Match Thread

Match Thread: Everton v West Ham

Everton v West Ham
FA Premier League
Goodison Park
KO 1.30pm
TV: Sky Sports 1
Radio: BBC 5 Live

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Lineup Prediction

Lineup Prediction: Everton v West Ham

Subs: Randolph, Zaza, Fletcher, Feghouli, Nordtveit, Ayew, Collins

I can’t see any case for changing a winning team, can you? OK, Adrian will come back, and Cresswell will no doubt come back in, but I can’t see any case for changing any aspect of the formation of lineup. I suppose Bilic might be tempted to play Ayew up front, but who would make way? Surely Fernadnes couldn’t be dropped ,having been one of our best players over the last two games. We surely need to stick with 3 at the back to try to neuter Lukaku’s threat.

We beat Everton last week in a 5 goal thriller, after we went 2-0 down. I suspect a point would be considered a good result this time, but we seem to be coming back to form at just the right time. Everton will know that we pose a real threat, but of course it is scoring goals that remains our problem. I can’t believe we have got to the end of october and we still haven’t had a goal from a striker.

Here’s hoping we can make it four wins in a row.


PS I will be appearing on the KUMB podcast this week, so I hope we can make it an optimistic hour!

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Dan Coker's Match Preview

Match Preview: Everton v West Ham

PARISH NOTICE: Apologies that the Predictor League for the Everton game wasn’t working until late last night. It’s now fully functional, so you have until 12.25pm tomorrow lunchtime to get your entry in.

Blast from the past

West Ham United recorded their first ever win at Goodison Park just over 90 years ago, on the 4th September 1926. Legendary forward Vic Watson (pictured below) bagged a brace for the Hammers in a 3-0 victory in front of 26,957, while Geordie inside-forward Billy Moore struck the other goal. Syd King’s Irons went on to finish in 6th place in the top flight that season, the highest League position up to that point in their history, while Everton in contrast suffered one of their worst campaigns as they finished 20th, one place and four points above the relegation places, with only 34 points won from 42 matches. Newcastle won the league title in 1926/27, finishing ten points clear of the Hammers, and Cardiff won the FA Cup.

Everton have certainly been the Hammers’ bogey side in recent seasons – we have only beaten the Toffees once in the league, home or away, since April 2007, drawing four and losing nine in all competitions since then. The last five wins at Goodison Park have been separated by an 11-year sequence – in 1972, 1983, 1994, 2005 and 2016.

Everton: Howard Baker, David Raitt, John McDonald, John Peacock, David Reid, Hunter Hart, Thomas Parker, Bobby Irvine, Arthur Dominy, Herbert Batten, Walter Weaver.

West Ham United: Ted Hufton, John Hebden, Syd Bishop, George Carter, Jim Barrett, Jimmy Collins, Tommy Yews, Stan Earle, Vic Watson, Billy Moore, Jimmy Ruffell.

Club Connections

Considering they have spent the majority of their respective histories at a reasonably similar level, West Ham United and Everton have shared relatively few players. Slaven Bilic returns to Goodison Park having played for Everton after leaving West Ham in 1997. Enner Valencia is currently on loan from West Ham at Everton but Premier League rules mean he cannot face the Hammers. Others who have appeared for both clubs include:

Goalkeepers: George Kitchen, Richard Wright.

Defenders: William Wildman, George Eccles, David Unsworth, Lars Jacobsen, Lucas Neill.

Midfielders: Don Hutchison, Joe Blythe, Mark Ward, Ray Atteveld, Niclas Alexandersson, Danny Williamson, Ian Bishop, Thomas Hitzlsperger.

Strikers: Tony Cottee, Mike Newell.

Today’s focus falls on a player who spent just under a year with the Hammers before joining Everton. Born in Dudley on 25th October 1968, David Burrows spent three years playing for West Brom before a five-year stint at Liverpool. The 24-year-old joined Billy Bonds’ West Ham United on 17th September 1993 in a deal which saw Julian Dicks move to Anfield with Burrows and Mike Marsh moving in the other direction to Upton Park. The flame-haired left-back got off to a great start in claret and blue, contributing to an impressive 2-0 win at Blackburn on his maiden start the day after signing and scoring from a free-kick on his home debut in a 5-1 League Cup second round first leg triumph over Chesterfield on 22nd September 1993. Burrows’ second and, ultimately, final goal for the Hammers was the early opener in a 3-1 home win over Manchester City on 1st November 1993, slamming home an indirect free-kick inside the penalty area after a Keith Curle back-pass to goalkeeper Tony Coton.

