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OFFICIAL ANNUAL 1982
Harry Harris - Circle Publications Ltd (1982)
THE STORY OF THE HAMMERS
Peter Brill & N. Aplin (1982)
Audio cassette recording :
A rare insight into the back ground of the Hammers with personal views by all the players.
Colin Benson - Circle Publications Ltd (1983)
Ron Greenwood - Willow (1984)
Ron Greenwood is a man admired throughout the world of football for his knowledge and perception and in this book he recalls with honesty, detail and humour a unique career in the game. He remembers vividly his playing days with Bradford Park Avenue, Brentford, Chelsea (helping them with the League championship in 1954-55) and Pulham; his eventful period as Arsenal's coach; his sixteen colourful years at Upton Park where he was only the fourth manager of West Ham; and his five dramatic years as the fourth manager of England. He describes how West Ham won the FA Cup, the European Cup winners' Cup and a million admirers; how three of his players, Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters, matured into World Cup Winners in 1966; and the fascinating background to England's success in the 1980 European Championship and the 198S World Cup.
Ron Greenwood talks about great players and matches over five decades, intriguing transfers, personality conflicts, heated arguments, and curious coincidences. He tells many fascinating stories for the first time and explains controversial decisions. He recalls how England's players talked him out of retiring early in a plane high over Europe; why he wanted to sack Bobby Moore and Jimmy Greaves; why he did not give Glenn Hoddle a permanent place in the England side; how Kevin Keegan mysteriously disappeared during the 1982 World Cup finals; why he turned down a chance to buy the great Gordon Banks; and how stars like Alvin Martin and Alan Devonshire were discovered.
This is a book written by a man who sees football as an eternally exciting challenge, a champion of open, attractive play in an age of negative defence and of sportsmanship in an age of violence. He is strongly critical of current methods and attitudes and believes the modern professional game is slowly being ruined.
Ron Greenwood sees football as the true international game and travelled the world to expand his knowledge. His insight into the game is acute and Yours Sincerely is testimony to a long, rich and outstanding career.
Size 237x152mm - 240 pages
COVER PRICE: £
THE WEST HAM STORY
John Moynihan - Arthur Barker Ltd (1984)
After a modest start in life in Canning Town as the amateur Thames Ironworks XI, founded in 1895, West Ham United grew and prospered in its dockland home - an area previously starved of top-class football. Throughout their ups and downs on the pitch, the Hammers have always played attractive, flowing football, and the club has retained its unusual family atmosphere. Its history is full of long-serving players, from Jimmy Ruffell, the flying left-winger of the 1920s, to 'the great unflappable', Bobby Moore, and the record-breaking Billy Bonds.
John Moynihan's lavishly illustrated history of the club, recalls its many great stars and characters, men like Syd Puddefoot, Ted Hufton, Vic Watson, Len Goulden, Ernie Gregory, Malcolm Allison, Johnny Byrne, Bobby Moore, Martin Peters, Geoff Hurst and Trevor Brooking. He also describes in detail the highlights in the club's colourful history - none more spectacular than the first every Wembley Cup Final when, in the presence of George V, the barriers broke, the stadium was dangerously over-filled, and tragedy only averted by the single policeman on the now legendary white horse Billie. Moynihan gives blow by blow accounts of the outstanding matches and most glorious moments, as when a youthful team under Bobby Moore and manager Ron Greenwood won the F.A. Cup for the first time in 1964, and a year later the European Cup Winners' Cup. After two more recent Cup successes the Hammers are now firmly established as one of the major forces in the Football League, still playing their own attractive brand of football, and John Moynihan's entertaining book is a fitting tribute to a great club.
COVER PRICE: £6.95
Colin Benson - Circle Publications Ltd (1984)
WEST HAM UNITED - The Making of a Football Club
Charles Korr - Duckworth (1984)
No detailed inside history of a football club has ever been published. It is remarkable therefore that the board of West Ham United should have opened its archives to an American historian and given free scope to an outsider to tell the story of the 'Hammers'.
The result is a triumph.
West Ham United: The Making of a Football Club is a lively and entertaining account of the club from its foundation, in 1895, as the company team of the Thames Ironworks. Many of its star players have been local men, while the board, since its inception, has been peopled by generations of local families, most prominently the Cearns and Pratt families.
West Ham's greatest successes are covered, and also its low points; and there are numerous sketches of the stream of characters who have surrounded the club from its earliest days, from the colourful and flamboyant Syd King to the intensely professional and private Ron Greenwood.
