Hammers Handed Derby Opener
By Tom Dowsett
Wednesday 18 Jun 2014 12:06:00
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The fixtures for the 2014/15 season were announced earlier this morning and West Ham United kick-off their campaign with two London derbies.

Firstly they are at home to fierce rivals Tottenham Hotspur on 16 August. I wonder, could we beat them for a fourth time? The first road trip sees them head south to take on Crystal Palace.

A home game with Southampton and a trip to Hull City are sandwiched in between a home encounter with Champions League newcomers Liverpool on 20 September followed by a trip to Old Trafford a week later to face Manchester United now managed by Louis Van Gaal.

The start of October sees the Irons face two of the newly promoted clubs. Firstly it is another London derby against former manager Harry Redknapp and his Queens Park Rangers side on October 4, before they travel to Turf Moor to face Burnley a fortnight later.

Manchester City then provide the next opposition at Upton Park and hopefully we will not get an aggregate score of 14-1 this time around.

Boxing Day seems to be another tough one for Sam Allardyce's men, as they go across London to battle Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Maybe we can get the win there this time and it might not be 19th century football that the punters will be watching!

It certainly doesn't get any easier two days later, as Arsenal head east for another London derby.

New Year's Day pits the Hammers against West Bromwich Albion at home. The Baggies will once again be under new management, with former Everton coach Alan Irvine now in charge.

At the end of January the East Londoners continue their quest for a first win at Anfield since 1963. Following that is the visit of Manchester United, seven days later.

Other notable fixtures include the reverse games against Arsenal and Chelsea on March 3 & 14 respectively, while the trip to the Etihad Stadium comes up on April 18.

The last game at Upton Park provides a visit from Everton, while Big Sam will want to keep his unbeaten record at St James's Park going when he takes West Ham there to face his former club on the final day of the season.

Allardyce will be desperate to achieve the target of finishing in the top half of the table and as for us fans, we certainly hope for a better season on the pitch, coupled with more entertainment.

Come on you Irons!!!

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