The HamburgHammer Column

Bringing goals to Newcastle - give Pea a chance!

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When Javier Hernandez aka Chicharito (Little Pea) runs towards the camera, arms stretched out wide and grinning like a cat that’s found a free bag of treats unexpectedly it is good news for any West Ham fan. You see, my internet stream was a bit stop/start and I actually missed our first goal, but the goal celebration was there for all to see and, boy, was it nice to watch that (plus the replay of the goal later on)!

At the risk of repeating what’s been said on here in previous threads, discussing the game, that was a thoroughly enjoyable performance. There was nothing random or lucky about that away win. Newcastle is not exactly an easy place to come to, especially not for West Ham. St.James’ Park has rarely been a happy hunting ground for us in the past, but this time around the Magpies didn’t exactly spread their wings, reason being we didn’t really allow them to.

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Balbuena and Diop had another masterclass at the back, with Fabianski mopping up with some well timed interceptions.. Rice was again playing with a maturity and swagger beyond his years, just as reliable as Dan Coker’s match previews are enjoyable and superbly researched.

Special praise has to go to Noble, he kept our intensity up which was no mean feat after seeing one of the more ridiculous bookings you could ever hope to witness. Time wasting when taking a set piece, really ? Nothing to do maybe with the Newcastle player standing right in front of the ball to begin with ? Whatever. I was concerned that Nobes might well lose his composure, go into a rash challenge, slide into his opponent with a passionately high boot, but no – he played 85 minutes and in my book his performance was crucial for our overall success.

Arnautovic was enthusiastic, but luck wasn’t really on his side this time.
My three players who had the biggest surprise/wow factor ratio against Newcastle were Cresswell at left back with undoubtedly his most assured performance in a very long time (until coming off through injury, hopefully it’s a minor knock rather than a major injury).
Secondly Robert Snodgrass who has really grabbed his second chance with all hands and feet – I love to see players do that after having a tough initial spell at a club.

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The cross for the first goal was pinpoint accurate and it was very much acknowledged as such by Chicharito’s goal celebration. The way he was gesturing to Snodgrass first and hugging him next did say to Snodders and the entire team “Put balls like that on a plate and into the box for me and I will score those for you nine times out of ten!”
Hernandez was clinical again for the second goal and Felipe Anderson’s third also was a very composed finish.

Wait, it looks like it’s actually between four players competing for my MotM honours: Cresswell, Snodgrass, Anderson and Hernandez. On balance though and for sheer impact it has to go to the Mexican with the lethal touch. It’s amazing he has scored every single one of his many PL goals from inside the box. Natural finisher, poacher, goal hanger, call it what you will, Hernandez is just that and more – and if he’s given the service he will make the net bulge time and time again.

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It’s all too easy to forget that Newcastle did win three games in a row before playing us. So to get the win there is one thing. To win by a three goal margin takes it to another level.

Add a clean sheet and it was basically your proverbial textbook away performance. Looking at the upcoming fixtures (and with a few more healthy squad options available for Pellegrini to pick from) we have a massive opportunity now to climb the table over the course of this month.

Our players look as if they are finally beginning to gel, you can see the way that Pellegrini wants them to play and with our players finally getting some wins and a dose of renewed confidence it could indeed turn out to be a highly enjoyable end to an eventful 2018 for the Hammers.

As you all know by now, my next visit to Blighty is just around the corner now and as with previous visits the meet-ups with the WHTID family are almost more important than the actual match. Then again, a feisty local derby is always worth coming to London for and after having met some groundhopping Palace fans in Hamburg during a Concordia game a while ago, my desire to see us beat the Eagles has gone up another notch.

I am very excited to get back to London and what with Concordia struggling heavily this season I now hope West Ham can pick up the pieces and cheer me up a bit (I know it’s very brave to actually turn to West Ham of all clubs with the purpose of finding reason to cheer).

I am confident that seeing some of you guys and gals again will also lighten up my mood, not to mention the odd pie&mash, full English and a pint or two to toast the mighty Hammers and the loyal WHTID faithful.
I can’t wait. COYI!!!

