Galatasaray loan Wren

After being on the receiving end of a 6-1 home thumping by Real Madrid, Galatasaray have taken the unusual step of loaning FWH player Paul Wren on an extremely short term deal (2 weeks).

Galatasaray manager, Fatih Terim, was quoted as saying

“Wren brings us something else, something fresh. We have the raw power of Didier Drogba, the silky skills of Wesley Sneijder and the unassuming yet somehow prolific talents of Wren”

The Galatasaray fan-base were keen to see their latest signing and packed out the ground for Wren’s presentation.

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FWH manager Mark Curwen explained the unorthodox move in an interview with Sky Sports.

“Wren was a little out of form towards the end of last season. He played the lone striker role and got frustrated at times at the lack of service, so this move is a bonus all round. Wren gets regular game time and some sun, we get ermm….we get to..errr…..to swap him with another lad who can be nicknamed Rennie”

 

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FWH Cup News – Knocked Out

Unfortunately the FWH boys were unable to progress to the final of the cup and saw themselves beaten on penalties in the semi final by a confident Saville’s Under 8 side.

 

FredWestHam Cup Quarter FInal

The FWH boys took on a team called One Hit Wonders and played out a thrilling 2-2 draw. When the time came for penalties three brave souls stepped forward: Si Rennie, Dave Rollo and Scoffs.

FredWestHam 3 – Duddon

FWH rounded off their season with a loss a the hands of a young and spirited Duddon side. As it’s been several weeks since the game, I can;t remember the goal scoring order, in all honesty, I haven’t got a clue….I do know who scored though.

Goals from Billy, Wren and Scoffs (although Wren is trying to claim it…dubious goals panel please) weren’t enough to give the orange the positive end to the season that they were hoping for. Two positives from the defensive element (mine….because I was happy with it) were a long range drive from Jordan and a curling effort crashing against the post. Midfield maestro Jock saw a wonderful effort from distance crash against the upright and then, almost immediately after, saw a header loop narrowly over the cross bar.

Next up for the FWH boys…..the cup!

FredWestHam 4 – 1 Hansons

A familiar foe faced the men in orange as they yet again came up against Hansons; a team that has proven a stumbling block in previous seasons for the orange army.

FWH began the game with a solid team: Sharkey, Dave, Gregg, Scoffs, Jock, Killip and Wren. And, as is usually the case when Hansons are involved, the game was open and energetic. Straight from the off FWH were on the attack and Tony in the goal of Hansons had to be sharp to get down to the feet of Wren. Some solid defensive work from Gregg and Dave saw Hansons thwarted regularly, and when these were passed, Sharkey more than did his job between the sticks. An energetic first half looked destined to end 0-0 until returning FWH stalwart Billy struck with venom to give the men in orange a vital half time lead.

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FWH utilised the subs bench at halftime and began the second half strongly. Woody regularly breaking through the Hansons rearguard only to find Tony unbeatable. Minutes past and it appeared that the mighty orange were destined to draw a blank until Dave Rollo set off on a blistering run from centre back. Rounding almost every member of the Hansons team Dave narrowly struck wide from the edge of the ‘D’. This barnstorming run inspired the rest of the team and it wasn’t long before FWH had doubled their lead. Woody unleashed a strike from distance that teased the cross bar on it’s way past, this proved to be a warning shot for Hansons as he lined up another shortly after, only to play a delightful scooped ball on to the head of Gaz Killip who beat Tony from 6 yards, 2-0 to the orange. The best was yet to come for FWH and it was only right that Big Gregg played a key role in the build up. A defence splitting pass from inside his own D saw the ball cut to Paul Wren. Wren found himself with with two men to beat. Wren dropped the shoulder, turned a defender and cut inside unleashing a venomous strike into the top far corner of Tony’s goal. A wonder strike by any standard. The game appeared to be drawing to a close but there was still time for Billy to add his second of the game and for Hansons to grab a late consolation goal. The game finished 4-1 to the men in orange.

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FredWestHam 2 – 4 Blood, Sweat & Beers

Tonight was a bitter/ sweet evening for the boys in orange.

Firstly it was wonderful to see Jordy Chubb pitch side after suffering a horror injury last week that will see him sidelined for a minimum of 4 months. The lads had rallied around and had got the young striker a ‘Get Well’ card….a small token of their appreciation for Chubb’s contribution this season. The result of the game however, left little to be desired.

