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2009-10 Barclays Premier League

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IN THE NEWS - 16th June 2009

Dr. Martens Stand reverts back to it's original name The West Stand

West Stand

IN THE NEWS - 1st July 2009

Chile international forward Luis Jimenez signs on loan

The Chile forward, who has joined the Hammers on a season-long loan from Italian Serie A champions Internazionale. The 25-year-old's decision to join came with the endorsement from the Internazionale manager jose Mourinho, a former team-mate of Valon Behrami at Lazio, Jimenez will be the second Chilean player to represent West Ham United after Javier Margas

IN THE NEWS - 17th July 2009

Premier League - FA statement

The Premier League-FA statement said: "A joint Premier League / FA Inquiry has reached its conclusions after considering whether the conduct of West Ham United immediately after the independent disciplinary commission's decision of 27 April 2007 amounted to further breaches of Premier League or FA rules. "The Inquiry was instituted to consider the views expressed by the Independent Arbitral Tribunial chaired by Lord Griffiths in September 2008, which dealt with a compensation claim by Sheffield United against West Ham United, brought using the FA's arbitration process. "The Inquiry has concluded that, on the basis of the evidence available to them, there is no prima facie case that West Ham United and / or its officials did commit any further breaches of Premier League or FA rules immediately after the independent disciplinary commission's decision."

IN THE NEWS - 21st July 2009

Frank Nouble signs from Chelsea

IN THE NEWS - 31st July 2009

Fabio Daprela signs from Grasshoppers

West Ham announce the signing of Frank Nouble from Chesea for an undisclosed fee. With several clubs keen on securing his services after he turned down a contract at Stamford Bridge this summer. A former England Under-17 international, the powerful and speedy forward was Chelsea's leading scorer in the FA Premier Academy League last season, netting 12 times in 20 appearances

West Ham have signed Switzerland U19 defender Fabio Daprela from Grasshopper Club Zurich for an undisclosed fee. Deprela, a left-back, flew straight to London to complete his move to the Boleyn Ground from the UEFA European U19 Championship finals in Ukraine. THe club had to contend with interest from a host of top Italian sides for the youngster, who has signed a five-year deal after moving from the Zurich club.

WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS : Barclays Premier League

Molineux

2 - 0 (Noble, Upson)

15th August 2009

Att: 28,674

Referee: C. Foy

Green

Faubert

Collins

Upson

Ilunga (Spector)

Collison

Parker

Noble

Dyer (Stanislas)

Jimenez

Cole (Nouble)

Mick McCarthy saw his Wolves side pay the price for poor defending on their return to the Premier League after a six-year absence. Mark Noble and Matthew Upson both took advantage to secure the three points for West Ham with goals either side of half time. It was just the start manager Gianfranco Zola was looking for against the newly-promoted side.

09_08_15 Wolves v. WHU

Green

Faubert

Collins

Upson

Spector

Noble

Parker (Hines)

Collison (Nouble)

Jimenez (Kovac)

Cole

Stanislas

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : Barclays Premier League

Upton Park

1 - 2 (Cole)

23rd August 2009

Att: 33,095

Referee:

M. Clattenburg

Tottenham maintained their 100% start to the Barclays Premier League season after West Ham gifted them Jermain Defoe's equaliser and Aaron Lennon's winner in a 2-1 win. The Hammers were leading through Carlton Cole's spectacular volley but the England striker's backpass then set up Defoe to level against his former club. Another mistake led to Lennon's winner, with Jonathan Spector slipping at the vital moment and the winger taking full advantage to rifle into the bottom corner.

