The HamburgHammer Column

Close, but no cigar! Gunners with lucky escape as Hammers dominate

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Guys and gals, what did we learn on Saurday then ? I guess it’s that NEARLY is the posh cousin of YOU LOST, GET OVER IT!
I’m beginning to type this down straight after the final whistle of our game against Arsenal.
I don’t feel like over-analysing this game, I also don’t feel the need to moan too much (okay, I’m still shaking my fist at the clouds with the football gods in them and a fairly angry expression on my boat) because, frankly, it was a near flawless performance from West Ham under the circumstances.

If we could only have played half as good as this against Newcastle we’d already have points on the board. If we can somehow bottle up the effort, endeavour, guts and desire from this one and uncork it all again for our upcoming league games, I will be nowhere near as worried as just a few days ago. Our team really worked their socks off on Saturday. The stats will back this up, we gave Arsenal an almighty scare, we played some tidy football, we created numerous opportunities (but weren’t ruthless enough) and at least the first of Arsenal’s two goals was borderline offside, the little-toe-might-have-been-offside variety, but still. We deserved a point out of this, maybe even more. When your team is on a good run, things tend to fall into place for you. Right now we just don’t seem to be getting the rub of the green. That’ll hopefully come if we continue to fight and play hard.

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I have to congratulate our team and manager for a very decent performance (at least until Arsenal scored their late winner), it was a great game to watch with plenty of goalmouth action, so I really don’t see a strong case for complaining furiously about this one. Two quick points though:

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This formation worked really well for us – I have to admit, I didn’t understand our line up at the start of the game, however, after watching our performance and the shift put in by the players, it totally made sense. Even players that had their cards marked as potential weak spots in our team, Fredericks, Cresswell, Masuaku, actually looked alright in their adapted roles, all doing their bit on the day for the cause.

What I still fail to grasp is Moyes’s unwillingness to make changes before the 78th minute. I get it that you sometimes keep your starters on if either your team is playing REALLY well or you simply don’t have options on the bench. I am not saying we wouldn’t have conceded again if only we had made some substitutions around the hour mark.

What I’m saying though is that it’s borderline insulting to put on players like Yarmolenko, Haller and Anderson for 10 minutes or less and expect them to magically have an impact. I would have thrown Anderson, Haller and Yarmolenko on much earlier. If only because Arsenal looked fairly shaky at the back as our stats for shots on and off target would illustrate.

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All we needed was someone to tuck these opportunities away and in that respect I would have loved to see Haller from the start (or at least for 45 minutes) whose confidence should have been boosted by his goals in the Charlton game. But it wasn’t to be and we are still on zero points. Hard to take and the games are not only flying in thick and fast now, they are also not exactly getting any easier, maybe with the exception of Hull tomorrow in the Carabao Cup.

Whatever may or may not happen with regard to a potential sale and takeover of the club, well, that’s out of the hands of our fanbase really and certainly out of the hands of our staff of writers here on WHTID.
Whatever will be will be, as the famous football anthem by Doris Day goes.

All the players and the manager can do right now is to work hard on the training pitches and prepare for the next games. And then start to earn themselves a bit of good fortune on the pitch, their fair share of the rub of the green. Maybe even get the odd unexpected draw or win in the upcoming fixtures.

Try to stay positive, try to run, sweat and fight for your teammates out there and get some confidence back into your bones and brains.

It’s still early in the season and our team is good enough to eventually win games. We could do with a bit of help from the transfer market. But that’s one for another article closer to Deadline Day. COYI!!!

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Hamburg football update: The Bundesliga season is back! Including Bundesliga 2 of course with the two Hamburg clubs hoisting the footballing colours of my beloved hometown.
Hamburg SV managed a hard fought 2:1 victory in their home opener against Fortuna Düsseldorf who got relegated from the top division in the summer. So a positive start for Kevin Keegan’s former club! Their local rivals from the red light/harbour district St.Pauli kick off their season this evening with a tough away fixture at Ruhrpott club Bochum, the slightly poorer and less successful neighbours of Dortmund and Schalke, who also count plenty of (former) miners and steelworkers amongst their fanbase.

My lovely lower league love, Concordia Hamburg, started their campaign on Friday evening with a 5:2 home win (after being 0:2 down after 30 minutes), in front of 80 socially distanced paying customers. You can sense that a lot of people are still skeptical about going back to watch football, hence the low numbers. For the time being there seem to be different rules for different clubs, in accordance with the facilities on offer at the individual grounds.

