Thursday, 19 May 2016

5MANAGERS End of Season Awards

After an emotional and exciting final season at Upton Park, here are the fanzine’s awards to celebrate what was also a great season for me putting out 4 outstanding issues. Thanks to everyone who bought and supported 5M, including the contributors – Liam Tyrell, Essex Tom, Chip Hamer, Andy Halford, Chas Baxter, Andy Hall, Dave Harvey, David Johnstone and Bobby Ward. 5M Volume 2 will launch in September next season. Putting this ‘best of the season selection’ together was extremely difficult as there were so many highlights on the pitch and in the fanzine. But I think I have got it right. 

5M West Ham Man of the Year

1. Mark Phillips
2. Mark Noble
3. Slaven Bilic

Mark Phillips has gone from the terraces to working his way up on the coaching staff at West Ham for the past 10 years. The spirit of 5MANAGERS has been about an era up until the sacking of John Lyall, the old ground as it once was back then and the connection between fans and the club and even though it would seem obvious to pick Mark Noble or Slaven Bilic, to me Mark is the worthy winner. A West Ham man through and through, one of us, and who knows, he may one day soon move from U18s coach alongside Steve Potts to working with the first team.

5M Interview of the Season

1. Frank Lampard Senior (issue 1)
2. Mark Ward (issue 2)
3. Frank McAvennie (issue 4)

This was the hardest selection. As in my opinion every interview was superb. So I would also like to thank the following as they were all as good as any of the top 3: Irvine Welsh (issue 4), Grant Fleming (issue 2), Jeff Turner (issue 1), Johnny Sissons (issue 4), Jah Wobble (issue 3), John King (issue 2), Kenny Brown & Mark Phillips (issue 3).

5M Player of the Season

1. Dimitri Payet
2. Mark Noble
3. Michail Antonio

5M Goal of the Season

1. Dimitri Payet free kick v Crystal Palace Home 02/04/16
2. Dimitri Payet free kick v Man Utd Away FA Cup 13/04/16
3. Dimitri Payet free kick v Bournemouth Away 12/01/16

5M Home Game of the Season

1. Liverpool FA Cup replay 09/02/16
2. Chelsea 24/10/16
3. Spurs 02/03/16

You’ll note that I haven’t included the final home game. That’s because I criminally didn’t get a ticket despite not missing a previous home game all season.

5M Away Game of the Season

1. Liverpool 29/08/15
2. Man City 19/09/15
3. Arsenal  09/08/15

Thanks again to everyone involved with the fanzine this season. There are still a few reprints of all 4 issues. Email me at if you want more info. Other than that. See you all in Stratford.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016


With the third anniversary issue still sitting warm and selling well, out pops issue 21. Some say I have taken my eye off of PUSH since the launch of 5MANAGERS, yet since the conception of all 4 issues of 5M, PUSH has continued to roll and this includes some of the best feedback to date since the fanzine first hit the streets in March 2013.

This is a slick and direct number. And I am very pleased with it. With photography from Paul Talling there is also writing from Micheal Keenaghan, Emily Harrison, Saira Viola, Brett Tidman, Tim Wells, Dean Cavanagh, Grim Chip, Joseph Ridgwell, Dickson Telfer, Jim Gibson and Ford Dagenham.

And available for just £2 on the street (will have copies on me for both Swansea City and Man Utd) but only £3.20 via paypal at

Also, if you have never read PUSH before you can purchase both the current issue and the third anniversary 80 page special for a steal deal of only £5. Just make sure you mention 20/21 in the order.

Can also confirm there has been a limited re-print run of all 4 issues of 5MANAGERS. Only £2 and on sale at final 2 games but if you are not at games email me at paypal address and can sort.

If you want all 6 mags - and why wouldn't you? - again email me for info.

PUSH 21 is a limited edition of 75 copies and expect to sell out possibly by the time West Ham have bid farewell to E13.

I would like to thank everyone, contributors, those interviewed and of course all you great people who have bought/continue to support PUSH & 5MANAGERS. Without you, I could never find the funds to keep this train rolling on.