Burrows helped the Hammers consolidate in their first Premier League season, finishing 13th in 1993/94 and reaching the quarter-finals of the FA Cup. He started the first four matches of the 1994/95 campaign but his final match for the Hammers was a 3-1 home defeat to Newcastle on 31st August 1994 – Harry Redknapp had taken over as manager and, after two goals in 35 appearances, ‘Bugsy’ was returning to Merseyside to sign for Everton. West Ham legends were involved in both Burrows’ arrival at and departure from Upton Park – after joining the Hammers in a move which saw Dicks depart, Burrows joined the Toffees in another part-exchange deal in September 1994 with Tony Cottee returning to Upton Park. Dicks was to return to east London himself a month later.

Burrows joined Mike Walker’s Blues in September 1994 but his time at Goodison was short-lived, spending just six months at the Club and making 23 appearances before new manager Joe Royle sold him to Coventry in March 1995 for a fee of £1.1 million. Burrows played in the 1-0 FA Cup third round home win over Derby and the 1-0 fourth round victory at Bristol City but had departed by the time the Toffees won the competition in May 1995 with a 1-0 Wembley win over Manchester United.

After five years with the Sky Blues, Burrows struggled to regain his starting place after returning from injury and moved to Birmingham on a free transfer in the summer of 2000. Sheffield Wednesday signed Burrows on a free transfer in March 2002 but injuries once again dogged him, forcing him to quit the professional game in May 2003. Burrows, who turned 48 last Tuesday, emigrated to France with his wife and three children; he spent a few years turning out for his local side in the Dordogne. In April 2014 Burrows appeared for the Liverpool Legends team in the Hillsborough charity match where he showed that he hadn’t lost his competitive edge with some crunching tackles on Jari Litmanen.


The referee on Sunday will be Anthony Taylor – the Hammers were allocated the 38-year-old on five occasions last season as he took charge of our defeat at Tottenham, as well as our home win over Newcastle which came just three games after he had controversially sent off Adrian against Leicester. He was also the man in the middle for our FA Cup third round win over Wolves and our 3-2 win at Everton in March. Most recently, Taylor took charge of our 2-1 defeat at Chelsea in August, awarding the home side a penalty and later controversially failing to issue a second yellow card to Diego Costa for an awful lunge at Adrian – Costa remained on the pitch to score the 89th-minute winner.

Indeed, controversy and incident are never far away when the Cheshire-based official is the referee for a West Ham United match, especially when Everton are also involved. Taylor is the referee who had not one, but two red cards rescinded from the same game after he had sent off Carlton Cole and Darron Gibson in the Hammers’ 2-1 home defeat to Everton in December 2012. He sent off the home side’s Kevin Mirallas against the Hammers at Goodison Park in March and awarded the Toffees a penalty which Romelu Lukaku saw saved by Adrian.

Sunday will mark the third season in a row that Taylor has officiated West Ham at Goodison Park as he also refereed our 1-1 FA Cup third round draw there in January 2015, when Lukaku scored a stoppage time equaliser. He was also in charge when the Hammers took on the Blues’ Merseyside rivals Liverpool at Upton Park in April 2014, awarding a controversial and ultimately match-winning penalty. There was also controversy surrounding Guy Demel’s equaliser for West Ham in that game.

Possible line-ups

Everton’s Tyias Browning, Matthew Pennington, Muhamed Besic, James McCarthy and Arouna Kone have been ruled out for the visit of the Hammers. Leighton Baines could also be absent with a persistent hamstring injury. Enner Valencia, on loan from West Ham, is ineligible to play against his parent club due to Premier League rules. Romelu Lukaku has scored in every game he’s played for Everton against West Ham, netting in eight consecutive matches between the sides in all competitions.

