pay their former manager at least £1million. Curbishley said: “On joining the club I insisted my contract contained a clause confirming that I would have final say on the selection of players to be transferred to and from the club. “The club completely ignored my contract when selling Ferdinand. When McCartney was then sold, the club having given me assurances that no players would be leaving the club after the sale of Ferdinand, I had no alternative but to resign.”

BIRMINGHAM CITY : Barclays Premier League

Upton Park

2 - 0 (Diamanti, Cole)

10th February 2010

Att: 34,458

Referee: M. Dean

Green

Upson

Tomkins

Ilunga (Spector)

Faubert

Kovac

Parker (Noble)

Diamanti

Behrami

Cole

Mido (Ilan)

West Ham's new owners were handed a timely reminder that Gianfranco Zola has all the credentials to lead the club to safety as they despatched Birmingham at Upton Park. A goal in each half from Alessandro Diamanti and Carlton Cole earned West Ham their first victory under the new regime. It was made all the more sweeter for new owners David Gold and David Sullivan by the fact it was achieved at the expense of the club they used to own. Zola's future as manager had been the subject of much speculation leading up to the game and it sparked a vote of confidence from Sullivan only hours before the kick-off. The co-owner's remarks that the wage bill would have to be slashed was deemed unhelpful by Zola as he prepared his squad for this vital home game.

10_02_20 WHU v. Hull City 10_02_10 WHU v. Birmingham City 10_02_23 Manchester United v. WHU

HULL CITY : Barclays Premier League

Upton Park

3 - 0 (Behrami, Cole, Faubert)

20th February 2010

Att: 33,971

Referee: M. Atkinson

Green

Upson

Tomkins

Spector

Faubert

Kovac

Parker

Diamanti (Collison)

Behrami

Cole (Mido)

Franco(ilan)

Goals from Valon Behrami, Carlton Cole and Julien Faubert gave West Ham their second successive league victory and left nine-man Hull in real trouble at the foot of the table. West Ham, who climb to 13th place in the table, were given a dream start by Behrami who combined with Guillermo Franco to fire past Boaz Myhill in the second minute. Myhill then kept West Ham at bay until the 59th minute when Cole got on the end of Faubert's pass to slide an angled drive under Myhill to make it two. Hull had Craig Fagan sent off for two bookable offences before Faubert made it three in the final minute.

MANCHESTER UNITED : Barclays Premier League

Old Trafford

0 - 3

23rd February 2010

Att: 73,797

Referee: A. Wiley

Green

Upson

Tomkins

Spector

Faubert

Kovac

Noble

Diamanti (Dyer)

Behrami (Collison)

Cole

Franco (Mido)

Wayne Rooney produced another match-winning performance for Manchester United as he took his tally for the season to 27 by bagging a double against West Ham. Michael Owen scored for the first time since that hat-trick at Wolfsburg in December as the Red Devils closed to within a point of Barclays Premier League leaders Chelsea. Rooney grabbed all the headlines, just as he has been doing for most of the season as he has dragged United along in pursuit of glory. Where the Red Devils would be without the striker does not bear thinking about.

BOLTON WANDERERS : Barclays Premier League

Upton Park

1 - 2 (Diamanti)

6th March 2010

Att: 33,824

Referee: L.Probert

Green

Upson

Tomkins

Spector

Faubert (Dyer)

Parker

Kovac (Stanislas)

Diamanti

Behrami

Franco (Mido)

Cole

Bolton secured a vital away victory against relegation rivals West Ham with two goals inside the opening 16 minutes from Kevin Davies and Jack Wilshere. Davies was magnificent throughout and his powerful header gave Bolton the lead before he turned provider, robbing James Tomkins of the ball to tee up 18-year-old Wilshere. West Ham mounted a spirited comeback after Bolton had Tamir Cohen sent off for two bookable offences in the second half and Alessandro Diamanti curled in a late consolation.

