WEST HAM UNITED v NEWCASTLE UNITED
BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE
SATURDAY 4 MAY 2013
KICK-OFF: 3PM
REFEREE: CHRIS FOY

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Important Travel Information

Engineering works on the London Underground mean there will be no service on the District Line between Tower Hill and West Ham and no service on the Hammersmith and City line between Moorgate and Barking. Replacement buses operate on both lines.

There will also be no service on the London Overground between Highbury & Islington and Stratford due to Network Rail bridge work. Replacement buses operate.

For c2c rail travellers, owing to engineering works in the Shoeburyness area, only one line is available for use between Southend Central and Shoeburyness. As a consequence, a reduced train service will run between these stations.

Introduction

• West Ham United welcome Newcastle United to the Boleyn Ground for their penultimate Barclays Premier League home fixture of the season, seeking their first and only 'double' of the campaign. The Hammers won 1-0 at St James' Park in the reverse fixture on 11 November 2012, with former Magpie Kevin Nolan scoring the only goal.

• West Ham start the weekend tenth in the table, having collected 42 points from 35 matches played. A victory this Saturday could take the Hammers into ninth, with ninth-place Swansea City hosting second-place Manchester City at the Liberty Stadium.

• Newcastle have fallen to 17th in the standings following a humbling 6-0 home defeat by Liverpool last weekend. The Magpies sit five points above the bottom three, although 18th-place Wigan Athletic do have a game in hand on Alan Pardew's squad.

• West Ham have enjoyed fine home form all season. The Hammers have picked up 29 points and eight victories at the Boleyn Ground, including impressive wins over Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion and draws with Manchester City and Manchester United. In all four home league defeats, by Arsenal, Liverpool, Everton and Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham have led.

• Both managers will be facing their former clubs on Saturday. West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce took charge of Newcastle United between May 2007 and December 2008, Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew was in charge at West Ham United between 2003 and 2006 - the tenth manager in the club's history. Pardew led the Hammers to promotion to the Premier League via the Play-Offs in 2005 and the 2006 FA Cup final.

• Hammers pair Kevin Nolan and Andy Carroll will also be facing the old club after successful spells with the Magpies. Nolan captained the club to promotion from the Championship in 2009/10, with local hero Carroll leading the charge by scoring 17 goals.

• Andy Carroll scored his first Newcastle United goal on his first competitive start for the club at St James' Park on 10 January 2009. Carroll scored the final goal in a thrilling 2-2 draw. Earlier, former Magpies striker Craig Bellamy cancelled out Michael Owen's opening goal before Carlton Cole put the Hammers in front ten minutes after the break. The home side earned a point when Carroll headed in Damien Duff's cross with 12 minutes to play.

• Saturday's game will be the 123rd meeting between the two clubs. Newcastle United have recorded 49 victories, West Ham United 38 wins and there have been 35 draws.


Team news

West Ham United

West Ham United will definitely be without left-back George McCartney (knee), while centre-back James Tomkins (calf) is facing a race to be fit to face Newcastle.

• The Hammers welcome back Paul McCallum from a loan spell with League Two club Aldershot Town, but Ravel Morrison (Birmingham City), Rob Hall (Bolton Wanderers) and Alou Diarra (Stade Rennais) remain with their loan clubs.

Newcastle United

• Newcastle United are hoping captain and centre-back Fabricio Coloccini will be fit to return to action after missing the club's last 12 matches with a back injury.

• Alan Pardew has a number of players unavailable, including No1 goalkeeper Tim Krul (dislocated shoulder), Italy left-back Davide Santon (hamstring), winger Sylvain Marveaux (groin) and full-back Ryan Taylor and winger Haris Vuckic (both knee).


Last time out

Saturday 27 April 2013
Barclays Premier League
Manchester City 2-1 West Ham United
West Ham United: Jaaskelainen, Demel, O'Brien (C.Cole 80), Reid, Collins, O'Neil, Diame, Nolan (Taylor 80), Jarvis, Vaz Te (Collison 66), Carroll
Subs not used: Henderson, Pogatetz, Noble, J.Cole
Goal: Carroll (90)

Saturday 27 April 2013
Barclays Premier League
Newcastle United 0-6 Liverpool
Newcastle: Elliot, Yanga-M'Biwa, Perch (Ben Arfa 46), Haidara, Debuchy, S.Taylor, Cabaye, Sissoko, Gutierrez (Gouffran 46), Tiote (Anita 65), Cisse
Subs not used: Harper, Williamson, Gosling, Sh.Ameobi


Last meeting

Kevin Nolan scored the only goal of the game against his old club as West Ham United scored a 1-0 Barclays Premier League victory at Newcastle United on 11 November 2012. The Hammers skipper struck on 37 minutes, diverting Joey O'Brien's wayward shot past Tim Krul from ten yards. In the second half, Jussi Jaaskelainen maintained West Ham's lead with an outstanding save from former Hammer Demba Ba. The lineups that Sunday afternoon were:

