We Are West Ham Podcast

40 Episodes

By: We Are West Ham

Join James Jones, Will Pugh and Tom Edwards for a weekly dose of West Ham chat, with regular guests including ex-players and well-connected journalists. New episode every single Wednesday!

It's now or n-Everton

West Ham beat Burnley 2-1 at Turf Moor on Monday to keep their Champions League dream alive.

The Hammers went behind to a Chris Wood (shock) penalty but Michail Antonio returned to the team with a bang as he scored twice to complete West Ham's comeback before half-time.

David Moyes' side absolutely dominated the Clarets and should really have scored more but on this occasion, who cares!

With the Irons fifth with just four games to go and a real chance of closing the three-point gap on fourth place Chelsea, Will Pugh is joined...

What the reffing hell was that?! - ft. Mark Halsey

West Ham were narrowly beaten 1-0 by Chelsea on Saturday as their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League took a severe knock.
 The Hammers lack of January transfer activity appears to be catching up with them.
 But most of that was forgotten after the game because ten minutes from time referee Chris Kavanagh made the most inexplicable decision ever when he decided to send Fabian Balbuena off for kicking the football during a game of... wait for it... football.
 It was a disgrace and a scandal and another knife in the heart of our gr...

Power to the people - We beat the billionaires

Has there ever been a crazier 48 hours in football? On Sunday night we were all hit by the bombshell that 12 greedy European football clubs were intending to break away and form a closed-shop European Super League, threatening the very future of the sport as we know it. And then by the time we sat down to record this episode on Tuesday evening, it was all beginning to fall apart as Chelsea and Man City pulled out, Man Utd announced Ed Woodward was going to leave the club and football fans began to celebrate what is increasingly looking like a victory fo...

Take a Bowen son

West Ham beat Leicester in mirror image fashion to last week's victory over Wolves.

The Hammers took a 3-0 lead through Jesse Lingard's first-half brace and Jarrod Bowen's strike just after half-time.

But in what is rapidly becoming typical fashion, the Irons let the Foxes back in the game and Kelechi Iheanacho's two goals made for a nervy finish.

However David Moyes' men held on for a spectacular victory and three points that put them back in fourth and just one point off third placed Leicester with seven games of the season remaining.

All hail Lionel Jesse

West Ham raced into a 3-0 first-half lead again on Monday night against Wolves at Molinuex.

And they almost threw it away for the second week running too.

But driven on by captain fantastic Mark Noble and the Mancunian Maradona Jesse Lingard, the Hammers dug deep and only conceded two to walk away with all three points and go fourth in the Premier League with just eight games to go.

Will Pugh is back in the hotseat after having surgery last week and is joined by James Jones and Tom Edwards as usual.

The world's most expensive potato salad?

It's been a relatively quiet international break from a West Ham point of view, but three of our players have still be making headlines on the international stage over the last week or two.

Tomas Soucek kicked it all off with a perfect hat-trick in Czech Republic's 6-2 win over Estonia last week, and then Jesse Lingard and Declan Rice put in Man of the Match performances for England against San Marino and Albania respectively. 

It capped off a wonderful week of international football for our three most in-form players this season, meaning international football has t...

Pain in the Arsenal - ft. The Guardian's Jacob Steinberg

West Ham threw away a 3-0, yes THREE NIL, lead against Arsenal on Sunday and ended the game clinging on to a 3-3 draw.

Jesse Lingard was one of few bright sparks as the Hammers fell to bits having raced into a convincing lead within 35 minutes.

But the outstanding Alexandre Lacazette, Calum Chambers and Real Madrid loanee Martin Odegaard led the Gunners in their dramatic comeback at the London Stadium. 

An irate Will Pugh is joined by a pragmatic James Jones and a freshly shaven Tom Edwards to discuss the draw that felt like a...

Holy (balance) sheet! - ft. 1975 FA Cup winner Patsy Holland

West Ham lost 1-0 at Manchester United on Sunday night and it’s fair to say the reaction to David Moyes’ set up after the game was varied.

A particular tweet from The Guardian’s Jacob Steinberg suggesting criticism of Moyes was ‘pathetic’ and that perhaps Said Benrahma is not as good as some fans like to think he is was met with fury.

Tom Edwards was particularly angry while Will Pugh happened to agree with some of his points. 

And this leads to a fiery start to the show with the pair going head to hea...