IN THE NEWS - 17th March 2010

Calum Davenport released from West Ham contract

CHELSEA : Barclays Premier League

Stamford Bridge

1 - 4 (Parker)

13th March 2010

Att: 41,755

Referee: M. Clattenburg

Green

Upson

Gabbidon

Daprela

Spector

Parker

Behrami

Kovac

Dyer (Stanislas)

Mido (Cole)

Ilan (Diamanti)

Chelsea went back to the top of the Barclays Premier League with a comfortable win over West Ham at Stamford Bridge. Brazilian defender Alex headed Chelsea in front in the 15th minute but Scott Parker levelled with a stunning volley on the half-hour mark. Didier Drogba rose unmarked to restore Chelsea's lead in the 55th minute before Florent Malouda's 20-yard effort in the 76th minute and Drogba's second put Carlo Ancelotti's side one point clear of Manchester United at the summit.

10_03_06 WHU v. Bolton Wanderers 10_03_13 Chelsea v. WHU 10_03_20 Arsenal v. WHU

Calum Davenport has had his West Ham contract terminated by mutual consent. The 27-year-old has not played since sustaining leg injuries in a stabbing last October, although he had recently returned to training. "After what has been a traumatic period of time for Calum," a West Ham spokesman said, "we feel that it would be in his best interests to allow him an opportunity to put what has been a difficult few months behind him and restart his career afresh." Davenport's contract was due to expire in the summer and the two parties today reached agreement on the terms of its cancellation. "I would like to thank everyone at West Ham for their incredible support over the last six months," said Davenport, "especially the manager and the excellent medical staff who have helped me through my recovery. "I would like to also thank the fans for all their messages of support. I understand that there is no longer a place for me in the team and wish the team every success for the future. I am fully focused on returning to fitness and aim to be back playing football for a new club by the start of next season." Davenport was left with a 15in scar on his leg after allegedly being attacked by his sister's boyfriend and required surgery. In January, the player pleaded not guilty to assaulting his pregnant sister, Cara, in the same incident. He is due to stand trial at Luton Crown Court on 2 August and is out on bail. West Ham are three points off the relegation zone and have been looking to cut costs since the arrival of new owners David Sullivan and David Gold in January.

ARSENAL : Barclays Premier League

Emirates Stadium

0 - 2

20th March 2010

Att: 60,077

Referee: M. Atkinson

Green

Upson

Tomkins

Daprela

Spector

Kovac (Noble)

Behrami

Stanislas

Diamanti

Franco (Cole)

Mido (McCarthy)

Arsenal showed the spirit of champions to overcome the dismissal of defender Thomas Vermaelen as they battled back to the top of the Barclays Premier League with victory over struggling West Ham. Brazilian midfielder Denilson fired the Gunners in front after only five minutes as Arsene Wenger's men looked to leapfrog Manchester United and Chelsea, who do not play until on Sunday. Vermaelen was then deemed to have been the last man when he pulled down Guillermo Franco, and was shown a straight red card by referee Martin Atkinson. However, Manuel Almunia saved Alessandro Diamanti's penalty and captain Cesc Fabregas - back from a injury lay-off - made it 2-0 with nine minutes left from the same spot following a handball by Matthew Upson.

IN THE NEWS - 25th March 2010

David Gold's open letter to season ticket holders

Dear Steve

I am writing this on Wednesday morning. I had no sleep last night, having watched the shambolic performance by the team against Wolves. I was as angry and upset as every supporter in the stadium at the disorganised way we played, allowing Wolves too much space so that they looked more like Manchester United. This was the culmination of five defeats in a row, including an appalling performance against Bolton.

We have a few very talented players in our team, but it is a very unbalanced squad. Individually we have some very good players, but this is not being converted into a good team performance. Nobody at the club should delude themselves that we are a good team. The table at this stage of the season does not lie.

However, with some of the outstanding players we have, we can and must do better as a team. I apologise to every supporter for the pathetic showing on Tuesday night but I fully expect a dramatic improvement today as we have so much individual talent.

I accept that the club is in deep relegation trouble. However, we are a long way from being relegated. With your help we can get out of this and regroup in the summer.

