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HAMMERS OFFICIAL ANNUAL 2005
John Helliar - West Ham United (2005)
Size 302x215mm - 95 pages
COVER PRICE: £6.99
IRON IN THE BLOOD
John Powles - Soccer Data (2005)
The Thames Ironworks was a major employer in the Canning Town area of East London until 1912. Its products included ships for the Royal Navy, linings for the Blackwall Tunnel and iron bridges. Employees such as Boilermakers and Ship's Platers began to play organised football in the 1890s. as ambitions grew for the football club, professional players were employed. This eventually led to the works withdrawing its support and the club we know today as West Ham United was then formed.
This book tells the story of the football club from 1895 to 1900. Full statistical details of the games played by Thames Ironworks are included, with pen pictures of the principal players. The account of the club is interwoven with events of the time at the works and in East London.
Size 296x209mm - 100 pages
COVER PRICE: £10.00
GOOD AFTERNOON GENTLEMEN, THE NAMES BILL GARDNER
Bill Gardner with Cass Pennant - John Blake Publishing Ltd (2005)
He arrived to rally the troops, the main man in the West Ham Firm and his greeting passed into football fan history. ‘Afternoon, gentleman, the name’s Bill Gardner.’ That introduction alone was often enough to provoke sheer terror in his opponents. He is a genuine legend to anyone who’s ever stood proud on a football terrace. No serious book on the culture would be complete without at least one mention of him. And now at last he’s telling his own , long-awaited story.
For the first time, Gardner himself reveals what made him the top man, including his innermost thoughts and his memories of the classic years for football fans. Everything is here, in thrilling detail, including the grudge matches between Millwall and West Ham fans. Prepare to hear how Bill went from being a fan through to being the main figure in the country’s biggest firm and back to being what he’s always been at heart – just a big football fan.
Among the West Ham following, he has earned respect in all his endeavours. Bill Gardner has only ever been himself – and that’s what made his mark on football culture so great. He has never held back from dismissing lesser firms as being ‘two-bob’ and their fans ‘bullies’ where he thinks it’s the case. Many familiar faces have queued up to add their comments in this book which shows just what it is that makes Bill Gardner unique among the toughest and the most respected of them all.
Good Afternoon, Gentleman… follows from his unhappy childhood, coloured by fighting from the adults around him, through his first days as a football fan, right up to his time spent with his famous crew. Find out how fearless this legend has always been and how he has never given up in the face of overwhelming bullies and plebs. This is a story that is inspiring and terrifying by turn.
FRANK LAMPARD - THE BIOGRAPHY
Douglas Thompson - John Blake Publishing Ltd (2005)
He’s the King of the King’s Road and a vital player in England’s bid for victory at the 2006 World Cup. A footballer of genuine, dynamic majesty, the East End boy who has become a West End star is hailed by fans, players and managers worldwide as a goal-scoring genius. His achievements for West Ham, Chelsea and England have validated his dedication, skill and super-fitness. An all-action man, he’s already established as a bona fide legend in the game.
His footballer father, the former West Ham and England player Frank Lampard Senior, believed in his son’s talent from the off. He taught him the work ethic he’d learned from Bobby Moore and other heroes of England’s 1966 World Cup squad. He was unstinting in his determination for young Frank to be a winner in the family business.
Against the odds, the critics and accusations of nepotism they scored beyond their hopes and imaginations. ‘Lamps’ is the perfect, highly tuned, magnificent midfield machine. He’s broken home records by playing non-stop Premiership football, while in Europe his rivals are awestruck by his tireless, lightning performances. He’s matured into an ambassador for his country, club and football. Intelligent, thoughtful and clearly spoken he’s a superb team player but is his own man.
His manager, ‘Special One’ Jose Mourinho calls him a ‘full-time galactico’ and said, ‘He is the most complete player of today.’ Brazil’s renowned 1970 World Cup winning captain Carlos Alberto is a huge fan and fans, ‘In Frank Lampard they have the best player in the world.’
Written by acclaimed biographer Douglas Thompson, this upbeat, fascinating and authoritative book chronicles Frank Lampard’s inspiring, triumphant journey from London’s East End to worldwide fame. It’s the must-read, glorious story of a modern sporting hero.
COVER PRICE: £17.99
By the Person Who Knew Him Best
Tina Moore - Harper Collins (2005)
Bobby Moore’s death in 1993, at the age of 51, had a profound impact on the people of this country. With his almost god-like looks, his style, grace and dignity, the only English football captain ever to raise the World Cup was not just a football icon but a national one. Yet Bobby was an intensely reserved, almost mysterious personality. Only one person was his true friend and confidante – his wife Tina, whom he first met at 17 and married in 1962.
