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West Ham duo are nominated for November awards

Nathaniel John, West Ham correspondent Thursday, December 8, 2011


West Ham manager Sam Allardyce and striker Carlton Cole have been nominated by for the npower Championship manager and player of the month awards for November.

The Hammers picked up 13 points out of a possible 15 last month, as they beat Hull City, Coventry City, Derby County and Middlesbrough, along with a goalless draw against Bristol City.

Those results saw the Hammers top the Championship form table for the month, along with Cardiff City, whose manager Malky Mackay is also nominated for the award.

The other two nominations for the manager prize are Derek McInnes from Bristol City and Barnsley boss Keith Hill.

Cole has been nominated for the player award after he impressed on his comeback from a knee injury.

The England striker scored three goals in five games last month that included just one start.

Cole recorded some impressive cameo appearances, most notably at Hull and Coventry, when the introduction of the 28-year-old at half time changed the course of the matches in the Hammers’ favour.

The other nominations for the player prize are Peter Whittingham of Cardiff City, Doncaster Rovers’ Billy Sharp, and Liam Fontaine from Bristol City.

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Sir Geoff Hurst at 70

The club has marked the 70th birthday of Hammers great Sir Geoff Hurst on Thursday
Geoff Hurst

All at West Ham United would like to wish Sir Geoff Hurst a happy 70th birthday today.

Sir Geoff, who scored a hat-trick in the 1966 FIFA World Cup final victory over West Germany, scored 249 goals in 502 appearances for the Hammers during a glittering 14-year career at the Boleyn Ground, winning the FA Cup in 1964 and European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1965.

He continues to be an ambassador for the game at home and abroad. He was knighted in 1998 and even recognised with an honorary Master of the Arts degree by the University of East London last year.

While he is rightly feted wherever he goes, Sir Geoff will always recognise the role West Ham United played in his remarkable career as he rose to world acclaim alongside club-mates Bobby Moore and Martin Peters.

“The Boleyn Ground is a place that has great memories,” he said on a recent visit. “It is always great to come back. I don’t come back quite so often as I have moved to Cheltenham but my heart is here.

“It is a family club. A lot of people would say it is their second favourite club. It has a great tradition of developing players. From our time this club produced three players for a World Cup final – the captain and two goalscorers. West Ham fans will always say we won the World Cup.

“We have a history of great players here and it is good to see local boys like Jack Collison and Mark Noble in the team taking over that mantle.”

As part of his 70th celebrations, Sir Geoff will be reunited with the ball from the 1966 final. It has been taken to the Park Plaza hotel in London, the location for this year’s Sparks Winter Ball.

Sir Geoff is to receive a Lifetime Presidency Award from the charity’s patron, HRH Princess Michael of Kent. Sparks is a highly regarded children’s medical research charity and the former striker has long been a champion of their work. To find out more, visit



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Have West Ham lost touch with their roots by appointing Allardyce?

by FFC

All of the connotations associated with West Ham’s history of football over the years were brought into disrepute this summer as notorious long ball merchant Sam Allardyce arrived at Upton Park. However, surely the ‘academy of football’ tag can be forgotten for a while as the club look to bounce back immediately from its relegation from the Premier League last season.

After Avram Grant’s horrific spell in charge last year, things could only get better for the East End club who currently sit second in the Championship after missing a chance to go top last weekend. Allardyce has definitely brought his own style to Upton Park along with pals Kevin Nolan, Joey O’Brien and Abdoulaye Faye.

A large number of Hammers fans were sceptical over the appointment of Allardyce and his perceived negative tactics. Over the years an Allardyce side has been very quick to play the long ball and defensive, but in my opinion he was just utilising what he had at his disposal. Each club he has been at have had players in their side that suit the aerial game, and so it has been successful when used.

Allardyce performed wonders at Bolton and Blackburn and wasn’t given enough time at St James Park (Sports Direct Arena); where it is notoriously a tough place to be a manager. To say that because Big Sam is in charge, then West Hamwill become a dull, physical team is extremely harsh. Playing to their strengths West Ham will keep the ball and use their width, not lump the ball up to 5ft7 Sam Baldock. Talented footballers Jack Collison, Mark Noble and Henri Lansbury defy any Allardyce tradition and the fact that the clubs tallest player; Carlton Cole; cant head the ball anyway, the long ball has rarely been successful.

One thing that Big Sam has given to the Hammers is a tougher mentality and more of a will to win. Last season if West Ham went one nil down, they lost the game. Away from home they were unable to win and rarely scored a goal. Scoring 33 goals in 38 games at the highest level is just unacceptable. However, yes they are playing weaker opposition, but the Hammers have already scored 36 goals this season and have won more than last year, and it’s not even Christmas yet.

Since Alan Pardew left Upton Park in 2006 West Ham have not had the squad to be able to play silky football, as is equally pleasing on the eye as it is on the league table. West Ham fans can’t possibly suggest they were happy with the results over the past 18 months or so and the football has not been much better.

With Allardyce now in charge the Irons will play to their strengths; which is a necessity in the Championship, and will more than likely earn promotion back to top flight as they will go from strength to strength in the second half of the season. With Big Sam one of the favourites with some people to become the next England manager (no thank you) it is in everybody’s interest to sit and watch a few West Ham games this season as his style of football may surprise you, but the impressive results shouldn’t.

Managers such as Ron Greenwood and John Lyall, who sadly past away in recent years, have left a long legacy at Upton Park but West Ham are a very different club to that at the moment and Allardyce will be looking to make a similar successful time during his stay in East London. Given a chance Allardyce will get the Hammers promoted and keep them in the Premier League.

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Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill linked with West Ham United striker Carlton Cole

 New Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill is reportedly keen on signing West Ham striker Carlton Cole.

O’Neill has taken over the struggling Premier League club and one of his first aims is to improve their attack as they have lacked goals this season.

Cole has been a real threat for the Hammers this season scoring seven times as they have climbed up to second in the Championship.

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