Farewell Boleyn Ground; au-revoir Claret & Blues

After a few years of running the site, Matt and I have decided to call time on the posting element of Claret and Blues given that neither of us have the time, or indeed the inclination, in terms of continuing to write endlessly about our wonderful football club. Over the years we’ve really enjoyed it but as in all things, you have to know when it’s time to call time, so to speak and I am sure you’ll all have noted the postings decreasing throughout the course of the past few weeks and months.

It has been an amazing season and perhaps we at Claret and Blues have always been more comfortable over the years writing-up when things were not as we would wish them to be! Now, the future looks amazing and as we begin a brand-new chapter at the Olympic stadium it seems right that our own chapter closes too.

Over the years we have conversed with some fantastic characters, even feeling that some of you have become online friends and we thank you all for your contributions from the bottom of our hearts.

Matt is holding on to the site and may be turning into a different platform in due course but for the moment, and definitely from me as chief contributor, it’s ‘over and out’.

COYI

Baggies succumb to the West Ham Way

I thought we were fantastic at the Hawthorns.

After yet another slow start when we might well have conceded and, if that had happened who knows what the outcome may have eventually been, we set about imposing ourselves and playing our new brand of football in an impressive manner.

Indeed, such was the quality of the team performance that it is difficult to single out individuals. All of our midfield players had a good day. Kouyate drove on imperiously, Lanzini was busy, busy, busy and a constant threat, Payet was back to something near his best and Noble even managed to get on the score sheet from open play – twice! In fact, his second goal and our third was a thing of beauty, prompting the cry from the faithful ‘too good for England, too good for England’ in some sort of mock irony, not that Hodgson will either have been watching or even care.

Antonio was once again magnificent too albeit more in terms of supporting the attacking play rather than acting as a right back. Some of us were incredulous that he was again selected in that position but as someone pointed out on my Twitter time feed, Billic was obviously keen to play both Sakho and Carrol and in so doing the only way to accommodate the excellent Antonio was in the right back position. I guess, if you look at it like that, it has some sense to it. Kind of feel for young Byram though, whose time must surely come/