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Summer Break – West Ham United

It has become something of a received wisdom within the present day that the mainstream media exist as the pinnacle of what is possible in sports journalism. Whilst it is not in our interest to reject this assumption, here at A Team of John O’Sheas we believe that some of the most perceptive insight regarding the top teams in the country comes from the fans themselves.

In the course of this podcast series, we will be bringing together some of the most influential fans from across the Premier League to give you the low-down on the teams that they watch week in, week out. We’ll look back over the season just gone, try to get a handle on the transfer activity that rumbles on through the summer months, and look forwards to the next season which, as always, seems to creep up on us with ever increasing speed.

In this episode, we find ourselves in the capital city for the last time. It’s appropriate that we end our tour of the London clubs at West Ham because, for better or worse, they play all their home games in the London Stadium – the stadium build for the 2012 Olympics. In fact, things turned out for the worse almost immediately and the Hammer spent most of their season wishing they hadn’t made the move. Five out of their first six matches in the league were promptly lost and, in the end, the club stuttered to a finish just into the bottom half of the table. In fact, had there not been a race to the bottom in the Premier League last season, West Ham might have been in more trouble. So what happened to the boundless optimism of last summer when the team were excited about having an electrifying young manager who had pushed them up to 7th  in the table? Was last season a complete waste of time? And where do they go from here?

Joining us today are two well known names from the world of West Ham: David Blackmore and James Jones. David is a multimedia journalist at ITV This Morning. Presenter, broadcaster, award-winning campaigner & PR consultant. In 2012, he founded Blowing Bubbles, a West Ham Fanzine. James is Editor in Chief of FootballFanCast.com and founder of WestHamWorld.co.uk. A long suffering West Ham fan since the mid-90s, he once demanded that his Dad buy him a shirt with Marco Boogers name on the back, as he was convinced he was going to be a star. He’s never had a name on the back since in fear of further humiliation and disappointment.

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