No more Noble - ft. Tracy Tombides

West Ham legend Mark Noble sent an open letter to Hammers fans on Tuesday confirming he has signed a one-year contract extension at London Stadium but that next season will be his last in claret and blue. Will Pugh is joined by James Jones and Tom Edwards to discuss Noble's contributions to the club during his 17 year spell with his boyhood club, what the future holds and whether he should have a statue erected in his honour. The Irons beat Leeds 2-0 on Monday night in altogether unconvincing fashion but nonetheless, the three points still keep the East Londoners in...

RIP Glenn Roeder ft. John Moncur & Tony Carr

West Ham fans were rocked by the news of former manager Glenn Roeder's death on from a brain tumour on Sunday aged 65. Glenn managed the Hammers between 2001 and 2003 after initially being appointed as a coach by Harry Redknapp. The Irons finished seventh in his first season in charge but were unfortunately relegated during his second campaign during which he collapsed after a game against Middlesbrough - the first showing of the tumour. Glenn has been fondly remembered by people across the game and Will Pugh, Tom Edwards and James Jones are joined by John Moncur and Tony Carr who played...

Ta-ta Tottenham ft. West Ham legend Tony Cottee

West Ham beat bitter rivals Tottenham 2-1 at London Stadium on Sunday to move FOURTH in the Premier League. FOURTH! Whether the Hammers can cling on to that last Champions League place remains to be seen but these moments have been at least five years in the waiting since the move from Upton Park and every West Ham fan deserves to enjoy them. Will Pugh is joined by James Jones and Tom Edwards to revel in the glow of a victory over Spurs and also to chat just how far this team can go under David Moyes. The boys heap...

Champions League planning - ft. Hammers Utd & West Ham Clips

West Ham beat Sheffield United 3-0 at London Stadium without getting out of third gear on Monday night. Declan Rice coolly dispatched a penalty after Jesse Lingard was wiped out and then tried to take the spot kick ahead of Dec. The Hammers briefly went fourth before Chelsea's win a few hours later but once again things are hunky dory in East London. Will Pugh is joined by James Jones and Tom Edwards to plan the European tour for next season which is definitely going to happen and the lads decide which of Europe's giants they want to face in...

Cupsetting scenes at Man Utd

West Ham crashed out of this year's FA Cup in frustrating fashion with a 1-0 extra-time defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford. The lack of strikers and the club's dereliction of duty by failing to sign one in January came back to bite the Hammers almost straight away as Andriy Yarmolenko failed to cut it in Michail Antonio's absence and youngster Ademipo Odubeko was given a chance off the bench only to be hooked again soon after. An irate Will Pugh is joined by James Jones and Tom Edwards straight after the final whistle to wallow in each other's...

January transfer win-doh! - ft WHUISA chair Sue Watson

West Ham failed to sign a striker as the January transfer window slammed shut AND lost 3-1 at home to Liverpool in the space of a week. But the Hammers are still fifth in the Premier League – such is the rollercoaster nature of this football season. As James Jones wrote it in his SunSport article on Tuesday: 'Given how West Ham’s season is going so far, it feels weird to be moaning'. But moan the lads certainly do this week as David Moyes’ squad was left threadbare up front with just Michail Antonio and his fragile hamstrings left to score...

King Soucek destroys Palace

West Ham are FOURTH in the Premier League. That’s right, if the season finished now, David Moyes’ men would qualify for the Champions League. After going down to Wilfried Zaha’s early goal at Crystal Palace, the Hammers bounced back in emphatic fashion thanks to a brace from Tomas Soucek and a powerful header from Craig Dawson. Michy Batshuayi got a late consolation but the ref blew the whistle to send the boys back to East London with a 3-2 win. Will Pugh is joined by James Jones and Tom Edwards to revel in the Hammers’ fifth win on the boun...

The murky world of West Ham's finances - Ft. football finance expert Kieran Maguire

West Ham are massive. Two wins in four days. Six games unbeaten. Four wins in a row in all competitions. Seventh in the league.  West Ham are MASSIVE! In what is fast becoming another memorable season in our great club's history, David Moyes has transformed us into a dodgy, weak and unpredictable relegation battling outfit to a strong, resolute, consistent and hard to beat side battling for European qualification. All that in just over a year! Of course, it's still early days and we are playing in unsual circumstances with COVID still very much playing a part in the way f...

