Join the WestHamTillIDie Fantasy League 2020/21

NOTE FROM IAIN: The deadline for entering the first match of the Predictor League is midnight tonight. To do so you need to create a new account on the new Beta site HERE. Remember, you won’t be able to comment on the new site when it launches, or take part in the new Predictor League.

Your existing log in details from this site will NOT be carried over. You have to SIGN UP with a new profile before you can LOG IN. To be clear, the new site will not recognise your login details for this site. If you have problems click on the post below to see more detailed instructions and what to do if it doesn’t work.

WestHamTillIDie are again running a league for the upcoming season’s Premier League Fantasy Football. We invite you to take part and submit a team!

If you participated last year, you will automatically be part of the league. All you need to do is complete your team for the new season.

If you didn’t take part last year and are new to the WHTID League, firstly click here. When you’ve registered your details, follow the instructions to select your team.

When you’ve selected your team, you need to join The Official WHTID League by clicking on the ‘Create and join leagues’ tab on the right side of the screen (this will only appear after you have picked your team). Then click on ‘Join a league’ and then ‘Join private league’ before typing the code 0ie660 into the relevant box. You need to register before the season starts on Saturday 12th September.

Special thanks to Ray The Hammer for setting up the league.

In other news, Happy 52nd Birthday to former Hammers player and manager Super Slaven Bilic.

Parish Notice

Have You Signed Up For the New Yet?

Hi all,

Just a reminder that as you know we’ve got a new site coming. We’re launching it in stages, and the new Predictor League is ready to go.

Please click HERE to sign up for the new site. Hundreds of you have done soalready. Remember, you won’t be able to comment on the new site when it launches, or take part in the new Predictor League, which launches for the Newcastle game unless you register before midnight on Friday/Saturday.

Your existing log in details from this site will NOT be carried over. You have to SIGN UP with a new profile before you can LOG IN. To be clear, the new site will not recognise your login details for this site.

So please register your current on screen user name, and follow the instructions. You will receive an email asking you to verify. Your account will then be ready to use. If you don’t receive an email, I will verify it for you, but please do let me know if you don’t. Check your Spam/Junk folder too. Each day I will look through the signups and manually approve anyone who appears genuine! Remember, without a verified account you will not be able to comment or take part in the Predictor League. I have now manually approved everyone who has signed up so far.

Once you are verified, and logged in, you will be taken to the Predictor League page for the Newcastle game. You will see it’s a little different to the old one with a few extra fields to fill in. Each match will score you a maximum of 100 points.

If you haven’t registered your prediction yet, you have until 12.01am on Saturday morning to do so.

Whenever something new is launched there are inevitably one or two glitches, so please do email me or leave a comment here if you notice anything going wrong.

We’re now working on completing the rest of the site, but this was the most complex bit so had to come first. So for the time being, both sites will be operated in parallel.

NOTE: Please only comment on this thread if it relates to the new site. If you want to comment on West Ham related issues please use the post below.

UPDATE: If you are getting an Error 404 response, it is almost certainly because you haven’t obeyed the above instructions. To repeat, you have to create a NEW account. You cannot sign in with your existing username and password.

UPDATE 2: I am looking to recruit a bit of new blood. If you fancy writing regularly for the site, ideally once a week, or maybe once a month, I’d love to hear from you. At the moment, the rundown looks like this…

Saturday/Sunday David Hautzig
Monday Hamburg Hammer
Tuesday Goatygav
Wednesday S J Chandos is returning to the fold
Thursday Nigel Kahn
Friday Dan Coker’s match preview

UPDATE 3: Hope you don’t mind Iain but I’m adding this to your article to assist those who are struggling to sign up because of the password anomaly. – Lids


The password on the new WHTID website will only accept special characters from the following list:

! @ # $ % ^ & *

If you are having problems signing up to the new site for the first time please ensure that that your new password contains an uppercase letter, a lowercase letter, a number and one of the special characters from the above list. Any other special character will not work.

Dan Coker's Match Preview

Crossed Hammers & Three Lions: 'Big Jim' Barrett

Welcome to the latest in a series of articles designed for international matches – a look back at former Hammers players who wore the Three Lions of England.

Today, as England prepare to face Denmark in the League A Group 2 Nations League match in Copenhagen, we look back at a former Hammers and England defender – Jim Barrett. Jim was born in West Ham on 19th January 1907 – he had a brother and two sisters, and his father was an iron founder in the docks. The family lived at 29 Folkestone Road in West Ham and Jim attended Abbey School but, as they had no football team, he transferred to the renowned Park School. He also represented Fairbairn House Boys’ Club, which also produced future Hammers player and manager Ted Fenton. Jim first played at Upton Park for West Ham Boys when they met Liverpool in the 1920/21 English Shield Final – the Duke of York (later George VI) was a member of a then-record attendance at the Boleyn Ground.

