Any proper stylist needs to thank West Ham supporters for the introduction of tipping on the collars of the Fred Perry polo shirt. First introduced in 1957, tipping on the collar was at the behest of Hammers supporters insisting to the department store Lilywhites that it be added. Lilywhites approached Fred Perry and the rest was history. You’re welcome.

Say what?! @andytcarroll taking it to all his haters in Swansea. Draw today but enjoyed that fabulous left footed shot to the top right corner by the Big Man. 4 goals so far…and more to come. #WHUFC #COYI #WHTID

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Gonna miss this. No place on earth like the Boleyn after a goal. Heaven #whtid #whufc #coyi

Well we returned in a bit of style now didn’t we? It made not have been an absolutely emphatic victory, the kind a team would like to have to really make a statement, but yesterday’s 1-0 victory over Aston Villa showed a lot of promise. James Collins was a rock at the back, coming up with a few timely tackles and blocks when we needed it to start to put to bed any doubts over his worth. Collins definitely was the Man of the Match yesterday, and if he can keep it up him and James Tomkins will be a very formidable partnership in the center of defense. Imagine us, playing well defensively! Momo Diame was another standout yesterday. The lad is an absolute beast in the middle of the park, able to win the ball AND keep possession. At times he looked a different class. Our single goal wasn’t the prettiest, but it ain’t a beauty contest now is it?

Andy Carroll made a good first impression now didn’t he? By all accounts Andy’s first outing for the Irons was an industrious one in which he wreaked havoc for Fulham’s defenders before going off in the 75th minute for a full hearted challenge that upset his hamstring. He knocked down the ball which Ricardo Vaz Te laid on for Kevin Nolan to bury before Winston Reid headed home on the half hour mark. To finish off a dream first half Matty Taylor took a gift from Fulham’s Brede Hangeland and knocked it in. Guy Demel was another player who went off injured in the latter stages, replaced by young Rob Hall with Taylor taking over the full back position. It was a far better effort then last weeks calamitous match with Swansea. West Ham played the ball on the ground a lot more and Carroll made a massive impact in his first match for us. Perhaps now with the price tag pressure off his back Big Andy can now gain back some of the form he showed at Newcastle.