Haller-lujah, he's gone! - ft. The Ribman

West Ham battled through to the FA Cup fourth round by beating Stockport County 1-0 on a boggy Edgeley Park pitch that would have made some Sunday league teams turn their noses up. Craig Dawson leaped like a salmon to nod home the 83rd minute winner after David Moyes’ men had huffed and puffed all night against the deep and well organised National League side. Hammers fans finally said Au Revoir to Sebastien Haller who left for Ajax in a £20-25million deal. There were very few people sad to see the disappointing Frenchman leave but there was barely a dry...

Potato Salad, Old Cliches and New Year optimism

Happy New Year to all of our listeners across the globe - this is our first episode of 2021 as we look to put 2020 well behind us and vow never to speak of it ever again. After ending the previous year with a bit of a whimper, David Moyes' men entered the new year in style by rocking up at Goodison Park and winning 1-0, courtesy of a late Tomas Soucek own goal. And if you didn't love the big man enough by now, he then confessed his love for potato salad during his post-match interview. What a guy. On this...

A year of progress on and off the pod – 2020 in review

West Ham finished 2020 with somewhat of a whimper but the We Are West Ham boys go out with a bang. In order to have a break over the festive period, Will Pugh was joined by James Jones and Tom Edwards for one last time in 2020 to pre-record a full review of the Hammers’ fortunes on and off the pitch over the last 12 months. The episode was recorded before West Ham’s 3-0 defeat at Chelsea so the boys were still in the dark about the wet fashion 2020 ended on the pitch. However, there is plenty covered from David Moyes’ appointment at the...

Sitting on a Noble shaped fence

In the last proper episode of 2020, the We Are West Ham boys are faced with the reality that maybe, just maybe, it's time to finally call time on Mark Noble's place in the starting XI. Of course, he's been a wonderful servant for the club, making over 520 first-team appearances and becoming a legend in the making, but his inclusion in the team to face Chelsea this week baffled most fans and while he didn't particularly play badly, some believe he didn't exactly benefit David Moyes' side either. Tom Edwards (https://twitter.com/WilliamPugh_) believes Moyes' decision to play Noble was...

'Someone's robbing your house' ft. Martin Allen

West Ham United are sixth in the Premier League after 12 games. The Hammers had an extremely tough start to the season but David Moyes' men have come out the other side of it smelling like roses. Tomas Soucek and Angelo Obgonna's headers helped the boys to another fantastic win at Leeds on Friday - West Ham's first comeback win after going a goal down away for two years. Crystal Palace visit London Stadium on Wednesday - a game which will unfortunately be back behind closed doors after Boris Johnson and Matt Hancock decided to put London back into coronavirus tier 3. ...

A VARy embarrassing linesman ft. Matty Taylor

So we all came crashing down to earth on Saturday night when our impressive run of form was ended in quite controversial fashion by Man United and VAR.   We didn't help ourselves with all those missed chances, particularly in the first half, but that shambolic VAR decision that led to Paul Pogba's leveler set the tone for the rest of the game.   But there are still loads of positives to take from that 3-1 defeat as we head into to a huge Friday night clash with Leeds at Elland Road - a win there takes us back into 5th, a dr...

Our guardian Angelo ft. Wally Downes

West Ham fans were saddened to learn about the death of Papa Bouba Diop on Sunday. The Senegalese - or 'The Wardrobe' as he was known - played for the Hammers for just a year in the 2011-12 season but was well liked and immediately gained the respect of his team-mates for his kind nature and outstanding attitude in training. Former Hammers assistant manager Wally Downes was Sam Allardyce's No 2 during Diop's year at the club and Downes dialled in from Jamaica to speak to Will Pugh (https://twitter.com/WilliamPugh_?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor) about...

John Lyall will sort it ft. Boys of '86 legend Frank McAvennie

West Ham put the Blades to the sword with a thoroughly professional performance on Sunday thanks to a goal from under pressure frontman Sebastien Haller.  The Hammers could have had more if it wasn't for Jarrod Bowen's indecision and Tomas Soucek's missed sitter.  And Will Pugh (https://twitter.com/WilliamPugh_) , James Jones (https://twitter.com/ByJamesJones) and Tom Edwards (https://twitter.com/T0m_Edwards) discuss all of that and more as the lads are joined by West Ham's iconic Boys of '86 striker Frank McAvennie to give his views on the Hammers' current situation.  Frank was Tony Cottee's famous str...