Newcastle United: Krul, Santon, Simpson (Obertan 79), Williamson, S.Taylor, Ferguson, Cabaye, Ben Arfa, Gutierrez (Anita 24), Cisse (Sh.Ameobi 46), Ba
Subs not used: Elliot, Amalfitano, Bigirimana, Marveaux

West Ham United: Jaaskelainen, Reid, McCartney (Demel 66), Tomkins, O'Brien, Nolan, Jarvis (Maiga 34), Benayoun (O'Neil 52), Noble, Diame, Carroll
Subs not used: Spiegel, Collins, Hall, C.Cole


Head to head

Last six meetings (all Barclays Premier League)

11 November 2012 - Newcastle United 0-1 West Ham United
5 January 2011 - Newcastle United 5-0 West Ham United
23 October 2010 - West Ham United 1-2 Newcastle United
10 January 2009 - Newcastle United 2-2 West Ham United
20 September 2008 - West Ham United 3-1 Newcastle United
26 April 2008 - West Ham United 2-2 Newcastle United

Overall record v Newcastle United (all competitions): W 38, D 35, L 49


Ten-year records

West Ham United

2011/12 Championship 3rd (86 points - promoted to Premier League via Play-Offs)
2010/11 Premier League 20th (33 points - relegated to Championship)
2009/10 Premier League 17th (35 points)
2008/09 Premier League 9th (51 points)
2007/08 Premier League 10th (49 points)
2006/07 Premier League 15th (41 points)
2005/06 Premier League 9th (55 points)
2004/05 Championship 6th (73 points - promoted to Premier League via Play-Offs)
2003/04 Championship 4th (74 points)
2002/03 Premier League 18th (42 points - relegated to Championship)

Newcastle United

2011/12 Premier League 5th (65 points)
2010/11 Premier League 12th (46 points)
2009/10 Championship 1st (102 points - promoted to Premier League)
2008/09 Premier League 18th (34 points - relegated to Championship)
2007/08 Premier League 12th (43 points)
2006/07 Premier League 13th (43 points)
2005/06 Premier League 7th (58 points)
2004/05 Premier League 14th (44 points)
2003/04 Premier League 5th (56 points)
2002/03 Premier League 3rd (69 points)


Referee

• Chris Foy referees West Ham United for the fourth time in the 2012/13 Barclays Premier League season, having taken charge of the 1-1 home draw against Stoke City, goalless draw at Norwich City and the 3-1 defeat at Fulham.

• Foy officiated twice at West Ham games last season, refereeing the Hammers' 2-0 npower Championship away win at Cardiff City at the beginning of March and the defeat at the Boleyn Ground to Reading at the end of the same month.

• Foy has been a Barclays Premier League referee since 2001, having originally made the Select Group list of assistant referees in 1995.

• In 2007, Foy took charge of the FA Trophy final at Wembley, before returning to the Home of Football a year later to act as fourth official for Portsmouth's FA Cup final victory over Cardiff. In 2009, he was back at Wembley to take charge of the League Cup final and Community Shield, while Portsmouth were in action again as Foy refereed the 2010 FA Cup final, which Pompey lost to Chelsea.

• In all, the 50-year-old has taken charge of 28 West Ham fixtures - the first coming as long ago as 23 February 2002, when Frederic Kanoute scored the only goal in 1-0 home Premier League win over Middlesbrough.

• In 30 fixtures this season, Foy has shown 62 yellow cards, sent two players off and awarded seven penalties.

• Foy will be assisted by Ron Ganfield and Matthew Wilkes, while the fourth official will be Philip Gibbs.


Old boys

• West Ham United skipper Kevin Nolan scored 30 goals in 91 appearances for Newcastle United between January 2009 and May 2011, captaining the Magpies to the Championship title in 2009/10.

• Hammers striker Andy Carroll was born in Gateshead and came through the Academy ranks at Newcastle United. The 23-year-old netted 33 goals in 91 games for the Magpies before joining Liverpool in a record £35m deal in January 2011.

• Sam Allardyce took charge of Newcastle United 24 times between May 2007 and January 2008, winning eight matches, losing ten and drawing six.

• Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew spent a little more than three years in charge at West Ham between October 2003 and December 2006. Pardew led the Hammers to promotion via the play-offs in 2004/05 and the 2006 FA Cup final. In total, he took charge of 163 matches, winning 67, losing 58 and drawing 38.

• Others who have played for both clubs include Demba Ba, Craig Bellamy, Lee Bowyer, Franz Carr, John Dowsey, Kieron Dyer, Dave Gardner, Paul Goddard, Shaka Hislop, James Jackson, Vic Keeble, Matthew Kingsley, Paul Kitson, Robert Lee, Joe Loughlin, Scott Parker, Stuart Pearce, Wayne Quinn, Bryan 'Pop' Robson, George Robson, Keith Robson, Harold Smith, Nolberto Solano, Hal Tate and David Terrier.


General information

• All Standard tickets for Saturday's fixture have SOLD OUT. A limited number of wheelchair/carer bays remain available. For details, click here.

• Saturday's forecast in east London is for a cloudy day with a maximum temperature of 15C (59F).

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