09_08_23 WHU v. Tottenham Hotspur

MILLWALL : Carling Cup (Second Round)

Upton Park

3 - 1 a.e.t (Stanislas 2, [1 pen], Hines)

25th August 2009

Att: 24,492

Referee: P. Taylor

Green

Faubert

Gabbidon

Tomkins

Spector

Collison

Parker

Kovac (Nouble)

Payne (Hines)

Cole (Upson)

Stanislas

IN THE NEWS - 26th August 2009

BATTLE OF THE BOLEYN

WEST HAM are facing a massive FA punishment after a night of shame at the Boleyn Ground. One man was stabbed and dozens were arrested outside and inside the ground during the Hammers' 3-1 Carling Cup win over Millwall. Fans described the appalling scenes as a war-zone as stewards and riot police battled yobs, who threw coins and missiles at them and the visiting fans. West Ham striker Carlton Cole was forced to endure shocking racist abuse from Millwall fans. And there was also FOUR pitch invasions as home fans ignored desperate appeals to stay off the pitch. At one stage, a security guard joined Millwall officials in taking the players off the pitch, fearing for their safety, during the home fans' third encroachment after the Hammers went 2-1 up. Stunned West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola said: "I knew it was a game that meant a lot for the two sets of supporters, but I didn't imagine it could be like this. "I've never seen anything like that after seven years with Chelsea and 11 months with West Ham. I'm sure there will be enquiries and they will try to look at the situation. I was completely shocked." Millwall boss Kenny Jackett said: "I was not aware of the stabbing. I'm very sad to hear about that. We've got a passionate game in this country, but when it oversteps the mark then things have to be done." An FA spokesman said: "We absolutely condemn all of the disorder that has occurred at Upton Park this evening both inside and outside the ground. "We will be working with all parties including the police and clubs to establish the facts surrounding tonight's events. "We expect all culprits to be banned for life. They have no place in our game." West Ham are expected to announce measure to deal with the troublemakers.

Pitch invasions and violence between rival fans and police at Upton Park totally overshadowed West Ham's Carling Cup second-round victory over Millwall. Neil Harris had given the visitors the lead but Junior Stanislas' equaliser that sent the tie into extra-time sparked ugly scenes as supporters poured over the advertising hoardings. Stanislas added another from the penalty spot, leading to Millwall players heading for the dressing room, before play got under way again and Zavon Hines added a third to seal victory at the end of a poisonous evening of hostility.

09_08_25 WHU v. Millwall CC2 Evening Standard

100 YEARS OF RIVALRY

Zola - Millwall Carling Cup

This is definitely one of the most bitter rivalries in England, even though the two have rarely been in the same division at the same time. Both clubs actually originated in London's docklands, with West Ham previously known as Thames Ironworks, Millwall then moved from the Isle of dogs to New Cross on the south side of the Thames in 1910. In the 20's there was a rivalry between two shipyards, on either side of the river. The Millwall, london and Surrey docks were a Millwall stronghold while the Royal docks was West Ham. In 1926 tensions increased further when West Ham dockers went on strike and Millwall's carried on working.

IN THE NEWS - 28th August 2009

Hammers complete the permanent transfer of Alessandro Diamanti from AS Livorno Calcio

The 26-year-old becomes Gianfranco Zola's second major recruit from the Italian top flight after Chilean international Luis Jimenez arrived from Internazionale. The latest recruit will provide extra firepower to the Hammers attack alongside striker Carlton Cole. Diamanti scored 18 times in 37 league and cup matches last season, including six goals in the final ten matches of what proved a hugely successful campaign.

BLACKBURN ROVERS : Barclays Premier League

Green

Faubert

Collins

Upson

Spector

Jimenez (Dyer)

Parker

Noble

Collison (Kovac)

Cole

Stanislas

Ewood Park

0 - 0

29th August 2009

Att: 23,421

Referee: P. Dowd

IN THE NEWS - 31st August 2009

Da Costa in for Savio

West Ham United have sold Savio Nsereko to AFC Fiorentina with the club receiving an undisclosed fee and Portuguese centre-back Manuel Da Costa in return. Da Costa, 23, moves to the Boleyn Ground on a three-year contract after one season in Italy, having left Florence in January for a loan at their Serie A rivals UC Sampdoria.   Savio's departure will see the club retain 50 per cent of his sell-on value in future. The German Under-20 international arrived at the Boleyn Ground in January from Brescia Calcio for an undisclosed fee. The 20-year-old made eleven appearances - ten off the substitute's bench - but failed to estabish himself in the side. The emergence of junior Stanislas also limited Savio's chances.

