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Q: 2023/24 Hopes & aspirations for this season
a. As Champions of Europe there's no reason we shouldn't be pushing for a top 7 spot & a run in the Cups
24%
  
b. Last season was a trophy winning one and there's only one way to go after that, I expect a dull mid table bore fest of a season
17%
  
c. Buy some f***ing players or we're in a battle to stay up & that's as good as it gets
19%
  
d. Moyes out
37%
  
e. New season you say, woohoo time to get the new kit and wear it it to the pub for all the big games, the wags down there call me Mr West Ham
3%
  



swindon hammer 3:20 Sun Jan 22
The John Lyall Years - Robert Banks
Apologies if this has been mentioned before but is anyone watching this series from Robert Banks on YouTube?

The latest episode is the start of season 84/85 (My first season following West Ham) where John Lyall almost left to join QPR that summer.

Great clips, great music and full of interesting historical Information about West Ham during the Lyall era.

Highly recommended. It deserves far more views than it currently gets.

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mallard 7:48 Sat Oct 28
Re: The John Lyall Years - Robert Banks
Cheers for the heads up, I’ll watch it later.

Probably one of my favourite eras supporting West Ham

Quinn was quality, but don’t forget a lot of his goals were in the 2nd tier, he didn’t seem to cut it when we got promoted

swindon hammer 5:53 Sat Oct 28
Re: The John Lyall Years - Robert Banks
I rest my case. 😂

Manuel 4:26 Sat Oct 28
Re: The John Lyall Years - Robert Banks
Awww, that's nice. You're fucking boring Swindon, not to mention thick. I never insulted you, you then go on to say you don't want to throw insults around on this thread, then label me as unhinged, lol, thick cunt.

Ironically, I'm one of a very few on here that has taken the trip down memory lane and watched these vids, but elsewhere almost zero interest, yet you keep bumping the thread, that's because you're very fucking dull.

swindon hammer 4:06 Sat Oct 28
Re: The John Lyall Years - Robert Banks
Cheers Stepney.

On this particular thread I try to be polite rather than turn it into an insult throwing contest like so many other threads on here. Particularly when dealing with someone that is obviously a bit unhinged.

Although we got promoted it could so easily have been one of the best seasons in our history if we had wrapped up the second division title and more importantly go on to Wembley and beat Tottenham to win the FA Cup.

Of course we will never know if we would have beaten Forest with 11 men and then beaten a strong Tottenham side in the final but it’s nice to think it as a possibility.

Stepney.Ammer 3:31 Sat Oct 28
Re: The John Lyall Years - Robert Banks
You're too polite Swindon

Manuel - fuck off being the site's police watchdog, you cunt.

Enjoyed watching this one (as I have all of them, even if the production isn't the greatest). Was at the Hull game but ended up stuck against the railings in the corner of the North Bank, so didn't have the best view of Potts' only goal for us.

As Swindon says, Quinn was a lot more decent for us than I remember. Another one that was underrated is old Bish, what a player he was.

Looking forward to the rest of the 90-91 episodes...even if it does bring back the pain of the semi final defeat and Oldham nicking the title with the last kick of the season.

swindon hammer 12:40 Sat Oct 28
Re: The John Lyall Years - Robert Banks
Manuel,

Thanks for letting us know.

You can simply refrain from commenting on it then.

Have a nice day.

Manuel 12:31 Sat Oct 28
Re: The John Lyall Years - Robert Banks
Enjoyed the Lyall and Macari years but that was enough, there is only so much football you can watch from over 30 years ago. Maybe time to stop harping on about this now? Think you have made your point.

swindon hammer 11:59 Sat Oct 28
Re: The John Lyall Years - Robert Banks
Amidst all the doom and gloom on this site recently with football & politics etc I thought I would bump this up again with some more good memories and plenty of goals in todays episode.

That memorable 7-1 win against Hull with that rare moment of Steve Potts scoring his only ever goal.

Just watching the 1990/91 season episodes it did make me realise what an underrated signing Jimmy Quinn was. His goals played a part in our eventual promotion. Some really well taken goals as well.

Fond memories of that period with Slater & Keen on the flanks, Quinn & Morley up top and Bish & Mad Dog in midfield.

