WEST HAM UNITED v CARDIFF CITY
BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE
BOLEYN GROUND
SATURDAY 17 AUGUST
KICK-OFF: 3PM
REFEREE: HOWARD WEBB

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Introduction

• West Ham United welcome Cardiff City to the Boleyn Ground on Saturday for their opening Barclays Premier League fixture of the 2013/14 season.

• Saturday's match will be sponsored by Capital Support, the UK's leading provider of IT solutions to the Alternative Investment Industry.

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• This will be the 52nd meeting between Cardiff and West Ham in all competitions. West Ham have won on 27 occasions, with the Bluebirds winning just nine, and 15 ending in draws.

• West Ham will be looking to build on an encouraging first season back in the top flight which saw them finish tenth last term. The Hammers were never lower than 14th in the table following a strong start that saw them take 14 points from their opening eight league matches.

• Cardiff will be hoping to emulate West Ham, having been promoted as Championship title winners last term. Under former Hammers and Scotland defender Malky Mackay, the Bluebirds were in pole position for virtually the entire season.

• Cardiff will be playing their first top-flight fixture for 51 years. The Bluebirds' last top division fixture was a 2-2 Division One draw at Aston Villa on 1 May 1962. The previous weekend, Cardiff had lost 8-3 at Everton.

Team news

West Ham United

• Andy Carroll (heel) and George McCartney (knee) are Sam Allardyce's only injury absentees for the opening Barclays Premier League fixture of the season.

• The Hammers have been busy in the transfer market this summer. Boss Sam Allardyce has brought in two England internationals in centre forward Andy Carroll and winger Stewart Downing from Liverpool, Romania captain and left-back Razvan Rat from Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk, Spanish goalkeeper Adrian from Real Betis Balompie and young midfielder Danny Whitehead from Conference National side Stockport County.

Cardiff City

• Cardiff manager Mackay has signed Denmark centre forward Andreas Cornelius from FC Copenhagen, Chile defensive midfielder Gary Medel from Sevilla, England centre-back Steven Caulker from Tottenham Hotspur, goalkeeper Simon Moore from Brentford and versatile defender John Brayford from Derby County. The Scot broke the Bluebirds' transfer record three times to sign Cornelius, Caulker and Medel.

• However, Cornelius is an injury doubt, but Cardiff could hand just a second senior appearance to 18-year-old left back Declan John.

Background

• West Ham United beat Cardiff City 10-3 on aggregate in the 1965/66 League Cup semi-finals. Eddie Bovington, Peter Brabrook, Johnny Byrne, Geoff Hurst and John Sissons scored in a 5-2 first-leg win at the Boleyn Ground on 20 December 1965. The second leg took place six weeks later on 2 February 1966, with Hurst and Martin Peters scoring twice each and right-back Dennis Burnett once in a 5-1 win at Ninian Park.

• Bill Stephens scored a hat-trick in West Ham United's 3-0 Division Two victory at Ninian Park on 26 March 1948. The Bluebirds were so impressed that they signed Stephens from the Hammers in December 1950. The same match also attracted the largest crowd for a fixture between the two clubs - an estimated 45,000.

• West Ham United defender James Collins started his career with Cardiff City, joining the club in 2000 and going on to make 86 appearances and score six goals before joining the Hammers in summer 2005.

• Current West Ham United goalkeeping coach Martyn Margetson spent five years with the Bluebirds making 32 appearances between 2002 and 2007. He also served as Cardiff City's goalkeeper coach.

• Cardiff City forward Craig Bellamy made 26 appearances for West Ham United between July 2007 and January 2009, scoring nine goals, while Bluebirds striker Nicky Maynard made 17 appearances for West Ham United between January and August 2012, scoring four times.

