DECEMBER 2014 BLOWING-BUBBLES.CO.UK BY FANS, FOR FANS #43
How could West Ham cope with life after Reid?
What was Englands greatest Bobby Moore really like to know?
Will the Hammers sell the Kiwi in January?
Biographer Matt Dickinson talks about his long journey
Arsenals Carl Jenkinson on Europe, sexy football and why he is loving life in E13
Home from home
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Welcome to our Christmas issue. This is always my favou-rite time of year with so many games played over the festive period.
The Christmas period can make or break a sea-son and I sincerely hope we are able to kick on from our impressive first half of the season and get to the end of January still in the hunt for an European place.
With Arsenal and Chelsea coming up this month we could take a huge leap towards Eu-rope and help blow the race for the title and the top four wide open.
I cannot wait for the games to come thick and fast you only need to read Julian Dicks column to know how much the players will be looking forward to it to.
Our thanks to Bianca Westwood for her bril-liant interview with Carl Jenkinson. Its another fantastic read.
Our thanks to Carl too for speaking so honestly about his time at West Ham so far.
Weve also got two brilliant interviews with Tony Cottee and Matt Dickinson.
The former talks to Julian Shea about his striking partnership with
Frank McAvennie, while the latter tells Simon Osborn about his warts and all biography on Bobby Moore.
I also loved Emily Pulhams piece on Keira Knightleys recent interview on the Late Night show Seth Meyers and how it might help to attract more West Ham fans from across the Pond.
I hope you enjoy read-ing what I feel is another cracker. As always, if you want to comment on any of the pieces, send us your views to email@example.com .
Hammers helping themselves as the season of giving starts
The big interview - Carl Jenkinson
West Hams dressing room is a really special place to beOn-loan full-back Jenkinson admits he could stay beyond this season
Carl Jenkinson has not ruled out a per-manent move to West Ham after enjoying an impressive first half of the season at the Boleyn.
The right back, on a season-long loan from Arsenal, has been a key player for Allardyce this season and admits he is enjoying life in East London.
Well see what hap-pens at the end of the season, he told Blowing Bubbles. Im loving it here and you can never say never, but Im not making any decisions right now. I just want to keep working hard, do the best that I can for this team, then well see what happens.
There have been a more than a few eye-brows raised by Arsenal fans at Arsene Wengers decision to let Jenkinson
go to West Ham, espe-cially after some of his recent performances, but the England internation-al had no doubts about joining the Hammers.
When I signed here I knew it was a club going in the right direction, he continued. I knew the players that had been brought in would make a big difference to the team and the style
that we were going to play. There were a few factors that helped me understand what it was going to be like coming in here, and its fulfilled my expectations and more to be honest.
Not only did Jenkin-son believe the Ham-mers were heading in the right direction, the 22-year-old also admits he felt West Ham would
have a strong season.Id be lying if I said
wed be in the European places come the middle of December because youve got some massive clubs up there so weve done fantastically well and at the minute were punching above our weight so long may that continue, he said during an interview with Sky Sports.
Having said that its not like weve been nicking results and dont deserve to be where we are. The way weve played has warranted the results weve got.
You could argue and there are some examples that spring to mind like at Old Trafford, where we should have got a better result really. We could have drawn that, if not won it, so there have been games where we could have got more.
One of Jenkinsons strengths so far this season has been the quality of crosses he has been whipping into the oppositions boxes two of which resulted in goals against Burnley and Swansea.
But neither moment
Gunner: Carl Jenkinson is on loan from Arsenal
of individual brilliance makes Jenkinsons best highlights for the first half of the season.
There have been quite a few highlights, Jen-kinson, who has played for Arsenal 37 times, continued. Beating Manchester City and Liverpool at home were two fantastic results. It doesnt get much better than that.
I guess at the time Liverpool was a game where it was a huge win and we really kicked on from there. We almost went into the City game half expecting a result because wed been play-ing so well and we knew what we were capable of. So theyre the two that spring to mind. Fantastic results and fantastic performances.
Used to going into games expecting to get a win at Arsenal, the right back now believes there is more of a winning mentality at West Ham.
Ive got a few friends who are West Ham fans and they say its a completely different feeling being a fan this season, which is fantas-tic and is all we want, he continued.
All the boys are really enjoying playing with each other, the spirit within the team is great and its a really good environment to be in.
Obviously I came in this season and it was all new to me but I was able to settle in so quickly because the lads are fantastic, the spirit is
brilliant and thats going to stand us in good stead for the season.
He added: We spend a lot of time on the training ground together and everybody gets on really well.
Ive played in teams where its felt similar but Ive also played in teams where its not like that and you have a few bad eggs. Not everyone is going to get on so well.
Its the same in every working environment but here thats definitely
not the case. Everyone gets on and that helps on the pitch.
Used to playing with the likes of Aaron Ram-sey, Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott, Jenkinson jumps to the defence of his current team mates when asked if the level of quality at West Ham has surprised him.
If you look at our team, theres an awful lot of quality in it and theres a lot of quality on the bench as well, he said.
I guess thats a great thing for the manager, hes got a lot of strength in depth and theres a few players on there who arent used to being there. Thats the sign of a good team, to have that strength in depth.
Weve got a lot of quality throughout the squad and the players whove come in who havent been playing regularly have done re-ally well so I think thats going to be important because its a long
Happy: Carl Jenkinson says he is loving live at Upton Park
season, weve already had a few injuries and were going have more so the strength in depth is vital.
Before the start of the season it was unknown how the likes of Diafra Sakho, Aaron Cresswell and Enner Valencia would adapt to the Premier League and Jen-kinson has praised the manager and chairmen for the players brought in.
Diafra Sakho was a top scorer in the French second division but its completely different to the Premier League. They took a gamble on him and its turned out to be fantastic, hes been outstanding for us, he said.
The credit goes to the manager and chairmen for making those bold calls and obviously theyve worked.
With the money spent on Valencia, there was always going to be a lot expected of him but hes more than stood up to that.
But like I said weve got an awful lot of qual-ity in the squad and also the team spirit, which
makes settling in easier. Everyone comes in,
enjoys training, enjoys working with each other and it makes it less of a chore every day and thats all you really want.