Cordi will be able to welcome a maximum of 200 fans, some clubs may not allow away fans in at all while other teams may be able to play in front of 500 fans. It sure felt good to meet some of the regular Cordi faces again and chew the fat about football. They were even selling stylish Cordi facemasks with the club crest and in the red and black team colours!

Also on Friday evening the Under 23s won their cup game 1:0 away to Wentorf (just around the corner from where my brother lives). The Cordi Women’s team also had a cup fixture to maneuver, against the previous season’s cup winners Walddörfer SV who also play another level above the league the Cordi girls have just been promoted to.
So it was always going to be a big ask, considering Cordi’s best player Michelle Hille was out of the game after doing the ligaments in her ankle in the final preseason game last weekend. She was already smiling again before the game, as is her usual habit.
That smile unfortunately turned into a rather frosty expression quickly as a stunned Cordi team lost the game 1:8. Yes, EIGHT! Terrible game to watch, men against boys, sorry, this should maybe read women against girls.
A gulf in quality, Cordi with a 90 minute blooper reel of passes going straight to the opposition with the away side gratefully playing themselves into a attacking frenzy, like sharks feeding on a shoal of sardines.
Lovely weather though. At least the girls can focus on the league now…


Financial

Where has the money gone?

Last week Nigel Kahn and I joined the Irons United Youtube show to explain the club’s finance and show where the money has gone.

The two-hour video can be seen below but the highlights of the main figures are below and the presentation can be downloaded from HERE

An Audio Podcast of the show can be found HERE-

2019 income £190.7m (Source: Companies house)

Ticket revenue £27m of which season ticket revenue is £23.5m

Commercial activities which include Corporate Hospitality (Club London and Sponsorship deals such as Betway and Umbro) = £27.5m Hospitality estimated to be £12m

TV income of £127.5m paid in instalments throughout the season

Retail/Club store £8.7m

Other Income £2m

Total Income £192.7m

Deloitte Football Rich List 2020 with West Ham listed 18th in the world is turn-over only

Total expenditure 2019 £229m

Club Operations £172m Transfers £57m

Wages £136m

Stadium Rent £3m

Depreciation of assets £2m

Interest £4m

Unspecified expenditure £27m Marketing, Rates etc

Amortisation of transfers £57m

Loans

Media rights and funding £75m facility July 2019

Three drawdowns of £10m, £16m and £13m made last summer Total £39m due for repayment in the summer of 2020

1% interest on the credit facility and 7% of funds borrowed.

Interest estimated to be £3.48m to Michael Tabor funded company

In 2013 As part of a refinancing deal David Sullivan loaned the club £6.7m as a bank of last resort charging interest. This loan was repaid over three years to David Sullivan with
the final payment made on 31st May 2016.

Tripp Smith £9.5m interest-free loan. Only repayable on sale of the club

Shareholder loans

Gold and Sullivan invested a total of £52.2m in shareholder loans to the club between 2011-2014. No additional shareholder loans have been made in the last four years. (2014=£3.5m 2013=£10.5m 2012=£35.2m 2011=£3m )

In July 2016 a company owned by David Gold and Icelandic CB Holding were paid £14.7m in settlement of loans

In August 2016 Gold and Sullivan were repaid £4.2m of their Shareholder loans plus a further £2.2m in interest

A further £10m of interest accrued at 6% was paid back to Gold and Sullivan on 18th August 2017.

The interest on the remaining balance has reduced from 7% to 4% in 2017.

On 29th August 2018 a further £4.6m of interest at 4% was paid back to the owners.

On 28th August 2019, a further £2.9m of interest at 4.25% was paid back to the owners.

On 28th August 2018 a company owned by David Gold was paid back £1m of loan capital.

Total Interest £19.7m plus another £7.2m of loan capital repaid

2010 debt £125m +

In 2010 West Ham had £110m of debts made up of £55.5m owed to banks £40m owed to other clubs and £20m owed to Sheffield United.

The 2009 accounts were the first to be released under Gold & Sullivan ownership showed £10m owed to a major shareholder

Advance on season ticket sales were £7.7m the first year and £7.25m the second year. The SBOBET sponsorship was believed to be worth £1.2m per year much of which was advanced also.

2019 debt £145m+

£45m owed to Gold and Sullivan

£9.5m owed to Tripp Smith

Transfers payments £87m

Short term bank loan of £39m excluded as paid off each year

Transfers

West Ham had a net spend of £214.4m on new players over the last four years since move to London Stadium. Source: West Ham accounts and £285m net since 2010.