A schoolboy boxing champion, Jim signed professional forms with West Ham United in 1923 and made his debut for Syd King’s Hammers at the age of 18 in a 1-1 draw with Tottenham in front of 35,000 at White Hart Lane on 28th March 1925. Just short of 6’ tall and weighing in at 14st 2lbs, the barrel-chested, lionhearted defender made five appearances as the Irons finished 13th in the First Division in 1924/25. Jim scored his first goal for the club in the corresponding fixture the following season, although the Hammers would this time be defeated 4-2 at Spurs on 7th November 1925.

Mainly a centre-half who admirably rose to the challenge of succeeding the great George Kay, Barrett’s all-round ability actually saw him play in every position for the club during his distinguished one-club career. This adaptability was never better displayed than when he scored five goals in three games whilst playing at centre-forward, including his first goals at Upton Park – a hat-trick in a 4-2 win over Leeds on 30th January 1926. At the end of the season, Jim married Elsie in June 1926; they had a daughter, Marie, that year.

The Hammers had finished 18th in 1925/26, with Barrett making 43 appearances and scoring six goals; the following campaign would see the club rise to a sixth-placed finish, with Barrett scoring once in 45 matches. 1927/28 saw the Irons drop again, down to 17th, and the club finished in the same position the year after. It was in the 1928/29 campaign that Barrett won his only England cap – it came in a 2-1 win over Ireland at Goodison Park on 22nd October 1928, with Arsenal’s Joe Hulme and Everton’s Dixie Dean netting for the Three Lions. Unfortunately for Barrett, his match was over within eight minutes – he twisted his left knee when clearing the ball and had to leave the field, with his side forced to play the majority of the match with ten men. He never played for England again. To this day, Barrett holds the record for the shortest international career of any player who has started a game for England.

Barrett scored a joint career-high tally of eight goals in 1929/30 as West Ham finished seventh but the rise again proved temporary as they fell to 18th the next season. ‘Big Jim’ and Elsie welcomed son Jim Junior in November 1930 – he would emulate his dad, going on to score 26 goals in 91 games for the Hammers between April 1950 and December 1954 before joining Nottingham Forest.

West Ham’s regular flirtations with the lower reaches of the First Division came to a head in 1931/32 when the club were relegated in bottom position. Charlie Paynter would soon take over from King, who would commit suicide in February 1933. The turbulence led to another difficult season, with the club one point and one place away from a second consecutive relegation – Barrett’s eight goals in 46 appearances helped stave off that particular threat and the club did reach the semi-finals of the FA Cup.

The Hammers rallied to finish seventh in 1933/34 and only missed out on promotion on goal average in 1934/35, finishing third; Barrett made 40 and 43 appearances in those seasons respectively, scoring five goals in each. Another 42 appearances, and two goals, followed in 1935/36 as the Irons finished fourth, three points off promotion. Big Jim was a larger than life character who was hugely popular, loved and admired amongst supporters – during a club tour of the Netherlands, he deliberately aimed a long-distance shot at a clock behind the goal and found his target, putting the clock out of action!

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1936/37 saw Barrett make just 11 appearances, the first time he hadn’t made 40 or more appearances in a campaign since 1928/29 – West Ham finished sixth. Only eight appearances followed the next season as the Hammers’ gradual slip from the promotion picture continued, finishing ninth in 1937/38 – Barrett’s last league goal came in a 3-3 draw with Norwich at Upton Park on 28th December 1937.

Barrett’s final league match in claret and blue was as a 31-year-old in a 4-2 win at Manchester City on 7th September 1938. Big Jim Barrett had scored 53 goals in 467 appearances for West Ham United in league and FA Cup. A week after his final match, Jim and Elsie had a third addition to their family when daughter Jennifer was born. By this time the family was living at 75 Claude Road in Upton.

The outbreak of World War Two saw Barrett appear 86 times for West Ham in wartime fixtures, scoring 17 goals – these included games in the Wartime League South, the London League, the League South Cup, the London War Cup and the Football League War Cup. Barrett even played as a goalkeeper in one of these matches. These wartime fixtures took Barrett’s totals with the club to 70 goals in 553 appearances. His last goal for the club when counting these matches came in a 6-2 win over Watford on 16th December 1944; his last appearance for the club came at the age of 37 and was in a 5-4 victory over Brighton on 13th January 1945.

