Hello everyone and I hope you are enjoying your weekends!

We have had good week, especially coming off on the back of our great win away at Newcastle United. For obvious reasons it was a very emotional trip for me. It was going back, for the first time since I moved to West Ham United, to somewhere I spent two years of my career and life at, where my little boy was born and a great place where I made a lot of life-long friends on and off the pitch.

I enjoyed my time there at Newcastle immensely and can't thank the fans enough for the support they gave me when I was there and for giving me a great welcome back. I was able to see a few people around the club afterwards and had the chance to say a proper 'Goodbye' to them as I didn't get that opportunity when I left, so that was nice to do.

I have been lucky to move on to another great club in West Ham. It was a no-brainer for me when it happened and, while it was emotional for me last Sunday, it was great to get the win and to score the goal. Enjoying my football once again has been made easy with the support of all of you, the West Ham fans.

Up at Newcastle and at Bolton Wanderers I strived to do my best and I want to emulate that and do what I can and more here at West Ham in every way possible.

A big 'Thank you' to all of you who travelled the long way to support us. We could hear all of you throughout the game and the backing we get will never cease to amaze me. To have nearly 3,000 of you cheering us on up there was just great and I am so pleased we got the result you all deserved.

We did really well, restricting Newcastle to mainly long-range shots at goal and, when the likes of Demba Ba got opportunities, Jussi Jaaskelainen made some fine saves and everyone did their jobs. We played some really nice football and we thoroughly deserved the victory.

Stoke City are up next at home and Tony Pulis has a team who have established themselves in the Premier League and will be a big test for us.

It is looking like being a sell-out again for Monday's game, which is great, and there is nothing better than walking out on to the pitch in front of a packed house at the Boleyn Ground with the atmosphere that creates.

I think it will be a good match and we will be working our socks off to get a winning result and keep our home form going. I know you appreciate what we do if we are working as hard as we can to achieve that. We have had a solid week on the training ground, buzzing from the win last weekend, but at the same time keeping it all low key. All we are focusing on is the next game and to keep working hard.

Off the pitch and around the place, we had a bit of fun as the club have brought out a special West Ham edition of the Monopoly board game, which is available in the club stores. Myself and the lads took a look to see where we were on it and have a go.

I am worth 300 Monopoly pounds! I did think I might have made Mayfair or Park Lane, but when I saw that the late great Bobby Moore had that mantle, I certainly wasn't going to argue! There was a bit of banter among the lads with it and I am sure all of you will enjoy playing the game at Christmas time.

There is also news to report about a new tea-making rota at our training ground. I like my cups of tea and when I am making one for myself in the canteen, I always ask if anyone else wants one, whoever is around, whether it be staff or the lads. I have been making it more than most since I have been here, but am pleased to report that I have Andy Carroll and Joey O'Brien on a tea-making rota now, so it is not just me!

I must get our Head of Performance Analysis, David Woodfine - known as Woody to all of us here - to be part of this rota. Woody gets up to make a cuppa for himself, whispers 'Does anyone else want one?' and before you have heard what he has said, he has sat back down with his cup of tea! So we need to get him on this rota!

Back to on the pitch and it goes without saying that your support again on Monday will be important to us. It is appreciated by each and every one of us and we will be doing everything we can to get a result to send you all home happy.

Come on you Irons!

Kevin Nolan
Captain

Monopoly