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Hamburg football update: Hamburg SV won their game to maintain top spot in Bundesliga 2 for the time being. St.Pauli lost a bit of ground in the promotion race after conceding a late equaliser against Dresden (and having the stadium toilets smashed on top of that by rampaging away fans). As for Concordia, I will really need A LOT of cheering up after this weekend. First I saw the first team lose in a very local derby at relegation rivals Condor by a humiliating scoreline of 1:6. I am at a loss to comprehend this defeat and I am at a loss to understand WHY Concordia are fighting relegation this season rather than playing in the upper reaches of midtable as expected.
The women’s team also lost their away fixture against their fiercest rival (this time for promotion), 2:4 in a pretty nasty contest with players suffering plenty of knocks and bruises which is quite rare for the women’s game. That promotion battle will be exciting to watch in 2019 – with both teams level on points now, with the Cordi girls being in second place due to a slightly worse goal difference.

David Hautzig's Match Report

Newcastle 0, West Ham 3. Singing Our Own Toon.

I wake up most weekdays at 5:30am. When my eyes open and my brain begins the very slow process of rebooting for the day, the initial thoughts normally begin with morning tasks like making lunch for my son, unloading the dishwasher, and drinking coffee. The other day, however, I woke up and the very first thing that crossed my mind was stark and simple;

We are gonna lose to Newcastle.

There was absolutely no buildup to this. Alarm sounded, eyes opened, gloom and doom struck. Not only did the big picture hit me, I even started writing the script. Newcastle will score early, inside the opening ten minutes. Then Rafa will have them dig in, successfully frustrate us, and eventually score a second. 2-0. I usually hate being wrong. Today I will celebrate it.

The opening two minutes had at least one instance, Ritchie going over Cresswell, that deserved a yellow card. There were other questionable tackles, but not even a whistle let alone a booking. The hockey fan in me smiled. The West Ham supporter in me worried. What else is new.

The first moment of the match to cause the normal level of panic I feel on a consistent basis was in the 9th minute when Manquillo cut inside from the left and sent a curling cross in front of goal. Ritchie and Fabianski went for the ball, and thankfully for the visitors the latter won the race.

Of the two players in the starting eleven today, the two that have had arguably the toughest time getting there were Hernandez and Snodgrass. Even this morning social media was awash with stories about Chicharito saying an exit is possible due to lack of minutes. So there was a bit of karma in the 11th minute when Snodgrass sent an inviting cross into the box. Hernandez timed his run behind Arnautovic perfectly and did what he does best. Score goals.

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Newcastle 0
West Ham 1

With all of the early shenanigans it was absurd when Snodgrass was booked in the 21st minute, giving Newcastle a free kick from about 30 yards out. The delivery was very good, and Perez got on the end of it. But his header was straight at Fabianski. Moments later, West Ham should have had a second when Anderson sent a stunning through ball for Arnautovic who was in alone on goal. Dubravka came out to intercept and made contact with the West Ham striker. You had to wonder what would have happened had Arnie gone down. He didn’t. By the time he gathered the ball and his bearings, Newcastle had come back to defend and Arnie’s weak pass deflected into the keepers arms.

Minutes later Perez had another open look at goal from a Newcastle corner, but he didn’t even hit the target and the ball flew over the bar. West Ham had two chances of their own moments later but couldn’t capitalize. First, Cresswell just missed a streaking Arnautovic in the box. Then the visitors had a three on three counter attack, with Anderson at the helm. He rolled the ball to Arnautovic in the box, but when Arnie tried to get the ball to Hernandez in front of goal Dubravka was able to intercept.

I had never seen a referee book a player for not taking a free kick quickly enough. So between the earlier Snodgrass booking and that one for Noble, Tierney entered my black book as one of the more prolific morons in the game.

As first half injury time wound down, Perez had yet another half chance. With the ball at his feet, he turned Balbuena and fired a curling right footed shot that went high and wide. Then Rondon did well to chest a ball down to his feet right in front of Fabianski, but with a yellow card to consider Zabaleta made a brilliant tackle to keep West Ham in front.

Newcastle 0
West Ham 1

The first opportunity of the second half came from what should have been a problem for Newcastle when Dubravka came outside of the eighteen yard box to dribble the ball away from danger. Instead of feeling the pressure, he sent a long ball to Rondon that started an attack. It ended with a set piece that West Ham handled. A minute later, West Ham countered and Hernandez sent a perfectly weighted ball to Arnautovic behind the Newcastle defense. One good touch and he would have been off to the races. But he completely fluffed his lines and lost the ball.

If anyone needed more evidence that Cresswell is a better defensive choice than Masuaku, minute 50 to 52 would seal the deal. First, he made a fantastic block right in front of Fabianski on Rondon. Then he made a fantastic sliding tackle. But it was the latter moment of skill that might be remembered as the moment the day went downhill because he pulled a hamstring and had to be replaced by the aforementioned non defender.

