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Books and Publication : 7

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WEST HAM UNITED in the LEAGUE CUP

John Northcutt: Soccer Data Publication (2011)

After 51 seasons of the Football League Cup, only three clubs have played more games than West Ham. Yet, despite this record, and two final and seven semi-final appearances, the Hammers await their first win. John Northcutt's book takes a detailed look at all the club's games in the competition, up to and including the 2010/11 season.

 

Size 246x190mm - 80 pages

Cover Price: £10.00

WEST HAM'S 30 MEMORABLE MATCHES

Phil Stevens: Derby Books Publishing (2011)

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WHEN FOOTBALL WAS FOOTBALL

West Ham A Nostalgic Look at a Century of the Club

This book isn't about the modern era of football; all-seated stadia, corporate hospitality with champagne and prawn sandwiches, of superstar primadonnas, foreign imports and football as a 'commercial product'. This is a nostalgic look at West Ham United Football Club in the days before the Premier League and the huge media circus fed by satellite television. The days before Saturday morning, Sunday afternoon and Monday - even Friday - night kick-offs in order to fit with the worldwide television audience.

This book is about the halcyon days of our national game prior to billionaire owners from around the globe taking control, before astronomical transfer fees and sky-high player wages. It's about terracing and passion. It's about the Chicken Run. Bovril at half time, peanut sellers around the ground. The Boleyn Pub, Ken's Cafe, muddy pitches and orange match balls. Cup ties which had three replays, the romance of Cup runs. About Leagues 1, 2, 3 and 4, and when the FA Cup was king. We remember a time When Football Was Football and look at West Ham United's colourful past - as eventful then as it is at Upton Park even now.

 

Size 257x255mm - 208 pages

Cover Price: £18.99

A Nostalgic Look at one of Britain's most famous clubs: West Ham

West Ham might have endured a season to forget on the pitch, but fans can always take solace in the proud history of their side - now celebrated in this new book from Haynes, written by broadcaster and life-long Hammers supporter, lain Dale. It traces the heritage of the club back to its formation as Thames Ironworks FC in 1895, taking readers through the glory days of the sixties - when the Hammers provided the key figures in England's World Cup-winning team - and other memorable episodes, such as their three FA cup triumphs. Alongside this, many previously unseen images from the archives of the Daily Mirror complete a nostalgic look-back at a century of life at one of Britain's most famous clubs.

The 30 matches described here recreate the special moments of a club with some of the most devoted and proud supporters in football. The matches included reflect the triumphs and disasters in the long history of West Ham United FC. Some recall thumping victories, where individual plavers rose gloriously to the occasion, and others remind us of the brittle fragility of West Ham's commitment to attacking tootball. Football matches are memorable for goals, goalmouth incidents and end-to-end free flowing football, or are simply special occasions, like the White Horse Cup Final of 1923. The primary aim of this book is to bring to life key matches in the history of one of Britain's most cherished football clubs. Players such as Moore, Hurst and Peters, the Liverpool Cup Final of 2006 - said to be the greatest of the modern era - Ron Greenwood's football academy and the white-hot atmosphere of European nights at Upton Park are all treasured memories of the West Ham faithful. The strong family tradition, a reputation for surging attacking football and hair-tingling moments, When the excitement at Upton Park mounts to an almost unbearable level, are all part of being a Hammers supporter, as are the high and lows of promotion and relegation.

 

Every season has produced memorable moments. The stories surrounding these games have been compiled through research from old newspapers, from talking to former players and older supporters, and by delving into some of the many books written about the club and its historvy The author has his own recollections of supporting the Hammers, which go back to the early 1960s, but the club dates from the late 19th century, and the book begins with a couple of matches involving the original Irons pioneers. We hope all West Ham fans and football lovers in general will enjoy reading of the elation, despair, celebration.

 

Size 240x163mm - 188 pages

Cover Price: £14.99

Iain Dale: Haynes Publishing (2011)

Covers the period 2010 to 2014

MR MOON HAS LEFT THE STADIUM

Confessions of a Matchday Announcer

book157 Mr Moon

Jeremy Nicholas: Biteback Publishing (2011)

Jeremy Nicholas is West Ham United's stadium announcer. A supporter since the age of six, Jeremy's blood runs claret and blue. In the summer of 1998, after decades in the stands, he became the voice of his club - announcing the players, the substitutions, the trials and tribulations, the best of all the goals.

