West Ham start at Old Trafford

West Ham United kick off the new season at Old Trafford in the first weekend of fixtures, and then will be on the road again as work continues to convert the London Stadium back to a football ground after the world athletics.

A home game against Southampton is listed for Saturday August 19 but that will be rescheduled.

We’re off to Newcastle on August 26.

Fancy a Boxing Day road trip? Bournemouth away.

April looks like providing a tough run-in, with fixtures agains Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City.

There are no easy matches in the Premier League, of course, but September sees opportunities to lay firm foundations for a solid season, with matches against Huddersfield, West Bromwich Albion, Tottenham Hotspur and Swansea City. 

January looks like another crucial phase, with matches against West Bromwich Albion, Huddersfield Town, AFC Bournemouth and Crystal Palace.

The season concludes with what could be a Premier League title-decider at home to Everton on Sunday, May 13. OK, so maybe only part of that statement is true.

Full provisional fixtures listed here

West Ham 2016-17

The start of West Ham’s 2016/17 campaign

Put the flags out, West Ham fans – as long as they’ve been approved

West Ham United bannersIt’s time to put the flags out at the London Stadium, with West Ham United issuing guidelines for fans who want to get their message across to a wider audience.

What could possibly go wrong?

The club site says that supporters will be able to apply for large flags to be displayed on match days.

But already the new system is being questioned by fans, who can already take flags into the stadium on a match-by-match basis as long as they are no larger than 2m x 2m.

To be able to display a larger flag or banner you’ll need to contact the club on supporterservices@westhamunited.co.uk at least 72 hours before the home match you are attending, and you’ll need to provide the following information:

  • A picture of the flag you wish to display
  • Dimensions of the flag
  • Confirmation it is manufactured to British Standard and is flame retardant
  • Your season ticket seat number

The club says: ‘Once it has been authorised by the Supporter Services team, fans can send their flags into the club or drop them off at the stadium store, where club officials will keep them before displaying them around the stadium on match days.’

This is supposedly in a bid to improve the atmosphere in the stadium, but surely the best way to do that – as has been clearly demonstrated in the post-P*y*t era – is to have the team playing as one and doing the business on the pitch.

Come and see our star’s inaction – West Ham’s new marketing ploy as Dimitri Payet says he won’t play

Payet refusing to play for West Ham

How we shared the news on our Facebook page earlier today

The star attraction is no more. 

The promotional strapline ‘Come and see our stars in action’ has today turned.

The club’s marketing will now read ‘Come and see our star’s inaction.’

The star in question being Dimitri Payet.

The breaking news that the Frenchman is refusing to play was a bit of a shocker, but most fans knew his heart hasn’t been in it this season.

What a kick in the teeth for the club and in particular Slaven Bilic, who made him the best-paid player in the club’s history.

claret and blues west ham gavFor me it was good while it lasted.

I hoped that we could turn things around and, eventually, re-capture some of the exciting football we witnessed last season but this term has been terrible so far.

There are many contributing factors of which one, undoubtedly, is the form of Dimi this season.

He’s looked uninterested and lacklustre but more importantly we’ve now had confirmation of why this is.

Monsieur Payet has announced that he doesn’t want to be with the club any more.

Under the circumstances I think that the owners should get as much as they can for him.

Question is how much can they get?

Four years left on his contract. At an age where he is very near to his prime.

Will you be glad to see the back of him?