Pre-Blades Birthday Blues

West Ham didn't have a game last week as it was the international break but several Hammers stars jetted off across the world to play for their countries. Declan Rice was involved in both Belgium's goals in England's Nations League defeat but he is still the best midfielder in the world. And Andriy Yarmolenko tested positive for coronavirus while away with Ukraine. Will Pugh (https://twitter.com/WilliamPugh_) is joined by James Jones (https://twitter.com/ByJamesJones) and Tom Edwards (https://twitter.com/T0m_Edwards) to discuss all of those issues and much more ahead of the return of...

Is it even possible to be angry after a win? - Featuring Tony Gale

Is anyone still giggling to themselves about Ademola Lookman's hilarious attempt at a Panenka last weekend? Surely it has to be the worst penalty to have been taken in Premier League history, but it means we were able to come away with what some consider to be a very fortunate three points last weekend. The first half wasn't bad but the second half was poor, as we ran out of ideas to break Scott Parker's side down, and it almost cost us.  And that's the stance Will Pugh (https://twitter.com/WilliamPugh_) is taking this week. Despite the win, Will i...

Is Haller a 'dying giraffe'? - ft. Craig Forrest

West Ham narrowly lost 2-1 to Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday. Pablo Fornals gave the Hammers an early lead before Mo Salah scored a penalty he won by flinging himself to the floor after a slight touch by HRH King Arthur Masuaku. Diogo Jota got a late winner and after the game Irons fans tripped over themselves to point the finger of blame. Sebastien Haller got some stick, so did Masuaku but the main anger was directed at VAR for awarding the soft pen. And Will Pugh (https://twitter.com/WilliamPugh_) , James Jones (https://twitter.com/ByJamesJones) and Tom Edwards...

New contracts for everyone! - with legend Tony Cottee

Take yourself back to after the Newcastle defeat and remember how you felt before that horrid run of fixtures that followed. Horrible, wasn't it? But what was all the fuss about? We've only lost once in the league since then and have instead played like what we can only describe as a proper looking football team. For once. So it's positivity all around as we take eight points from our opening six fixtures into a tough trip to Anfield, but when you've avoided defeat against top sides like Man City, Wolves and Leicester beforehand, facing the Premier League champions doesn't...

There really 'Ain't nobody like Lanzini'

Manuel Lanzini is already a favourite among West Ham fans but on Sunday night as the clock ticked down to zero at Tottenham's new stadium, he cemented his place in Hammers history with one of the greatest goals you will ever see. 3-0 down with ten minutes remaining at the home of their bitter rivals and with hope seemingly lost, West Ham battled back to draw 3-3 thanks to Fabian Balbuena, an own-goal from Davinson Sanchez and an absolute screamer from La Joya - The Jewel - Lanzini. It was a feeling you want to last forever, and Will Pugh...

A transfer strategy to cure insomnia

With the international break behind us, the lads turn their attention this week to arguably our biggest game of the season - Spurs away! But that's not before James Jones (https://twitter.com/ByJamesJones) , Will Pugh (https://twitter.com/WilliamPugh_) and Tom Edwards (https://twitter.com/T0m_Edwards) address all the big talking points of the last seven days, of which there have been many. Firstly, and most importantly, James addresses a rather hilariously harsh review from one of our dear listeners, which has given him the inspiration to take the government's recent advice and retrain for a completely...

Repka and Schemmel's love child

West Ham pulled off one of the most complete performances from a Hammers team in recent memory when they went to Leicester and thrashed the Premier League leaders 3-0 on Sunday. The win came off the back of a defeat at Everton in the League Cup and a fantastic 4-0 league win over Wolves. Will Pugh (https://twitter.com/WilliamPugh_) is joined by James Jones (https://twitter.com/ByJamesJones) and Tom Edwards (https://twitter.com/T0m_Edwards) to revel in the Irons' newly found excellent league form and the lads swing between the desire to get carried away or...

God save the King (Arthur)

We all know supporting West Ham really is exasperating, but even more so when they put in incredible performances against the likes of Wolves at a time when all hope and confidence is at rock bottom. Why can't we do that every week!? That 4-0 victory over a very good Wolves side (albeit very poor on the day) might just kickstart our season, but at the very least it gives us a very good insight into what this David Moyes side is capable of on its day - just imagine how good we could be if Dave is able to...