After retiring in 1945, ‘Big Jim’ had a spell in charge of the West Ham United ‘A’ team – he actually lined up alongside his son, the aforementioned Jim Junior, in a game for the Hammers ‘A’ team. Jim’s later life was beset by ill health. Following a long stay in hospital, Jim Barrett Senior passed away on 25th November 1970 at the age of 63.

Denmark v England

England face Denmark this evening in League A Group 2 of the 2020/21 Nations League – it will be the 20th meeting between the two nations. A previous meeting between the pair in Copenhagen resulted in a 4-3 win for the Three Lions in front of 47,600 at Idraetsparken on 20th September 1978. 10cc were number one with ‘Dreadlock Holiday’, Grease was in UK cinemas and Keith Moon had died less than a fortnight earlier.

West Ham’s Trevor Brooking, who had recently suffered relegation with the Hammers, was at the centre of all that was good about Ron Greenwood’s England on this autumn evening in the Danish capital. Brooking’s 17th-minute free-kick from the right was nodded home by Kevin Keegan; the lead was doubled five minutes later when Brooking’s free-kick from the left this time was met by Dave Watson and Keegan notched his second with a brave diving header. England were dealt a swift blow seconds later when Phil Neal brought down his man and Borussia Monchengladbach’s Allan Simonsen halved the arrears from the penalty spot. Ajax’s Frank Arnesen – who would later be Director of Football at Tottenham and Chelsea – made it four goals in ten minutes when he equalised with a powerful drive past Ray Clemence.

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England regained the lead six minutes into the second half when Brooking’s cross eluded Keegan but was turned home at the far post by Everton’s Bob Latchford. Neal (pictured above) made amends for conceding the penalty in the first half by wrapping the game up with a rasping 84th-minute drive, although there was still time for a Danish consolation through Werder Bremen’s Per Rontved a minute later. Coach Don Howe later described the game as “the most exciting international match I’ve ever seen” – the action can be viewed in the video below.

Denmark: Birger Jensen (Club Brugge), Flemming Nielsen (Odense), Per Rontved (captain, Werder Bremen), Henning Munk Jensen (Frederikshavn fI), Carsten Nielsen (Borussia Monchengladbach), Frank Arnesen (Ajax), Flemming Lund (Fortuna Dusseldorf), Soren Lerby (Ajax), Allan Simonsen (Borussia Monchengladbach), Benny Nielsen (Anderlecht), Jorgen Kristensen (Naestved).

Sub: Allan Hansen (Tennis Borussia Berlin) for Benny Nielsen.

England: Ray Clemence (Liverpool), Phil Neal (Liverpool), Dave Watson (Man City), Emlyn Hughes (captain, Liverpool), Mick Mills (Ipswich), Steve Coppell (Man Utd), Ray Wilkins (Chelsea), Trevor Brooking (West Ham), Peter Barnes (Man City), Kevin Keegan (Hamburg), Bob Latchford (Everton).

The previous articles in the series are:

Vic Watson
Jack Tresadern
Billy Moore
Jackie Morton
Ken Brown
Bobby Moore
Johnny ‘Budgie’ Byrne
Sir Geoff Hurst
Martin Peters
Frank Lampard Senior
Sir Trevor Brooking
Alan Devonshire
Alvin Martin
Paul Goddard
Rio Ferdinand
Stuart Pearce
Frank Lampard Junior
Joe Cole
David James
Kieron Dyer
Robert Green
Scott Parker
Stewart Downing
Joe Hart

Talking Point

A message from David Sullivan

Look here you geezers and dopeheads. You think I care a flying f about what you think. I’m the one who paid the money. Me and that Gold codger. I’m trying to run this club on a financial basis, that is to say, I mean to squeeze every last pound out of it.

Some of you dumbnuts think we should still be at The Boleyn, so you could eat your pie and mash and jellied eels and have a few pints before the game at the local. Then, after the game you enjoyed a punch up. Your type were the ones who attacked the Manchester United coach when they were late to the ground in our last season at the ground.

Now we are in our new ground where the gentry and other foreigners can come and see games. And all I get is the few yobs who are left throwing coins at me and Goldie, so now we have to sit behind a glass screen. The brilliant Karen, a top business women and lord, negotiated a super deal. She wanted us to change our name to Olympic West Ham. A brilliant idea we had to shelves because of you antediluvians.