Over the years he's established himself as one of the best announcers in the business, combining information with a gentle humour that makes vists to the Boleyn Ground that bit more special.

Mr Moon Has Left the Stadium is the hilarious tale of one man's obession with football and doing things the right way. Part love story, part autobiography, part nostalgia, it will make you laugh and cry.

It also answers the all-important question - who is Mr Moon?

 

 

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WEST HAM UNITED ANNUAL 2012

Rob Pritchard : Grange Publication (2011)

ALL CHANGE AT OLD TRAFFORD : The Frank O'Farrell Story

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SEEING RED for the CLARET and BLUE

John Powles : Soccer Data (2011)

John Powles has been watching the Hammers for more than 60 years. Having lost count of the number of times he has seen a referee send a west ham player off the field, he has penned a personal account of every post-war sending-oo in a Hammers' game to the end of the 2010-11 season. John was at rotherham in October 1951 when Terry Woodgate became the first post-war hammers' player to incur the referee's displeasure. john can be excused for emitting a groan when Victor Obinna became the last entry in the book in 2011.

 

 

Size: 246x190mm

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West Ham might not reach that many cup finals, but when they do it’s unforgettable, bringing telegenic white horses, six-goal thrillers, European glory, three FA Cups and Play-off Final victory.

 

Lifelong fan Pete May relives six classic finals when West Ham’s bubbles nearly reached the sky, covering the chants, banners, dodgy hairstyles, celebrations and press reaction. West Ham played in the first ever game at Wembley, the 1923 FA Cup Final against Bolton. It saw a pitch invasion by 200,000 fans and brought celebrity to Billie the white horse. In 1964 the Hammers beat Preston 3-2 through Ron Boyce’s late winner and Bobby Moore ran round the pitch with a giant hammer.

 

A year later I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles rang round Wembley as Ron Greenwood’s men conquered Europe, beating TSV Munich 1860 through Alan Sealey’s double in a tremendous display of attacking football. Alan Taylor, a former mechanic signed from Rochdale, was the star of 1975 FA Cup Final, scoring twice as West Ham defeated Fulham, captained by former Hammers’ legend Bobby Moore. In the 1980 FA Cup Final Johnny Lyall’s claret and blue army were in the second division, but beat Arsenal through a rare Trevor Brooking header as Billy Bonds lifted the trophy for a second time.

 

When West Ham visited the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff for the 2006 FA Cup Final, it produced the most memorable final in recent history and a heartbreaking penalty shoot-out defeat after a brilliant 3-3 draw. The Hammers returned to Wembley in 2012 after an absence of 31 years as Ricardo Vaz Te’s late winner against Blackpool secured promotion in the Championship Play-off Final and resulted in Bobby Moore’s statue being adorned with a claret and blue scarf. Six great finals that sum up what it means to be a West Ham supporter.

 

 

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FLYING SO HIGH : West Ham's Cup Finals

Pete May : Kindle Edition (2012) Paperback version now available (2016)

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THERE'S ONLY ONE STEVIE BACON :

My Life Watching West Ham Through A Camera Lens

S. Bacon & K. Blows : Biteback Publishing Ltd (2012)

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He has never scored a goal, lifted a trophy, worn the captain’s armband or even played for the club, but Steve Bacon is considered a genuine Hammers legend. As West Ham United’s official photographer for more than thirty years, Steve has become a cult hero at Upton Park – he has appeared on Sky’s Soccer AM, featured in a fanzine comic strip and even had a burger named after him.

 

From his privileged position as part of the club’s backroom team, Steve has enjoyed unlimited access behind the scenes and established close friendships with many managers and players. John Lyall, Lou Macari, Billy Bonds, Harry Redknapp, Glenn Roeder, Alan Pardew, Alan Curbishley, Gianfranco Zola, Avram grant and Sam Allardyce have all found themselves the focus of Bacon’s candid camera, while Trevor Brooking, Tony Cottee, Frank McAvennie, Julian Dicks, Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard, Paolo Di Canio and Scott Parker are just a few of the star players who have welcomed him into their world.

 

Packed with terrific tales, amusing aneodotes and controversial characters, and illustrated with the very best of Steve’s photographs, There’s Only One Stevoe bacon offers an intriguing insight into life at the Boleyn Ground and one that no West Ham United fan will want to miss.

