We Are West Ham Podcast

We Are West Ham Podcast

Join Will Pugh & James Jones for a weekly dose of West Ham chat, with regular guests including ex-players, opposition views and well-connected journalists. New episode every week!

Episodes

April 17, 2024 47 mins
After a really great chat with Bayer Leverkusen fan and podcaster, Kevin Scheuren, in Germany last week, Will caught up with him once again ahead of Thursday's second-leg at London Stadium. Despite defending admirably for 85 minutes in the first-leg, Leverkusen's two late goals means we have a huge mountain to climb on Thursday if we're going to secure a place in the Europa League semi-final. Kevin said last week that Leverkusen we...
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After losing 2-0 to both Bayer Leverkusen and Fulham over the last few days, West Ham's chances of competing in Europe for a fourth consecutive season are hanging by a thread. We have a mountain to climb in the second-leg vs. the newly crowned Bundesliga champions and failure to beat Fulham at home means we're now reliant on the likes of Newcastle, Man United and Chelsea all slipping up in the race for a top-seven finish. If they d...
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West Ham United have yet another historic clash approaching as they take on ‘unbeaten in 41 games Bayer Leverkusen’ in the Europa League quarter-final first leg in Germany on Thursday. Will Pugh is out there for the game after his underwhelming trip to Freiburg in the last round ended in a 1-0 defeat.  And he caught up with German journalist, podcaster and enormous Bayer Leverkusen fan Kevin Schueren ahead of the match on all thing...
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It's nice to come out of a game of football without feeling hard done by, wronged and aggrieved by a scandalous VAR decision. This time, we were on the right end of it and it was Wolves fans crying scandal. However, this decision WAS correct and Max Kilman's goal WAS rightly ruled out for offside. No scandal this week. Nothing to see here, Wolves fans. It was a huge win and keeps us well in the hunt for another year of European foo...
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It's getting towards the business end of the season and after a good, hard-fought draw against rivals Spurs earlier this week, West Ham are still well in the mix for a fourth consecutive season of European qualification. One team threatening to beat us to it, though, is Gary O'Neil's Wolves, who have had a relatively good campaign, if not slightly inconsistent. They're currently three points behind us with a game in hand and, with ...
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West Ham somehow managed to throw away a 3-1 lead with 20 minutes to go at Newcastle to lose 4-3.  And it depends who you talk to as to who was to blame.  Host Will Pugh gives his verdict on this latest podcast during the small window of time between that St James’ Park defeat and the mouthwatering home Premier League clash against Tottenham on Tuesday.  Spoiler alert, he blames the dodgy officials for awarding Newcastle a penalty ...
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It was a relatively successful week in the life of West Ham United. A club-record 5-0 victory over Freiburg in the Europa League set up a third consecutive European semi-final, before a hugely controversial 1-1 draw with high-flying Aston Villa in the Premier League. The controversy was, as always, sparked by VAR and their failure to exercise their own 'Clear and Obvious' guidelines. The second disallowed goal was indeed handball, ...
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West Ham are through to the Europa League quarter-final after an emphatic 5-0 thrashing of Freiburg in the second leg on Thursday. And it’s another trip to Germany for the Hammers as they drew Bundesliga leaders Bayer Leverkusen in the quarters.  That tie will kick off on April 11 but before that, it’s back to the day job with Aston Villa visiting in the Premier League on Sunday. A stressed-out Will, fresh from booking his flights ...
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West Ham must beat Freiburg at home in Thursday’s Europa League last 16 second leg after last week’s 1-0 defeat in Germany.  That would mean a third European quarter-final in three years for the Hammers which would be a quite simply staggering achievement.  The last two results have not been great but West Ham were not a million miles away from a positive result in either game.  Freiburg fan Michael from the Fuchsletalk podcast joi...
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How many handballs does it take before it's classed as handball? That was the question we asked PGMOL over the weekend after West Ham were denied a penalty in the last minute against Burnley because a ridiculous law of the game says that if a player kicks or heads the ball against his own hand, it is not handball. In this particular scenario, the ball hit the Burnley player's head, then his left hand and then his right hand. So we ...
