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Man convicted of attempted theft of Andy Carroll’s £22,000 watch

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London (AFP) – A thief was convicted Friday of trying to steal a £22,000 ($28,450, 23,900 euros) watch from West Ham and England striker Andy Carroll.

Motorbike-riding Jack O’Brien, 22, pulled up alongside Carroll’s Jeep Wrangler car near Hainault, north-east London, as the footballer was driving home from the Hammers’ training ground on November 2 last year.

Time For The Fish To Come Home: The Return Of Fisher FC

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For a long time, the Surrey Docks Stadium in Bermondsey has been one of East London's sorrier sights. Although only built in 1982, it fell vacant when the football club that called it home, Fisher Athletic, moved away in 2004 to ground-share at Dulwich Hamlet, and the fortunes of the club and its former home came to mirror each other over the subsequent years.

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Argentina and Messi Light Up London With Victory Over Croatia [VIDEO]

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Editor's note: World Soccer Talk writer David Bronstein attended last night's Argentina vs Croatia game at West Ham United's stadium last night. Here's his match report from the evening.

East London was treated to some South American flair Wednesday night as Argentina took on Croatia at West Ham's Upton Park.

Thanks For The Memories

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At 30 a man should know himself like the palm of his hand, know the exact number of his defects and qualities, know how far he can go, foretell his failures - be what he is. And, above all, accept these things.
Robert Green has agreed to join Queens Park Rangers on a two-year deal after rejecting an improved West Ham United contract offer.

English Premier League

Top 10 conclusions: Premier League weekend, 22-23 December

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1. Rafa Benitez attempted to throw his weight behind the Roberto Di Matteo protests by encouraging his team to score 16 goals against Aston Villa. 2. You know you're in trouble when you've lost 8-0, your goalkeeper has saved a penalty and was your best player by a mile. 3. Puffa coat-wearing manager watches his [.

Hammers ace pleads for Carroll move

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West Ham United skipper Kevin Nolan has hoped to re-ignite the Andy Carroll transfer saga, insisting that he would be "delighted" to team up with the Liverpool striker once again.

Nolan and Carroll became close friends during the pair's time at Newcastle United, with their camaraderie also resulting in a strong on-field showing during the resurgence of the Magpies following relegation.

Hammers ace pleads for Carroll move

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West Ham United skipper Kevin Nolan has hoped to re-ignite the Andy Carroll transfer saga, insisting that he would be "delighted" to team up with the Liverpool striker once again.

Nolan and Carroll became close friends during the pair's time at Newcastle United, with their camaraderie also resulting in a strong on-field showing during the resurgence of the Magpies following relegation.

Friday Kickoff: Spurs close in on Villas-Boas, Beckham's Olympic role and more

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When Tottenham comes to the United States for their preseason tour next month, they could very well be led by Andre Villas-Boas.

According to reports from England, Villas-Boas could be named Spurs coach as soon as this weekend as the club finalizes plans to find Harry Redknapp's successor.

Ashley Young must replace idiotic Rooney as England’s number ten

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Reports on Tuesday suggested the deal struck between the club and the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) has come to a halt after complaints from the Premier League outfit, with the OPLC, the Mayor of London and the government agreeing instead to keep the stadium in public ownership.

West Ham

West Ham captain Kevin Nolan says Sam Allardyce deserves to work at ‘a really top club’

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West Ham captain Kevin Nolan has done his best to bring any Hammers hanging on to the memories of their 'World Cup-winning' squad by saying manager Sam Allardyce deserves to be a top club. The midfielder, who had previously played under Allardyce at Bolton, reckons Big Sam deserves to leave the East London minnows behind [.

Andy Carroll To Go Out On Season Long Loan For £6M

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It seems that a loan deal has been agreed between West Ham and Liverpool for Andy Carroll, and the Geordie striker is in London taking a medical,  before he signs up for the season long loan deal in east London. Andy Carroll going on loan to West Ham It had been clear for a few weeks now that Andy has [.

I’d Rather Eat My Own Eyeballs

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The following is an amalgam of a couple of related articles liberated from the Times paywall dungeon when the sentinels averted their gaze a few weeks ago...

The vice-chairman of West Ham is trying to be nice, and she needs to be, because the last time she met Times journalist Andrew Davidson it all ended badly, with her promising that he would never work in journalism again.