This is a difficult time. It has been a week to regret but Saturday’s result can change that. We need a win, we need you to support us, to forgive us the result against Wolves and to remember what this great club is about.

The history and tradition of West Ham United, the heritage and the prestige demands we are a Barclays Premier League club. But we have no right to that. We have to earn it. The Academy of Football? Now we have to show that. The manager knows, I know, the players know.

When I first started supporting West Ham, we had a tradition for playing the game ‘the right way’. I will settle for any way right now, as long as it is the winning way!

We all have our favourite players, our heroes. Older fans can remember players like Bobby Moore, Sir Geoff Hurst, Martin Peters – the cornerstone of England’s 1966 World Cup win. I know rival teams mock us West Ham fans for saying that, but one was the captain, another scored a hat-trick, the other scored the fourth. That sounds like a claret and blue contribution to me.

Younger supporters will probably look to strikers such as Frank McAvennie and Tony Cottee as well as Paolo Di Canio. They all brought something special to the club.

Then there was Sir Trevor Brooking, Billy Bonds, Alan Taylor, Bryan ‘Pop’ Robson, Phil Parkes, Alvin Martin and Ray Stewart. We didn’t win much but there was always a quality and a style. Another hero to watch: a midfield playmaker, a little wizard on the wing, a goalscorer.

Now we need this team to show their quality. Now we need this team to show us their talent, their desire, their passion, their dare. Now we need new heroes.

Saturday may be tense, on Saturday you will feel anxious and, at times, unsettled. I ask that we try not to transmit that on to the field, that we get behind the team and provide them with a platform. The rest is up to them.

It’s hard being an owner. I’m finding it’s harder being an owner who is a supporter. I hope for happier times soon.

 

Thank you for sharing the same vision and dreams.

 

Come on West Ham

 

David Sullivan

Joint Chairman

WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS : Barclays Premier League

Upton Park

1 - 3 (Franco)

23rd March 2010

Att: 33,988

Referee: P. Dowd

Green

Upson

Tomkins (Spector)

Daprela

Faubert

Kovac (Stanislas)

Parker

Diamanti

Behrami

McCarthy (Franco)

Cole

Wolves took a giant step towards securing their Barclays Premier League survival with a comprehensive victory at Upton Park which plunged West Ham deeper into relegation trouble. Kevin Doyle set Wolves on their way before Ronald Zubar and Matthew Jarvis struck inside three second-half minutes to lift Mick McCarthy's side seven points clear of the drop zone. Wolves are looking safe - but this mauling leaves West Ham perched perilously just three points above Hull, Burnley and the relegation zone.

10_03_23 WHU v. Wolves 10_03_27 WHU v. Stoke City 10_04_10 WHU v. Sunderland

David Sullivan issues plea to West Ham fans

West Ham co-owner David Sullivan has made an emotional plea for Hammers fans to get behind their relegation-haunted team when they face Stoke on Saturday. Gianfranco Zola's side remain only three points off the drop zone after a 3-1 loss at home to Wolves on Tuesday. In a letter to fans, Sullivan said: "We need you to support us, to forgive us the result against Wolves and to remember what this great club is about. "With your help we can get out of this and regroup in the summer."

STOKE CITY : Barclays Premier League

Upton Park

0 - 1

27th March 2010

Att: 34,564

Referee: A. Marriner

Green

Faubert

Da Costa

Upson

Spector

Dyer (Diamanti)

Parker

Noble (Ilan)

Behrami

Mido (McCarthy)

Cole

West Ham's Barclays Premier League future is hanging by a thread after they crashed to a sixth consecutive defeat. Stoke striker Ricardo Fuller came off the bench to score a brilliant solo goal after 69 minutes to send West Ham spiralling towards the relegation trap-door. Hull's victory over Fulham at the KC Stadium meant West Ham's cushion has been lost with only goal difference keeping them out of the bottom three. West Ham co-owner David Sullivan had blasted the midweek 3-1 defeat to Wolves as "pathetic" and "appalling" and there was little evidence of an improvement today.

