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Books and Publication : 8

Covers the period 2015 to 2016

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WHEN I GROW UP, I'm Going to Play for West Ham United

Gemma Cary : Hometown World (2015)

It’s a riveting tale which took two minutes to read !

NEARLY REACH THE SKY : A Farewell to Upton Park

Brian Williams : Biteback Publishing (2015)

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Acknowledgements

Success, failure, heroism, stupidity, talent, skulduggery ... Upton Park has seen it all. If supporting his club for fifty years has taught Brian Williams one thing it's that football fans definitely need a sense of humour - how else would they cope with the trials and tribulations that are part and parcel of cheering on their team?

In this frank and funny take on the travails of a die-hard football supporter, Williams takes a nostalgic look back at some of the great players, great triumphs and great calamities that have marked West Ham's time at Upton Park, exploring the club's influence on its fans, the East End and football as a whole over the course of a lifetime.

 

A Fever Pitch for the Premier League generation, Nearly Reach the Sky is an anecdotal journey through the seminal goals, games, fouls and finals, told with all the comedy, tragedy and irrationality fans of any team will recognise. This is a witty, fond, passionate and poignant tribute to the end of an era at Upton Park, as well as a universal meditation on the perks and perils of football fandom.

 

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COVER PRICE: £12.99 - 360 pages

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FLYING SO HIGH : West Ham's Cup Finals

Pete May : Amazon (2015)

Formerly an e-book Kindle edition which was first released as a download in 2011.

 

This paperback edition 'Flying So High' by Pete May relives eight classic West Ham United Cup Final games from the 1923 FA Cup final against Bolton Wanderers to the 2012 Play-off final against Blackpool.

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THE PINNACE COLLECTION : WEST HAM UNITED

P. Days & John Northcutt : Lulu Press (2015)

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WAR HAMMERS II

Brian Belton : History Press (2015)

War Hammers II, the sequel to the fascinating story of the club during the First World War, looks at the achievements and developments of the Upton Park heroes throughout the Second World War.

 

West Ham United was forced to adapt in the dark days of the 1940s, building the outlook and approach that would eventually give rise to the club's most successful period, and establishing a culture of style and support that is still present today.

 

Exploring the power, politics and intrigue of wartime football, a detailed account is given of the Irons' 1940 War Cup victory and of those who played for the club between 1939 and 1945. Author Brian Belton includes huge global events and many local incidents within the context of the club's history, to create a book that is sure to fascinate and entertain football fans and historians alike.

 

 

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COVER PRICE: £12.95

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FAREWELL BOLEYN

Rob Mason : Twocan Publication (2015)

WEST HAM UNITED COMPLETE RECORD

John Northcutt & Steve Marsh : De Coubertin (2015)

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In the summer of 1904, West Ham United moved from their former base at the Memorial Grounds in Plaistow to the Boleyn Ground in nearby Upton Park.

 

The Boleyn Ground has become one of the most famous and beloved grounds in the history of English football.

 

Ever since West Ham’s first competitive match on 1 September 1904 brought Syd King’s Hammers a handsome 3-0 victory over a century of unforgettable, magical moments.

 

Cup successes, European glory and a wonderful wealth of talent, Vic Watson, Jimmy Ruffell, Bobby Moore, Billy Bonds, Trevor Brooking, the list goes on to stars of today that have inherited West Ham’s famous tradition of playing the beautiful game in an entertaining, attacking style befitting the Academy of Football.

 

Some 112 years later, as the Hammers bid farewell to the Boleyn Ground and move to their spectacular new home on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the passion and deep affection that fans and players alike hold for the famous old ground will never fade.

 

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COVER PRICE: £20

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WEST HAM UNITED A HISTORY IN PICTURES

Signature Gifts Ltd (2016)

Signature Gifts Ltd have published this book in conjunction with the Historical Newspaper Series.

 

The photographs in the book go back to the 1950s with one picture from the 30s.