Gold Doubts Cole Return

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West Ham co-chairman David Gold has played down suggestions Joe Cole could make a 'romantic' return to Upton Park this summer.
Liverpool midfielder Cole's future looks set to be discussed again this summer following the end of a season-long loan at French club Lille.
The 30-year-old insists he has unfinished business at Anfield amid speculation linking him with a second spell at the recently-promoted Hammers.

West Ham Hoping To Persuade Joe Cole To Return To Upton Park

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West Ham manager Sam Allardyce is hoping that he will be able to persuade Joe Cole to make an emotional return to the club after securing promotion to the Premier League at the first time of asking.
Cole left the Hammers in 2003 to join Chelsea but is still a firm fan favourite after coming through the academy at the east London club and going on to become a regular England player while still with West Ham.

West Ham fan quits as best man via banner

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West Ham's comfortable 5-0 aggregate play-off victory over Cardiff City ought to have been cause for celebration in East London last night. But not for 'Chris'. 'Chris' was busy trying to draft in a second-choice best man at short notice. OTP can deduce that 'Chris' is due to tie the knot on May 19, the [.

West Ham fan quits as best man via banner

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West Ham's comfortable 5-0 aggregate play-off victory over Cardiff City ought to have been cause for celebration in East London last night. But not for 'Chris'. 'Chris' was busy trying to draft in a second-choice best man at short notice. OTP can deduce that 'Chris' is due to tie the knot on May 19, the [.

Hits and Misses: Football League highlights of the end of the transfer window

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Signing of the season?

So one of the most exciting days of the season is over, and Jim White's excitable gossip-hungry clone can go back into suspended animation until next year. Yet spending is down nearly 70% versus last year's January deadline, where Torres and Carroll dominated the headlines.

Fathers and Sons at West Ham

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Our latest guest post sees us welcome Tom Victor. Tom is the Major League Soccer Correspondent for Footy Matters and you can read a selection of his missives here. He's also a proud Hammer and here brings his attention to the extraordinary development of family tradition at that storied east London club.

Goerge John loan deal to West Ham nearly complete

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Looks like George John is getting the best of both worlds.

The FC Dallas center back will soon be playing at Upton Park as part of West Ham. But it won't be as part of a full transfer as previously believed. Not just yet, at any rate.

I don't have many details, but it looks like the first step here is a loan to West Ham through the end of February.

Shit Lookalikes: ‘Hammerhead’ (West Ham’s New Mascot) & Kryten From Red Dwarf

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By Chris Wright

So, West Ham unveiled their new mascot 'Hammerhead' before their 1-0 win over Barnsley at Upton Park on Saturday...

Saints be praised, it looks like he's got a back story too:

"Foundered in the Thames Iron Works many decades ago, the workers who crafted a new champion drew on the spirits of heroes old and new to create the ultimate goal machine.

West Ham Join Liverpool In Race To Sign Crystal Palace Striker

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West Ham are the latest club to be linked with a move for Crystal Palace's in-demand forward Wilfried Zaha, who has also been linked with a move to Liverpool in recent weeks.
The teenage forward caught the attention last season when he burst into the Palace first team and this season has once again proved his quality with a string of impressive performances.

QPR Report Wednesday Snippets...Three Years of The QPR Report Messageboard!...Photo Memories of Rodney Marsh in His QPR Prime

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-- From The Bushman Collection: Photo Memories of Rodney Marsh in His QPR Days

- The ever-growing QPR Report Messageboard Marks Its Third Anniversary today. (Almost!) All Very Welcome to Come visit and post!
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- Throughout the day, the QPR Report Messageboard has news updates, comments and perspectives - even links to other board comments of interest re QPR matters (on and off the field) along with football (and ONLY football) topics in general.

Olympic football

Olympics: Great Britain 1-1 S Korea (4-5 Pens) – Team GB Spot-Kicked Out Of Competition In Cardiff (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Whilst the Team GB athletics team were (to coin a phrase of da yoof) 'smashing it' in east London and Daily Mail readers were choking on their own racist bile, Stuart Pearce's football side were struggling against a very decent South Korean side at the Millennium Stadium.

On having too much, and Luis Suarez

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By Max Grieve

The Olympic concept has broken free of any shackles that might have once tied it to some impression of sanity, and is rampaging wildly across East London, the watching world, and the United States on primetime delay. There are the butchers forbidden from fashioning Olympic rings out of links of sausages, but my objection runs beyond them.