In the 58th minute, yet another pair of chances that we could have despaired about later unfolded. First, Arnautovic fed Hernandez in the box but the ball slid between the Lil Pea’s feet. A moment later Chicharito was fed by Anderson in front of goal. A second goal was there. It had to be. Side netting, followed by furious pillow punching in my basement.

The funny part about watching a match on a stream is that often the feed is delayed a few seconds. Which can be annoying because I have an app that gives instant updates. So when my phone made the chime indicating a goal, I was nervous to look. But then I saw Chicharito streaking in on goal down the right and I was hopeful. When he rolled the ball under Dubravka, I was elated.

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Newcastle 0
West Ham 2

In the 67th minute West Ham could have made it a three goal lead when Anderson launched a counter down the left. He had space in front of him as well as Hernandez in the middle of the box. He chose to go it alone, and forced Dubravka into a good save with his feet and out for a corner. The ensuing set piece came close as well when Diop just missed with a header that went wide.

By the way, if anybody could post the lyrics to what sounded like We’ve Got Diop, Issa Diop, I’d be eternally grateful.

The theoretical nightmare that accompanied Masuaku entering the game at left back looked in the cards in the 77th minute when he committed an unnecessary foul on Rondon at the top of the West Ham penalty area. Voldemort stepped up to take the free kick, but his delivery went over the bar. A few minutes later Atsu bounced a pass to Rondon in the area but his shot was handled with ease by Fabianski.

As the final ten minutes wound down, I waited for that inevitable Newcastle goal that would make the final minutes agonizing. I could literally see Masuaku do something ridiculous that caused a goal to bounce in off his left nostril. Yet with two minutes to go in added time, as my cat Midnight made it clear that she needed my lap instead of the IPad, I breathed easy and put the writing away. Then my phone rang. My best mate Jon.

“I would have been happy with two nil!” he said. Another example of the internet lag, only this time it was a solid minute. It was three for West Ham, but I had yet to see it. Wilshire’s pass to Anderson was good. Quite good, actually. But you know what made the goal memorable? If Anderson took that shoulder from Schär a month ago, you what he would have done? Fall over, roll a couple of times, and then look at Tierney with his hands in the air. But he’s getting the hang of this England thing I reckon. He took the shoulder, and powered past the thoroughly shocked defender before putting the ball through Dubravka’s legs.

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Final Score
Newcastle 0
West Ham 3

Simply put, I did not see this coming. Actually, the more accurate way to put it is that I couldn’t dream of this result. But through a combination of a confident manager, Anderson hitting stride, Hernandez finding a way into the starting eleven, and a solid defense, West Ham took three points home from a place they usually come home empty handed from.

Maybe I should predict disaster more often.

Match Thread

Match Thread: Newcastle United v West Ham

Newcastle United v West Ham
FA Premier League
St James’s Park
KO 3pm
TV: None

Please comment on the game as it progresses on this thread.

Opposition Q & A

Opposition Q&A with Newcastle United

This weekend West Ham travel ‘haway’ to Newcastle with our collective tails between our legs after that mauling by Man City. Unfortunately for us, previously languishing in the relegation zone Newcastle have put together a three match winning streak. Ahead of the game I spoke to David Punton from NUFC fanzine The Mag to gain his thoughts on everything Claret and Blue and Black and White.

You have just had three wins on the bounce, you must be feeling a bit more optimistic than you would have been three weeks ago. What are your thoughts on the season so far?
We had been staring into the abyss until the recent turn around in results. The three wins on the spin have been massive for everyone connected with the club because things had looked decidedly bleak. We had a hard start to the season and players struggled for form, but where we are now some will argue is about par given the lack of investment over the summer compared to other teams. Overall I’d say fans are a lot happier and it just goes to show how quickly things can start to go your way again despite a bad run.

What’s the latest on the ownership shenanigans? It looked like you might be up for sale last season, but as ever it came to nothing.
The cynics say that Mike Ashley has no intention of selling Newcastle United and every story about potential buyers is all spin from his PR stooge. There remains constant muttering of interested parties wanting to come in but it all feels log jammed by his asking price, which he won’t budge. It’s a pretty unhappy marriage at NUFC and we look saddled with the Sports Direct dictator for a bit longer. He’s tight as a hen’s face.