Blackburn teenager Junior Hoilett spurned the best chance of a fairly tedious goalless draw. The 19-year-old substitute's 20-yard chip over Robert Green in a one-on-one with the goalkeeper dropped onto the top of the net in the 77th minute. Prior to that Carlton Cole had the visitors' best effort, curling wide a 20th-minute shot from a narrow angle while Rovers defender Chris Samba fired over from the edge of the penalty area in the first half. Hoilett's 30-minute cameo was one of the few positives on a frustrating afternoon for Blackburn

09_08_29 Blackburn Rovers v. WHU

WIGAN ATHLETIC : Barclays Premier League

DW Stadium

0 - 1

12th September 2009

Att: 17,142

Referee: A. Wiley

Green

Faubert

Tomkins

Upson

Gabbidon

Kovac (Behrami)

Noble (Nouble)

Parker

Stanislas (Diamanti)

Cole

Hines

IN THE NEWS - 17th September 2009

Franco Signs

Striker Hugo Rodallega's second goal of the season was enough to see Wigan beat West Ham at the DW Stadium and ease some of the pressure on manager Roberto Martinez. The Colombia striker pounced in the 55th minute to stab home Jason Koumas' blocked shot and end a run of three successive Barclays Premier League defeats. Prior to that the main point of interest had been the form of England goalkeeper Robert Green, who produced decent saves to deny Rodallega and Jordi Gomez in the first half. Green's performance was in stark contrast to that of England team-mate Carlton Cole, who showed little international class and was less of a threat than 20-year-old strike partner Zavon Hines on his first start of the season.

09_09_12 Wigan Athletic v. WHU

West Ham United announce the signing of Mexico striker Guillermo Franco after the expiry of his contract with Villarreal CF. The Argentinian-born forward arrives fresh from his goalscoring exploits with his adopted country. He scored four goals in his last six internationals. He had been linked with a move to South American champions Estudiantes as well as two Spanish clubs.

LIVERPOOL : Barclays Premier League

Upton Park

2 - 3 (Diamanti [pen], Cole)

19th September 2009

Att: 34,658

Referee: A. Marriner

Green

Faubert

Tomkins

Upson (Gabbidon)

Ilunga

Behrami (Kovac)

Parker

Noble

Diamanti (Dyer)

Cole

Hines

Fernando Torres scored twice as Liverpool held off a brave fightback from West Ham to earn a deserved 3-2 victory in a five-goal thriller at Upton Park. Torres put the Reds in front in the 19th minute with a fine solo goal but debutant Alessandro Diamanti levelled from the penalty spot. Dirk Kuyt restored Liverpool's lead in the 40th minute but Carlton Cole levelled again a minute before the interval. But the irrepressible Torres settled a pulsating contest when he headed home from close range in the 75th minute.

 

09_09_19 WHU v. Liverpool

BOLTON WANDERERS : Carling Cup (Third Round)

Reebok Stadium

1 - 3 a.e.t. (Ilunga)

22nd September 2009

Att: 8,050

Referee: H. Webb

Green

Spector

Kovac

Tomkins

Ilunga

Dyer (Cole)

Parker

Noble

Da Costa (N'Gala)

Diamanti

Hines (Faubert)

Defender Gary Cahill was the unlikely match-winner for Bolton as he produced a stunning strike in extra-time to beat West Ham 3-1 in their Carling Cup third-round tie at the Reebok Stadium. The centre-back drilled home from 25 yards just six minutes into the additional period to turn things around for the home side with Johan Elmander sliding in a third very late on. Wanderers captain Kevin Davies had struck with a header just before the end of 90 minutes to cancel out Herita Ilunga's first goal for the club on the hour.

 

09_09_22 Bolton Wanderers v. WHU CC3

MANCHESTER CITY : Barclays Premier League

Eastlands

1 - 3 (Cole)

28th September 2009

Att: 42,745

Referee: C. Foy

Green

Faubert

Da Costa

Tomkins

Ilunga

Diamanti

Kovac (Hines)

Parker

Noble

Jimenez (Stanislas)

Cole

IN THE NEWS - 28th September 2009

The FA has today issued charges against both West Ham United and Millwall.