FWH welcomed former FC Club player Dave Rawlinson into the fold, a no nonsense defensive minded player who sports a beard that a rogue viking would be pleased with. He signed on the dotted line after some nifty transfer work from the men behind the scenes. FWH went into this table topping clash knowing that a loss would see them lose their grip on first place in the league.

The starting line up of Sharkey, Scoffs, Gregg, Woody, Jock, Gaz Killip and Wren began brightly with Killip coming close within the first 30 seconds after intercepting a loose pass, unfortunately for the orange men, he dragged his shot inches wide of the post. A long period of BSB pressure followed, quick interchanges and speedy wing play had FWH pinned back in their own half for extended periods of time but the men in orange held firm until some dubious refereeing cost them a goal. Woody, always the enthusiastic tackler, caught one of the BSB players late….the referee blew for a free kick….as the ball hit the ground, the BSB striker ran onto it and slotted into the net. FWH players stood waiting for the free kick to be given, only to hear the ref say, “Ah well lads, we’ll give the goal”. Shortly after this the men in orange struck back. Some adventurous forward play resulted in 2 corners in quick succession, the second somehow found its way to the roaming defender Jordan who toe poked it back to Woody, he unleashed a powerful strike that hit the upright, rolled along the line and hit the other upright, only to be tapped in by leading goalscorer Paul Wren. As the half ebbed by, FWH soaked up a lot of BSB pressure. As the referee declared there were only 2 minutes of the half remaining, a long shot from BSB found its way through the defence and into the bottom corner of Sharkey’s net….FWH were losing 2-1 at half time.

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Dubious goals panel

A subdued half time saw the men in orange return to the pitch looking deflated. The second half began with BSB creating some great chances only to find Sharkey in inspired form between the sticks. Woody grabbed the game by the scruff of it’s neck and played a long ball forward for Paul Wren. Wren, leaping into the sky like a mighty salmon was yanked to the floor and a penalty was given. After playing some mind games with the keeper Woody stepped up only to see his penalty saved by the afro sporting goalkeeper, Scoffs reacted quickest and thumped the rebound into the net….2-2!

3. Penalty

FWH had the potential to go on and progress from here, however this comeback ultimately failed to materialise. A wild shot from distance managed to creep through the outstretched hands of Sharkey and crawl over the line, with frustration mounting FWH went in search of an equaliser (for the third time).

This adventure was to prove the downfall as a swift BSB attack sliced the defence in half and left a three against one situation that BSB finished well. The game finished in a 4-2 loss and saw the men in orange slip into second place in the league table.

FredWestHam 4 – 0 Hansons

After a blistering start to the season Matchday 3 saw FWH set to take on a familiar foe in the form of Andy Rigg, (once on the books of FWH) and his Useless team. As a result of a confused team bus driver however the Useless Gits didn’t arrive and, if rumours are to be believed, are currently on their way to some 3 star accommodation in Bognor Regis for the week.

FWH were looking to hand a debut to recent signing Gaz Killip but unfortunately an injury prevented him from making an appearance. Woody was also absent through illness.

Hanson’s agreed to step in at the last minute and take the role of Useless so that the orange men could  play a game…Many thanks to them for this.

 

The orange started with a formation consisting of Sharkey, Jordan, Gregg, Billy, Jock, Jordy Chubb and Paul Wren. The first time in the season that there were to be no substitutes on the orange bench. The game began quickly with Hanson’s looking confident on the ball but Gregg dispossessed a new Hanson’s recruit (a pattern that was set to continue throughout the majority of the evening). It took only a matter of minutes for the deadlock to be broken after some very neat link up play between Paul Wren and Billy, Jordy Chubb ghosted in and finished confidently past the stranded goalkeeper. 2 minutes later and the lead was doubled and it was that man Jordy Chubb once again, a blistering strike sneaking into the far corner beyond the outstretched arm of Tony in the Hanson goal. Within 6 minutes, FWH had put the game beyond doubt as Jordy Chubb completed his hat trick; another confident strike from the young forward. Hanson’s were rattled and they survived an onslaught from the men in orange as they played some scintillating link up play. Tony, the goalkeeper, using various parts of his body to keep the orange at bay. It was unfortunate for the men in white that they found themselves 4-0 down shortly before the break. A corner driven hard and low by Paul Wren pinballed around in the are before finding itself nestled in the centre of the net. Some phenomenal defending from Gregg kept every Hanson attack at bay and, it is fair to say, without him there then the half time score would’ve been very different.Half time couldn’t come soon enough and the orange men left the field happy.