Presumably you are of the opinion that Mike Ashley didn’t put his hands deep enough into his pockets during the summer? How are those signings you did make fitting into the squad?
When you analyse the net spend and the fees we have recouped from player sales it’s a scandal the way we’re run. Money has been banked for outgoings and promises of investment turn to dust as the regime continually fail to deliver credible levels of investment. That said, some of the players they have brought for buttons in have started to perform, especially the centre halves.

Still happy with the way Rafa is setting up the team?
It has its moments but you always tend to find it’s Rafa who proves the critics wrong. He is a very good manager and coach. A tactician. The football isn’t exactly what Kevin Keegan served up, and at times this season it’s looked like Benitez has been fed up, but he always seems to battle back and coax results when they’re needed. Given our ownership issues many fans would say we must keep Rafa as he’s the best CV we’ve had since Bobby Robson and is the probably the best we can hope for.

Who are the Newcastle players that have been playing up to standard this season?
Federico Fernandez who came in from Swansea has been a revelation. Very solid defender and a great attitude too. You have Matt Ritchie who gives you that leadership and effort and Jamaal Lascelles is a great skipper. Salomon Rondon has the number 9 shirt and it’s been a slog on the fitness front but he’s getting there now and is a real handful when he’s firing. He could be a key player for us.

Conversely, who has been playing, but might as well have been sat on the bench?
Ayoze Perez drives you mad as he’s so inconsistent. Christian Atsu should be way better than he has shown and his poor form is all despite him coming back early for pre-season. Our Stoke City reserve Joselu is a terrible finisher, poor lad.

Which of the past Newcastle legends would make the biggest difference to your current team if playing?
We’re desperate for a number ten so what would we give for Peter Beardsley, who was a wizard with the ball at his feet.

How do you rate Manuel Pelligrini ‘s appointment as West Ham manager?
He looked a good choice on paper but it doesn’t seem to have fully gelled as of yet. He’s a very astute coach though and he’s one I’d take at NUFC. I like him. Always was a bleak day for NUFC when Pardew called him nasty names and brought the office Newcastle Utd manager into disrepute.

Which West Ham players, if any have caught your eye this season?
You’ve spent a lot of money, there’s a fair few there I’d really like at NUFC. Arnautovic is the one who always catches the eye. He’s a bull and knows where the goal is. I can see why Man Utd have been linked.

Who are your picks for the top three this year?
Given the way they’re funded it would be good to see Liverpool pip Man City for top spot. I think Spurs should get third place and they have some great players too.

Which teams do you think will end up being relegated?
Tough one! I’ll have to say Cardiff, Huddersfield and after our game on Monday I’ll throw Burnley into the mix too. They looked very dodgy at the back and have conceded 27 goals already this season.

How will Newcastle line up against us on Saturday? Team/Formation?
With Dummett and Lascelles injured I think Rafa may go for this three at the back again. Same side that started at Burnley, but Shelvey is fit again so I’m sure he’ll appear at some stage. Dubravka in goal, back three of Clark, Fernandez and Schar, three in midfield Ki, Diame, Kenedy. Wing backs Yedlin and Ritchie, with Perez just off Rondon up top.

You beat us home and away last season, you must be hopeful of another victory this weekend? Prediction for score?
The rub of the green has returned for us and a little bit of form too. I always expect a hard game from West Ham though and we’re famous for messing up when the opportunity is there to kick on after an away win. You’re lot will be hurting after the Man City mauling so there surely has to be a reaction. I’d settle for a point. 2-2.

Many thank to Dave for his time and his honest opinions. Well I confess that I would also take a 2 – 2 draw, but for no particular reason at all I think we will sneak a 1 – 2 win. COYI

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Dan Coker's Match Preview

Match Preview: Newcastle v West Ham

Blast from the past

West Ham United had opened the 1977/78 campaign with three defeats from their first three games and been knocked out of the League Cup by Nottingham Forest in a 5-0 defeat when they travelled to Newcastle United on 3rd September 1977 – Elvis Presley had died just over two weeks previously but was number one with ‘Way Down’, Roger Moore’s James Bond was in UK cinemas in The Spy Who Loved Me and the Hammers bagged maximum points with a 3-2 First Division victory over the Magpies in front of 26,983 at St James’ Park.

The Irons went into the fixture 41 years ago with a major injury crisis (what’s new?!) and were without both Billy Bonds and Trevor Brooking. The visitors found themselves 2-0 down as Newcastle took control through goals from striker Micky Burns and a long-range stunner by Northern Ireland international midfielder Tommy Cassidy. The Hammers pulled one back before half-time, Billy Jennings rifling home a ‘Pop’ Robson cross after expertly controlling on his chest.