This evocative and well-illustrated book - with a Foreword by Manager John Lyall - will appeal to anyone interested in sport or the East End - and, of course, to all West Ham United supporters keen to know how their club came to be what it is today.
Signed, numbered limited edition of 200 copies: £45.00
WHO's WHO of WEST HAM 1900-1986
Tony Hogg & Jack Helliar - Jack Helliar (1986)
This Who’s Who represents a written and statistical account of past and present players of West Ham United F.C. and gives as far as possible a complete record from 1919, when Hammers first entered the Football League.
When Tony Hogg first put pen to paper on this project in January 1982 it was, to the best of his knowledge a novel idea. Originally intended to cover the years 1945 to 1986, it could be argued that the work has benefited from subsequent publication delays of the intervening years he has now delved much further into the history of the Hammers as a result. With the involvement of “Mr. West Ham” (Jack Helliar) which was an unexpected bonus, and helped to make all the hold-ups seem irrelevant in retrospect.
Tony hopes that the book helps to settle a few arguments and sets the record straight on the players who have pulled on the famous claret-and-blue jerseys since 1919, as well as many of the even earlier pioneers.
Size 255x205mm – 96 pages
COVER PRICE: £6.50
WEST HAM UNITED
A Complete Record 1900-1987
John Northcutt & Roy Shoesmith - Breedon Books (1987)
Many books have been written about West Ham United, the soccer pride of London’s East End, but none has ever approached the wealth of detail contained in this Complete Record.
In this book, Hammers supporters will find, not only the story of their club since its formation as Thames Ironworks FC, but a complete record of every competitive first-team game since those days – results, scorers, line-ups and attendances – as well as biographies of the players and managers, memorable matches and thousands more fascinating facts and statistics. Indeed, there has never been a book like this on West Ham United Football Club.
Published in a limited edition.
Size 212x155mm – 432 pages
COVER PRICE: £14.95
BONZO AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY
Billy Bonds - Arthur Barker (1988)
What was it that stopped Billy Bonds from ever getting a chance with Alf Ramsey’s England? Which manager wrote off his prospects as a pro? Who was the team-mate, now a respected manager, who once hurled a beer bottle across the dressing-room… and who’s the one who so nearly drowned after a summer tour night out? Why does Billy think Vince Jones is a pussy cat?
Still giving an inspirational 100 per cent for West Ham in the First Division at the age of forty-one, Billy reveals the answers in an affectionate look back at his astonishing quarter-of-a-century in League football. Bonzo’s autobiography traces his path from soccer-mad kid kicking a ball around on a council estate to one of football’s most respected players – and adored Upton Park folk hero. For many years a lead-from-the-front Hammers’ captain, Billy reminisces about the numerous great players he has known, both as club-mates and opponents, the managers who influenced his ideas about football, and the characters and experiences he has encountered in twenty-five years in the game. Twice he led West Ham to FA Cup final triumphs – the first time suffering mental agonies under the threat of suspension. And he discloses how personal tragedy marred an even greater occasion, when he skippered Hammers in a European final. Awarded the MBE in the 1988 New Year’s Honours List for his services to football, and the coveted PFA Merit Award, Billy talks of his hope and ambitions for the future with the club to which he has given such long, dedicated service. Bonzo truly has a tale to tell, and he does so in a way typical of a player whose totally committed approach to football is in stark contrast to his personality off the field, where he is very much the headline-shunning family man. His fascinating story will be essential reading for two generations of West Ham supporters, and of genuine interest to all soccer fans.
Size 222x145mm - 193 pages
COVER PRICE: £9.95
THE WEST HAM UNITED QUIZ BOOK
Tony Hogg - Mainstream Publishing (1988)
The 1015 questions in this West Ham United Quiz Book have been set with an emphasis on fun and entertainment for Hammers fans of all ages and although some of the posers are somewhat stiff, it is possible to find the answers to the majority of them through the plethora of books published about the club in recent years. Tony Hogg has done his best to avoid the mundane and keep the questions as interesting as possible with an eye to variety. The text within incorporates events on the Hammers up to the start of season 1988/89.
