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Remembrance Day

West Ham United will be marking 2012 Poppy Appeal at Saturday's match this Saturday's match against Manchester City.

The team will be wearing shirts with a poppy motif and these will be signed by each player and later auctioned by the Royal British Legion.

Continuing the annual recognition of the Poppy Appeal and of those men and women from world wars past and those presently fighting for their countries, there will be representatives from local squadrons at the match with the club offering 40 free tickets for troops - which is on top of a long-standing offer where members of the Armed Forces can get £10 tickets for selected home matches.

Just before kick-off, representatives from both clubs will lay wreaths in the centre circle and this will be followed by one minute's silence.

There will be a large presence from the various armed forces, who have been specially invited by the club to help mark the upcoming Remembrance Sunday, which falls next weekend (11/11/12). This includes members of the local Royal British Legion and G Company (7 Rifles) who are a unit based in West Ham.

Armistice Day is a way for people to remember those who gave their lives in two world wars and subsequent conflicts. As West Ham play away at Newcastle United next Sunday, which is Armistice Day, the club wanted to make sure it marked the annual recognition here at the Boleyn Ground.

West Ham United captain Kevin Nolan said: "It is important for us all to remember all those brave men and women who have fought and those who are currently fighting for our country. Wearing a poppy on our shirts tonight is one way to show we are thinking of them and that we owe them a debt of gratitude for what they have done and what they continue to do."

Manager Sam Allardyce and the players will also continue to support the local Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal into next week leading up to Armistice Day.


• West Ham United host Barclays Premier League champions Manchester City looking to bounce back from a 2-1 away defeat to Wigan Athletic last Saturday.

• Unbeaten Manchester City currently sit third in the Barclays Premier League, just one point off the top, with the Hammers six places below and seven points behind in ninth.

• West Ham United will be hoping to emulate their second half performance in their last home outing that led to a 4-1 win over lowly Southampton, when they scored four goals after the break.

• Manchester City are the only unbeaten side in the Barclays Premier League and one of only two teams unbeaten within the top four divisions, the other being Sheffield United of npower League One.

• Modibo Maiga could be in line for his first Barclays Premier League start after impressing from the bench against Wigan Athletic and Southampton, scoring a stunning solo effort in the latter fixture.

• West Ham United's biggest victories over Manchester City both came in the same season - 1962/63. A 6-1 home Division One success on 18 May 1963 was preceded by victory by the same margin in the away fixture on 8 September 1962.

• This is the 93rd meeting between the two sides. West Ham United have come out on top on 35 occasions with 15 draws, while Manchester City have won 42.

• West Ham United's most-recent league win over Manchester City came on 1 March 2009, when a Jack Collison strike gave the Hammers a 1-0 Premier League win. Since then, City have won three of the four league meetings, with one draw.

• Former Hammer of the Year Carlos Tevez is likely to feature, but Hammers fans will be hoping his impact is different to last weekend, when he scored the only goal in a 1-0 home league win over Swansea City.

• The referee for Saturday's game is Howard Webb, who was also the man in the middle for the most-recent clash between the two sides on May 1 2011. Webb also refereed the 2012 npower Championship Play-Off final at Wembley, when West Ham United beat Blackpool 2-1 at Wembley to secure promotion.

• Edin Dzeko is City's top scorer in the Barclays Premier League with five goals, despite starting just two league games. Former Hammer Carlos Tevez is their second-highest league scorer with four goals.

• Manchester City have kept just two clean sheets this season - against Swansea City and Sunderland.

• Like West Ham United, Manchester City also played German club Dynamo Dresden in pre-season, they did however have considerably more luck, securing a 0-0 draw compared to the Hammers 3-0 defeat.

Team news

Jack Collison will be unavailable as he continues to manage his knee condition, while Guy Demel (thigh), Matt Taylor (calf), Alou Diarra (thigh) and Ricardo Vaz Te (shoulder) are also out of Saturday's game.

For Manchester City, full-back Pablo Zabaleta (hamstring) and Spain playmaker David Silva (hamstring) are hoping to be fit, but Micah Richards (knee), Aleksandar Kolarov (foot), Jack Rodwell (hamstring), Javi Garcia (thigh) and Maicon (ankle) are all unavailable.