2015/2016 £42m

2016/2017 £33.6m

2017/2018 £12.1m

2018/2019 £89.5m

2019/2020 £35.7m

Source: Companies House

Agent fees

In 2019/2020 £13,167,647 in agent fees

In 2018/2019 £14,414,845 in agent fees

In 2017/2018 £8,387,694 in agent fees

In 2016/2017 £9,486,397 in agent fees

In 2015/2016  £2,691,331 in agent fees

In 2014/2015 £7,049,001.18 in agent fees

In 2013/2014 £6,380,339 in agent fees

In 2012/2013 £4,169,134 in agent fees

In 2010/2011  £4,436,992 in agent fees

In 2009/2010  £3,419,089  in agent fees

In 2008/2009  £5,527,548 in agent fees

Grand total: £79,130,017.18

Brady pay and bonuses

When David Sullivan and David Gold took over West Ham in 2010 they revealed they were paying Karren Brady out of their own pockets for the first six months.

The West Ham 2011 accounts show the Hammers Vice Chairman was paid £256,000 by the club for the first time.
That package increased to £427,000 in 2012 and then hiked up to a massive £1.634m in 2013 of which £1m was a bonus paid over 5 years for winning the bid to move to the London Stadium.

In 2014 her basic rose by just £2,000 to £636,000 rising by a further £10,000 to £646,000 in 2015.

2016 saw another bid rise to £907,000 before a slight decrease in 2017 to £868,000.

2018 was another bumper year with a base salary of £898,000 plus a consultant fee of £438,000 paid to a company controlled by Brady for introducing Tripp Smith as an investor making her annual total £1.336m.

In the accounts released in 2020 for 2019 her pay is seen to rise from £898,000 to £1.136m, a rise of 27% on last year.

£7.85m over eight years

She took a 30% pay cut during COVID lockdown along with David Moyes and CFO Andy Mollet

Happy to answer any financial questions on this thread


David Hautzig's Match Report

Arsenal 2, West Ham 1. Far, Far Better.

When my wife told me she had invited a few friends for a little front yard get together, I told her that was obviously fine. We hadn’t seen these people in six months due to, well, you know. But I told her that at 3pm I would be going inside to watch the match. To be fair, I don’t know why I made that choice. David Moyes had never managed a winning side at Arsenal, and based on what we saw against Newcastle there was very little reason to think he would end that snide. In fact I told our guests that if it got ugly early, I’d throw in the towel and come back out. It got ugly late enough that my guests had already left.

Masuaku is not a left back. That we know, it’s been confirmed, and needs no further discussion. But on the wing, he can offer something. He has very good ball control, and can get out of tight spaces. He won a corner in the 4th minute, Cresswell found Rice in the box with the delivery, and the young Captain Of The Day headed it back to Ogbonna alone in the box. The Italian international probably should have tried a volley, because he had to bend downward for a header and got very little pace on the ball. Leno handled it with ease.

The opening fifteen minutes were noteworthy in that West Ham seemed to be frustrating Arsenal, and Moyes decision to go with three at the back looked less insane than I had originally thought. Antonio broke down the right on a counter and got off a low shot that Leno saved without much effort, and Bowen intercepted a pass, broke into the box, and only a bad touch denied him a goal scoring opportunity.

A team with the quality of Arsenal doesn’t usually need a ton of chances to beat a side like ours. And one moment of skill can undo a lot of hard work by the opposition. That was the case in the 25th minute when Aubameyang floated a cross into the box from the left, and Lacazette was there to do what center forwards do and headed it home. VAR had a look, and while Aubameyang’s chest looked offside his feet did not. Maybe the offside rule changed? I don’t know and I don’t care anymore.

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Arsenal 1
West Ham 0

As the opening forty-five wound down, Arsenal probed and asked a few questions. The West Ham defense held their shape, with key blocks by Ogbonna and Soucek. In the 45th minute, a long clearance floated in the air like a balloon. Fornals looked like an NFL wide receiver, watching the ball come over his shoulder, and cradled it down with his feet. He then passed to Soucek, who put the ball wide to Bowen on he right. Fredericks overlapped, Bowen rolled it to him, and the much maligned right back crossed to Antonio. Moyes recently said Antonio’s future is as a striker. It’s certainly his present. He overpowered Holding to get to the ball, and the match was even.