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Will made the last-minute decision to travel to Freiburg for Thursday night's Europa League last 16 1st leg clash and traveled back on Friday having regretted every single second of it. A late Freiburg goal and a very, very late VAR calamity means we have it all to do at London Stadium next week, but we are still well and truly in this tie. Before then, we host Burnley in Stratford on Sunday. In this episode, Will spends the first ...
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West Ham United are back in the Europa League knockout stages once again! Freiburg is hardly a glamour tie, but after the initial disappointment of not drawing AC Milan subsided, there is a renewed belief among Hammers fans that we can go deep once again and hopefully repeat some of the historic scenes we witnessed the last time we were in the knockout stages of this competition.  In this episode, Will speaks to Freiburg fan Michae...
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It's funny what a couple of wins can do for morale. Back-to-back Premier League victories has led us to 7th in the Premier League and in a strong position for a fourth consecutive season playing in Europe. This time, a lot of the thanks has to go to Alphonse Areola, whose saved penalty and string of saves at Goodison Park led us towards a brilliant 3-1 victory in David Moyes' old stomping ground. Speaking of Areola's penalty save; ...
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February 28, 2024 59 mins
That's more like it, isn't it!? After weeks of talk surrounding David Moyes' negative style of play, which had stopped getting results, West Ham turned up at London Stadium on Monday night and put on a bit of a show. It wasn't perfect, not by any stretch, but we scored four goals and overall looked like we wanted to have a go at playing football for the first time in 2024. Every time we got the ball we looked like we wanted to make...
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West Ham host Brentford on Monday night in desperate need of a victory having failed to register a single win in any competition since the turn of the year. Joining us this week to preview the game is friend of the show, talkSPORT presenter and huge Brentford fan, Natalie Sawyer to help us preview Monday's fixture. Also, we mentioned in the podcast earlier this week that we're taking part in this weekend's London Winter Run 10k in ...
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It has been a fairytale but, unlike the ones we see in the movies, this one won't have a happy ending. David Moyes' time as West Ham manager is surely coming to its conclusion. The latest defeat to Nottingham Forest has put even more pressure on him as his players continue to seek a first win of 2024. But we must not forget that while it's likely to end very soon, the era Moyes has overseen has been the most successful and, without...
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February 13, 2024 76 mins
We know we made a pact to not discuss David Moyes' future on the podcast again, but how can we not? Since we last recorded, we've been battered 6-0 by Arsenal, sold two wingers without replacing them and have failed to register a single win in our first seven matches of 2024. Surely the club needs to make a decision one way or another now? Stalling on a new contract only increases the uncertainty surrounding Moyes' future, and migh...
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January 23, 2024 78 mins
VAR is getting a little bit silly now, isn't it? Not having it against Bristol City arguably worked against us and then having it against Sheffield United meant we were all but robbed of three points at Bramall Lane. Put simply, it's sucking all the fun out of the game we love so much. The big question on everyone's lips is, how can enlisting the help of technology make referees worse at officiating football matches? None of it mak...
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After losing to Bristol City in the FA Cup earlier in the week, West Ham will need to be so much better on Sunday when they visit Sheffield United in the Premier League. The Blades are rock bottom of the Premier League with the worst defence and the fewest points, so many will have this game down as a formality, but given our injury issues and the performance from our fringe players against Bristol City, we shouldn't be so confiden...
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The last thing we wanted this week was to be doing another Bristol City Opposition View, but here we are. Ahead of Tuesday night's FA Cup 3rd Replay at Ashton Gate, Will is joined by Patch Warner from 3 Peaps In A Podcast to discuss the first game last weekend and how he thinks the replay will pan out. Remember, if you love what we do then PLEASE leave us a nice review on whatever platform you're listening on. It helps us more than...
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