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The second half was a rarity from the orange men as it remained goal-less however this wasn’t through lack of trying, particularly from Hanson’s who laid siege on the FWH goal mouth and found Sharkey in inspired form. A shot from the edge of the area crept between the legs of Jordi, Sharkey unsighted by the bearded one dived to his left, the ball shot right and from nowhere a large paw appeared and tipped the ball skywards. A save that quite literally beggars belief! Not content with producing one outstanding save, a powerful header looked destined for the bottom right hand corner of Sharkey’s goal until he dived down low Gordon Banks-esque and clawed the shot off the line. Hanson’s players looked stunned by the catalogue of saves and it was rounded off nicely when, as a result of a strong challenge in the area, a penalty was awarded and saved in the finest manner by Sharkey.

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FredWestHam 3 – 2 Juve Stars

Week 2 of the league saw FredWestHam come up against one of those teams that fill you with dread. Not only did the players have at least 10 years on most of the FWH squad but there was about 14 of them….Young and plentiful, not a good combination!

FWH started with a strong squad: Sharkey, Woody, Gregg, Jock, Billy, Chubb and Wren and for the opening 5 minutes, the speed and determination from the men in orange was matched by the JuveStars. The game had plenty of ebb and flow and both teams created chances in horrendous hurricane conditions. The last time weather like this was experienced, Dorothy ended up meeting munchkins and hosing down a witch….not good weather at all.The deadlock was broken by a wonderful strike from Woody, a free kick from around 20 yards was hammered into the net with such force that a passing seagull feared for its life, 1-0 to the men in orange! The 1-0 scoreline was too close and if it wasn’t for some wonderful goalkeeping from Sharkey then the score could’ve been much worse for the orange army. A wonderful strike from Olivier Giroud (apparently on-loan from Arsenal) was palmed away by the big man in goal.

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A wonder save from Sharkey

13 minutes into the game FWH doubled their lead and it was exactly what they deserved. A resolute defence broke down a JuveStars attack, the ball found its way to Wren who made no mistake slotting the ball past the goalkeeper. As half time approached FWH appeared to abandon the game plan and several players headed forward in search of a goal. A strong slide challenge from Woody broke down what was certain to be a goal for JuveStars, but the lack of defence became apparent and the men in red went on to score with 30 seconds of the half remaining. Half time came, the scoreline was 2-1.

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Big Gregg marshalling the line

The second half came into play with FWH playing with the wind, a bonus that in reality didn’t particularly seem to help. Some strong defending from Scoffs and Gregg kept Juve at bay, no nonsense tackles and direct balls finding their targets continuously. Some tactical wizardry soon followed with Sharkey calling Jordy Chubb back from the bench….A move which inevitably saw him slot home the ball after some exceptional work from Paul Wren in the build up. 3-1 to the orange! Juve looked refreshed after the half time break and caused some problems with their slick passing and quick movement. A wonder strike from Giroud was somehow kept out by Sharkey, the ball ricocheting off Sharkey’s face, into his paw and then somehow being thrown off the line by a good 10 yards. Sharkey lost a contact lens in the process and a quick change saw him crawl, quite literally, off the pitch to be replaced in goal by Jock. Jock, making his first appearance in goal kept a clean sheet for the 2 minutes he was in goal. Sharkey soon returned. Some clinical measured defending from Woodburn and Scoffs at the back was enough to break the hearts of Juve and as the ref blew the final whistle the relief was clear to see on the faces of FWH. Shocking conditions but a very rewarding result.

If in doubt, put it out!

If in doubt, put it out!

Some wonderful goalkeeping from Sharkey and some solid defensive work across the board saw the orange army leave the Channelside Arena happy. Another 3 points under the belt!

FredWestHam 10 – 4 Capita

It seems to have been an age since the mighty orange were in action but, not wanting to disappoint, the boys have laced up their boots and have returned to local league football in Matt & Jamesy’s 7 a-side League. The league is played on the new 3G pitch at Furness College and gave the teams a whole different surface to come to terms with.