Positive Tests, Positive Performances

With the team having upped their game against Arsenal last weekend, despite losing late on, West Ham fans have been considerably more positive about the immediate future than they were a couple of weeks ago. And while we've all been feeling positive about potentially not being in a relegation battle after all (what?), David Moyes, Issa Diop and Josh Cullen all tested positive for Covid-19 before our cup thrashing of Hull on Tuesday night, taking our positivity to a whole new level. We wish all three the best - hopefully, they'll be back and raring to go very soon. Also...

Takeover or fakeover at West Ham?

In perhaps the most predictable turn of events since the dawn of man, West Ham lost the opening game of the Premier League season at home to Newcastle in the limpest fashion imaginable. Callum Wilson scored his 9millionth career goal against the Hammers and even Declan Rice was awful. There was a faint glimmer of light among the darkness as David Moyes' men went on to beat Charlton 3-0 at home on Tuesday night to progress to the third round of the Carabao Cup where they will face Leeds or Hull City. As fan anger towards David Gold, David Sullivan...

Follow We Are West Ham on YouTube!

Hi everyone! Just wanted to touch base as we had another couple of technical glitches on the YouTube front this week but the video is finally live so you can watch our last two shows and will be able to follow us on video each and every week for the rest of the season. Latest show HERE (https://youtu.be/cgBajzY9_rc) . Subscribe to the channel HERE (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGub_tMpawm0U0YJhNTA8Lw) . And follow us on Twitter here: We Are West Ham podcast (https://twitter.com/WeAre_WestHam) Will Pugh (https://twitter.com/WilliamPugh_) James...

What is Dian-going on?!

Just when you think things can't get any weirder at West Ham United... Gold, Sullivan and Brady: "Hold our beers." The Hammers' board sold talented youth academy star Grady Diangana to fellow relegation candidates West Bromwich Albion for around £18million last week. And the decision triggered fury among fans to a level not seen since the infamous protests at the Burnley game in 2018. Club captain, Mr West Ham, and usually 'social media silent' Mark Noble even tweeted his anger and disappointment at the decision - a move which proves what an utter mess the club is in right now. Will P...

Illustrious silverware, lack of investment and ACL injuries

Having continued our 100% pre-season record with a 2-1 victory over Brentford last weekend, we now go head-to-head with Bournemouth for a chance to lift the illustrious Betway Cup in our final friendly before the new season gets underway. Whether you see this is a chance to get some silverware on the board early on or just another meaningless friendly, it doesn't get much bigger than this for David Moyes' men. Or does it? On this week's show, the lads discuss pre-season form, our chances in the Premier League this season and, most importantly, the severe lack of investment in the...

Same ol' West Ham, always rubbish at selling players

We're back! After a three week break, which we spent meticulously planning the future of the pod and working on how to make it even better, the boys are back to bring you weekly dose of light-hearted moans and groans about the mighty West Ham. With just a few weeks to go before the new season gets underway, transfer chat is typically high on the agenda, but while there isn't much in the way of concrete news on incomings, James, in particular, has a lot to say about the club's embarrassing inability to sell players at competitive prices. With over...

West Ham come a kipper - an end of season review

West Ham United finished 16th in the Premier League in a typically rollercoaster campaign. Six places lower than last season. Two managers, narrowly escaped relegation, thousands of fans protesting against the board and ‘Mr West Ham’ himself Mark Noble reaching 500 appearances for the club. And for the last time this season, Will Pugh is joined by James Jones and Tom Edwards to discuss all of that in this season review episode.  The lads hand out the We Are West Ham end of season awards – including a hilarious alternative player of the year. And of course, the very last rogue mystery players...

A Mark Noble love in

West Ham have stayed up.  Barring a mathematical miracle and a goal difference swing of about 7,000, the Hammers will be playing Premier League football again next season. The 3-1 win against Watford at London Stadium on Friday all but guaranteed the club’s safety but perhaps more importantly it marked Mark Noble’s 500th West Ham appearance. Noble became just the tenth player in history to reach such an impressive landmark for the club and what a man he is. Will Pugh is joined by Tom Edwards and James Jones for a well deserved Mark Noble love in and they discu...