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West Ham were level within four minutes of the restart when Pat Holland’s low cross was turned in by Alan Taylor. The comeback was complete when Frank Lampard’s free-kick was headed home by Robson (pictured above), returning to his former club. All the goals from this match, plus an interview with John Lyall, can be seen in my video below.

Lyall’s Hammers would end the 1977/78 Division One season in 20th position and were relegated after finishing a solitary point behind QPR, while Newcastle would also suffer the drop as they finished one place and ten points behind the Irons. Robson would be the Hammers’ top scorer with 11 goals from 41 appearances, while Brooking would be voted Hammer of the Year for the fourth time. Nottingham Forest won the league title and Ipswich won the FA Cup.

Newcastle United: Mick Mahoney, Ray Blackhall, John Bird, Kenny Mitchell (Irving Nattrass), Aiden McCaffrey, Alan Kennedy, Graham Oates, Tommy Cassidy, David McLean, Tommy Craig, Micky Burns.

West Ham United: Mervyn Day, Frank Lampard, Kevin Lock, Tommy Taylor, Paul Brush, Alan Curbishley, Pat Holland, Alan Devonshire, Billy Jennings, Alan Taylor, Bryan ‘Pop’ Robson.

Club Connections

West Ham United and Newcastle United have shared a multitude of personnel over the years. Andy Carroll could face his former employers on Saturday, while Mohamed Diame welcomes his former club to St James’ Park. A brief run-through of others who have represented both clubs is best served by dividing them by playing position.

Goalkeepers: Shaka Hislop, Matt Kingsley and Ike Tate.

Defenders: Tommy Bamlett, Abdoulaye Faye, Wayne Quinn, Dave Gardner, Dickie Pudan, James Jackson and Stuart Pearce.

Midfielders: Kevin Nolan, Scott Parker, Lee Bowyer, Rob Lee, Nolberto Solano, Kieron Dyer and Franz Carr.

Strikers: James Loughlin, Paul Goddard, Les Ferdinand, John Dowsey, Bryan ‘Pop’ Robson, Justin Fashanu, Demba Ba, Marlon Harewood, David Kelly, Keith Robson, Vic Keeble, Craig Bellamy and Paul Kitson.

Chris Hughton also played for the Hammers and managed the Magpies while Alan Pardew and Sam Allardyce have managed both clubs. Glenn Roeder also played for Newcastle and managed both clubs.

This week’s focus though is on a goalkeeper who played for both clubs. Pavel Srnicek was born in Ostrava, Czechoslovakia on 10th March 1968 – the son of a woodcutter, he started his working life with a period of service in the Czechoslovak People’s Army. He began his footballing career with Banik Ostrava in 1990, replacing a certain Ludek Miklosko who had just moved to England to sign for West Ham United.

The 22-year-old Srnicek signed for Jim Smith’s Newcastle in January 1991 for £350,000 and made his debut under newly-appointed boss Ossie Ardiles in a 1-0 home win over Sheffield Wednesday on 17th April 1991. He played the final seven matches of the season as the Magpies finished 11th in Division Two. A tough start to the 1991/92 season saw Srnicek concede 32 goals in his first 15 matches of the campaign as he struggled to deal with crosses and with the language barrier; Ardiles dropped him in favour of Tommy Wright. Newcastle struggled, with Ardiles being sacked in February 1992 and replaced with Kevin Keegan – they secured safety, finishing 20th.

6’2, agile, acrobatic and often unorthodox, Srnicek quickly became a popular figure with fans and players alike, playing 32 matches in 1992/93 as the Magpies stormed to the newly-named First Division title and promotion to the Premier League. Mike Hooper was brought in from Liverpool to provide competition for Srnicek but the Czech still made 22 appearances as Newcastle finished in an impressive third place in their first Premier League campaign. He played 52 matches in 1994/95 as the Magpies made a return to European football in the UEFA Cup and finished sixth in the league.

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Keegan signed future Hammer Shaka Hislop in the summer of 1995 and he displaced Srnicek from the side at the start of the 1995/96 campaign as Newcastle stormed to the top of the Premier League. Hislop was injured in December, with Srnicek taking over for the rest of the season – he played 19 games as the Magpies subsequently let a 12-point lead slip and were beaten to the title by Manchester United. Srnicek kept his place for the start of the 1996/97 season, playing 30 matches in all competitions before a dip in form saw Hislop take over again midway through the campaign.