 

 

 

Size: 224x145mm

Cover Price: £15.99

THE PIONEERS of WEST HAM UNITED 1895-1960

Phil Stevens : DB Publishing (2012)

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Despite the extremes of fortunes over the past 120 years, the story of West Ham United has been one of accomplishment and success. From its hard-edged industrial roots in East London at the end of the 19th century, the club progressed to become an important member of the top flight of English football and, on one occasion, triumphant in Europe.

West Ham has a romantic history: emerging from a works-side in one of the toughest industrial areas of Europe, they won the West Ham Charity Cup in their first-ever season and conquered Europe 100 years later.

The Pioneers of West Ham chronicles the triumphs and disasters in the club's extraordinary history. With the use of original archive material and exclusive interviews, the author captures the spirit of a much-loved football club. The book is essential reading for all Hammers supporters and of real interest to all genuine football fans.

 

 

Size: 240x157mm

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ANY OLD IRON

Graham Martin Johnson : Spiderwize (2012)

The Memories/The Times. I can truly say that at no point I thought the 'throw-ins' I told on West Ham travels, adding 'my bit', would bring about two 'not silly people' suggesting and without their prior consultation, that the 'stories' I told may be of interest and amusement to others and that I should consider seriously putting 'pen to paper'. After months of deliberation, these writings, and once started gave into a 'no want to stop' issue, and put me through life and football memory emotions of all shape, form and size.

 

All I have said is how it is or how it was, spelt out in layman's terms and without deliberate exaggeration or play down. This journey of mine has opinions and viewpoints (that's allowed) and comes with ultimate honesty. The contents I can only hope are informative, be of interest and give enjoyment to those in more tender years than myself, as I hope also, they will be of interest to those of similar and more senior years to me, and who will possibly if not probably, relate to the life and times of my memory lane and not necessarily just for the West Ham United or football association.

 

 

Size: 228x152mm

Cover Price: £8.99

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WEST HAM : THE INSIDE STORY

Tony Cottee : Philip Evans Sports Media (2012)

TONY COTTEE was one of the most prolific strikers in British football throughout the 1980s and 90s in a career spanning more than 700 games for his clubs, including West Ham United, Everton and Leicester City, plus seven senior appearances for England. At one-time the most costly player in British football and one of an elite band of players who have netted more than 200 league goals, he remains the fifth highest goalscorer in West Ham's history following two spells with the East London club he has supported passionately since birth. Now one of the game's most respected television pundits and match summarisers for Sky Sports. 'TC' hits the target again with this controversial insight that will shock, absorb and enlighten.

He breaks his silence to bring us the full uncensored inside story behind his serious takeover bid at Upton Park . . , his bitter fall-out with chairman Terry Brown who sacked him as a match day host; being turned down by David Sullivan after a visit to the current West Ham owner's Essex mansion; th_e many characters he approached in his international search for financial backers to form a consortium; his prominent role in bringing the, Icelandics to power . . . and how. after more than two years of painstaking effort, he was left feeling angry and bitterly disappointed as his dream crumbled and his Icelandic intermediary took his own life. Following publication of his first autobiography Claret & Blues, in 1995, this time Tony takes readers through the second half of his playing days, including a long-awaited Wembley cup-winner's medal, and his personal struggle to cope after a 20-year pro football career that, to his eternal regret, ended in the colours of Hammers' most hated rivals MiIIwall.

He reveals what it was like playing for Martin O'Neill, one of the Premier League's top managers and the man he wanted to see take charge of West Ham and England. He takes a critical look at the men who have managed West Ham since Harry Redknapp's sacking in 2001 and names "the worst appointment in Hammers' history." And what of the Hammers' future? Read TC's forthright views on West Ham's plans to move into the Olympic Stadium,

The reasons why he failed in his own ill-fated spell in management at Barnet is also fully explained, and Tony, addresses many of the burning issues that dominate modern football - money, greed, players' attitudes, the use of technology, the erosion of so many long-lost traditions and the changes he'd like to see introduced. An honest, hard-hitting and thought-provoking read and a must for any West Ham fan who cares about the way their club is run.

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WE'RE WEST HAM UNITED : WE PLAY ON THE FLOOR

Martin Godleman : Mardibooks (2012)

book166 - Were WHU we Play it on the Floor

When Avram Grant threw his scarf into the crowd at Upton Park after a disastrous 0-3 home defeat by Arsenal in January 2012, everyone present knew it was a gesture of surrender. The fans were stunned. This man had taken a bankrolled Chelsea side to within one kick of the European Champions League, but he had failed in less than six months at the Academy of Football. Four months later West Ham United were relegated.

