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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
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
c. Buy some f***ing players or we're in a battle to stay up & that's as good as it gets
d. Moyes out
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

Irish Hammer 3:05 Thu Mar 24
Article : Why we are Massive !!!
How West Ham became ‘massive’ – the origin of the chant that became the soundtrack to a season

It is often difficult to locate the origin of a football chant, but the tranquil city of Hasselt in Belgium is where a small group of West Ham United fans claim to have laid the foundations for their theme tune to the season.

On November 3, 2021, supporters congregated at the Irish Times Pub. The venue is a 30-minute drive from the Cegeka Arena, where David Moyes’ side were set to face Genk in a group stage Europa League tie.

Those in attendance felt it was time to think of something new to reflect the team’s progress. There were attempts at different chants and eventually there was one everyone took a liking to — “West Ham are massive, everywhere we go.”

Said Benrahma stole the show the next day, scoring twice in a 2-2 draw, but during the game, supporters were able to debut their chant to the masses. Four months on, it has caught on in more ways than one could have imagined.

The club have started selling t-shirts with the word “massive” emblazoned on the front.

Yet it is not merchandising that has seen its benefits. West Ham’s staff and players have also taken a liking to the catchy song.

Following the 2-0 victory against Sevilla that sealed West Ham’s place in the Europa League quarter-finals, Pablo Fornals struggled to contain his excitement. The Spaniard gave his own rendition of the chant and manager Moyes referred to it after the game.

“I have heard we are really massive,” said Moyes. “Tonight, we were massive the way we played. We played in great fashion and deserved it. It was a really good night and in the end, one we really enjoyed.”

Many will be familiar with hearing the much more antagonistic “Tottenham get battered, everywhere they go”. It was a popular chant before those at the Irish Times Pub decided to freshen up what West Ham fans sing to the tune of Rotterdam by The Beautiful South. Pedro Davidson, 53, was at the venue on the eve of the fixture against Genk.

“The derogatory chants about Tottenham and Chelsea weren’t for me,” he tells The Athletic. “I wanted to hear us sing positively about West Ham.

“It definitely took off at the pub in Genk. We were pretty much there all day and every so often, people would attempt new chants. Some bloke started singing, ‘West Ham are massive, everywhere we go’. That’s the only chant I kept hearing. In the away end at Genk, that’s when it really took off. It went on for about 10 minutes.”

Davidson, who is a season ticket holder, recorded a video of supporters chorusing the song.

Supporters, players and celebrity fans referring to the club as “massive” is nothing new.

In an interview with The Athletic earlier this year, rapper and die-hard West Ham fan Guvna B said: “West Ham are absolutely massive. Before we used to say it as a joke but every time we get a decent result, we start to believe it.”

When West Ham were embroiled in a relegation fight, the popular Twitter account @WestHamClips always ended their alternative commentary with: “We are still massive.”

In November, many took umbrage to Simon Jordan, the Talksport presenter, suggesting that West Ham were “opening themselves up to ridicule with the massive slogan”. Davidson strongly disagrees.

“It’s tongue-in-cheek and I love the fact all the other clubs take offence to it,” he says.

“We lost to Tottenham on Sunday and they were having a party after singing, ‘West Ham get battered’, and they also did it in the Carabao Cup game (when West Ham lost 2-1 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in December). The biggest compliment is it wasn’t even our biggest game of the week but during the game, we were singing the ‘massive’ chant. It puts a smile on your face when you hear it.”

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West Ham fans at the Cegeka Arena for their Europa League group-stage draw with Genk in November (Photo: Joris Verwijst/BSR Agency/Getty Images)
Paul Hurley, 63, claims to be the mastermind behind the chant. Similar to Davidson, he was at the Irish Times Pub and follows the club home and away. He too became frustrated with fans singing about rival teams.

“I started it all,” he says. “In the build-up to the game against Genk, lots of people kept saying we’re massive but there wasn’t a chant for it.

“There were probably 200 West Ham fans at that pub. They were all singing, ‘Tottenham get battered, everywhere they go’. My mate was fed up and said, ‘We’re doing well in the league and in Europe — why do we keep singing about Tottenham?’.