Last time out

Saturday 26 October 2012
Barclays Premier League
Wigan Athletic 2-1 West Ham United
West Ham United: Jaaskelainen, Reid, McCartney, Tomkins, Collins, Nolan,Jarvis, Benayoun (Maiga 46), Noble (Cole 64), Diame (O'Neil 73), Carroll
Subs not used: Spiegel, O'Brien, Chambers, Hall
Goals: Tomkins 90

Saturday 26 October 2012
Barclays Premier League
Manchester City 1-0 Swansea City
Manchester City: Hart, Richards (Toure 81), Kompany, Kolarov (Balotelli 46), Clichy, Nastasic, Nasri, Barry, Y Toure, Aguero (Lescott 90), Tevez
Subs not used: Pantilimon, Sinclair, Evans, Dzeko
Goals: Tevez 61

Previous meeting

Manchester City boosted their UEFA Champions League hopes and left West Ham United rooted to the bottom of the Barclays Premier League table with a 2-1 win at the Etihad Stadium. City took the lead after ten minutes through Nigel De Jong who scored his first goal for the club before Pablo Zabaleta added a second five minutes later. Demba Ba pulled one back after half an hour and Mario Balotelli hit the crossbar as the hosts held on. The line-ups that day were:

Manchester City: Hart, Kompany, Zabaleta, Kolarov, Lescott, Johnson, Barry (Dzeko 74), Silva, De Jong (Milner 46), Y.Toure, Balotelli (Veira 86)

West Ham United: Green, Gabbidon, Tomkins, Upson (Da Costa 26), Spector, Jacobsen, Hitzlsperger, Boa Morte (Obinna 79), Sears, Ba, Keane (Cole (66)

Last six meetings (Barclays Premier League unless stated)

1 May 2011 - Manchester City 2-1 West Ham United
11 December 2010 - West Ham United 1-3 Manchester City?
9 May 2010 - West Ham United 1-1 Manchester City?
29 Sept 2009 - Manchester City 3-1 West Ham United?
1 March 2009 - West Ham United 1-0 Manchester City?
24 August 2008 - Manchester City 3-0 West Ham United?

Overall record v Manchester City (all competitions) W 35 D 15 L 42

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 Division One 4th (74 points)
2002/03 Premier League 18th (42 points - relegated to Division One)

Manchester City

2011/12 Premier League 1st (89 points - champions)
2010/11 Premier League 3rd (71 points)
2009/10 Premier League 5th (67 points)?
2008/09 Premier League 10th (50 points)?
2007/08 Premier League 9th (55 points)?
2006/07 Premier League 14th (42 points)?
2005/06 Premier League 15th (43 points)?
2004/05 Premier League 8th (52 points)?
2003/04 Premier League 16th (41 points)?
2002/03 Premier League 9th (51 points)?


• The referee for Saturday's game is Howard Webb.

• Webb was the man in the middle for the most-recent clash between the two sides on May 1 2011. 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.• He took charge of the 2010 FIFA World Cup final between Spain and Holland in South Africa.

• 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.

• 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.

Old boys

• Carlos Tevez scored seven goals in 29 appearances during the 2006/07 season, helping West Ham United to stave off relegation from the Barclays Premier League by scoring the winner in a 1-0 final-day success at Manchester United. The Argentina striker has netted 62 goals in 114 games since joining Manchester City in July 2009.

• Richard Wright signed for West Ham United in July 2007 following his release by Everton. The goalkeeper did not make a first-team appearance for the Hammers and, after being loaned to Southampton in March 2008, joined Ipswich Town in July of the same year.
Justin Fashanu

• Other players to have turned out for both clubs include Tal Ben Haim, Craig Bellamy, Wayne Bridge, Ian Bishop, James Cumming, Justin Fashanu, Marc-Vivien Foe, Kevin Horlock, David James, Patrick Leonard, Steve Lomas, Trevor Morley, John Payne, Stuart Pearce, Trevor Sinclair, Paulo Wanchope and Mark Ward.

• Former West Ham United centre-back Malcolm Allison joined Manchester City as assistant manager in 1965. Under the guidance of Allison and manager Joe Mercer, the club enjoyed a sustained period of success, winning the Division One title in 1968, the FA Cup in 1969 and both the League Cup and European Cup Winners' Cup in 1970. After taking over from Mercer in 1971, Allison resigned in March 1973, later returning to Maine Road for a second spell in charge between 1979 and 1980.

• Allison's former West Ham United team-mate John Bond took charge of Manchester City following Allison's departure in October 1983, remaining in charge until February 1983.

• One-time West Ham United left-back Stuart Pearce took charge of Manchester City between March 2005 and May 2007.

General information

• For the latest travel news via the London Underground, Overground and DLR services please click here. The London Underground Central line will be closed between Leytonstone and Woodford via Hainault, with replacement bus services in operation.

• Greater Anglia services will be disrupted by engineering work. Due to overhead line renewal work taking place between Witham and Shenfield, mainline services from Norwich/Ipswich/Colchester/Braintree will terminate at Witham and will connect into a replacement bus service to WICKFORD. At WICKFORD buses will connect into Southend Victoria services to Liverpool Street. A shuttle bus service will operate between Ingatestone and Shenfield for Ingatestone passengers only.

• The weather forecast for Saturday is for a partly cloudy day with temperatures reaching a maximum of 8C (47F).