THE THAMES IRONWORKS :

A History of East London Industrial and Sporting Heritage

Brian Belton : History Press (2015)

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Located in the heart of London’s East End, the Thames Iromworks might be described as characteristic of the industrial and social landscape of the Victorian era. This successful enterprise, headed by the respected Hills family, undertook projects in shipping, civil engineering, electrical engineering and motoring.

 

But as well as providing employment, the ironworks was also central to the social lives of its workers. Its footballing team, founded by Arnold Hills in 1895, was destined to become world-famous as West Ham United.

 

Author Brian Belton explores how the Victorian values of commercialism, religion, philanthropy and patriarchy that made this giant of industry a success were inextricably linked with a sense of fair play, competitive spirit and the growth of football as a national obsession.

 

Peppered with the songs and memories of a treasured cockney region, this is an entertaining portrait of ships, industry, sport and, most of all, the people of the Docklands communities that relied on the ironworks for their daily bread.

 

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COVER PRICE: £12.99

WEST HAM UNITED ANNUAL 2016

Rob Pritchard : Grange Publication (2015)

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HAMMERS YEARBOOK 2015/16

Rob Mason : Twocan Publication (2015)

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UPTON PARK MEMORIES

Tony McDonald : Football World (2016)

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West Ham: The Complete Record is the definitive account of one of English football's most loved clubs, recounting every conceivable detail of its 115 year-long history.

 

Three times FA Cup winners and with a European Cup Winners Cup to their name, West Ham have been involved in some of the most enthralling cup runs in English football history. With names like Bobby Moore, Frank Lampard, Martin Peters, Trevor Brooking and Geoff Hurst having turned out in the famous claret and blue, they are also synonymous with producing some of England's most talented footballers.

 

Club historians John Northcutt and Steve Marsh have spent years trawling through the archives to uncover every concievable fact and figure about the club. In this monumental work they have painstakingly provided details of every game, line up, goalscorer, attendance and result, as well as a plethora of other facts and figures.

 

With full appendixes detailing the careers of the hundreds of players to have turned out for the club and a season by season narrative account of West Ham's history, this is the must-read book for every fan of one of English football's most popular clubs.

 

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COVER PRICE £25

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May 2016 marks a momentous occasion in the colourful history of West Ham United FC, who will play their last-ever Premier League match at the Boleyn Ground in Upton Park before their controversial and well documented move to Stratford's Olympic Stadium.Upton Park has been the East London club's spiritual home for the past 112 years and there are mixed emotions among its loyal fan base now that the bulldozers are preparing to demolish the 35,000-capacity stadium where West Ham has played since 1904. This unique hardback book, lavishly produced in full colour throughout its 372 pages, is a riveting compilation of personal stories, anecdotes and shared experiences as recalled by more than 150 West Ham fans who have seen their claret-and-blue heroes win three FA Cups and revered the great World Cup-winning trio of Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters, plus a host of others Hammers legends including Trevor Brooking, Billy Bonds, Alan Devonshire, Alvin Martin, Tony Cottee, Paolo Di Canio and Carlos Tevez.Contributors of all ages - including a number of ex-West Ham players, management and staff - span every decade of the post-war era and each person has a unique story to tell. They reveal their all-time favourites matches, players, goals and kits, pre-match rituals, most memorable characters on the terraces and the funniest and saddest moments they have known from attending Upton Park, culminating with their forthright views on the drastic decision to sell Hammers' famous old ground.

 

COVER PRICE £20

Size 226x245mm - 374 pages

WEST HAM QUIZ QUOTA

G. Watson : X Publishing (2016)

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As a West Ham United supporter, it is important you know of and appreciate the history of this great football club. Since 1895, West Ham United have been plying their trade in the English Football League.

 

West Ham United are a club rich in history and have undoubtedly one of the most well-regarded histories in English football. Whatever happens in the present could not have occurred without the past.

 

Do you fancy yourself as a Hammers Brainbox? Are you always the ‘right’ one amongst your mates? Do you know the answer to the following:

 

In which Street is Upton Park located?

 

Who was the Hammers’ only member of the 1998 England World Cup squad?

 

Who scored West Ham’s winning third goal in the 1964 FA Cup Final?