IN THE NEWS - 27th March 2010

Gianfranco Zola to consider future as West Ham boss

Gianfranco Zola said he will consider his position as West Ham boss after his side lost a sixth straight match on Saturday, beaten 1-0 at home to Stoke. Zola said: "It is very painful and I would have to think a lot about how the situation stands. "I need to find out what is the problem - and if the problem is me. I will have to think about that overnight. "I don't think it's that the players are not trying. The bottom line is to see whether I can help them or not." Ricardo Fuller scored the winner to leave West Ham above the relegation zone only on goal difference - and the Londoners are now on their worst losing run in the top flight in 43 years. Initially, Zola said his thoughts were only on "the game today and how we can sort it out". "We tried very hard, it is very disappointing and painful for me," he added. "We are in a difficult situation. We were pressing hard, expending a lot of energy and the goal flattened us a little bit. "It's tough. I thought in the first half we did quite well, it was close, Mido had a great chance. It was a balanced game. Fuller changed the game." The result leaves West Ham level on points with Hull but having played a game more than the Tigers, who beat Fulham on Saturday to greatly improve their chances of climbing out of the drop zone. West Ham's humbling 3-1 defeat by Wolves on Tuesday had left Zola under tremendous pressure, with co-owner David Sullivan heavily criticising the team on the club's website. Zola felt his side gave a better performance than against Wolves but could not hide his despair at the loss. "I told them I was much more pleased than I was on Tuesday. Better shape and teamwork. It is just a pity," he said. "Everything is important. The players need to be confident and to be helped, so we can improve the situation. "It's about confidence and believing in themselves. We have to come though these tough moments. I have total faith that players will react in the right way. "It's going to be a tough. But we are still out of the bottom three."

IN THE NEWS - 29th March 2010

Gianfranco Zolo's open letter to season ticket holders

Dear Steve

I am determined to carry on. Losing on Saturday was emotional for everyone but I know we can turn it around and that we have the ability to achieve our objectives.  It has been a tough week but the owners have backed me and I am very grateful for that. With the backing of the joint-chairmen both myself and the squad are determined to fight for every point possible. My only thought for now is to keep this club in the Premier League and I will give everything I can to make this happen between now and the end of the season.

I have had time to think and reflect, and will have to work harder than ever before. I know we can get the results we need and I will work hard to make it happen. The performance was better against Stoke but it is not the level we should be at. We can, and we will, do better. The good thing was that at least the team performed better as a team. We just couldn't get the final touch. The end product was not as good as I expect it to be and that was the difference, really.

We had better team shape and tried really hard. [Stoke scorer Ricardo] Fuller made a difference when he came on with a piece of quality. Sometimes in games, especially in a tight situation like this one, one bit of quality can make the difference and that was definitely the case.

To lose Guille Franco before the game and Kieron Dyer at half-time is typical of our season. But I will not make excuses. Six defeats with a difficult game coming on Sunday is not great, but the players are committed and we're going to be working on making that commitment more effective.

I have a great staff and we are working together to find the solutions. We have a responsibility to turn things around and that is what we will do. I am here and I am ready to do what I need to do to get the results. We have seen before that we are capable of playing at a high level.

We will go to Everton on Sunday determined to get a result. People might not expect us to get something from the match but we are positive. No one should write us off. Although we are in a serious position we have time to sort things out and be in control of our destiny at the end of the season. We said before Stoke that one game would not define the season but we also know that each of the games we have left will be cup finals. They will be massive and I know you will once again get behind us starting with Everton and we will give everything to reward your support. You have been brilliant and we owe you.

Thanks for your support

 

Gianfranco Zola

IN THE NEWS - 2nd April 2010

League receive Hammers complaint

EVERTON : Barclays Premier League

Goodison Park

2 - 2 (Da Costa, Ilan)

4th April 2010

Att: 37,451

Referee: H. Webb

Green

Faubert

Da Costa

Upson

Spector

Noble

Parker

Kovac

Stanislas (Gabbidon)

Mido (Ilan)

Cole

West Ham twice came from behind at Everton to claim a crucial point in their Barclays Premier League relegation scrap. Manuel da Costa and Ilan both struck in the second half as the Hammers produced a battling display to end a damaging run of six successive defeats. Diniyar Bilyaletdinov opened the scoring and Ayegbeni Yakubu looked to have won it for the Toffees six minutes from time but the Hammers, who also missed a penalty, produced their best performance in weeks. After a disjointed first-half display, gaining a draw was an unexpected bonus that lifted them one point clear of the bottom three.