The FA have today issued charges against both West Ham United FC and Millwall FC following the serious crowd disturbances in and around Upton Park on 25 August 2009. West Ham United FC have been charged on four counts of failing to control their supporters whilst Millwall FC have been charged on three counts following events at the Carling Cup fixture. It is alleged that both clubs failed to ensure that their supporters conducted themselves in an orderly fashion.

 

The FA has liaised closely with all relevant authorities including the Metropolitan Police during the course of its investigations and has been in constant dialogue with both clubs during this time. Both clubs now have a period of 14 days to respond to the charges.

Specific charges relating to West Ham United FC include:

• Failure to ensure their supporters refrained from violent, threatening, obscene and provocative behaviour.

 

• Failure to ensure their supporters refrained from racist behaviour.

 

• Failure to ensure their supporters didn’t throw missiles, harmful or dangerous objects onto the pitch.

 

• Failure to ensure their supporters didn’t enter the field of play.

 

Specific charges relating to Millwall FC include:

• Failure to ensure their supporters refrained from violent, threatening, obscene and provocative behaviour.

 

• Failure to ensure their supporters refrained from racist behaviour.

 

• Failure to ensure their supporters didn’t throw missiles, harmful or dangerous objects onto the pitch.

Manchester City's sublime start to the season continued with Carlos Tevez doing the damage against former club West Ham. City's fifth win out of their opening six games represented their best start since 1961. Two Tevez goals and a first-half free-kick from Martin Petrov scarcely did justice to their dominance. West Ham were totally outclassed, even though Carlton Cole did score an equaliser, and on this evidence they will not be the last as City seem to have found an irresistible mix of brilliant attacking play and solid defending.

09_09_28 Manchester City v. WHU

FULHAM : Barclays Premier League

Upton Park

2 - 2 (Cole, Stanislas)

4th October 2009

Att: 32,612

Referee: P. Dowd

Green

Faubert

Tomkins

Upson

Ilunga

Noble

Parker (Behrami)

Jimenez

Diamanti

Cole

Hines (Stanislas)

Junior Stanislas came off the bench to save West Ham from defeat against 10-man Fulham with an equaliser two minutes into added time. But the Hammers were still booed off at Upton Park after throwing away a golden chance to secure a first victory since the opening day of the season. West Ham were cruising at the interval after Carlton Cole's header earned them a deserved lead and Fulham had South African midfielder Kagisho Dikgacoi sent off on his full debut. The Hammers lost all composure after the break and their defensive frailties were horribly exposed again as Danny Murphy drew Fulham level from the penalty spot before Zoltan Gera slotted home a far-post volley

09_10_04 WHU v. Fulham

STOKE CITY : Barclays Premier League

Britainnia Stadium

1 - 2 (Upson)

17th October 2009

Att: 27,026

Referee: M. Atkinson

Green

Faubert

Tomkins

Upson

Ilunga

Behrami

Kovac ((Stanislas)

Noble

Collison (Franco)

Cole

Diamanti (Hines)

Striker James Beattie's first goals of the season earned Stoke a 2-1 victory at home to West Ham. The burly forward scored his opener from an 11th-minute penalty, only for Matthew Upson to head an equaliser before the interval. However, Beattie had the last word when he forced home Ricardo Fuller's cross at the far post with 20 minutes to go.

09_10_17 Stoke City v. WHU

ARSENAL : Barclays Premier League

Upton Park

2 - 2 (Cole, Diamanti [pen])

25th October 2009

Att: 34,442

Referee: C. Foy

Green

Spector

Tomkins

Upson

Ilunga

Behrami (Kovac)

Parker

Noble (Diamanti)

Collison

Cole

Franco

Arsenal threw away the chance of a fifth straight Premier League win as West Ham battled back to earn a 2-2 draw at Upton Park. The Gunners had looked in complete control following first-half goals from Robin van Persie and William Gallas. However, Carlton Cole pulled a goal back before substitute Alessandro Diamanti netted a late penalty. West Ham finished with 10 men when Scott Parker was shown a second yellow card, but were not to be denied a much-needed positive result.

