A Good Test

Trevor Brooking says the Carling cup tie against Spurs later in the month will provide an excellent 'litmus test' of progress so far this season.

"It is quite a glamorous tie though it would have been quite nice to have been at home," he says of the third round draw which sees West Ham travel to Spurs.

"It will be a good occasion for the fans and an interesting test for Alan in a flurry of away games - Cardiff, Spurs and Coventry in a week.

"It will be good for Matthew Etherington to go back to Spurs and obviously Fredi will be waiting for us at White Hart Lane!

"It will generate some decent revenue for the club which we naturally need this season and it will be even better if we can get through it.

"It is interesting that one or two of our rivals have gone out having played weakened teams thinking on focusing on promotion this year.

"At least this tie gives us something to hang our hat on as far as looking at performance is concerned, trying to get through, and getting a big boost if we did.

"If we didn't it would be a good gauge and experience for the lads so I think it is a very good draw whichever way you look at it, really."

With both Spurs and Arsenal being drawn at home in the Carling cup Tottenham are currently unable to commit to a date.

Whilst fixtures for the 3rd round are due to be played the week commencing the 27th October, due to police requirements both sides team are not able to play home fixtures on the same evening - and are both reluctant to switch from their normal midweek date of Wednesday.

Whilst the outcome is awaited the allocation and prices for this fixture can be confirmed.

The maximum allocation has been requested and details are as follows:

Upper Tier - 2310 - Price Adults £30 - Concessions £15

Lower Tier - 2107 - Price Adults £25 - Concessions £13

Bondholders - Thursday 9th October

Priority Point Post - Friday 10th October

Season ticket general - Saturday 11th October

Club Members - Monday 13th October

General sale - Tuesday 14th October

The club hope that the date will be announced soon but should supporters wish to apply knowing they are able to attend any date then they may submit applications now.

Should however it be the case that you are unable to attend certain dates then it is recommended you wait for confirmation.

Due to the ticket office operating the priority point scheme a slight delay will not hinder a season ticket holder's chance of obtaining a ticket anyway.

* ON 9th October 2003 lovely Hammers fan Suzie Berriman will take part in the Miss England 2003 competition.

The 19-year-old from Colchester in Essex is currently at Drama School in Loughton and has also appeared on TV in police drama The Bill.

This will be Suzie¹s first beauty contest and she is counting on your votes to become Miss England, and hopefully go on to represent the country at the Miss World competition in China next year. 

The polls are now open so to register your support for Suzie text Vote Suzie to 81444 or log on to www.missengland.info

Look out for Suzie when she makes the Hammers Grand Draw on the pitch at half-time this evening.