1864roverite Posted August 25, 2008 Share Posted August 25, 2008 West Ham versus Rovers Saturday 3pm Kick off 31st August 2008. On Saturday (yes thats 3 Saturday K.O. 3pm games on the bounce), Rovers travel south to The Capital. The destination is Upton Park the home ground of West Ham United, or as they like to be known, The 'Ammers. Some of the traditionalists may know their ground to be called The Boleyn ground and indeed there is a famous bar nearby that bears the same name. However, although it sounds an attractive name for a hostelery, away fans are rarely welcomed at this pub as it the stronghold of some of more unsavoury characters that like to be associated with the club. WHAM are a club that are simply associated with the World Cup winners of 1966 and in the main Sir Bobby Moore. Although through the early 70's and early 80's they had some of the classiest talent around on the pitch it was never enough to get them a League Championship. They do have some honours though, recently in 1999 they won the Intertoto Cup whilst in 1981 they won Div 2. In 1980 they won the FA Cup when Sir Trevor Brooking slipped and the ball went in off his head to secure the 1-0 win. They also won the play offs in 2005. Famous players include Trevor Brooking, Alvin Martin, Frank Lampard Snr, Bobby Moore,Billy Bonds, Julian Dicks,Geoff Hurst, Martin Peters,Johnny Byrne,Phil Parkes, Bobby Barnes,Alan Devonshire,Paul Allen, Tony Cottee, Paolo Dicanio and an old Rovers favourite Ludek Miklosko, that keeper who performed so heroically in keeping the red scum out back in 1995. Another famous player that has worn the shirt is none other than our new manager Paul Ince. If you dont remember it, Mr Ince caused uproar in the East End by wearing a Manure shirt before he even signed for the club and being photographed. Over the years as a player he has been as heckled as Robbie Savage gets on a weekly basis and was branded SCUM by the fans who once adored him. In those days he was on the pitch, I wonder just how the East End will take to him when he returns as an opposition manager in the dug out ? West Ham proclaim to have the prestigious title of the hardest fans in football. In fact, the two gangs infamously associated with the club have a notorious reputation from the days of the 70's and 80's football hooligan reign. The Mile End Mob and Inter City Firm have both featured in films and WHAM supporters are the featured fans in Green Street. Over the years the hooligan element have have been portrayed as being trouble but at Ewood Park, I dont ever recall them giving us problems. In fact, I am certain that Blackburn itself ranks as one of the hardest places the ICF has ever come up against fight wise. One of the ex members quoted Mill Hill train station as being the scenes of one of ther biggest fight losses. Players associated with the two clubs recently include none other than Craig Bellamy and the greediest Aussie of them all LUCASH Neill. All Rovers fans will have a warm word for Mr Bellamy as we rescued his eavering career in glorious style before seeing him depart for Liverppol. The same cannot and will not be said of Lucash. Our ex-captain left our club seeking a better challenge at a bigger club then promptly turned down Liverpool for the alleged £70,000 a week offered by the then Icelandic chairman. I am right in thinking that since he left, WHAM have never been above Rovers in the league NOR have they won any silverware or even breathed on reaching a semi final spot or achieved European football. So then, what can Rovers expect down in East London ? Recent visits have seen Rovers score first and then come away with a loss. In fact we are the team that WHAM love to play becasue whenever they are on a losing run we always seem to oblige them with a gifted 3 points. Upton Park has been the ultimate in bogey grounds for Rovers. WHAM have played 2, winning 2-1 at home and getting battered at City at the weekend. They have sustained more injuries whilst it seems the pressure is well and truly on Mr Curbishley already. The board have, if reports are to be believed, accepted a bid for Anton Ferdinand and unless it falls through he will not be playing against us. Neither will Bellamy, Cole and Spears are major doubts, Ashton may play whilst at the back, a troubled Rob Green is in goal with the central defence made up of Davenport and Upson. They are light on players and have an influx of foreigners that just dont appear to be settling in. Never mind boys, Rovers are in town !! A good mate of mine from my Navy Days is Eddie. A true 'Ammer who sits near to their current famous fan - Ray Winstone. I spoke to him over the weekend and gathered his thoughts on the game, our club and his and the future. On WHAM....... he expects the club to get rid of Curbishley before Christmas. All is not well and it is well known that when the fans stamp their feet in Upton Park the manager bites the bullet. He says quite clearly, the club is badly run and has financial issues, hence why no major signings have been made and puts it down to Mssrs brown and the Icelandic guy paying high wages to players like Lucash ! His faith lies in WHAM's youth set up however, they have lost several of the youth set up who have all moved to other clubs becasue of a fall out in the youth set up. On Rovers..... He admires our little old town team. How he wishes that his club could use Rovers as a role model. He states that Rovers screwed WHAM for the money for Bellamy and that by giving them Lucash we definately got the better deal. he ranks Lucash as one of the worst ever WHAM signings and cannot stand the thought of him being captain of his beloved team. On the returning Paul Ince..... Always thought he had it in him to be a good mananger but now he returns to WHAM its gonna be a hate filled afternoon for him. He will not forgive and forget. He refuses to comment further. On the retiring of the WHAM no6 shirt.... Pretty straightforward thinking on this one. We have never and will never have a player that is good enough to don this shirt. Nuff said ! On Sheff Utd and the Carlos Tevez affair...... Neil Warnock is a wa***r. I despise the efforts of the sheepsahgging chairman but at the same time believe they were hard done to. WHAM definately got lucky with the FA and all that. On the Olympics.....been great for GB aint it. Well chuffed for the lot of them and aint it good to beat the Aussies and Germans in the medal table. On the game itself.....I can see WHAM sneaking at least a point, it all depends on Ashton being fit. Rovers are a hard team to play against but it will all be about Ince on Saturday, who really cares about the crap on the park when he is in town ? And a prediction.......2-1 WHAM or the alternative 2-0 defeat and AC sacked after the game. For me, its death by radio on Saturday. I do hope that all the Rvers travelling Army have a safe trip. B aware of trouble on the trains and do not eat pie, eels and mash, it plays havoc with your guts.... Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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