The following month, Sam Allardyce was appointed as Grant’s replacement. With no Champions League pedigree behind him, Allardyce could still point to major managerial success at the highest level, having woken one of Lancashire’s sleeping giants, Bolton Wanderers, and taken them into European competition over an eight year period. The only thing on the minds of West Ham fans was could Sam get their beloved Hammers back into the Premier League at the first time of asking? And, pretty please, would Sam mind taking them there playing football the West Ham way? The pre-Grant, best bits of Zola and Curbishley, few decent Pardew periods, Redknapp flashes and, ultimately, the Lyall and Greenwood years. If that wouldn’t be too much to ask.

So just what is ‘The West Ham Way’? Well it’s not like ‘Wembley Way’ or the ‘Brian Clough Way’ (also known as the A52). And unlike those two roads (Wembley Way is, technically speaking, ‘Olympic Way’) it exists only as an abstract concept about how football ought to be played, To be honest, even the concept hasn’t existed for about ten years. So what is it? And where did it go? And if they can find it, can West Ham get back to playing it after all this time?

Martin Godleman has worked at West Ham United for 21 years as a journalist, commentator, DVD producer and even matchday announcer for nearly half a season when Jeremy Nicholas went on a 2008 sabbatical. He loves this club and all the crazy things that happen to it. Read his match by match story of the 2010-11 promotion season within these pages. And why wouldn’t you want to? We’re West Ham United, remember. We play on the floor.

 

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AND ON THE 6th DAY GOD CREATED BOBBY MOORE

David Weeks : New Breed Publishing (2012)

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May 2012: A jubilant East London celebrated the return of the 'Hammers' to football's summit, and prepared for the hosting of global TV's biggest event, the Olympics. Thus, the time was ripe for this darkly humorous guide to the history of WEST HAM UNITED FOOTBALL CLUB.

 

"Oh, East London is wonderfull!" Never has there been such an optimistic chant, for it flies in the face of much of the evidence. From the awful deprivation of the 19th century, through the battles of the working classes to achieve a decent standard of living for their families; the devastation of the Blitz; the violence of London's underworld; the decline of the once-booming Docks. However, the redevelopment of London's Docklands boded well for a better future, as East London's skyline rapidly changed.

 

And, throughout it all, there stood that colossus of East End life - the thing of beauty that is West Ham United. At the heart of the community for over a century, the Hammers have endured more heartache than most teams.

 

From their humble Thames Ironworks roots, through to the glorious flowing football of the Greenwood era and the emergence of three of England's greatest-ever footballers, the Holy Trinity that were Moore. Hurst and Peters. The legends continued through the decades: Brooking, Bonds, Di Canio, but there was also the turbulence of the Redknapp era. and the ominous entity known as "the Inter-City Firm', one of the most notorious football hooligan crews Britain has ever known.

 

 

Size: 198x128mm

Cover Price: £12.99 - 325 pages

 

 

WEST HAM UNITED ANNUAL (2013)

Rob Pritchard : Grange Publication (2012)

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LITTLE BOOK of WEST HAM

Graham Betts : G2 (2012)

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BOBBY MOORE the MASTER

Norman Giller : NMG Enterprises (2013)

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In association with the Bobby Moore Fund, Norman Giller has written an in-depth study of the life and times of arguably England's greatest ever defender. The book is being published to mark the 20th anniversary of Bobby's passing and the setting up of the fund.

 

It is not only a book about Bobby but captures the golden era of English football in which he was the golden hero. For the first time, every one of the 108 England matches in which he played are summarised with Bobby's exclusive comments on each of them.

 

Any profits from the sales of the book will not go into the pockets of the Publisher (me) but to the Bobby Moore Fund to help raise cancer research money.

 

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Cover Price: £15.00 - 160 pages

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HAMMER BLOWS

Kirk Blows : Pitch Publishing (2013)

The past dozen years have provided an unprecedented rollercoaster ride for West Ham United, both on and off the pitch.

