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West Ham in Portman Road Friendly Talks
Wednesday, 30th May 2018 19:20

TWTD understands the Blues are in talks with Premier League West Ham United regarding the Portman Road pre-season friendly on Saturday 28th July.

Town recently announced that there will be a home friendly taking place on that date after a two-year hiatus but the opponents are yet to be confirmed.

The match will be new manager Paul Hurst's first in charge of the Blues at Portman Road.

Town and the Hammers most recently met in pre-season in 2014, also in Suffolk, when the game ended in a 0-0 draw.

Town have already confirmed first-team friendlies away against Braintree, Crawley (at East Grinstead), Barnet and the MK Dons with further details on TWTD’s pre-season fixture list.

The Blues are also sending young XIs to Brightlingsea Regent on Saturday 14th July and Grays Athletic on Wednesday 1st August, a game arranged as part of the deal which saw Kai Brown join the academy in January.

A Town XI will also travel to the Melbourne Community Stadium to take on Chelmsford City on Wednesday 25th July.

Coggeshall Town have also confirmed that Town's U23s will play their now annual fixture at West Street on Saturday 28th July, kick-off 3pm.

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12th_Man added 19:25 - May 30
Yes please
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SpruceMoose added 19:27 - May 30
This'll impress all the plastic fans, desperate to see a big team. I bet in the time it has taken for me to post this someone will be lapping it up.
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slade1 added 19:31 - May 30
I have no idea why anyone is interested in pre season friendly matches to be honest. ok its a game of football but nothing competitive and just a run out to get fit. Not for me!!
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Slambo added 19:42 - May 30
God, just imagine all the plastic glory hunters from Ipswich swanning around in their West Ham tops...
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MattinLondon added 19:44 - May 30
In a few years time after we’ve won the Champions League, the World club trophy and broken our transfer record by 180 000 000. I think we should contact Lazio then tell when they return the call blow a massive raspberry down the phone.

Then invite Roma instead.
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BlueInBerks added 19:53 - May 30
Mattinlondon, love it!
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Seasider added 20:02 - May 30
Yet another step in the right direction,as there are a lot of Hammers fans all over Essex including the North East,which is only 25/30 miles from Portman Rd.This will help swell the coffers which have been somewhat depleted recently.If not possible then how about Steijn's Dutch side?

Like most am looking forward to this season more than I have in almost a decade.I am one of those who renews regardless,and although I am sure this appointment will sell a few more season tickets;it would sell many more if the early bird deadline had been extended like it was last year.

Will be surprised if the Irish jaunt is repeated next year
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Nazemariner added 20:02 - May 30
We don’t want those thugs at our ground
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MattinLondon added 20:37 - May 30
On a serious note - if some of our fans have good connections with Fortuna Düsseldorf why aren’t hacebt we invited them over?
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wherescounago added 20:57 - May 30
I really can't believe some of the negative comments on here. OK it's only a friendly, but it's against Premier opposition, it will be a good test for our youngsters and will give Paul Hurst a taste of high level football. I personally think that is a positive step and will be much better preparation than playing the other teams mentioned above. Hope it comes off and we show what we can do.
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wherescounago added 20:57 - May 30
I really can't believe some of the negative comments on here. OK it's only a friendly, but it's against Premier opposition, it will be a good test for our youngsters and will give Paul Hurst a taste of high level football. I personally think that is a positive step and will be much better preparation than playing the other teams mentioned above. Hope it comes off and we show what we can do.
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NBVJohn added 21:37 - May 30
Backwards step......when is a ‘prestige’ friendly not a ‘prestige’ friendly? When it’s against a the most deluded ‘never was’ team, who are so important that they narrowly avoided relegation last season. That’s when.

Here we are tugging our forlock to a club that we should be capable of standing toe to toe with. Pathetic. On principe alone we should not be entertaining this nonsense.

A proper prestige friendly to whet the appetite please. Not a nothing club.
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GerkensBeard added 21:49 - May 30
Last time we played I watched Teddy Bishop dominate West Ham’s midfield which featured Mark Noble pretty much all game. Would love to see him rediscover that kind of form. It was also our playoff season so hopefully a good omen
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rgp1 added 21:50 - May 30
@ NBV john spot on! was it sir alex who questioned the wet sham way when he said what is it cos they haven't won anything for years in fact before we won anything. as you stated a club that we should be standing toe to toe with.
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Cakeman added 22:06 - May 30
What does it mean when it says the Blues are in talks with West Ham about a friendly?
How difficult is it to arrange one fixture! Just a phone call perhaps.
Why has life become so difficult.
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OwainG1992 added 00:02 - May 31
Why are people being negative about this? I suppose now we have an exciting manager so we can't moan about Mick...need to deflect the pent up rage? Come on now guys.....
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Steve_ITFC_Sweden added 05:09 - May 31
Seasider: As someone with roots in N.E. Essex, I'd just like to point out that although we've become somewhat of a dormitory region for Londoners, some of us still cling to the idea that N.E. Essex (Harwich, Clacton, even Colchester once) is traditional ITFC territory. You're right: you see a lot of Wet Spam shirts, as well as Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham. But every time I see a young kid with an ITFC shirt there, I give them the thumbs up and count it as a sign that the resistance is not dead.
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Northstandveteran added 08:10 - May 31
Throughout my years supporting Ipswich, living in north essex, I have been surrounded by friends that support West Ham.
We always jointly considered our clubs to be on an equal par regarding honours, stadiums, support, although I always had champions of England as the ace up my sleeve!
Unfortunately for us, since their victory over us in the play offs and their stay in the top flight, the gulf between the two clubs is huge. As much as it pains me to say, this is the reality.
Let's hope this fixture goes ahead.
It will give the new manager his first experience against premier league opposition and a yardstick to the task ahead.
Plus it will give me a chance to listen to stories of the icf, how they all go to watch Leyton orient when west ham are away and how they and everyone else with a slight essex accent were in the blind beggar the night Reggie shot George Cornell.
Must have been the busiest pub in London on a Tuesday night.
I bloody hate west ham fans
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dirtydingusmagee added 08:32 - May 31
a friendly is announced,and out come the idiotic comments , some things never change. The games give the youngsters a chance to show off their capabilities , they would be pleased to play.Yet idiots who have probably not kicked a ball since they were at junior school think its clever to make stupid and at times offensive comments.
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baxter7 added 08:39 - May 31
How about a yearly friendly against Newcastle and money raised going to the Bobby Robson charity it would mean a lot to both set of fans
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Town4me added 09:18 - May 31
Whoopy do! Who gives a .......
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martin587 added 09:50 - May 31
Some sad comments on this page.A friendly is what it means.Just a warm up before the season starts.None of the top Prem clubs should we ever have a friendly against them would field a strong side,so what's all the beef about.Just enjoy the game whoever it is and just look forward to the start of what looks like a very exciting time ahead.
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Razor added 10:58 - May 31
Yup Fortuna Dusseldorf would be much better and more attractive.

They have just got promoted and would bring loads of fans over for a proper trouble free party---why cant our blinkered leaders see this?

We do not seem to offer the same courtesy that Dusseldorf gave us--very sad.
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Cheshire_Blue added 13:09 - May 31
I thought stupid and offensive comments on here was the norm.
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SheptonMalletBlue added 15:49 - May 31
One Song, You've only got one song!!!!!!!!!!
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