Size 229x152mm – 174 pages
COVER PRICE: £4.95
JUST LIKE MY DREAMS
John Lyall - Penguin Group (1989)
John Lyall is acknowledged throughout the football world to be a perceptive and innovative coach, and an honest and diligent manager. Until West Ham decided in June 1989 that they no longer required his services, Lyall had been the longest-serving one-club manager in the First Division, having started at the club as an office clerk and then played as a promising young full back before a serious knee injury terminated his career. But it was as the manager who took his club to its greatest triumphs – including two FA Cup victories, the Second Division Championship and third place in the First Division – that Lyall established his remarkable rapport with West Ham supporters.
In Just Like My Dreams Lyall recalls with honesty, humour and fascinating detail a unique thirty-four-year career with one of the best-known football clubs in the world. He recalls playing alongside, and later coaching, some of the greatest names in the game, like Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters; and nursing to greatness others, like Billy Bonds and Trevor Brooking.
He remembers some of West Ham’s great games – and some of their more disastrous ones too. He explains the details of the Tony Cottee – Frank McAvennie saga, the signing of Phil Parkes and Ron Greenwood’s reaction to the famous Blackpool nightclub fiasco. And, most poignantly, he describes for the first time how the club chairman summoned Lyall to his house to tell him that after thirty-four years his contract was not going to be renewed. As well as giving the story of a highly respected figure in British soccer, Just Like My dreams offers a revealing insight into one of its greatest yet most secretive clubs.
Size 241x160mm - 248 pages
COVER PRICE: £12.95
HAMMERS ANNUAL 1990
Tony McDonald - Robolle Press (1990)
Phil Parkes Testimonial Year 1989-90 Brochure
Size 297x209mm - 64 pages
COVER PRICE: £4.99
THE TREVOR BROOKING FOOTBALL QUIZ BOOK
Trevor Brooking & William Walker - Ward Lock (1990)
Former West Ham and England star, now a media football expert, TREVOR BROOKING gives you the chance to show your off-field soccer skills.
Trevor's compiled over 1,250 tantalizing teasers (including picture quizzes) in a fun challenge for every fan.
Find out how much you know about:
The World Cup
The Football League
The FA Cup
Teams, transfers and trophies
All the great names and the great games!
The questions are arranged in three groups - FIRST HALF (easy)
SECOND HALF(not-quite-so-easy) and
So whether you're a casual supporter of a football freak, put yourself on the spot with...
Trevor Brooking's Football Quiz Book!
Size 178x110mm - 128 pages
COVER PRICE: £4.99
THE OFFICIAL WEST HAM UNITED QUIZ BOOK
Deano Standing - Rosters Ltd (1991)
How much do you really know about the Hammers?
Deano Standing has combed through the record books to produce over 800 questions which will test your football know-how. Pit your wits against Deano and see how many points you can score.
Celebrate the Hammers return to Division One with a series of quizzes which will test your knowledge of the triumphs of the 1990-91 season and of seasons past.
Size 178x110mm - 127 pages
COVER PRICE: £3.95
ACL Colour Print & Polar Publishing (1991)
SOCCER QUIZ SERIES WEST HAM
John Northcutt - Almeida Books (1991)
The idea of a Soccer Quiz Seies first came about following one of the meetings of the Association of Football Statisticians. Several members gathered round the bar afterwards, and it wasn’t long before the football questions got their customary airing. It was agreed that members should use their specialist knowledge and put a quiz together on their particular club – John Northcutt was West Ham’s representative.
After much thought and consideration it was decided to develop the idea further to produce a series that consists of much more than just bland pages covered with tedious questions and answers. The preambles to specialist sections therefore aim to educate and inform, as well as whet your appetite for the hard work to follow.
SPOT ON with 'TONKA'
Ray Stewart Testimonial Year (1992)
Size 243x161mm - 80 pages
COVER PRICE: £5.00
The Life And Times of a Sporting Hero
Jeff Powell: Robson Books Ltd (1993)
Bobby Moore’s death in February 1993 stunned not only the footballing world but a whole generation who had held him as a hero. Captain of West Ham United, who he led to the 1964 F.A. Cup and the 1965 European Cup Winners’ Cup, and Captain of England, who he led to triumph in the World Cup in 1966, he was loved and respected throughout the world.
In this definitive and authorised biography, award-winning sports writer Jeff Powell – for many years a close friend and confidant to Moore and his family – has written a powerful and fitting tribute to this legendary man, as he recreates the golden era of English football and the man at its helm, whilst also examining Moore’s astonishing impact on English society in the 1960s and the profound effect of his illness and death on national attitudes in the 1990s.