David Beckham Leaps Out At Unsuspecting Photobooth Users For ‘Team GB’ Viral, Makes Kid Cry (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Okay, maybe 'leaps out' is a tad over-dramatic. It's just that 'Becks repeatedly sidles sheepishly into a photobooth with a rubber duck in his hand' didn't make for a particularly snazzy headline. Don't hate the player and all that...

Any road up, as part of Adidas' pre-Olympic #takethestage promo, they rigged up a photobooth in a shopping centre next to the Olympic Park in East London for fans to get their photos taken in Team GB clobber and show their support that was until some Hairy Herbert kept wandering out into every shot.

Football League

Snapshot: 200 Hartlepool United Fans Descend On London Underground In Full Smurf Regalia

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By Chris Wright

Hartlepool are at Charlton for their final League One fixture of the season this afternoon, and nearly 200 of their travelling fans have decided to descend on East London in full Smurf regalia which has certainly made for interesting scenes on the underground.

Leyton Orient Nike 2012/13 Home and Away Kits

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Leyton Orient FC is an English professional soccer club based in east London currently playing in League One of the Football League. The team is often known to its fans...

Birthday footy

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DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE 0-5 CHELTENHAM TOWN
Saturday 18th February 2012
Football League 2
The London Borough of Barking & Dagenham Stadium


Today is the 35th birthday of the editor / big chief of All Roads Lead Somewhere and this was spent in east London. It had been suggested around Christmas time about going out for the day with my wife (Angela), mum (Christine) and her partner Dave but the question was where?

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Ashes to Ashes

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In Affectionate Remembrance
of
ENGLISH FOOTBALL,
which died at the Southwark Crown Court and the Football Association
on
8th FEBRUARY 2012,
Deeply lamented by a large circle of sorrowing
friends and acquaintances

R.I.P.

N.B.—The body will be cremated and the
ashes taken to the Asian Underground.

Trash In Talent Out

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In Affectionate Remembrance
of
ENGLISH FOOTBALL,
which died at the Southwark Crown Court and the Football Association
on
8th FEBRUARY 2012,
Deeply lamented by a large circle of sorrowing
friends and acquaintances

R.I.P.

N.B.—The body will be cremated and the
ashes taken to the Asian Underground.

The Rest

FBM DrinkWear - Art and Beer: Round Two by Kyle Martino

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The don't call it "the Beautiful Game" for nothing. Soccer is art. A great Lionel Messi goal or a stunnig David Beckham free kick is a thing of beauty.

These small moments in soccer can create life-long fans of the sport (with the help of a beer or two, perhaps?) and the memories of such sporting excellence can hang in our memories like fine art in a gallery.

TTU Season Preview 2012-13

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Regular readers of this site may have noticed - in the last week - a slight drop-off in the frequency of posts. Like most of Great Britain, our attention has been otherwise occupied by events in East London and beyond. With Jessica Ennis et al accumulating an stunning haul of medals for Team GB, it's been difficult to prioritise the countdown to the new football season.

Benoit Assou-Ekotto Makes Surprise Visit To Pub, Drinks Little Pink Cocktails, Beats All Comers At Table Football

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By Chris Wright

Despite spending the best part of the week holed up in bed with the dreaded lurgy, Benoit Assou-Ekotto dragged himself from his pit on Saturday night, wandered into an East London pub, ordered himself a little pink cocktail and then completely obliterated all comers over on the table football.

Stadium Guide to West London Clubs: Chelsea, QPR and Fulham

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(Author's Note: This is the first of a four-part series highlighting the major football stadiums in London, as well as their surrounding environs. Today's feature is on grounds in West London, with pieces on North, South, and East London still...

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Fabrice Muamba Could Be Back In A Month

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TweetBolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba could be back in training within a month should his recovery continue to go smoothly. Muamba has been recovering at the London Chest Hospital in East London following his cardiac arrest during Bolton's FA Cup clash with Tottenham last month. Having been clinically dead for over 78 minutes, prompt medical treatment [.

Reds Coaches Arrive In Mumbai

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Coaches from Liverpool Football Club this morning touched down in Mumbai ahead of the start of the latest LFC-Standard Chartered Football Clinic and GOAL exchange program.
The clinic, which kicks off in India's most densely populated city on Thursday, is the fourth such venture Liverpool have participated in since Standard Chartered became the club's main sponsor with over 500 poor or disadvantaged children receiving expert coaching in Nairobi, East London and Seoul since last August.