West Ham musings by Pete May, author of Hammers in the Heart, West Ham:Irons in the Soul and Flying So High:West Ham's Cup Finals.
Thursday, May 3
Nice of today's Guardian to point out that no relegated club has returned directly to the Premier League through the play-offs since Leicester City in 1995-96. Which scuppers West Ham, Blackpool and Birmingham and means Cardiff are going up. The first leg has come round awfully quickly and like most fans I'm still feeling deflated at finishing third. Hope the players are feeling better. It's a time to follow Graham Taylor's immortal advice to Rob Shepherd in Do I Not Like That: "Raise yourself, son, raise yourself!" We're off to the Lucky Pub rather than braving the motorway voucher exchange near Cardiff. Irons!