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In this issue: *Exclusive interview with David Gold *When will the Academy start to deliver again? *Is Adrian really the new Ludo? *Superman! Valencia jets into London *Can Big Sam turn things around? Edited by a team of journalists, we aim to inform, entertain and unite West Ham fans across the globe with our easy-to-read, well-designed & professional fanzine. Our publication is available to read for FREE the Friday before home games to give people something to read on their computer, mobile phone or tablet on their way to Upton Park. You can have a hard copy of every future issue of Blowing Bubbles posted through your door before you leave for Upton Park. E-mail editor@blowing-bubbles.co.uk for details.

Text of Blowing Bubbles #39

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    AUGUST, 2014 WWW.BLOWING-BUBBLES.CO.UK BY FANS, FOR FANS #39

    Is Adrian really the new Ludo?

    When will the Academy start to deliver again?

    Keeper facing second season

    Special report on the youth team changes

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    * Can Big Sam turn things around?* Do West Ham deserve better?

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  • WELCOMEEDITOR-IN-CHIEF: David Blackmore MANAGING EDITOR: Simon OsbornCONTRIBUTORS: Toby Fry, Geoff Hillyer, Andrew Hosie, Marcus Johns, David Meagher, Liam Newman, Emily Pulham, Chris Rann, Matt Santer, Chris Ste-venson, Brian Williams, Lucy Woolford

    EDITORIAL ENQUIRIES: editor@blowing- bubbles.co.ukADVERTISING ENQUIRIES: advertis-ing@blowing- bubbles.co.ukWHERE YOU CAN READ IT: Blowing Bub-bles is available to buy prior to each home game and is also available to read on your PC, Mac, Tablet or Mobile.

    Blowing Bubbles is published by Fanatic Media. Blowing Bubbles is a completely independent publication. The views expressed within Blowing Bubbles are not necessarily those of the publishers. Opinions expressed by companies and individuals appearing within the magazine are not that of Blowing Bubbles or the publisher. The publisher accepts no liability from any action raised in response to any such opinions. Readers are strongly advised that although we take every care to ensure prices and content, etc, are up to date, it is the responsibility to check with the advertiser before purchasing or travelling to view products. No reproduction, either in part or whole of the magazine is allowed unless written consent is obtained from the publisher. The publisher accepts no responsibility for any actions arising from articles or features or advertisements within this magazine. Readers are advised to pay by credit card when ordering goods as these are regulated under the Consumer Act 1974. Debit and charge cards are not.

    (c) Blowing Bubbles

    Welcome to our first issue of the season. Its been a very busy summer at Blowing Bubbles HQ with the decision to change the frequency of the mag-azine from every home game to monthly.

    It wasnt a decision we took lightly but we believe it will allow us to offer a higher quality product with more pages and articles and, at the same time, provide better value for money to our hard copy subscribers.

    We spoke to as many of you as possible and the response to the move has been encouraging but, as always, we love

    to receive your feedback because we want to make this publication the best it can be.

    Looking at this issue, I hope you agree it is an excellent read from cover to cover.

    I cannot thank David Gold enough for agreeing to sit down and have another interview with us. He has been a keen supporter of what we are trying to do with Blowing Bubbles and, as always, he speaks his mind in our exclusive interview.

    We were also delighted that West Ham legend Julian Dicks agreed to continue his monthly column for another sea-

    son and we were thrilled to hear the news he had been appointed West Ham Ladies boss. We know he is going to have a huge impact on the club and were looking forward to continuing our support of the Ladies as they strive to challenge at the right of the table this campaign.

    Finally, Blowing Bubbles wouldnt be where it is today without our pool of writers who constantly exceed our expectations with their work. They are passion-ate yet articulate and were very grateful for what they do for us.

    David

    A fresh start, for West Ham and us at Blowing Bubbles

  • The big interview - David Gold

    It is time for West Ham fans to start enjoying football againDavid Gold opens his heart to David Blackmore and talks Allardyce, the transfer window and why things will be better this time around

    West Ham co-chair-man David Gold has backed the clubs summer signings to shine and fire the Ham-mers to a top half finish.

    In an exclusive interview with Blowing Bubbles, Gold also said the club was starting to build a squad that could soon challenge for one of the Premier Leagues European slots.

    He also heaped praise on under-fire manager Sam Allardyce for sign-ing more attack-minded players - and claims the Hammers will play with a freedom not seen at the Boleyn Ground for some time.

    The club have been unusually proactive in this summers transfer window with several signings already having come through the door at Chadwell Heath.

    Yet as we catch up, on a beautifully sunny afternoon just over a week before West Ham host Tottenham Hotspur in their opening Premier League game, Gold is confident there will be a few more new faces coming in before the

    transfer window shuts on September 1.

    Business has not fin-ished, he explained. Id still like to sign another striker and defender.

    Were not desperate for these players in fairness, and the odds are stacked in favour of it being a loan for the season with a view to buy, but I would like to think every West Ham

    fan agrees with me when I say we have a much better squad than we had last season.

    For those who perhaps dont agree, youve just got to look at the players weve lost in George McCartney and Matt Taylor and the players weve brought in Aaron Cresswell and Cheikhou Kouyate.

    Dont get me wrong

    both McCartney and Taylor were great ser-vants for the club but in Cresswell and Kouyate weve got two excellent players.

    Cresswell has the po-tential to be a top player and there is absolutely no reason why he cant be a top Premiership left back.

    He is attack-minded, young, has lots of pace and energy and Im really looking forward to seeing him play in the Premier League. As for Kouyate, he is a real dynamic, young player who I think is a very special talent and is a huge improvement to our squad.

    Then weve got Valen-cia who you could argue is replacing Maiga.

    Again with all due respect to Maiga, he just didnt have the impact on the Premier League we thought he would which is sad because he came highly recom-mended but in Valencia, I think we have someone who can help drive the team forward.

    Gold also offered his support to manager

    Hopes: David Gold says West Ham can expect a better season

  • Sam Allardyce, insisting the club were right to stick with the boss who has taken the club back to the Premier League and kept them in the top flight in the last two years.

    The key to Sam is to look at what he has done for the club, he added. What did the fans ask of him when he came to the football club? Ill tell you what they asked, they wanted him to get us back up into the Premier League and he did that. Sure we made it difficult for ourselves by going through the play-offs but what a thrill and a bonus that was in a way.

    We then asked him to keep us up in our first season back in the Premier League and not only did he do that but we finished mid-table. In our second season in the Premier League, we again asked him to keep us up and avoid second season syndrome and again thats what he did.

    David and I have been running football clubs for 20 years and we remain loyal. When I say loyal, I dont mean blindly loyal but if someone has done what you required of them, its very hard to say sorry we will have to go our separate ways.

    Having said that, Gold admitted he wanted more from Allardyce and the players this sea-son and targeted a finish in the top half.

    I want everyone to be enjoying the football be-

    cause we are not under pressure of relegation, he explained. When you face the threat of relega-tion, you become very defensive just look at us and Crystal Palace last season.

    The first thing Pulis did at Palace was tighten up