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Halftime
Arsenal 1
West Ham 1

In the opening five minutes of the second half, the instructions Arteta gave his players was pretty evident. Go over the top. Two of those passes found Aubameyang on the left, and required good defending to thwart the attack. An offside flag came to West Ham’s rescue when Saka was flagged a minute later. Moments after that it was West Ham on the front foot when Masuaku sent a delightful cross into the box that Antonio couldn’t get any power onto. Leno stopped it right on the line, and a superb chance to take the lead ended an inch away.

West Ham won a corner in the 59th minute when Fredericks got around Saka. The delivery by Bowen was good, but Arsenal cleared the area. Minutes later Bowen and Soucek threatened in the Arsenal eighteen yard box, but Bowen slipped on his shot attempt. The ball bounced off Kolasinac and out for a corner, but the visitors did nothing with that chance.

West Ham came inches away from taking the lead when Antonio got on the end of a Masuaku cross but his header hit the bar. Leno tried to roll the ball out, but he collided with a defender and lost it. Bowen tried to drill the ball into the unguarded net but it went off Leno well away from his line. A few minutes later West Ham intercepted yet another pass in the midfield and Bowen broke on the counter. He tried to cut to his left, but his shot was blocked. Arsenal broke on their own counter, and a ball over the top for Saka led to a corner. West Ham cleared, and a second goal by either side looked more and more like it would be a winner.

West Ham looked close to taking the lead in the 84th minute when a cross from Masuaku just missed a leaping Soucek. It bounced to Fredericks, who tried another cross into the box but Arsenal was able to clear. Then West Ham fans experienced what we have watched so many times. A very fine performance against a top side spoiled by a defensive lapse late on. Ceballos came down the left after a great pass from Saka, and Nketiah got away from both Diop and Ogbonna to tap it home.

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Final Score
Arsenal 2
West Ham 1

The odds were against West Ham from the start. Moyes abysmal record at Arsenal was just the start. Our awful performance last week did nothing to help quell the discontent among the natives, and the possibility of zero points by the end of October was, and still is, real. But the formation and starting eleven worked well, and just like the last game at The Emirates before lockdown West Ham have every reason to be disappointed to come away with nothing. While the result was not the desired one, the effort was. And if that currency has any value, we earned some today.


Match Thread

Match Thread: Arsenal v West Ham

Arsenal v West Ham
FA Premier League
The Emirates Stadium
KO 8pm
TV: Sky Sports
Radio: BBC Five Live

Please use this thread to comment on the match as it progresses.


Dan Coker's Match Preview

Match Preview: Arsenal v West Ham

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Blast from the past

30th April 1994 – Striking Distance topped the UK box office and Austrian Formula One driver Roland Ratzenberger died in a crash during qualifying for the San Marino Grand Prix. Ayrton Senna died the following day at the same event. Elsewhere, The Artist Formerly Known As Prince was number one with ‘The Most Beautiful Girl In The World’ and The Midfielder Universally Known As Mad Dog was scoring one of the most beautiful goals of the season in sealing a 2-0 victory for Billy Bonds’ West Ham United over this weekend’s opponents Arsenal in front of 33,700 at Highbury.

George Graham named a slightly weakened side for the hosts with the European Cup Winners’ Cup Final against Parma taking place just four days after the visit of the Hammers. The game was goalless until the 77th minute when Andy Linighan played a backpass to Alan Miller that fell short, Trevor Morley (pictured below) nipping in to touch the ball past the stranded ‘keeper and slot home into the unguarded net. Morley would be the Irons’ top goalscorer in 1993/94, netting 16 times in 49 appearances; he would also be voted Hammer of the Year at the end of the campaign, with Steve Potts runner-up and Matt Holmes finishing in third place..

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’Mad Dog’ Martin Allen wrapped up the three points for the visitors with just two minutes left on the clock – Academy graduate Danny Williamson, who had been sent on for his West Ham debut just a minute earlier, found Allen who produced a stepover to make space before firing an unstoppable bullet of a shot from distance beyond Miller and into the far corner of the net. The action from this match can be viewed in my video below.

The Gunners would finish fourth in 1993/94 and go on to win the European Cup Winners’ Cup, while the Hammers would end their first Premier League campaign in 13th. Manchester United won a league and FA Cup Double.

Arsenal: Alan Miller, Eddie McGoldrick (Steve Morrow), Steve Bould, Andy Linighan, Nigel Winterburn, Ray Parlour, Paul Davis, Ian Selley, Paul Merson (Paul Dickov), Kevin Campbell, Ian Wright.

West Ham United: Ludek Miklosko, Tim Breacker, Steve Potts, Tony Gale, David Burrows (Danny Williamson), Matthew Rush, Kenny Brown, Martin Allen, Ian Bishop, Mike Marsh, Trevor Morley.