 

Since 2001, the Hammers have recruited six managers, had four different owners, played in three winner-takes all play-off finals, enjoyed two promotions (having endured two relegations) and starred in an all-time classic FA Cup Final. After the club endured the collapse of the chairman’s banking empire and the Carlos Tevez saga, it was saved from financial ruination and now looks set for the Olympic Stadium.

 

Former Hammers News editor and popular local columnist Kirk Blows has been there at every step, offering hard-hitting, opinionated analysis of events, campaigning and complaining on all the topical issues with an obligatory gallows humour. And now he pulls no punches looking back on the club’s fight for elite status, plus heroes and villains including Di Canio and Tevez, Zola and Allardyce, Gudmundsson, Gold and Sullivan.

 

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ALWAYS MANAGING

Harry Redknapp : Ebury Publishing (2013)

'From kicking a ball as a kid under the street lamps of Poplar and standing on Highbury's North Bank with my dad, to my first game at West Ham, I was born head over heels in love with football. It saved me, and 50 years on that hasn't changed one bit - I'd be lost without it.'

 

Harry is the manager who has seen it all - from from a dismal 70s Portakabin at Oxford City and training pitches with trees in the middle to the unbeatable highs of the Premiership, lifting the FA Cup and taking on Real Madrid in the Champions League. With his much loved, no-nonsense delivery, Harry brings us a story filled with passion and humour that takes you right inside every drama of his career.

 

Harry finally tells the full story of all the controversial ups and downs - the pain and heartache of his court case, the England job, his love for Bobby Moore, his adventures at Portsmouth with Milan Mandaric, the Southampton debacle, Tottenham and Daniel Levy, and not forgetting his years at West Ham or the challenges at his current club QPR.

 

It's the epic journey of one of the great managers and, along the way, the story of the British game itself over the last five decades. In an era now dominated by foreign coaches Harry is the last of an old-fashioned breed of English football man - one who has managed to move with the times and always come out fighting.

 

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WEST HAM UNITED ANNUAL 2011

Rob Pritchard: Grange Publication (2010)

HAMMERS 80

Revisiting a West Ham Season to Remember

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N. Giller and T. Baker: NMG Enterprises (2010)

This book recaptures the matches played throughout the 1979-80 season, with match reports from all the games leading up to the 1980 F.A. Cup Final against Arsenal at Wembley. Interviews with all the players, and player biographies. There is also extra articles on previous West Ham United games at Wembley starting with the 1923 Cup final (Bolton Wanderers), the 1964 Final (Preston North End) and 1975 Final (Fulham) also featured is the 1965 European Cup Winners' Cup Final against TSV Munich 1860

 

book151 - History of West Ham United

HISTORY of WEST HAM UNITED FOOTBALL CLUB

LLC : Wikipedia

Published by an American company in conjuction with Wikipedia. LLC also produced other books on various seasons and  managers but these had very few pages and they were priced around £25 to £30 each.  

This history book had no pictures and all the information within has been taken off the Wikipedia website.

 

 

 

This book takes a look at the popular West Ham United chants, sung from the terrace each week.

 

Most of the chants sung by the West Ham faithful from the terrace are sung in a light hearted way but are sung to provoke the players or fans from the other team.

 

This book covers all of the popular songs; no chant has been kept out of this book for being politically incorrect or too rude.

 

No team, player or referee is safe …

 

Get ready to have a laugh at the other teams’ expense …

 

Size 150x225mm - 150 pages

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The BEST WEST HAM FOOTBALL CHANTS EVER ...

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Interview Books (2010)

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BRING ME the HEAD of TREVOR BROOKING

K. Blows & B. Sharratt: Mainstream (2010)

West Ham United last won a major trophy in 1980, but the roller-coaster ride of the past three decades has produced enough twists and turns, heroes and villains and contrasting emotions to grace the script of the most thrilling TV soap opera.

 

Since Trevor Brooking headed home the FA Cup Final winner against Arsenal, the Hammers have experienced delight and despair in not so equal measures, with a cast of controversial characters – either adored or abhorred p playing the key roles in a tale of fact rather than fiction.

 

The saving of the club by David Sullivan and David Gold, as west Ham stared into the financial abyss following the ill-fated Bjorgolfur Gudmundsson reign, is the latest chapter in a saga that includes numerous promotions and relegations, great escapes, contentious changes of ownership and management, internal feuds, bust-ups and power struggles, the Carlos Tevez affair and the passing of legends Ron Greenwood, John Lyall and Bobby Moore, as well as several false dawns in the endless quest for success.