Last Time Out

Saturday 10 August
Pre-Season Match in aid of the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK
West Ham United 2-1 Pacos de Ferreira
West Ham United: Jaaskelainen (Adrian 71); Demel, Reid, Tomkins (Collins 46), O'Brien (Rat 46); Nolan (Taylor 78), Noble, Morrison (Diame 46); Cole (Vaz Te 71), Maiga, Jarvis
Subs not used: Collison, Diarra
Goals: Morrison 1, Maiga 40

Saturday 10 August
Pre-Season Match
Cardiff City 2-1 Athletic Club Bilbao
Cardiff City: Marshall; Connolly, John, Kim, Caulker, Turner, Whittingham, Gunnarsson (Cowie 65), Campbell, Bellamy (Mason 65), Smith (Noone 79).
Subs not used: Brayford, Lewis, Hudson, Conway
Goals: Whittingham 45, Campbell 52


Previous meeting

Monday 7 May 2012
Championship play-off semi-final second leg
West Ham United 3-0 Cardiff City

West Ham United: Green, Reid, Tomkins, Demel, Nolan (McCartney 69), Collison (Lansbury 48), Taylor, Noble, O'Neil, C.Cole (Maynard 86), Vaz Te
Subs not used: Henderson, Faubert
Goals: Nolan 15, Vaz Te 40, Maynard 90

Cardiff City: Marshall, McNaughton (Blake 81), Taylor, Hudson, Turner, Whittingham, Lawrence, Gunnarsson, McPhail (Kiss 76), Miller (Cowie 76), Mason
Subs not used: Heaton, Earnshaw


Ten-year records

West Ham United

2012/13 Premier League 10th
2011/12 Championship 3rd (86 points - promoted via Play-Offs)
2010/11 Premier League 20th (relegated to Championship)

2009/10 Premier League 17th

2008/09 Premier League 9th

2007/08 Premier League 10th

2006/07 Premier League 15th

2005/06 Premier League 9th

2004/05 Championship 6th (promoted to Premier League via Play-Offs)

2003/04 Division One 4th


Cardiff City

2012/13 Championship 1st (promoted to Premier League)
2011/12 Championship 6th
2010/11 Championship 4th
2009/10 Championship 4th
2008/09 Championship 7th
2007/08 Championship 12th
2006/07 Championship 13th
2005/06 Championship 11th
2004/05 Championship 16th
2003/04 Division One 11th


Referee

• Saturday's referee will be Howard Webb. Webb began officiating in Yorkshire in 1989. He took charge of his first Barclays Premier League match as a referee in October 2003 and has since been the man-in-the-middle for a host of high-profile fixtures, including the 2010 FIFA World Cup final between Spain and Holland in South Africa.

• He also refereed the 2012 npower Championship Play-Off final at Wembley, when West Ham United beat Blackpool 2-1 at Wembley to secure promotion.

• Previously, Webb also refereed the 2005 FA Community Shield, 2006 FA Trophy final and 2006 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, as well as taking charge of his first UEFA Champions League match in 2006. The former police officer was referee for the 2007 Carling Cup final and was selected as England's representative at Euro 2008, taking charge of the first match of the tournament between Austria and Poland and the Group D fixture between Greece and eventual champions Spain.

• Last season, Webb took charge of West Ham matches four times - the goalless home draw and 2-1 away defeat by Manchester City, the thrilling 3-2 home defeat by Tottenham Hotspur and the 1-1 draw here with Queens Park Rangers.

• In all, Webb has refereed West Ham on 27 occasions. He will be assisted on Saturday by Mike Mullarkey and Darren Cann, while the fourth official will be Keith Stroud.

General Information

• There are only a handful of tickets remaining for this fixture. Click here for full information.

• Billy Bonds MBE will collect his Hammers Lifetime Achievement Award before kick-off on Saturday so make sure you take your seats by 2.45pm to see the Club legend back at the Boleyn Ground.

• Supporters travelling to the Boleyn Ground by tube should note that there is no service between Tower Hill and West Ham on the District Line, although trains will be running between West Ham and Upminster, calling at Upton Park.

• The weather forecast for Saturday is for rain in the afternoon, with temperatures around the 19C (66F) mark.

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