Joe Difford
Joe, 20, is a football writer for and has been published in MSN, Manchester Evening News and London 24. He is currently studying Film, TV and Theatre at Brunel University and is an avid West Ham fan.

Entries by Joe Difford

What's Gone Wrong for West Ham Since Christmas?

(0) Comments | Posted 12 March 2015 | (23:00)

Just a few months ago, Sam Allardyce and Co. were riding high in the top four of the Premier League. It is fair to say that the Hammers were never likely to finish in a Champions League spot, but with the move to the Olympic Stadium on the horizon, many...

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Faith Has Been Restored in the FA Cup

(0) Comments | Posted 26 February 2015 | (23:00)

If there's one thing fans of Premier League teams hate most, it's other competitions coming in and forcing them to watch 'less important' matches. Whether it's international football, where we have to endure England trudge through another friendly or qualifier, or the FA or Capital One Cups, fans hate it.

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The Dreaded Long Ball: So What?

(0) Comments | Posted 19 February 2015 | (23:00)

Long balls. Far from easy on the eye and justification for why a team is playing poorly. However, why does a more direct style of play gain bad press when it can be effective?

Two weeks ago, when Manchester United netted a last minute equaliser against West...

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Diving Is Making It Ridiculously Difficult for Defenders to Do Their Job

(0) Comments | Posted 21 January 2015 | (16:24)

Diving or simulation is a part of the modern game and whilst this does not justify its existence, a dive is now as common as a corner. Incidentally, it is destroying the art of defending.

Nacho Monreal won a penalty for his Arsenal side last weekend and sent them on...

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Why Manchester United Are Lucky to Be in the Top Four

(3) Comments | Posted 16 January 2015 | (23:00)

​Manchester United have been far easier on the eyes this season, but they currently sit on 37 points after 21 games, exactly the same as this time last season when David Moyes was in charge. Just let that sink in for a moment.

37 points left United seventh at this...

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Five Factors Behind West Ham's Dramatic Improvement

(2) Comments | Posted 12 December 2014 | (23:00)

This time last season, West Ham United were mid-way through their seemingly regular flirtation with relegation and were preparing for a painful second half of the season.

Just a few months later, however and Sam Allardyce's side sit third in the Premier League table and are aiming for European football....

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Seven Summer Signings Who Probably Regret Their Move

(0) Comments | Posted 8 December 2014 | (23:00)

When the summer transfer window closed just a few months ago, most fans will have been at least content with how their club bought.

We witnessed a number of surprise signings and questionable ones too, but three months down the line, would any of these individuals go back to their...

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Five Reasons Why Critics Should Give Arsenal a Break

(1) Comments | Posted 23 November 2014 | (23:00)

Arsenal have been heavily criticised in recent years and there is much debate as to why they continually fail to win the Premier League title or shoot themselves in the foot during key matches.

However, critics are far too harsh towards the Gunners and here are five reasons why they...

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Seven Summer Signings Yet to Find Their Feet in the Premier League

(0) Comments | Posted 6 November 2014 | (23:00)

A number of summer signings have come into their respective clubs and flourished in the Premier League. However, that has not been the case for every new player and some have failed to find their feet or live up to expectations.

Here are seven of those poor performing individuals...


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Premier League Strikers Shine Courtesy of Poor Defending

(0) Comments | Posted 28 October 2014 | (23:00)

Sergio Aguero, Wayne Rooney, Diego Costa. Just a few of the best strikers in the Premier League and possibly the world, most would say. However, things aren't as simple as that.

As controversial as it may seem, these strikers have not succeeded in the top division of English football because...

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Five Premier League Stars Who Need to Jump Ship This January

(0) Comments | Posted 16 October 2014 | (00:00)

The Premier League season is in full swing and already we are getting a glimpse of who will be claiming the individual awards come May.

For some, however, life at their current club has become tough and these five must make a move in January before it's too late.


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The Premier League's Biggest Over and Underachievers So Far This Season

(1) Comments | Posted 4 October 2014 | (00:00)

Six weeks into the Premier League season is possibly too early to know for sure the sides or players who will shine or fail. However, in those six weeks, there have been a number of surprises, some good and some quite terrible.

Players tipped for success have struggled and others...

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Has Sam Allardyce Done Enough to Win Over the West Ham Fans?

(1) Comments | Posted 25 September 2014 | (00:00)

Following a magnificent victory over Premier League runners-up Liverpool last weekend, West Ham fans were on a high. Not only were they happy that their new signings have hit the ground running, but also, somewhat surprisingly, with Sam Allardyce.

However, ever since his introduction a few years back, when the...

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Five Most Injury Prone Premier League Sides

(0) Comments | Posted 13 September 2014 | (00:00)

Injuries are, unfortunately, a part of the beautiful game, and can influence a team's season far more than fans would like.

Some sides know more about this than others, seeing their players fall victim to the dreaded niggle or even worse, a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

Here are five...

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Seven Defenders Who Need to Be at Their Best This Season

(0) Comments | Posted 28 August 2014 | (00:00)

It's all well and good signing players who can score goals and it's not surprising that the most expensive transfers tend to be attack minded players. However, remaining tight at the back is crucial in the Premier League, as fans of any team will know.

In what could well be...

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Five Things We Learnt From the Opening Weekend of the Premier League

(0) Comments | Posted 19 August 2014 | (14:38)

After what has seemed like an eternity Premier League football is back, putting an end to talk about how awful England were in the World Cup, for four years at least.

Stadiums full of dedicated fans watched as shiny new kits were displayed by exciting new signings, beginning what will...

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Five Premier League Players Who Need to Move on From Their Current Club

(0) Comments | Posted 13 August 2014 | (15:26)

There are only a small number of certainties in football today - each game will consist of two halves, at some point a ball will be kicked and Andy Carroll will pick up an injury at least once a season.

But as well as these, you can be sure that...

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Seven Best Premier League Summer Signings So Far

(0) Comments | Posted 8 August 2014 | (00:00)

The transfer window is in full swing and deals are being confirmed every day now. Social media sites are rife with speculation and you can't turn Sky Sports News on without seeing a reporter outside a training ground with some sort of new information.

Some clubs, however, have already made...

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Six Premier League Signings That Just Didn't Work Out

(1) Comments | Posted 1 August 2014 | (00:00)

After news of Andy Carroll's new injury surfaced, West Ham chairman David Sullivan said that the club would not have signed the crocked number 9 had they known he would be injured, well, all the time.

West Ham aren't the only club to regret a signing, however, and here are...

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Why These Five Premier League Sides Are Set to Dramatically Improve on Last Season

(0) Comments | Posted 25 July 2014 | (00:00)

The transfer window has only been open for a short period of time and bar the few managers who are yet to realise it is open at all, most teams have added a number of new faces to their rosters.

Looking at the completed transfers so far and the rumours...

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