Friday, 2 November 2012

Issue #6 editorial

We've had our so-called "easy" start to the season and are comfortably placed in the top half of the table but now we've got to be prepared to see our boys struggle to pick up many points between now and New Year's Day. We welcome the reigning Premier League champions to Upton Park this weekend and although I'm not expecting a win, I do believe we can cause them more problems than we did in our last season in the top flight. The fact City have only kept one clean sheet this season in league bodes well for us.

After this tricky game, we've got Newcastle, Stoke, Spurs, Man Utd, Chelsea, Liverpool, West Brom, Everton and Arsenal - how many points do you think we should pick up from these games? I think, with our confidence high following a good start to the season, we can get 10 points which would give us 24 by Christmas. We will slip down the table but we'll be in a good position to kick on once 2013 greets us.

Now looking at this week's issue, we've got another brilliant mixed bag of opinion. Lucy Woolford kicks us off with her tale of The Curse of the Upton Park Strikers (pages 4&5), a chilling tale of our strikers struggling to find the net but that thankfully our midfielders are keeping us going. Jack Bowers has written a nice piece comparing the Man City we played in 2006 before they were taken over to the team we face today (pages 6&7) and Bill West ponders why the West Ham experience is more expensive than Man City (pages 8&9).
Loud and proud writer Brian Williams this week asks if we really need a billionaire like Man City has while both Vinny Ryan (pages 14&15) and Tales from the Seaside writer Jon Williams (page 24) call for the boo boys to quiet down and to get behind the side.
We've also got an exclusive interview with official club photographer Stevie Bacon (pages 16&17) as well as a very interesting article by Geoff Hillyer in which he debates whether or not he would welcome Rob Green back to Upton Park.

Finally we've got some cracking Opposition View articles this week with Man City and Newcastle fans talking to us about our games against them and their view of the mighty Hammers.

As always we have spoken to a West Ham Ladies player to get the inside track on what is going on with the Ladies (page 22) and Flashback editor Tom Baldwin takes a look at the last time we played City at home (page 13).
We really hope you like this issue. Enjoy the game at Upton Park. It's always great to see such talent on display and I know we can give them a good match.

David Blackmore, Editor

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