For West Ham United, Sam Byram, Arthur Masuaku, Gokhan Tore and Andy Carroll are on the sidelines. Diafra Sakho could return after the international break next month. Slaven Bilic may only make one change from the midweek League Cup fourth round win over Chelsea, with Adrian returning to replace Darren Randolph. Andre Ayew, who made his return as a substitute in Wednesday’s victory, is likely to again start on the bench. Winston Reid and Mark Noble are one yellow card away from a one-match suspension.

Possible Everton XI: Stekelenburg; Coleman, Williams, Jagielka, Oviedo; Gana, Barry; Bolasie, Barkley, Mirallas; Lukaku.

Possible West Ham United XI: Adrian; Kouyate, Reid, Ogbonna; Fernandes, Obiang, Noble, Cresswell; Lanzini, Antonio, Payet.

Enjoy the game – Up The Hammers!

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Talking Point

I Thought I Was Attending a Football Match...


Guest Post by Dan Silver

On Wednesday I went to a football match. Or at least I thought I did. According to media reports of what transpired at the London Stadium that night I had visited a bomb site, survived a war zone or, improbably, travelled back in time to the 1980s. Reading the write ups on Thursday morning I increasingly felt relieved just to have survived the outing.

For the record, I arrived at Queen Elizabeth Park via Pudding Mill Lane at around 5.15pm, uncharacteristically early as I wanted to buy a birthday present for my son from the Stadium Store before the crowds gathered. All was peaceful. Police officers kitted out in bulky riot gear queued with the claret and blue-clad early birds to buy burgers and chips from the vending trucks.

I met up with a mate and wandered off to the Plough in Swan Wharf, a delightful hipster bar by the canal where the overriding mood was one of excitement. We returned just after seven, climbing the stairs nearest to Turnstile D, where impeccably behaved away fans were filling into the stadium. There wasn’t even a discernible edge to the atmosphere, let alone toxicity.

After the game had finished we exited the East Stand by Turnstile G and followed the herd across the main bridge leading to Westfield and beyond as my usual route home via Pudding Mill Lane had been reserved for away fans. It took about half an hour to get to Stratford station, a shuffling, staccato journey punctuated by the odd celebratory song and bouts of bellyaching about the route.

Then we all got on trains and went home.

My experience that evening bore almost no relation to the grim and graphic accounts published by reputable news outlets – and I’m willing to bet the vast majority of the 40,000-odd home fans who attended the game felt similarly bemused by the coverage.

One fan, interviewed on Radio Five Live and widely quoted in articles on newspaper sites like the Evening Standard’s], said ‘if they don’t close the stadium… then someone could get killed there.”

Think about that for a moment. Not just hurt, but killed.

In a piece for The Guardian
, West Ham fan and writer John Stern asked the question: ‘Who would subject their kids to that kind of atmosphere?’ (As an aside, I do, John. Two of them, aged eight and nine, every week. And they love it).

The front page of The Daily Telegraph’s sports section today (Friday) carried a graphic repeating some MPs calls for West Ham to play future matches at the London Stadium behind closed doors should fan trouble persist.

When David Sullivan claimed recently ‘lots of people want the migration to fail’, this was the kind of coverage and outcry he would have had in mind.

Yes, the scenes inside the ground at the end of the match on Wednesday night were deplorable and anyone identified as throwing missiles at other fans – other human beings – should be banned from attending football again.

Likewise there are still clear and identifiable safety issues at a stadium which still isn’t set up for football fans. I’ve been very critical of both the board and the stadium operators in the past and will continue to be so until they address these problems fully. It is shocking in this day and age that some parents are afraid take their children to watch a football match for whatever reason.

But to paint Wednesday’s ugly scenes as some sort of return to the pitched warfare witnessed on the terraces thirty years ago isn’t just wrong, it’s also irresponsible. But it seems that, having predicted carnage in the run up to the game, most media outlets were going to write about it whether the facts supported that assessment or not. One frothing-mouthed article published on even quoted a local resident’s complaint that “there was chanting and hollering”. At a football match? Surely not! Padlock the turnstiles immediately!

At the risk of seeming paranoid it’s difficult to read such coverage without detecting an agenda at work. The resentment and jealousy of the deal West Ham negotiated to secure the London Stadium has been writ large across both social and mainstream media for some time now.