SUNDERLAND : Barclays Premier League

Upton Park

1 - 0 (Ilan)

10th April 2010

Att:34,685

Referee: M. Jones

Green

Faubert

Da Costa

Upson

Spector

Stanislas (Franco)

Kovac

Behrami

Noble

Cole

Ilan (Daprela)

Brazilian striker Ilan is fast emerging as West Ham's unlikely saviour after he earned the relegation-threatened Hammers a vital Barclays Premier League lifeline. The 29-year-old followed up his equaliser against Everton last weekend with the only goal against Sunderland as West Ham edged four points clear of the relegation zone. Ilan was virtually unknown in England when Gianfranco Zola signed him from St Etienne on deadline day in January having failed to land Eidur Gudjohnsen and Ruud Van Nistelrooy. Zola was hopeful that Ilan's first goal for the club at Goodison Park last week, when West Ham ended a miserable run of six straight defeats, would spark a turnaround in their fortunes.

10_04_04 Everton v. WHU

The Premier League have confirmed that they have received an official complaint from West Ham over Fulham manager Roy Hodgson's decision to field a weakened team against Hull last Saturday. Hodgson chose to rest five key players for the 2-0 defeat at the KC Stadium, which allowed the Tigers to pull level with Gianfranco Zola's relegation threatened side on 27 points. Bobby Zamora, Danny Murphy, Damien Duff, Aaron Hughes and Dickson Etuhu all missed the defeat but returned for last night's 2-1 win over Wolfsburg, which prompted the West Ham hierarchy to claim that Hodgson broke Premier League rules. A Premier League spokesman said: "We can confirm that we have received an official complaint from West Ham over this matter. "We will now ask Fulham for their observations and then the Premier League board will then consider what actions, if any, are appropriate." Premier League rules state that all teams must field their strongest side available for all games. Should they find Fulham guilty, the Premier League could decide to impose a penalty similar to the £25,000 suspended fine handed to Wolves after Mick McCarthy rested nine of his players for his side's defeat at Manchester United in September.

LIVERPOOL : Barclays Premier League

Anfield

0 - 3

19th April 2010

Att: 37,697

Referee: P. Walton

Green

Faubert

Da Costa

Upson

Spector (Daprela)

Behrami

Kovac

Noble

Stanislas (Franco)

Cole (McCarthy)

Ilan

Liverpool cruised to a comfortable victory over West Ham at Anfield to keep their faint Champions League hopes alive and leave the Hammers with three games to secure their top-flight survival. Former West Ham midfielder Yossi Benayoun and David Ngog gave the hosts a 2-0 lead in a low-key first half and goalkeeper Robert Green's unfortunate own goal finished off his side. However, both teams still have a great deal to do to achieve their aims as Liverpool are still five points adrift of fourth place while West Ham are only three above the drop zone.

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WIGAN ATHLETIC : Barclays Premier League

Upton Park

3-2 (Ilan, Kovac, Parker)

24th April 2010

Att: 33,057

Referee: A. Wiley

Green

Faubert

Da Costa

Upson

Spector

Behrami

Parker

Kovac

Noble (Daprela)

Ilan (Franco)

Cole

Scott Parker fired West Ham a giant step towards Barclays Premier League safety with a blistering match-winner against Wigan. Parker's 25-yard strike settled a roller-coaster clash at Upton Park and leaves West Ham on the verge of securing their top flight status. West Ham's vastly superior goal difference means Hull cannot realistically overtake them and if Burnley fail to beat Liverpool tomorrow, then Gianfranco Zola's men will effectively be safe. The hosts were a goal down after four minutes when Jonathan Spector turned Ben Watson's corner into his own net - but they hit back with strikes from Ilan and Radoslav Kovac.