09_10_25 WHU v. Arsenal

IN THE NEWS - 3rd November 2009

Alan Curbishley today 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.”

SUNDERLAND : Barclays Premier League

Stadium of Light

2 - 2 (Franco, Cole)

31st October 2009

Att: 39,033

Referee: A. Marriner

Ten-man Sunderland came from two goals down at the Stadium of Light to snatch a deserved draw and deny West Ham a first Barclays Premier League win since the opening day of the season. Things looked bleak for the hosts when goals from Guillermo Franco - his first for the club - and the impressive Carlton Cole put the Hammers two up. But Andy Reid's superb free-kick gave them hope and, after Kenwyne Jones had seen red in first-half stoppage time, Kieran Richardson tapped home a cross from the returning Darren Bent to equalise.

Green

Spector

Tomkins

Upson

Ilunga

Behrami (Diamanti)

Noble

Kovac

Collison

Franco (Hines)

Cole

09_10_31 Sunderland v. WHU

ASTON VILLA : Barclays Premier League

Upton Park

2 - 1 (Noble [pen], Hines)

4th November 2009

Att: 34,442

Referee: C. Foy

Substitute Zavon Hines scored an injury-time winner against 10-man Aston Villa to lift the struggling Hammers out of the bottom three of the Barclays Premier League. Hines fired home after a fine run by Scott Parker as the game looked to be heading for a draw. Mark Noble had put the struggling home side in front from the penalty spot in first-half injury time. England goalkeeper Robert Green then saved Ashley Young's 49th minute spot-kick before the Villa winger atoned for his error with a curling 25-yard equaliser two minutes later.

Green

Spector

Tomkins

Upson

Ilunga

Behrami (Kovac)

Parker

Noble (Diamanti)

Collison

Cole

Franco

09_11_04 WHU v. Aston Villa

EVERTON : Barclays Premier League

Upton Park

1 - 2 (o.g.)

8th November 2009

Att: 32,466

Referee: A. Wiley

Everton secured a much-needed first win in five Barclays Premier League games with a battling 2-1 victory at West Ham, who slipped back into the relegation zone. Louis Saha, who missed the midweek Europa League defeat to Benfica with a calf problem, netted from 20 yards against the run of play on 26 minutes. Dan Gosling added a second just after the hour, but the Hammers made a fight of it following an own goal by Tony Hibbert.

Green

Faubert

Da Costa

Upson

Spector

Parker

Behrami

Jimenez (Diamanti)

Collison (Stanislas)

Franco

Hines

09_11_08 WHU v. Everton

Kingston Communications Stadium

3 - 3 (Franco, Collison, Da Costa)

21st November 2009

Att: 24,909

Referee:

M. Clattenburg

HULL CITY : Barclays Premier League

Ten-man Hull held on for a point after staging a remarkable fightback against fellow Barclays Premier League strugglers West Ham. The Tigers looked to be heading back into the bottom three as West Ham raced ahead with early headed goals from Guillermo Franco and Jack Collison at the KC Stadium. Hull hit back when Carlton Cole deflected a Jimmy Bullard free-kick into his own net and the game then turned on its head in the closing two minutes of the first half. Kamil Zayatte equalised with a powerful volley and Bullard then struck from the penalty spot but West Ham claimed a draw through Manuel da Costa after Bernard Mendy was sent off.

Green

Faubert

Da Costa

Upson

Gabbidon

Collison

Parker

Behrami (Hines)

Stanislas

Franco

Cole

09_11_21 Hull City v. WHU

IN THE NEWS - 2nd December 2009

WEST HAM paid out a staggering £3,576,972 to agents between October 2008 and September of this year - the seventh highest in the Premier League.

The figure, which includes players transferred in as well as 10 players signing new deals at the club, is beaten only by Arsenal, Wigan, Spurs, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City who splashed out nearly £13m on agents.

West Ham brought in 10 players in that time period, with Savio at £5.5m being the most expensive, followed by the £5m they spent on Valon Behrami.