A prevailing narrative has been established that the club have overreached, that the ground is too big for the club, and any evidence supporting that view is highlighted at any opportunity, no matter how tenuous. The disproportionate reaction to Wednesday’s events conforms to that pattern.

The Mirror’s Dave Kidd identified a bloodlust on the part of the posturing morons in both ends on Wednesday night. Sadly it’s since been more than matched by those clamouring for West Ham’s pound of flesh.

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Talking Point

Eye witness account of the London Stadium troubles

Yesterday I found myself in the middle of today’s big story.

We arrived at the stadium early as requested to find good humoured fans on both sides in orderly but short queues and no sign of trouble despite a heavy police presence with a helicopter overhead at all times. Whilst in the ground we were told by a response steward there had been a little trouble on the south steps from Pudding Mill Lane DLR to the away turnstiles but he was only repeating what he heard over the radio.

I was originally sitting in my regular season ticket seat in Block 113 in the first half close to the 5,200 away fans. The singing and banter was good humoured in general and I certainly wouldn’t describe it as toxic. When West Ham scored their first goal there was an isolated incident in which a bald headed Chelsea fan was hit on the head with a coin which caused a cut. St John’s Ambulance dealt with his cut his head and police took a statement while he carried on watching the game but not before he posted pictures of blood streaming down his head on social media.

At half time we decided to walk around the inside of the stadium to spare seats in Sir Trevor Brooking lower as we wanted to be on the right side of the away fan barrier when full whistle was blown to make a quick exit to Stratford. Little did I know what was about to unfold.

Again the atmosphere was great and mostly good humoured, just a typical London derby. Around five minutes before full time some Chelsea fans started to leave and we started singing “Cheerio.” It was then that the first shower of coins rained down on us.

I was hit by a 20p and 10p on my back although there was around six other coins around my seat which missed me. I estimate several hundred coins were thrown in West Ham’s direction. We next noticed a Chelsea fan trying to cross the 13 seat wide segregation netted barrier lifting his hands up to provoke West Ham fans.

After that both sides started throwing coins, plastic bottles and a few seats and supporters from both sides attempted to breach the segregation between them at the top of the Sir Trevor Brooking lower stand.

Despite all the the images and reports, I have been told that the segregation was not breached and no Chelsea fan entered the West Ham end and no West Ham fan entered the Chelsea away end. Apart from the throwing and a lot of pushing I saw no actual fights or assaults and no arrests were made to my knowledge inside the stadium. The trouble was quickly brought under control and the game ended shortly afterwards with an amazing victory for West Ham.

The route from the London Stadium to Stratford was mostly peaceful with both sets of fans well behaved. The only trouble I witnessed outside the ground was a Chelsea fan who was ‘nicked’ for provoking West Ham fans close to the Stratford station.

Despite the pictures and video footage being flashed around the world today the majority of the 46,000 was well behaved and possibly less than one hundred fans from both sides were involved in the trouble. That said they all deserve life long stadium bans when caught.

I do believe the stadium is a soft target for the media and a minority of away fans appear to be intent to cause trouble at our new home by provoking home fans to gain bragging rights.

I will concede a small minority of West Ham fans are no angels but I wish the Press would blame both sets of fans rather than just focus on West Ham and their fans today.

I have done interviews on BBC Radio London, Radio 5 Live, BBC TV News, BBC World Service and LBC radio with Iain Dale but I feel the message to balance up the media coverage is falling on deaf ears.

Here is my interview with Iain Dale on LBC Radio this evening.

Trouble at football has never really fully gone away; the media just stopped reporting about it. There is always trouble at Spurs and Chelsea away but the media never bother to cover it.

There was trouble again at Stamford Bridge on the first day of the season when they faced West Ham. The trouble outside Stamford Bridge never made the papers.

The London Stadium seems different. An iconic stadium which hosted the London 2012 Olympics and the taxpayer element adds more interest for the media. It is a geographically challenging stadium to secure due to vast spaces around it and the 1,100 stewards who work for London Stadium 185 has still a lot of learning to do.

This blog first appeared on but Iain suggested I share it with you here also.

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