Lewes director wants level playing field for men and women

The Dripping |Pan, Lewees (Photo: Sent Her Forward)

Under a Lewes director’s plans, the women’s team would have the same budget as the men’s

Stephen Hunt’s public exposé of West Ham United’s lack of support for the women’s team that plays in the club’s name may – or may not – have done the Hammers Ladies a big favour.

The directors’ swift decision to take the autonomous – but related – club formally into the ample bosom of the West Ham family after being reported to the FA by West Ham Ladies’ chairman for alleged equality rules breaches, needs now to be followed by tangible, measurable commitment, as well as nice words, if the team are to reap the benefits. Continue reading

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West Ham ‘sex discrimination’ row could kick-start revolution

Stephen Hunt, co-chairman West Ham United Ladies (Photo: Nicky Hayes)

West Ham Ladies chairman has reported West Ham United to the FA (Photo: Nicky Hayes)

The  joint-chairman of West Ham Ladies looks to be on collision course with the men’s club after reporting them to the FA for alleged discrimination.

But other clubs believe the fallout could yet help speed up changes in attitude and commitment to the women’s game.

Stephen Hunt says his extraordinary action, which conceivably could lead to the Premier League club being punished, was one of last resort after failing to persuade them to offer what he considers to be proper support to the women’s team. Continue reading

Hammers feel the heat at the Pan as Lewes hit seven

Lewes celebrate a goal against West Ham (Photo: James Boyes)

Rachel Palmer helped turn the tide with two goals in 13 minutes (Photo: James Boyes)

Lewes 7 (Lane 20, 59; Palmer 30, 43; Stenning 37, 66; Newton 48)
West Ham United 2 (Bottom 11; Locke 15)

Lewes made a dream start to the new Premier League season, coming from 2-0 down to thrash West Ham and spoil James Marrs’ first competitive game at the helm of the ambitious London club. Continue reading

Marrs back in the Premier League with West Ham

James Marrs as manager of Gillingham and Brighton (Photos: Julian Hart/Sent Her Forward)

From Gillingham to Brighton, Marrs enjoyed success with a style that is bound to go down well with the West Ham faithful (Photos: Julian Hart/Sent Her Forward)

James Marrs has bounced back into management three months after his stunning departure from Premier League champions Brighton.

Marrs is the new boss of West Ham United, who see the talented coach as the man to take them into the Super League – a feat Marrs effectively achieved with his previous club before his sacking just weeks ahead of the play-off final that clinched their promotion. Continue reading

Multiple casualties in West Ham’s traumatic ‘car crash’

Stacey Little in action for West Ham United v Spurs (Photo: Bill Robinson)

Stacey Little has put her body on the line for West Ham and now she’s facing the consequences of taking on the manager (Photo by kind permission of Bill Robinson)

Last week, less than 48 hours after making a 150-mile round-trip to play for West Ham in a cup tie against lower-league opposition in the depths of Sussex, arriving home again just before midnight before getting up for work at 5.30am, Stacey Little was involved in a car accident. Continue reading

Little heads West Ham exodus in week of turmoil in Premier League

Action from Portsmouth v West Ham United, 2014/15 (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

Captains Charley Wilson and Stacey Little have left Portsmouth and West Ham respectively in the past week (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

West Ham United became the second Premier League club in a week to lose their captain when Stacey Little and almost half the team walked out after a clash with manager Marc Nurse. Continue reading

Four off as West Ham pip local rivals to kick-start season

Midweek round-up

Action from Swindon Town v Swindon Spitfires, Sep 23 2015 (Photo: James Booth/Your Sport Swindon)

Alice Smith scored a spectacular goal to help Swindon Town to a 9-2 win over their town rivals (Photo: James Booth/Your Sport Swindon)

West Ham United finally got off the mark in the Premier League with a hard-fought 3-2 victory at C&K Basildon in an ill-tempered match that ended up as a nine-a-side game.

Four players saw red in the second clash in a fortnight between the two near-neighbours, with memories of their earlier encounter, in which West Ham captain Stacey Little saw red, still fresh. Continue reading