BURNLEY : Barclays Premier League

Upton Park

5 - 3 (Collison, Stanislas, Cole [pen], Franco, Jimenez [pen])

28th November 2009

Att: 34,003

Referee: C. Foy

Gianfranco Zola's men recorded only their third Barclays Premier League win of a difficult campaign after three goals in the first half put them in command. Jack Collison capitalised on some static defending to race on to Scott Parker's free-kick and fire the Irons ahead on 18 minutes. Junior Stanislas slotted home a second, before Carlton Cole converted a penalty as Burnley were made to pay for poor defending after what had been a bright start by the visitors when Clarke Carlisle's header was cleared off the line. It was damage limitation for the Clarets - who have just one point from seven away matches on their return to the top flight - after the hard-working Guillermo Franco headed in a fourth on 51 minutes. However, there was still time for substitute Luis Jimenez to net another penalty after he was brought down by keeper Brian Jensen to give the Irons a morale boost ahead of next week's visit of champions Manchester United. Steven Fletcher's late double gave Burnley some consolation, before Steven Caldwell was sent off during stoppage time and Chris Eagles then netted a third.

Green

Spector

Da Costa

Gabbidon

Ilunga

Collison (Faubert)

Kovac

Parker

Stanislas

Cole (Hines)

Franco (Jimenez)

09_11_28 WHU v. Burnley

MANCHESTER UNITED : Barclays Premier League

Upton Park

0 - 4

5th December 2009

Att: 34,980

Referee: P. Walton

Paul Scholes came up with the sort of strike which has been his signature throughout a fabulous career as Manchester United gave notice that they are in no mood to give up the chase for their title with a 4-0 victory over West Ham. Further goals from Darron Gibson, Antonio Valencia and Wayne Rooney made it comfortable for the visitors after the break. Ferguson had sent out a makeshift defence to start with, after seeing Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and Jonny Evans all sidelined through injury. Midfielder Darren Fletcher filled in at right-back with Gary Neville and Wes Brown in the middle.

Green (Kurucz)

Spector

Tomkins

Gabbidon

Ilunga

Collison

Kovac (Dyer)

Parker

Stanislas

Franco

Hines (Diamanti)

09_12_05 WHU v. Manchester United

BIRMINGHAM CITY : Barclays Premier League

St Andrews

0 - 1

12th December 2009

Att: 28,203

Referee: L. Mason

Lee Bowyer scored the only goal of the game against his former club to secure Birmingham's place in the top half of the Barclays Premier League and increase the relegation worries of a West Ham side who had Mark Noble sent off in the closing stages. The 32-year-old midfielder, who made the permanent switch from Upton Park in the summer after an initial loan spell, settled the match with his sixth goal of the campaign.

Green

Faubert

Tomkins

Gabbidon

Ilunga (Nouble)

Stanislas (Collison)

Parker

Noble

Kovac (Dyer)

Diamanti

Franco

09_12_12 Birmingham City v. WHU

BOLTON WANDERERS : Barclays Premier League

Reebok Stadium

1 - 3 (Diamanti)

15th December 2009

Att: 17,849

Referee: A. Marriner

Green

Faubert

Tomkins

Gabbidon

Ilunga

Dyer (Stanislas)

Parker

Kovac

Collison (Da Costa)

Franco

Diamanti

Robert Green's howler gifted Bolton victory as the hosts climbed out of the relegation zone at the expense of fellow strugglers West Ham. The impressive Chung-Yong Lee pulled the ball back to the edge of the box for Gary Cahill whose bouncing effort seemed harmless enough. Green looked set for an easy catch, but inexplicably the England goalkeeper let the ball slip and Ivan Klasnic was on hand to tuck away his fourth goal in four games, giving Bolton a 2-1 lead. Bolton had gone ahead through Lee, only for West Ham to hit back through Alessandro Diamanti. But Klasnic's gift from Green and a third by Cahill sealed three points for Wanderers, who moved above the visitors into 17th place.