Club Connections

A large group of players have turned out for West Ham United and Arsenal. Lukasz Fabianski and Jack Wilshere return to their former club. Other players to have represented both clubs include:

Goalkeepers: Richard Wright, Charles Ambler, Manuel Almunia, Jim Standen.

Defenders: Matthew Upson, James Jackson, Nigel Winterburn, Steve Walford, Bob Stevenson, Carl Jenkinson.

Midfielders: Stewart Robson, Liam Brady, Yossi Benayoun, Archie Macauley, Luis Boa Morte, David Bentley, Samir Nasri, James Bigden, Roddy McEachrane, Alex Song, Henri Lansbury, Freddie Ljungberg.

Strikers: Lucas Perez, Harry Lewis, Bobby Gould, Jeremie Aliadiere, Dick Burgess, John Blackwood, Fergie Hunt, Dr Jimmy Marshall, Kaba Diawara, Jimmy Bloomfield, Charlie Satterthwaite, Marouane Chamakh, Billy Linward, Lee Chapman, Tommy Lee, Ian Wright, Peter Kyle, John Hartson, Stan Earle, John Radford, Davor Suker.

Ron Greenwood was also assistant manager at Arsenal before becoming manager of West Ham.

Today’s focus though falls on a player who represented Woolwich Arsenal before later playing for West Ham. Fred Kemp was born in 1887 in Tottenham – he played for his school team in north London but his family moved to Barking where he played for Ethelburgas and Barking St Andrews. He spent one season with Newportonians before moving on to the Barking Victoria Club.

Kemp joined First Division Woolwich Arsenal as an 18-year-old in 1905 from Barking. A left winger, he made his senior debut in a 2-1 defeat at Birmingham on 28th October 1905 and went on to feature just once more in the league for the Gunners under Phil Kelso – his second and final match was another 2-1 loss, this time at home against Everton on 4th November 1905. Kemp struggled to maintain the form he showed at reserves level and was kept out of the Arsenal first team by the form of David Neave and Bobby Templeton.

Kemp transferred to Southern League First Division West Ham the following summer. The 19-year-old made his Hammers debut in a 3-1 win over Brentford at Upton Park on 6th October 1906 and made eight appearances in the rest of the 1906/07 season as the Irons finished fifth. He played in two matches in 1907/08, with his final match for the club being a 1-0 defeat at Bristol Rovers on 9th November 1907.

Kemp had made ten appearances for West Ham United in total, without scoring. Very little is known of what happened to Kemp after he left the Hammers, and his date of death is unknown.

Referee

The referee on Saturday will be Michael Oliver. He has refereed 25 of our matches, officiating in five wins for the Hammers, seven draws and 13 defeats. Oliver refereed the Irons six times last season, in our 2-1 home defeat to Crystal Palace last October (when he awarded the visitors a match-levelling penalty); for our 3-2 home defeat to Tottenham in November; for our 1-0 defeat at Sheffield United in January; for our 3-3 home draw with Brighton in February; for our 1-0 home defeat to Burnley in July; and, most recently, in our 1-1 draw with Aston Villa on the final day of last season.

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Oliver also refereed our 1-1 draw at Leicester in October 2018, when he sent off Mark Noble. His only previous red card issued to a West Ham player came seven seasons ago, when he sent off Kevin Nolan in our 4-1 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield in December 2013. Oliver also refereed our 3-1 home win over Manchester United in 2018/19.

Possible line-ups

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta will be without the injured Pablo Mari, Calum Chambers, Shkodran Mustafi, Emile Smith Rowe and Gabriel Martinelli, while Sokratis is a doubt. David Luiz and Granit Xhaka should be passed fit. Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta scored 27 goals in 174 Premier League appearances for Everton, all under current Hammers boss David Moyes.

West Ham United have doubts over Jack Wilshere and Mark Noble. Five of West Ham’s eight Premier League wins over Arsenal have been in north London. The Hammers ended the 2019/20 season unbeaten in three away league matches, with Michail Antonio scoring six of the club’s seven goals during that run.

Possible Arsenal XI: Leno; Holding, Gabriel, Tierney; Bellerin, Xhaka, Elneny, Maitland-Niles; Willian, Lacazette, Aubameyang.

Possible West Ham United XI: Fabianski; Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Soucek, Rice, Snodgrass; Bowen, Haller, Antonio.

Enjoy the game – Up The Hammers!


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