FULHAM : Barclays Premier League

Fulham's marvellous season continued with a comfortable 3-2 home win over West Ham. Clint Dempsey opened the scoring on the stroke of half-time and an own goal by Carlton Cole put them 2-0 ahead shortly after the restart. Cole redeemed himself when he headed West Ham back into the game, but Fulham substitute Stefano Okaka put Fulham 3-1 in front from close range in the 79th minute. An injury-time goal from Guillermo Franco was of little consolation to the visitors. Fulham, with their fans in full voice, began the game in bright fashion but without striker Bobby Zamora their final ball left a lot to be desired. West Ham, although effectively safe from relegation, failed to offer anything in terms of attacking football.

Craven Cottage

2-3 (Cole, Franco)

1st May 2010

Att: 24,201

Referee: Andre Marriner

Green

Faubert  (Franco)

Da Costa

Upson

Spector

Behrami (Stanislas)

Parker

Kovac

Noble

Ilan (Diamanti

Cole

MANCHESTER CITY : Barclays Premier League

Green

Faubert

Da Costa

Upson

Daprela

Ilan (Diamanti)

Parker

Kovac

Boa Morte (Franco)

Diamanti (Spence)

Cole (Stanislas)

Upton Park

1-1 (Boa Morte)

9th May 2010

Att: 34,989

Referee: Howard Webb

Shaun Wright-Phillips and Adam Johnson pressed their World Cup claims by combining to earn Manchester City a point against West Ham.  Wright-Phillips' far-post header from Johnson's cross drew Manchester City level after Luis Boa Morte had put West Ham ahead on his return to the side after a year on the treatment table. The two City wide-men caused West Ham problems all afternoon while West Ham goalkeeper Robert Green and Matthew Upson both acquitted themselves well.

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3rd January 2010 ON THIS DAY :

FABIO DAPRELA and ANTHONY EDGAR make their Hammers debut against Arsenal at Upton Park

6th February 2010 ON THIS DAY :

BENNI McCARTHY, ARAUJO ILAN and MIDO make their Hammers debuts against Burnley at Turf Moor

9th May 2010 ON THIS DAY :

JORDAN SPENCE makes his Hammers debut against Manchester City at Upton Park

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30 June 2010

ILAN and MIDO, released at end of their contract

5 June 2010

 

VALON BEHRAMI 8th SWITZERLAND cap

ITALY International Friendly Geneva 1-1 (27 caps)

5 June 2010

THOMAS HITZLSPERGER Germany international signs from Italian side SS Lazio on a free transfer

 

Germany midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger has become the first summer recruit at the Boleyn Gound. The 28-year-old will officially join the club from 1 July following his departure from Italian side SS Lazio. Fittingly nicknamed ‘The Hammer’ in honour of his powerful left-foot. Capped more than 60 times for his country at Under-21 and senior level, he played a key role in his country’s qualification for the 2010 FIFA World Cup only to just miss out on a place in Germany’s final squad

3 June 2010

AVRAM GRANT becomes the 13th managerial appointment as successor to GIANFRANCO ZOLA

 

Avram Grant became the second non-British man to take charge at the Boleyn Ground after Italian predecessor Gianfranco Zola. The former Israel boss had enjoyed success at his two previous English clubs, leading Chelsea to the UEFA Champions League final and a second-place Premier League finish in 2008 before taking Portsmouth to the 2010 FA Cup final, where they were narrowly beaten by the Blues. Grant, 55, succeeds Gianfranco Zola who was sacked after the Hammers finished 17th in last season's Premier League.

30 June 2010

 

BONDZ N’GALA released at end of contract and joins PLYMOUTH ARGYLE (1 July 2010)

West Ham United career: (2009-10) Appearances: 1, Goals: 0

30 June 2010

 

JOSH PAYNE  released at end of contract and joins DONCASTER ROVERS (28 July 2010)

West Ham United career: (2008-2010) Appearances: 3 Goals: 0