“He started singing, ‘West Ham keep winning everywhere we go’. A few people caught on to it, then I started the massive chant and it caught on within seconds.

“The whole pub started singing it and then the following day against Genk. Whenever I hear the chant, it reminds me of the trip to Belgium. I’ve followed the club my whole life. It’s great that the chant has coincided with us doing well.”

This is an exciting time for West Ham. Tickets for next month’s Europa League quarter-final showdown with Lyon have sold out while many will look forward to another European adventure in the away leg. There is also hope that Moyes’ side will reprise last season’s sixth-placed finish in the Premier League — or better.

The soundtrack to their campaign sums up the positivity among West Ham’s fanbase. It is a mark of their success and something which fans will cherish for years to come.

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13 Brentford Rd 4:50 Sat Mar 26
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Yep irony & truth and it winds other club's fans up.

Summed up well!

Mex Martillo 3:48 Sat Mar 26
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The chant has both irony and truth, it is great fun.
But the best thing is it's upset those Spurs idiots.
Thanks Irish

mashed in maryland 1:39 Sat Mar 26
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There's footage going round of Spurs singing "west ham get battered everywhere they go".. and also sure I've seen one with them singing "Tottenham are massive everywhere we go"

Absolute toads. Worse than when other clubs started nicking our "Paolo di Canio" song to Verdi's Rigoletto for their own players.

13 Brentford Rd 12:21 Sat Mar 26
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Thet reason we are massive is because despite winning nothing for 42 years, many disappointments and failures and bad ownership/stewardship, we still have a massive fan base and sell out a 60k and rising stadium every game.

There are very few clubs in world football who can claim that!

Sven Roeder 9:39 Sat Mar 26
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We haven't won anything for 42 years .... I think everyone understands the IRONY in the chant

Except Northern Spursy it seems
Think he is still sulking over the Tottenham get battered version.

Stubbo 9:27 Sat Mar 26
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Personally this chant sits better with me if it refers to the support of the team being massive.

If it relates to us winning a few games it's a bit cringe (catchy as it is).

The Fonz 8:12 Fri Mar 25
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MASSIVE. I didnt mind them playing it before Seville, made me laugh and got the crowd bang up for it (not that it was needed).

WHU77 11:37 Thu Mar 24
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Nice article ... but it was 2 blokes from Ashford in Kent who got fed up with the Tottenham bit and started the West Ham keep winning then changed it to Massive, whilst waiting to get seved at the bar.I should know as it was me and my mate but hey ho fantastic trip to Hasselt and Genk.Lets hope we hear it again back in Seville in May ⚒

connolly8 10:00 Thu Mar 24
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Like the chant but the actual song that was getting played at the Sevilla game was cringe.

gph 8:00 Thu Mar 24
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Arf @ NS not getting it.

Almost like he was imitating stereotypical Americans (not real ones)

On The Ball 7:40 Thu Mar 24
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Wils 6:09 Thu Mar 24

The words are, the use of the song isn't - we were singing it with England in 2019.

Lertie Button 7:38 Thu Mar 24
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Massive on a shoestring, image what we could be if we had 2 strikers

british is best 7:18 Thu Mar 24
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Intelligence .

Far Cough 7:05 Thu Mar 24
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Nice place, go there instead of fucking Disneyworld

Northern Sold 7:02 Thu Mar 24
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BRANDED 7:02 Thu Mar 24
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I did four days gardening in the Isle of Wight this week. My dong on repeat was “ I’m getting battered everywhere I go”



Far Cough 7:00 Thu Mar 24
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Nor are your beloved Spurs, massive

mallard 7:00 Thu Mar 24
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It’s Satire son

Northern Sold 6:56 Thu Mar 24
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We ain't fucking massive.... it's embarrassing

lab 6:55 Thu Mar 24
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Ta muchly.

Wils 6:09 Thu Mar 24
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Glad to read it's an original West Ham chant. I thought other posters on here said it was stolen from another team.

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