 

Including exclusive interviews with key protagonists, Bring Me the Head of Trevor Brooking tells – for the first time – the inside story behind 60 of the most significant developments at Upton Park in the modern era. Wheather examining the contributions of Paolo Di Canio, Harry Redknapp and Frank McAvennie or Gianfranco Zola, Marco Boogers and Iain Dowie, the book celebrates the good, the bad and the ugly of West Ham United.

BOBBY MOORE By the Person Who Knew Him Best

THE TIMES FOOTBALL COLLECTION : Harper Collins : Tina Moore (2010)

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Bobby Moore's untimely death in 1993, at the age of 51, had a profound impact on the people of this country. Tina Moore's story of her life with Bobby, the triumphs and crises of his football career, the break-up of their marriage and what happened afterwards, is amoving tribute to a national icon by the person who knew him better than anyone.

This paperback edition was produced by The Times newspaper under the banner of The Times Football Collection. During the FIFA 2010 World Cup South Africa, the newspaper gave away free copies of the Bobby Moore book. Tina Moore's original release was first published in 2005.

 

Size:197x128mm - 246 pages

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WEST HAM UNITED ANNUAL 2014

Rob Pritchard : Grange Publication (2013)

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WEST HAM UNITED THE ENGLAND STORY

Paul Peters : lulu (2013)

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An A to Z of West Ham United footballers who have featured for England in the World Cup and European Championships from 1949 to 2013. This includes a description of every game played in both competitions and a wealth of interesting facts. If players have played for more than one club while representing England their entire career in both competitions is evaluated. There is also a statistical breackdown of competitive international appearances while at West Ham United.

 

 

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GOT, NOT GOT : The Lost World of WEST HAM UNITED

Derek Hammond & Gary Silke : Pitch Publishing (2013)

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Got, Not Got: The Lost World of West Ham United is an Aladdin’s cave of memories and memorabilia, guaranteed to whisk you back to the Boleyn’s fondly remembered ‘Golden Age’ of mud and magic – as well as a Hammers-mad childhood of miniature tabletop games and imaginary, comic-fuelled worlds. The book recalls a more innocent era of football, lingering longingly over relics from the good old days – West Ham stickers and petrol freebies, league ladders, big match programmes and much more – revisting lost football culture, treasured and pleasures that are 100 per cent ckaret and blue.

If you were a Junior Hammer, one of the army of obsessive soccer kids at any time from Bobby Moore lifting the World Cup to the early days of ‘Arry Redknapp’s reign, then this is the book to recall the mavericks – Peters and Hurst, Best and Brooking, Bonds and Cottee – and the marvels of the Lost World of Football.

 

Size: 215x150 - 146 pages

Cover Price £12.99

MILLWALL vs WEST HAM : The Working Class Derby

Luca Manes : Bradipolibr (2014)

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Only problem this book was published in Italy!    

Looks a good read if you can speak Italian.

 

Cover Price: Amazon best price £9.10

BOBBY MOORE : The MAN In FULL

Matt Dickinson : Yellow Jersey (2014)

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‘Immaculate footballer. Imperial defender. Immortal hero of 1966. Master of Wembley. Captain extraordinary. Gentleman of all time.’

 

These are some of the words inscribed beneath the statue of England’s World Cup-winning captain, Bobby Moore, at Wembley stadium. Since Moore’s death, of bowel cancer at just 51, these accolades represent the accepted view of this national treasure. But what do we actually know about Bobby Moore as a person? What about the grit alongside the glory?

 

Moore was undeniably an extraordinary captain and player. Pelé called him the greatest – and fairest – defender he ever played against. His feats for West Ham United and England are legendary and his technical mastery of the game ahead of its time. Few footballers since have come close to his winning combination of intelligence, skill, temperament and class.

 

Yet off the pitch, Moore knew scandal, divorce and drink. What about the string of failed businesses, whispers of bad behaviour, links to the East End underworld and turbulent private life? Ignored by the football world post-retirement, this great of the game drifted into obscurity and, famously, there was no knighthood.