Now under the management of Kenny Dalglish, the 1997/98 season saw Shay Given brought in as added competition to Srnicek and Hislop. The Czech goalkeeper made only one appearance during the campaign and left Newcastle at the end of the season – the 30-year-old had made 179 appearances for the club. He rejoined hometown club Banik Ostrava, playing six matches, before returning to England to sign for Sheffield Wednesday in October 1998. He remained at Hillsborough until the summer of 2000 when he moved to Italy, signing for Brescia. He stayed with the club for three years before a brief spell with Cosenza. Srnicek also won 49 caps for the Czech Republic and started all of his country’s matches at Euro 2000.

Srnicek returned to England in September 2003, signing for Harry Redknapp’s Portsmouth where he was reunited with Hislop. The 35-year-old Srnicek joined West Ham United, initially on loan in February 2004, as cover for Stephen Bywater after the departure of David James to Manchester City. When Bywater was sent off at Millwall with the Hammers 3-1 down, Srnicek’s first action as a substitute was to see Tim Cahill fire a penalty off target. He could do nothing about Millwall’s fourth in their 4-1 win with his hapless fellow Czech Tomas Repka at fault for Nick Chadwick’s goal.

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Srnicek made his move to the Boleyn Ground permanent on a free transfer and made his first start against Derby on 10th April 2004 – he kept a clean sheet in his only Upton Park appearance for the club in an Easter Saturday goalless draw. His third and final appearance for West Ham United came in a 1-0 defeat at Crystal Palace two days later. He left the club in the summer of 2004, moving to Portugal where he spent two years with Beira-Mar.

Injuries to Tim Krul, Shay Given and Steve Harper in the autumn of 2006 led Newcastle manager Glenn Roeder to take the 38-year-old Srnicek back to Tyneside. He made his second debut for the club as an 87th-minute substitute in a 3-1 win over Tottenham, receiving a tremendous reception from the Geordie faithful. He started in a 2-1 defeat at Bolton on Boxing Day 2006 – this was his second and final game of his second spell at St James’ Park and his 181st appearance in total for the Magpies. It was also his final match in professional football.

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After retiring, Srnicek began the Srnicek School of Goalkeeping in the Czech Republic, offering youngsters from around the world the opportunity to learn from his coaching. He was also involved in a number of charity organisations. Srnicek also joined the coaching staff at Sparta Prague in January 2012. A regular visitor to the North East after his retirement from playing, Srnicek returned to Tyneside in December 2015 to promote his autobiography, Pavel is a Geordie, named after the song the Newcastle faithful sang for him.

Just weeks after visiting his former club, Srnicek suffered a cardiac arrest while out jogging in his native Ostrava on 20th December 2015. He was put into an induced coma but sadly passed away nine days later at the age of 47. Srnicek’s funeral was held in his hometown on 4th January 2016, with his former Newcastle understudy Steve Harper and Czech team-mate Pavel Nedved among the mourners.


Saturday’s referee is 37-year-old Paul Tierney. The Lancashire-based official has refereed the Hammers on three previous occasions, with all three matches ending in draws. His most recent Hammers appointment was our 0-0 FA Cup third round draw at Shrewsbury in January of this year.

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Tierney’s first West Ham appointment was for the 1-1 draw with Everton in November 2015 which saw James McCarthy’s tackle on Dimitri Payet put the Frenchman out of action for two months. His other Irons game was our 0-0 draw at West Brom in September 2017, when he chose to issue just a yellow card to Ben Foster for his late tackle on Chicharito.

Possible line-ups

Newcastle United are set to be without Florian Lejeune and Paul Dummett for the visit of the Hammers. Karl Darlow, Jamaal Lascelles and Yoshinori Muto could be available. Newcastle have kept four clean sheets in the Hammers’ last six trips to St James’ Park.

West Ham United will be without the injured Ryan Fredericks, Winston Reid, Carlos Sanchez, Manuel Lanzini and Andriy Yarmolenko but Jack Wilshere could return and Marko Arnautovic is available. The Hammers have not won away at Newcastle since November 2012.

Possible Newcastle United XI: Dubravka; Yedlin, Lascelles, Fernandez, Clark; Ritchie, Ki, Diame, Kenedy; Perez; Rondon.

Possible West Ham United XI: Fabianski; Zabaleta, Balbuena, Diop, Cresswell; Rice, Noble, Obiang; Antonio, Anderson; Arnautovic.

Enjoy the game – Up The Hammers!

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