Cash-Strapped West Ham Become the New Best Side in the World

Barney CorkhillSenior Writer IJanuary 18, 2009

Barney Corkhill's Unofficial World Club Championship (UWCC) saw another defence today as record-breaking champions Fulham took on Gianfranco Zola's West Ham team at Upton Park.

Fulham went into this match on the back of a fantastic run of form, having remained unbeaten in ten, eleven if you count the abandoned match last weekend, a run that stretched all the way back to Nov. 1 of last year.

West Ham weren't exactly on a bad run of form either, as Zola had made his usually inconsistent team string together a run of five games unbeaten, scoring 14 goals in the process.

It was Fulham's resistance that was finally broken, however, as West Ham recorded an impressive 3-1 victory.

Fulham didn't do themselves many favours during the match, especially in defence. It was a mistake from John Paintsil that allowed David di Michele in to opening the scoring for the Hammers, before a thunderous striker from Paul Koncheskey leveled the scores.

Carlton Cole, who has been on a great run of form recently, made a nuisance of himself in the penalty area again, and was fouled by goal scorer Paul Konchesky, giving Mark Noble the chance to score from the spot, a chance he took emphatically.

Another mistake led to West Ham's third, finished coolly by Carlton Cole, who made it five games in a row he has scored in.

The result means that Fulham's record ninth defence of their UWCC title was their last, and West Ham become the fifth team to hold the title, four of whom have come from London.

Fulham's reign ends having seen them record 15 points, an all-time low average of 1.5 per game, score eleven goals (1.1 per game), and concede eight (0.8 per game).

38.9 percent of voters said that West Ham would be able to beat Fulham today, so well done to all who got it right!


West Ham's run

West Ham 3-1 Fulham (West Ham become new champions)


(Click here to see the complete history of Barney Corkhill's Unofficial World Club Championship.)


Congratulations to West Ham, who are now officially the new unofficial best club side in the world! Their first title defence comes next Saturday as they face League One's Hartlepool in the FA Cup Fourth Round. Could Hartlepool become the best club side in the world?!