GOODBYE UPTON PARK, HELLO STRATFORD

Richard Bennett : Publish Nation (2016)

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Big Sam scoffed at the concept of “the West Ham way”. He called the fans deluded. Along came Super Slaven Billic to show everyone what it was. In Goodbye Upton Park, Hello Stratford, Richard Bennett charts the progress of the team game by game in the build-up and throughout the last remarkable season.

 

Every match is covered as the author also reminisces about great games he has watched in the last 58 years, his favourite players and managers, the triumphs and disappointments. He adds his views on the controversial stadium move, match officials, video technology, media pundits, and other topical discussion points in the best Premier League competition in years.

 

An excellent cup run, Premier League club records broken,  no trophies, but the consolation of another European campaign in the first season at the new home. With the most attractive football seen in years the West Ham way was back.

FAREWELL TO UPTON PARK

Andy Hooper & Lee Clayton : Octopus Publishing (2016)

A stunning celebration of West Ham's beloved former ground, Farewell to Upton Park captures what it means to be a West Ham fan, and its evocative photographs are sure to chime with every Hammer.

 

Containing over 230 beautiful images of Upton Park, from the characters that made the ground great, to nostalgic scenes at the historic Boleyn Tavern and inside the stadium itself, this book is one to treasure for years to come.

 

Award-winning sports photographer Andy Hooper was given unprecedented access by the Club to bring together this incredible collection of photographs, and together they form a beautiful testament of what it meant to go to a game and be among the fans at this historic stadium.

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THE ACID TEST

Clyde Best : De Coubertin (2016)

On a rainy Sunday in August 1968, Clyde Best, arrived in London for the first time. Not long out of school, he had come for a week long trial with West Ham United, the club with which he had fallen in love while watching the FA Cup final four years previously. It was the 17-year-old's first time away from the Caribbean. Alone, lost and depressed had he possessed the return fare he would have flown straight back home again. Had that happened, English football would have missed out on one of its most riveting and unlikely stories: how Clyde Best, one of eight children, went on to become English football's first black striking hero. A groundbreaking figure, he battled for recognition despite being regularly targeted in an era when racism was rife on football's terraces. In his autobiography, The Acid Test, Clyde relates how he overcame appalling and violence-tinged discrimination because of the colour of his skin and how that served as an inspiration for dealing with intolerance throughout his career.

 

He describes the culture shock of swapping the Caribbean for London; how West Ham and future England manager Ron Greenwood took him under his wing; how, as a willing listener, the teenager from Bermuda ended up playing in the same team with players - including Geoff Hurst and Bobby Moore - who had led England to World Cup glory; and how he developed a special bond with the fans over an eight-year love affair. The Acid Test also follows Clyde to the United States where he joined the likes of Pele, Franz Beckenbauer and Rodney Marsh as one of the first pioneers of the professional game across the Atlantic. It concludes, four decades after boarding that BOAC flight to London as a skinny wannabe, back home in Bermuda where he briefly coached his national team. Candid and searingly honest, The Acid Test tells of the extraordinary ups and downs of one of English football's groundbreaking figures and is the last word from a player that defied many of the game's boundaries.

 

Size 243x160mm

Cover Price: £20  

 

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It was an honour and privilege to be asked by Clyde to pen a few words to his book

Well done, Big Man.

DIDGE (Dylan Tombides)

Natasha Kate Evans : Matador (2016)

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Natasha Kate Evans' beautifully illustrated educational book Didge is based on former West Ham and Australian footballer, Dylan James Tombides, who passed away to testicular cancer in April 2014. Natasha has written a children's book equipped with a teaching package that aims to arm future generations with strategies to be resilient through adversity. Through Dylan's real life story teachers, parents and students will gain the necessary knowledge about testicular cancer that will enable them to be confident when taking health matters in their own hands. Didge follows the life of talented cub, Didge, who excels playing football. However, Sena, the sneaky, slithering snake enters Didge's life unexpectedly and his life changes dramatically. Didge reflects Dylan's story and is based on courage, persistence and love that aims to inspire children of all ages.

