Blowing Bubbles #58

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In the April 2016 issue of Blowing Bubbles: *Interview with Peterborough United's Barry Fry on Gold, Sullivan and Martin Samuelsen *Exclusive columns from ex-Hammer George Parris and Sky Sports' Bianca Westwood *Payet v Di Canio: Who wins the real battle of the superheroes? *What can Slaven Bilic's boys learn from Leicester City and much, much more. 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 magazine. Our publication is available to read for FREE every month on your computer, mobile phone or tablet. You can have a hard copy of every issue of Blowing Bubbles posted through your door before you leave for Upton Park. E-mail for details.

Text of Blowing Bubbles #58

  • PAYET VDI CANIOWho wins the real battle of the superheroes?


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    West Ham and I have something in common - were both working towards an end goal that will arrive next month.

    When May 10 arrives to herald the final game at the Boleyn, I hope to be celebrating raising a substantial amount for the Bobby Moore Fund having completed the Grand East Anglia Run on May 1.

    Ive been a keen sup-porter of the charity for the past seven years and with it being 50 years since Bobby captained England to World Cup glory, I thought it would be nice to mark this an-

    niversary by taking part in this popular annual event in Norfolk.

    As well as the fundrais-ing element of this 10km run, Im also hoping to smash my personal best of 46 minutes 12 seconds. Granted its not the quickest time, but Im determined to prove I am fitter than I was four years ago! Read more inside about how you can help me raise money for the Bobby Moore Fund by blowing bubbles, as well as an update by Julian Shea on the movie about the footballing legend.

    Also in this issue, weve got an interesting inter-

    view with Barry Fry who gives us a good insight into our two chairmen. He also believes Peter-borough are helping to make West Ham loanee Martin Samuelsen into a 20million player.

    Brian Williams gives his view on a ques-tion that Ive heard on numerous occasions recently: Whos better Payet or Di Canio?

    Its a difficult one to answer from my point of view. Perhaps when Payet has spent four seasons at the club well be in a better position to judge.

    The final few miles are always the most gruelling of them all...


  • The big interview - Barry Fry

    Samuelsen is a genius and is starting to do it on the pitchDavid Bowden hears Peterborough Uniteds director of football talk Gold and Sullivan, the West Ham way and a very special young talent

    Barry Fry believes West Ham are in for a very bright future on and off the pitch as the Hammers prepare for their big summer move to Stratford.

    Fry, who spent two-and-a-half years with West Hams joint chairmen David Gold and David Sullivan at Birmingham, feels the club is in safe hands with the pair at the helm.

    In a wide-ranging interview for Blow-ing Bubbles Monthly, Peterborough Uniteds Director of Football also feels the claret and blue faithful should be delighted with where the owners have taken the Irons.

    All the West Ham supporters must be ab-solutely delighted Gold and Sullivan saved their club and have taken it a stage further than any-one could ever dream. Their business expertise, their passion and com-mitment for football, and the recruitment they achieved last summer is second-to-none. Fry said.

    A West Ham player Fry is particularly

    impressed with is Martin Samuelsen. The Nor-wegian scored against the Posh in pre-season and caught the eye of the former Birmingham boss immediately.

    The youngster then joined the London Road club on loan after Fry called in a favour from Sullivan and Gold, and Fry believes the former Manchester City acade-

    my graduate could make the vital difference in sealing promotion to the Championship.

    He has come in and made a real impact, on the training ground he excites everybody, all our players look up to him. He is a genius on the training ground and he takes that onto the field of play and we are delighted to have Martin

    for the rest of the season, Fry continued.

    I think he is so good, he will be the difference between us getting promotion or not or winning the league or not.

    Fry hopes Peterbor-ough can seal promotion with the Norwegian pulling the strings and believes his impact will help the free-scoring Posh to continue to find the back of the net.

    He hopes that the Irons will allow the tricky midfielder to continue his development in the Championship, should Graham Westleys men seal promotion.

    He is only 18, and he is such a lovely young man, we have a very young team, [and an] exciting team who play football, we are the countrys leading goal-scorers and well get more and more with him in the side.

    I am hoping he helps us gain promotion, and I can say to David Gold and Sullivan, lets have him for another year in the Championship and hell be worth 20 million when he gets

    Talented: Martin Samuelsen looked good in pre-season for the Hammers before going on loan

  • Fan: Barry Fry says he has been impressed with the way West Ham have improved this season

  • back to you, Fry joked. He has got to develop and we will help that development because he is playing week in and week out.

    No disrespect to West Ham under 21s but nobody ever tackles.

    He wont learn anything playing for the under 21s, people will kick him at our level, theyll push him about and that will help him become a man. Playing at this level, and League One is a good level, will help him both as a man and as a player no end.

    Off the pitch, Fry feels the Hammers are set for an equally enjoyable time, with the club set to move to the Olympic Stadium and with brilliant businessmen in Gold and Sullivan, the former Birmingham manager believes the skys the limit for the Hammers.

    Having spent two-and-a-half successful seasons with the Blues under the two Davids, Fry claims that they are the best in business.

    They are absolutely brilliant, and they back their managers; I dont think any manager who has ever worked under Gold, Sullivan and [Karren] Brady couldnt say they didnt have their total support, he explained.

    The Hammers are set for a busy summer as they prepare to move to Stratford and spending big in the summer with marquee signings ru-moured to be arriving.

    Theyre very passion-ate people but above all theyre very knowledgea-ble about the game. They can also back their opin-ion up with statistics, so they really are brilliant; they are football lovers but primarily West Ham lovers.

    The arrival of Ham-mers star man Dimitri Payet backs this up and to get the Frenchman for 10 million sums

    up their business nous.The signing of the West Ham number 27 has also brought a change in style at the club, and was something that Fry was left impressed by on a recent visit to the Boleyn.

    The Hammers now play a brand of football likened to the West Ham way and Bilics fine free-flowing football left the former Peterborough

    chairman on the edge of his seat.

    I know a lot of West Ham fans, and they want to see their team play the right [style of] football and be entertained and theyve done that.

    I have been fortunate enough to go to two or three games this season and its totally different to last year, its very exciting and it gets you on the edge of your seat,

    Progress: Barry Fry says David Gold and David Sullivan have turned West Hams fortunes around





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    Fry explained. Ahead of the move to the Olympic Stadium in August this year, Fry has assured the Hammers faithful that they will soon be able to watch their heroes on the cheap claiming Gold, Sullivan and Brady are football people and will want to bring football to the masses in east London.

    Th eyve got a new stadium, which everyone

    is excited about, nobody likes change, but West Ham fans will be able to go to football on a Saturday and believe me theyll make it aff orda-ble. He concluded. BBM

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