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Dear WHTID reader,

The West Ham Till I Die blog is an institution but is in need of a revamp. I’m crowdfunding the cost of this and hope you might contribute!

The WHTID blog began its life in 2006. It’s undergone several revamps since then, the last being in 2013. This time, however, the technology is creaking and it needs a complete rebuild and redesign and to be put on a new server. We hope to add some exciting new features too.

Up to now I’ve managed to either fund the site myself or abuse the good will of my friendly web designer. But he operates as a professional business and is not an intern. So I want the rebuild to be done on a proper commercial basis.

I will be contibuting to the cost myself, but as a reader of the site I hope you will also be willing to contibute whatever you can afford.

Given the number of readers we have I’d like to think we can reach the £5k target quite quickly so we can then get on to actually commission the site. If we don’t… well, I don’t know. It’s not feasible to continue to run the site on its current, very creaky server.

If you have any questions you can contact me by email at

Once the new site is live – which will hopefully be sometime in the Spring or early Summer – we’ll be recruiting a few new contributors too.

Thank you so much in advance for your support. I’m not going to do a Bob Geldof, but please donate whatever you can afford to.

Please donate HERE.

All the best

Iain Dale

UPDATE 11pm Monday: Thanks to everyone who has contributed so far. It means a lot. We’re nearly half way there after only 27 hours. I was expecting the average donation to be around £12, but it’s actually £23.15. So we need another 120 people to donate and we’re there. If you haven’t donated yet, I hope you will consider doing so. I debated long and hard whether to launch this and a lot of people I consulted thought it would be a miserable failure. So delighted to have had the confidence to go through with it. Thank you!


Introducing Jarrod Bowen

Looks quite a player!

Match Thread

West Ham v Brighton & Hove Albion

West Ham v Brighton & Hove Albion
FA Premier League
London Stadium
KO: 3pm
TV: None

Please use this thread to comment on the match as it progresses.

Player News

Jarrod Bowen Signs (In the End)

Meet Jarrod Bowen.

Transfer Gossip

Transfer Deadline Day: Open Thread

23.15 The deal is done. Jarrod Bowen is a Hammer. Go to bed.

22.25 David Moyes has been seen at the London Stadium.

21.53 Jarrod Brown is in the building. One hour and 7 minutes to get this over the line.

21.19 Club confident it will get through but it may be tight. This is worse than waiting for Brexit! There will be no other signings.

21.01 Announcement imminent. Be brave.

19.44 Breathe. Jarrod Bowen is now in London. Phew.

19.09 I hate to say this but it appears that West Ham may have been played and that Jarrod Bowen is not only not on his way to London, but heading in the opposite direction, to Newcastle.

18.16 The signing of Jarrod Brown is still very much on despite rumours of last minute hitches. The player underwent his medical in Hull and is travelling as I type to the London Stadium.

14.52 Barcelona right back Moussa Wague is the subject of a late West Ham bid. He’s only played four times, but is an established Senegal international. I’m still not convinced we need another right back given Ryan Fredericks will return soon, as will Ben Johnson.

11.40 And in other news, former West Ham bad boy Ravel Morrison is leaving Sheffield United for Middlesborough. What a player he could have been…

11.24 West Ham winger Dan Kemp is off to Stevenage on loan for the rest of the season.

09.52 Just to remind ourselves, so far in this transfer window we’ve only signed two players – Darren Randolph and Tomas Soucek. Roberto has gone out on load to Alaves in Spaina and a couple of youth players have also been loaned out to lower league clubs.

09.46 No word on any sales our outgoing loans yet. The club would dearly love to get rid of Carlos Sanchez. Wouldn’t we all. They’d also like to get their money back on Ajeti, although I’d say that looks highly unlikely. And then there’s the forgotten man of West Ham, Jordan Hugill. He’s doing well at QPR where he’s scored 10 in 26. He was after all a Moyes signing for West Ham. Less said about that that better.

09.24 According to ExWHU employee West Ham have got offers in for players all over the shop, while the Mirror say the club’s aim is to bring in three players before tonight’s 11pm deadline. If one of them is Bowen you’d think the other two would be a striker and a defender.

09.20 Football Insider reckons West Ham are after Leicester City’s Calvin Ughelumba. He’s a 20 year old defender who can also play at left back. He hasn’t yet made his first team debut.

09.11 The hot rumour of the day is that 23 year old Hull City winger Jarred Bowen is on the way to London for a medical at West Ham with a £14 million deal agreed, plus £8 million of add-ons. I have to admit I had never heard of him, but he’s had a phenomenal couple of seasons for Hull, scoring 16 times in 29 games this season already. My LBC producer is a Hull fan and raves about him and says he can’t understand why no one has signed him before. Palace were initially favourites to sign him. The deal is not yet over the line, but looks the best prospect for West Ham today.

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