09_12_12 Bolton Wanderers v. WHU

IN THE NEWS - 23rd December 2009

The club have issued a statement in response to recent speculation in the media

Following a great deal of speculation in the media, West Ham United have issued the following statement: "Our shareholder CB Holding has made it clear it would like to find new owners for the club in the next three years and that is still the case. "In recent months we have had a number of approaches from parties interested in investing in West Ham United. The club have held a number of discussions with those parties and the talks are ongoing. "CB Holding is not under pressure to conclude an agreement in the immediate future, but the club will keep supporters informed of any developments when appropriate."

CHELSEA : Barclays Premier League

Upton Park

1-1 (Diamanti [pen])

20th December 2009

Att: 33,388

Referee: M. Dean

Frank Lampard showed the nerve which has made him one of England's finest players to rescue a point for Chelsea. Lampard, once hailed but now routinely jeered inside the Upton Park ground he graced as a youngster, slotted home a penalty in the second half which he was forced to take three times. Some players might have been thrown by that. Lampard simply kept rippling the back of West Ham goalkeeper Robert Green's net until referee Mike Dean finally signalled the goal which cancelled out a first-half penalty by Alessandro Diamanti. But if it signalled two dropped points for Chelsea in their quest for the title, then for West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola perhaps this was the corner he has been waiting to turn.

Green

Faubert

Gabbidon (Tomkins)

Upson

Ilunga

Noble

Kovac

Parker

Collison

Franco

Diamanti

09_12_20 WHU v. Chelsea

PORTSMOUTH : Barclays Premier League

Upton Park

2-0 (Diamanti [pen], Kovac)

26th December 2009

Att: 33,686

Referee: L. Probert

Green

Faubert

Tomkins

Upson

Ilunga

Collison

Kovac

Parker

Diamanti (Behrami)

Noble (Jimenez)

Franco (Nouble)

Alessandro Diamanti scored his third goal in as many games to maintain West Ham's hopes of survival and keep Portsmouth rooted to the bottom of the Barclays Premier League. The Italian forward struck from the penalty spot at Upton Park midway through the first half of a match short on quality, clear-cut opportunities or reasons to suggest either team deserves to be higher in the table.

09_12_26 WHU v. Portsmouth

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : Barclays Premier League

White Hart Lane

0 - 2

28th December 2009

Att: 35,994

Referee: C. Foy

Green

Faubert

Tomkins

Upson

Ilunga (Spector)

Collison (Stanislas)

Behrami

Kovac

Parker (Jimenez)

Diamanti

Franco

Tottenham playmaker Luka Modric scored on his return to the starting XI to help defeat West Ham at White Hart Lane. Modric, with only two substitute appearances under his belt since fracturing a fibula in August, struck 11 minutes into the Barclays Premier League clash as he turned home Aaron Lennon's cross, with Scott Parker then limping off for the visitors. To make matters worse, former Hammers striker Jermain Defoe added a second before the end.

09_12_28 Tottenham Hotspur v. WHU 09_08_15 Wolves v. WHU 09_08_23 WHU v. Tottenham Hotspur 09_08_29 Blackburn Rovers v. WHU 09_09_12 Wigan Athletic v. WHU 09_09_28 Manchester City v. WHU 09_10_17 Stoke City v. WHU 09_10_25 WHU v. Arsenal Executive 09_11_04 WHU v. Aston Villa 09_11_08 WHU v. Everton 09_11_28 WHU v. Burnley 09_12_20 WHU v. Chelsea 09_12_28 Tottenham Hotspur v. WHU 02 09_12_26 WHU v. Portsmouth

15th August 2011 ON THIS DAY :

LUIS JIMENEZ and FRANK NOUBLE make their Hammers debuts against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux

12th September 2009 ON THIS DAY :

ALESSANDRO DIAMANTI makes his Hammers debut against Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium

22nd September 2009 ON THIS DAY :

MANUEL DA COSTA and BONDZ N'GALA make their Hammers debut aginst Bolton Wanderers at the Rebook Stadium

17th October 2009 ON THIS DAY :

GUILLERMO FRANCO makes his Hammers debut against Stoke City at the Britainnia Stadium

5th December 2009 ON THIS DAY :

PETER KURUCZ makes his Hammers debut against Manchester United at Upton Park

09_12_05 WHU v. Manchester United CONTINUE 2

Manager: Gianfranco Zola

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