Manuel 11:50 Sun Oct 1
Re: The John Lyall Years - Robert Banks
No one gives a toss about Macari and his (short) era is pretty much forgettable and has pretty much been forgotten, but yes his legacy was the good signings, whether or not he just got lucky or was very astute in the market - who knows.

swindon hammer 11:46 Sun Oct 1
Re: The John Lyall Years - Robert Banks
I really enjoyed the episodes and footage of the Macari era just because a lot of it (particularly as it was in the 2nd division) I hadn’t seen before. I remember that period well but not the goals.

As you said some of Julian’s goals were fantastic and it was also nice to see Kevin Keen & Stuart Slater blossoming into first team players during that season.

As I said in my original post although he was only there for 8 months and results were indifferent (Partly due to injuries and inheriting an aging team) Macari’s long term impact was big when it came to his signings.

Bishop, Allen, Morley, Miklosko & even Jimmy Quinn all played big parts in helping us achieve promotion the following year.

Manuel 5:10 Sun Oct 1
Re: The John Lyall Years - Robert Banks
Have been watching, the Macari years was good but not a patch on the Lyall years. Just saying, not a dig in any way of course as it's a massive effort by Robert. The Billy Bonds years should be good.

Some of the goals and raking passes by Dicksie were unbelievable, to think Cresswell has been here for 10 years and to be fair he has done well for us, but fuck me he's Sunday league compared to Julian.

Leavemyarcelona 12:12 Sun Oct 1
Re: The John Lyall Years - Robert Banks
The music through the years has been brilliant

swindon hammer 11:05 Sat Sep 30
Re: The John Lyall Years - Robert Banks
The last episode of the Lou Macari years (months) today.

Obviously the betting scandal involving Macari and his former club leads to him resigning despite the board not asking him to.

He was only at the club for 8 months and the club were languishing in mid table in the 2nd division but he left a lasting legacy with the signings of Martin Allen, Miklosko, Bishop & Morley who all gave great service to the club.

This episode includes highlights of his last game (Along with Phil Parkes & Alan Devonshire) of that horrible night in Oldham in the semi final.

Next week it’s Bonzo in the hot seat!

Manuel 3:44 Sat Aug 26
Re: The John Lyall Years - Robert Banks
muskie - Yep, thought the same thing, it brings a lot back, most of it hazy though, but always surreal, like another lifetime, for me anyway.

Iron Duke 3:42 Sat Aug 26
Re: The John Lyall Years - Robert Banks
Yep. Very well put together.

muskie 3:39 Sat Aug 26
Re: The John Lyall Years - Robert Banks
This is like a time machine, if you were there it takes you right back.

Brilliant stuff.

Don't miss.

swindon hammer 3:15 Sat Aug 26
Re: The John Lyall Years - Robert Banks
Yeah he was out for a lot of that season, as was Rosenior.

Give it a few months though and (spoiler alert) Trevor Morley & Jimmy Quinn would be brought in as reinforcements.

Manuel 2:39 Sat Aug 26
Re: The John Lyall Years - Robert Banks
Watched it this arvo, Swindon. I'm pretty certain Kamara's injury to Frankie was unintentional. I remember being in Rhodes at the time, was horrible fucking news to hear. I believe he didn't play again until the following March.

swindon hammer 2:29 Sat Aug 26
Re: The John Lyall Years - Robert Banks
This great series is back with the Lou Macari Years (Months)

The players don’t like training in the afternoons which Macari introduced after saying the previous way wasn’t working.

The club have no option but to accept a much lower fee for Paul Ince after he failed a medical at Man Utd and our fans won’t accept him back after he appeared in a Man Utd kit before he had even signed for them.

Mad Dog finally arrives after weeks of ongoing saga with QPR and Trevor Francis and immediately makes an impact.

Macca breaks his leg after a challenge from Chris Kamara on the opening day. They showed the footage (Admittedly not the best pictures) but it looked fairly innocuous.

Oh and to tie into today we got thrashed at Brighton!

swindon hammer 9:01 Mon Jul 31
Re: The John Lyall Years - Robert Banks
He was hinting that after a bit of a break he might continue it with the Bonds & Redknapp era’s (With a bit of Lou Macari).

Let’s hope so.

Whatever we might think of Macari’s short reign, he did bring in Bishop, Morley, Mad Dog & Ludo.

Lato 6:19 Mon Jul 31
Re: The John Lyall Years - Robert Banks
Thanks Sold

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