During the post season break the FredWestHam backroom staff and management team have been busy strengthening the squad. The core of FWH remains the same; Sharkey, Jordan, Gregg, Billy, Jock and Wren but the new additions are sure to strengthen the team no end.

We would like to welcome to the club:

Jordy Chubb

Gareth Killip

Craig ‘Woody’ Woodburn

Dan Myerscough

Sunday 16th June 2013 is a date that will go down in history for fans of the mighty orange, it is the first time that the orange army have won the opening game of a season in the clubs existence. As the chairman watched on from the sidelines the boys put in a strong performance under the blazing channel side sun.

The Pitch

The Pitch

With a starting line up consisting of Sharkey, Jordan, Woody, Scoff, Billy, Jordy and Wren it took just one minute for the new FWH line up to strike. Some stunning work on the ball from Chubb resulted in a fierce strike quite literally hitting Wren and going into the net. Paul Wren doubled his tally 60 seconds later as he stole in to convert past the flailing keeper, two minutes played, two goals scored! Covering every inch of the pitch like a prowling tiger, it was only a matter of time before Jordy Chubb adventured onto the score sheet with a crisply struck shot beating the keeper from just inside the D. Capita looked shellshocked by the ferocity of the FWH attacks and on 12 minutes Paul Wren completed his hat-trick after some great work in the build up by Chubb. Capita struck back in the 15th minute after some cumbersome defending from Jordan Emms allowed them too much time on the ball and they calmly slotted past the on rushing Sharkey. Shortly before half time the 4 goal cushion was restored as Billy, with his ever expanding Inspector Gadget legs, stole in to score his first of the season and FWH‘s fifth.

Jordy Chubb Scoring one of his goals

Jordy Chubb Scoring one of his goals

Half time came and went and the men in orange continued their onslaught with Jordy Chubb racing clear and finishing calmly past the advancing keeper to take the score to 6-1. The searing heat of the Costa Del Walney and the fact there was now a 5 goal cushion combined to see Capita snatch back two goals in quick succession; an uncleared free kick fell kindly and was delicately finished and a crisp strike snuck past Sharkey’s big left paw. FWH regained their composure and it wasn’t long before Paul Wren added to his tally with a delicate finish after some great work from Chubb in the build up. Woodburn and Chubb then linked up beautifully to allow Wren all the time in the world to slot another strike neatly into the net. Jordan Emms nearly stole his first goal for two seasons but was thwarted by a strong save after some great set up play from Paul Wren. Debutant, Dan Myerscough, then showed just how valuable he can be in the attacking half of the pitch after some neat passing work between Jordan and Billy saw him calmly slot the ball across the goal keeper and into the far corner of the net. To round off his goal scoring escapades, Wren helped himself to another shortly after. Woodburn became the first player of the season to be removed from the field of play after voicing his concerns after some heavy handed work from the Capita number 5 went unpunished. A very dubious penalty call followed for Capita with Gregg marshalling a corner however his challenge was deemed too strong. Blacky calmly slotting home from about 1 yard (penalty spot was horrendously close to the goal line). This proved to be the final action of a scintillating game which had seen the orange men run out comfortable 10-4 winners.

Scoffs putting in a solid challenge

Scoffs putting in a solid challenge

FebruaryWestHam

After a varied start to the season which has seen the boys in orange take on the strongest teams in the league week after week, the first victory felt like a long time in coming. We as a club strive to do the best we can for our fans and when we are getting 5,6 and 7 put past us week in week out it can get demoralising. We however have turned a corner, this season we have gone back to basics and are beginning to rebuild the squad (Think of it like Man City when the Sheikh arrived) and we are confident that we can find the grit, the goals and the performances to help fire us up the league table once again.

 

Fan favourite, goalkeeping legend and first team manger Mark ‘Sharkey’ Curwen HAS signed a dual registration contract which will allow him to perform for both the orange men and Turkish. Having made several appearances in the past for the Turks a transfer offer was issued however FWH turned this down outright with a dual registration loan deal being the best option for both parties. We have been unable to get an interview with Curwen due to the first teams recent self imposed media ban, however we believe that Sharkey will retain his first team place for tonights game against Loko.

 

 

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