 

Acclaimed football writer Matt Dickinson traces the journey of this Essex boy who became the patron saint of English football, peeling away the layers of legend and looking at Moore’s life from all sides – in triumph, in failure, in full

 

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TREVOR BROOKING : MY LIFE in FOOTBALL

Trevor Brooking with Michael Hart : Simon & Schuster UK (2014)

book179 Trevor Brooking My Life in Football

When Trevor Brooking was still at school, the Essex-born teenager was one of the most eagerly pursued prospects in London, but he chose to go to West Ham United - the only club that was prepared to allow him to complete his studies - and so began a lifelong attachment to the Upton Park outfit.

 

In 1967 he made his debut for the club, and went on to play for them until 1984, helping them to win two FA Cup trophies, and scoring the only goal in the 1980 final. A cultured midfielder at the heart of West Ham's side, he was soon seen as crucial to England's fortunes, helping them to qualify for the World Cup finals in 1982.

 

Brooking recalls the highlights of his career, playing with and against some of the most famous names in the sport, and provides revealing details about life with West Ham and England. His story recalls a time when he was a symbol of solidity during the era of flared trousers, punk, and the turmoil of the Revie regime. Respected by fans and his peers alike, Brooking has been at the forefront of the FA's work to develop the game in recent years, and his views on the future of football are essential reading.

 

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#2SIDES : MY AUTOBIOGRAPHY

Rio Ferdinand : Blink Publishing (2014)

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Rio Ferdinand is one of the finest footballers of his generation – a Champions League and Premier League-winning centre back who began life as an ambitious kid on the council estates of south-east London only to grow into one of the game’s greatest stoppers.

 

Candid, outspoken and supremely honest, this is his story: from his early days in Peckham, through to picking up the Champions League trophy on a rainy summer's night in Moscow, #2Sides is the tell-all account of an extraordinary and controversial life in the game.

 

On winning and losing; on defending and attacking; on Moyes, management and fellow players; on John Terry, lost friendships and ongoing rivalries; on the love and hate of the beautiful game; and on playing for club, country and for yourself - this is a full spectrum of life at the very top of the footballing tree, and a superb retrospective of a truly fascinating career.

 

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JOHN LYALL : A LIFE in FOOTBALL

Dr. Phil Stevens : Apex Publishing (2014)

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John Lyall was one of the most successful managers in English football in the 1980s. The former West Ham full-back, forced out of the game by a horrific knee injury at the age of 23, showed immense courage and determination to transform himself into a top coach. Lyall led West Ham United to their highest-ever top-flight league position, won the FA Cup against the mighty Arsenal and took the club to the final of the European Cup-Winners’ Cup. He was revered by the Upton Park faithful who loved him, not just for his success, but for encouraging his teams to play football the Hammers way.

Cruelly sacked by West Ham in 1989, Lyall was soon snapped up Ipswich Town, then languishing in the lower half of the old 2nd Division. Lyall achieved a minor miracle with the Tractor Boys winning promotion to the Premier League in only his second season at Portman Road.

In this fascinating insight into English football in the 1980s, Philip Stevens recalls how England managers, Sir Bobby Robson and Terry Venables regularly turned to the former West Ham coach for advice. The story of how these three top football brains worked together will make interesting reading for all football lovers.

In researching for the book the author was privileged to have access to the Lyall family. The pride they have in John’s career is recalled here through a wealth of anecdotes and stories. The family’s involvement in the book provides a unique insight into the life of one of the most loved and respected figures in professional football in the past 40 years.

 

Cover Price £20.00

WEST HAM UNITED ANNUAL 2015

Rob Pritchard : Grange Publication (2014)

book182 WHU Annual 2015 book183 They Played with Bobby Moore

Tim Crane : The Printing House (2014)

THEY PLAYED with BOBBY MOORE

book183 Acknowledgement

Bobby Moore played with 89 Hammers in West Ham's first team. His team-mates have never forgotten the experience and for the first time their stories and unplublished photographs have been showcased in one book.

 

The Played with Bobby Moore preserves the colossal contribution made by the Hammers' legend through the man who shared centre stage with him from September 1958 until January 1974.

Acknowledgements

Rob Mason : Twocan Publication (2014)

THE OFFICIAL 2014/15 HAMMERS YEARBOOK

book185 - Hammers Yearbook

Acknowledgements

John Lyall acknowledgement

All Change at Old Trafford tells the story of footballers Frank O'Farrell, an Irish choirboy from Cork who began his working life as a railway engine cleaner, and went on to find fame and fortune as the manager of Manchester United. But its not just about football - it is about a man's life, his beliefs and the things he holds special.

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