Apart from passionate accounts of Moore’s greatest moments in football, Powell’s unique access to the man and his family enables him to reveal the very private side of this supremely gentle man. Whilst on the field he was a meticulous and painstaking tactician, a ‘human computer’ who left little to chance, off the field he was a loveable and loyal man, devoid of ego, who could laugh and cry with the best of them.
The best of them, of course, included his friend and contemporary Franz Beckenbauer, Portuguese legend Eusebio, and the greatest of them all, Pele. Unprecedented insights into Moore’s relationships with all these superlative opponents, his World Cup-winning team-mates and his distinguished managers – Ron Greenwood at West Ham and Sir Alf Ramsey with England – illuminate the stirring story of his life in football.
The author also relates the inside story of Moore’s life after football, and movingly reveals how he found true happiness before the tragedy of his premature death from the cancer he kept secret.
Size 240x160mm - 181 pages.
COVER PRICE: £16.95
A Tribute: The Illustrated Biography of a Footballing Legend
David Emery - Headline (1993)
When Bobby Moore died on 24 February 1993, aged on 51, everyone who loves football mourned the passing of an authentic hero, a man of incomparable style and grace both on and off the pitch. Bobby Moore will forever be remembered for leading England to victory (for the first and only time) in the 1966 World Cup. But he achieved much more than that; he was also, in David Platt’s words, ‘a great person in every sense; a footballer of intelligence and vision, a man of dignity and stature’.
Under the general editorship of David Emery, this book is a lavishly illustrated tribute by Daily Express sports writers to the great England captain. Christopher Hilton, with the help of interviews with relatives and friends, traces his progress from the angelic-looking youngster with a ruthless will to win, through his rise to the England youth team.
Steve Curry, chief soccer writer of the Daily Express, chronicles Moore’s unparalleled football career – 108 England caps, 81 of them as captain, plus winning the 1964 Cup final and the 1965 Cup Winners’ Cup with West Ham. But no one can ever forget that July day at Wembley in 1966 when he led England to glory, beating West Germany 4-2 in the World Cup Final. For Pele of Brazil – he most famous adversary – he was then, and in the World Cup of 1970, quite simply ‘the finest defender in the world’.
James Lawton, chief sports writer of the Daily Express, looks at Moore the man – who, in the words of the Prime Minister, John Major, ‘enhances sport by his example and his behaviour as well as by his skill’. By talking to friends and colleagues such as Malcolm Allison, Ron Greenwood, Alf Ramsey and Bobby Charlton, Lawton looks at the qualities of Moore’s character and his life outside soccer. Players and celebrities from around the world add their own tributes.
Size: 257x193 – 160 pages
COVER PRICE: £9.99
BOBBY MOORE A TRIBUTE
Matchday Publication (1993)
On Wednesday 24 February 1993 the world of football lost one of its all-time greats. And while tributes have understandably homed in on the Cup-winning highlights of Bobby Moore’s long and illustrious career, there’s no doubt that he gave so much of value to the game above and beyond his many accomplished performances as a player.
Fittingly, his last public appearance just one week before had been at Wembley, scene of so many of his greatest triumphs in past decades, where he had been covering England’s World Cup qualifying game with San Marino – ironically, one of the few countries he never met on the field of play – for a London radio station.
A gentleman both on and off the pitch, Bobby Moore set standards others could only attempt to aspire to. This magazine goes some way to celebrating the career of a once-in-a-lifetime player.
Size 295x210mm – 32 pages
COVER PRICE: £2.00
WEST HAM UNITED AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY
John Northcutt & Roy Shoesmith - Breedon Books (1994)
Founded just over 100 years ago as Thames Ironworks FC and re-named West Ham United as the 20th century dawned, when they became a professional club and a limited company, the Hammers of Upton Park have long been one of the great names in football. FA Cup winners three times - they took part in the first-ever Wembley Final - and winners of the european Cup Winners' Cup as well, West Ham have many great days to look back upon over the past century.
In 1994, two experts on the club's history joined forces again to produce West Ham United: An Illustrated History. An authoriative text complemented by hundreds of fascinating photographs, many of them rarely, if ever, published before, it was highly acclaimed and soon sold out.
Now John Northcutt and Roy Shoesmith have updated their book to take the Hammers' story from its very beginnings at Canning Town to today, so that all the great players and memorable moments are her.
The result is a book which will continue to fascinate West Ham supporters of all ages, evoking many memories and acting as a spledid souvenir of this fine club.
Size 302x215mm - 183 pages
COVER PRICE: £15.99
Special thanks to John Northcutt