All we get is ‘We’re too far from the pitch’ and ‘There’s no atmosphere’ and ‘It’s an athletics stadium’. So, it’s an athletics stadium, as if that is my fault. All that counts is that some Arab setting in his palace in the desert is going to pay us a heap of money ,’cos all he knows it that our ground is an Olympic stadium.

And you don’t realise how much we are suffering in the Covid 19 crisis. I can’t flog my retail properties and some bastards are not even paying their rent. I’m probably down to my last hundred million. That’s what I call suffering. And Goldie is in an even worse position. His business, which provides the country with implements of pleasure is almost bust out of site. The man’s probably going to move opposite the ground where he started and he’s ordered a three wheel scooter.

And didn’t I give the so-called fans what they wanted and brought in a top-class manager. Personally, I couldn’t understand a word he was saying. He even had difficulty giving me his bank details. And he brought in his friend to buy some top players. I regret I let go, ‘cos I could have got some superb loan deals and older players out of contract on their last legs. Instead, we got dross, some of whom wouldn’t get a place in our womens’ team.

As to the players, I’m paying those morons millions a year and some of them don’t even seem to be bothered. I wouldn’t mind whipping the lot of them.

Anyway, Karen tells me the club is worth £800 million.She’s going to ask that bint who tried to do the Newcastle deal to see if there’s any more Arabs around. After all, how many rich Arabs have you seen in Newcastle. They want to come to London, so they can live a lifestyle they can’t get in the desert.

Anyway, suckers, I’m off next year for sure and you’ll be left with some Arab or American billionaire and you’ll be crying out for the glory days when Sullivan was in charge.

[Note from Iain: And they say satire is dead… Obviously Gary is speaking for himself, not the site]

Dan Coker's Match Preview

West Ham's Danish Connections: Part One

With England playing Denmark in the Nations League tomorrow, Part One of my look at West Ham’s Danish Connections focuses on a former Hammers right-back.

Lars Jacobsen was born in Odense, Denmark, on 20th September 1979 and began his professional career with local club Odense in the 1996/97 season. After 112 league appearances, and having won the Danish second tier title in 1999 and the Danish Cup in 2002, the right-back moved to Hamburg in the summer of 2002. He returned to Denmark in January 2004, signing for Odense’s rivals FC Copenhagen. Whilst in the Danish capital, he won the title in 2004, 2006 and 2007 and also made his full international debut for Denmark in a 2-0 friendly victory against Israel in 2006. He returned to Germany in the summer of 2007, signing for Nurnberg with whom he had an injury-hit spell.

After one season, the 28-year-old Jacobsen was on the move again, this time to England. He joined David Moyes’ Everton on a free transfer in late August 2008, turning down moves to France, Norway and Spain. He dislocated his shoulder whilst on international duty and did not make his debut for the Toffees until 21st March 2009, in a 2-1 defeat against Portsmouth at Fratton Park. His only full 90 minutes came in a 3-1 win over West Ham on 16th May 2009, a game which saw Radoslav Kovac score his first goal for the Hammers. Two weeks later, Jacobsen made his last appearance for Everton as a half-time substitute in the FA Cup Final against Chelsea, a match the Toffees would lose 2-1. He made six appearances for Everton, without scoring.

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After spending the 2009/10 season at Blackburn, the 30-year-old Jacobsen signed for Avram Grant’s West Ham United on summer transfer deadline day in 2010 and made his debut in a 3-1 defeat to Chelsea at Upton Park on 11th September 2010. Jacobsen had joined a struggling West Ham side and played 12 consecutive matches which yielded only one win – albeit against Tottenham – and two clean sheets. A heel injury kept Jacobsen out for two months either side of Christmas – by the time he returned the Hammers were in trouble that they ultimately couldn’t escape from. Jacobsen made his final appearance in claret and blue as a substitute under caretaker manager Kevin Keen in a 3-0 home defeat to Sunderland on 22nd May 2011, with the Irons already relegated. After 26 appearances for West Ham United, Jacobsen was released following the Hammers’ relegation to the Championship and he returned to FC Copenhagen in the summer of 2011.

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Jacobsen netted his only international goal in a 4-1 European Championship qualifying win in Cyprus in October 2011. He had been part of Denmark’s squad at the 2010 World Cup and was also in the Danes’ Euro 2012 squad. He won 81 caps in total for his country between 2006 and 2015. He won the Danish Cup for a second time in 2012 and the Danish league title for a fourth time in 2013. Jacobsen moved to France in the summer of 2014, signing for Guingamp. Jacobsen, now 40, retired from football in the summer of 2016.

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