 

Natasha has written Didge in Dylan's memory to help inspire the youth of today to lead positive, meaningful lives and to never give up on achieving their hopes and dreams. It aims to teach children the importance of becoming resilient when they are faced with challenges in their lives, just like Didge, and helps teachers learn how to engage in such sensitive topics with their pupils.A hugely popular figure among his team-mates, coaches, backroom staff, supporters and opponents alike, Dylan was loved and respected throughout the football community for his talent, his smile and his spirit. Dylan was already a star. What he achieved in his 20 years was astonishing, but we knew he had potential to go on and accomplish even greater things. This book will ensure that the stars of the future have the opportunity that Dylan, tragically, was robbed of, to fulfil their potential.

HOME OF THE HAMMERS

John Dillon : Pitch Publishing (2016)

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West Ham United's move to the new Olympic Stadium ended an 112-year stay at the Boleyn Ground. The spiritual home of some of football's greatest heroes: Bobby Moore, Billy Bonds, Trevor Brooking and Frank Lampard were just a few who made their name there, and revelled in its close-knit east London atmosphere. With the club anthem 'Bubbles' ringing around the stands, the Boleyn Ground had a raw flavour of its own.

 

There were unforgettable afternoons fashioned by the club's two greatest managers, Ron Greenwood and John Lyall; fabulous nights under the lights, as the tightly-packed confines of the ground made it the most intense of stadiums; wonderful evenings competing against the best in Europe, such as beating Eintracht Frankfurt on a mud-heap of a pitch. Now it is gone, but the magic, the fervour, the triumphs, the disappointments and the special brand of humour which flourished there is captured here in all its glory. With full access to The Times archives and stunning photographic collection, lifelong Hammers fan John Dillon has penned the definitive history of the Home of the Hammers.

 

Size 300x215mm - 224 pages

COVER PRCE : £24.99

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NO PLACE LIKE HOME

Joseph Fordham : Rolling Thunder (2016)

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'No Place Like Home'

112 portraits and personal accounts celebrating the historic Boleyn Ground.

WEST HAM UNITED ANNUAL 2017

Rob Pritchard & Matt Riggs : Grange Publications (2016)

Hammers Masterpieces is a glimpse into the careers of fifty legends from West Ham United's post Second World War history. Containing profiles and stunning images of some of the Hammers' greats, the fans' favourites and the cult heroes that have brought such joy to the faithful followers on the terraces and glory to this great club.

 

Men that pulled on the famous claret and blue shirt during the golden years, like Bobby Moore, Billy Bonds and Sir Trevor Brooking share pages alongside heroes from more recent generations, Julian Dicks, Ludek Miklosko and Tony Cottee, in this must-have book for all Irons fans. Football has changed and so too have the kits, but all these players have created unforgettable Boleyn Ground memories, not least modern-day stars Mark Noble and Dimitri Payet, who have now carried the torch into London Stadium.

HAMMERS MASTERPIECES

A. Smithson : Twocan Publication (2016)

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GOODBYE TO BOLEYN

Pete May : Biteback Publishing (2016)

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West Ham's final season at the Boleyn Ground was always going to be memorable. It featured a new manager in Slaven Bilic, the arrival of a French magician called Dimitri Payet and away wins at Arsenal, Liverpool and Man City - not to mention an unexpected tilt at the top four and an epic last game at the Boleyn against Man United.

 

But a new beginning is around the corner and, as he and his fellow Hammers prepare to swap the gritty East End streets of E13 for the shiny shopping centres of Stratford, lifelong supporter Pete May reflects on the special place the Boleyn Ground has occupied in the hearts of generations of Irons fans.

 

Whether it's the infamous chants of the Bobby Moore Stand, the pre-match fry-ups at Ken's Café or the joys of sticky carpets, rubbish ale and blokes singing on pool tables in the pubs around Upton Park, Pete's memories are sure to resonate with legions of the claret-and-blue army as they say farewell to the Boleyn and enter a new era at the London Stadium.

HAMMERS YEARBOOK 2016/17

P. Rogers : Twocan Publicatons (2016)

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