With her, he went through all the triumphs and crises of his professional career – the life-threatening illness that struck him at 23, his clashes with West Ham (and later England) manager Ron Greenwood, his emergence as a footballer of international renown, the almost unheard of media intrusion and the kidnap threats on their children, that amazing 1966 World Cup Final day, the drama of Bogota when he was accused of theft, and his depression as he struggled to adapt to the end of his playing career.
Tina Moore’s story of her life with Bobby, the break-up of their marriage and what happened afterwards, is inspirational, candid and told with revelations and authentic insight into what made Bobby tick. Alongside previously unseen material that sheds new light on his character and anecdotes about players, wives and managers told from a female perspective, this is a moving tribute to a national treasure by the person who knew him better than anyone.
Size 240x160mm – 326 pages
COVER PRICE: £18.95
NEARLY REACHED THE SKY
Steve Blowers - Football World (2005)
Nearly reached the Sky is the definitive, must-have modern-day history of West Ham United Football Club.
Having written for Hammers News Magazine for nearly two decades, Steve Blowers leaves no stone unturned in an intriguing, insider’s view of events at Upton Park from the moment that John Lyall was dismissed in June 1989 through to the 2005 play-off final victory.
Embarking on a comprehensive, memory-jogging 16 season see-saw journey across some 200 players, six managers, three promotions, two relegations and a European sojourn, Nearly Reached the Sky weaves together the observations of all the major characters and commentators, exploring just how close the club came to achieving its own tangible success during those turbulent times down West Ham way. And after seeing the dreams fade and die following relegation, the loss of Hammers’ seasoned professionals and the exodus of their golden crop of coveted youngsters, Nearly Reached the Sky then charts the priceless return to the Premiership.
COVER PRICE: £9.99
THE MEN of 64
West Ham United & Preston North End in the F.A. Cup
Brian Belton - Tempus Publishing Ltd (2005)
East End faced North End in the 1964 FA Cup Final. It was a meeting of the once ‘Invincible’ Preston Team, the epitome of the Northern bedrock of football, and West Ham United, the blossoming young side that would provide the backbone for England’s World Cup winners two years later. It was a game that captured the spirit of an era, as West Ham, the team of the 1960s, triumphed.
Brian Belton’s book is illustrated with images from both West Ham United and Preston North End’s famous pasts, and features interviews with many of the players who took part at Wembley that May afternoon. It also provides a detailed round-by-round look at the matches both sides played to get to the final, profiles of both teams’ managers and a look back to some of the famous games that West Ham and Preston have played in down the years, including West Ham’s famous 1923 ‘White Horse’ FA Cup Final.
There is also a welcome reminder of the events happening outside football while the 1964 FA Cup was being contested. 1964 also saw the arrival on our screens of Top of the Pops, Cassius Clay fight Sonny Liston for the World Heavyweight Boxing title and Donald Campbell break both the water and land speed records. All these events and more are included in this through volume that will delight not only supporters of both West Ham United and Preston North End, but also any football lover who remembers the 1960s for the unique decade that it was.
Size 235x155mm – 222 pages
COVER PRICE: £14.99
HAMMERS IN THE HEART
Pete May - Mainstream (2005)
West Ham are back in the Premiership and, to celebrate, Pete May reflects on a lifetime of supporting the Irons. It's all here in Hammers in the Heary, from a full account of West Ham's triumph against Preston in the Coca-Cola Championship play-off final at Cardiff on 30 May 2005 to his early recollections of Bobby Moore, high-leg DM boots in the North Bank, Billy Bonds'pirate chic, obscene humour in the Chicken Run, Trevor Brooking's sideburns, the FA Cup triumphs of 1975 and 1980, promotions, relegations and sides invariably 'down to the bare bones'.
With the dark humour necessary to be a Hammers fan, Pete MAy recalls Frank McAvennie's Neighbours mullet; paolo Di Canio's walk-off against Bradford; 'Two Bob' Florin Raducioiu, who preferred shopping in Harvey Nichols to playing for West Ham; Iain Dowie's legenfary own goal at Stockport; homeboy Joey Beauchamp; John Hartson attempting to kick of eyal Berkovic's head in training; beating Bury 10-0 and signing their centre-half; chants of "We want a new back four!" and relegation with the most talented side ever to go down; and, of course, the sublime skills of Brooking, Devonshire and Di Canio.
You'll laugh, you'll wince, you'll probably need a cup of Rosie Lea in Ken's Cafe after reading Hammers in the Heart, an epic tale of dreams that didn't always fade and die.
Size 233x157mm - 240 pages
Cover Price: £9.99
WHO’s WHO of WEST HAM UNITED 1895-2005
Tony Hogg - Profile Sports Media (2005)
A huge comphrensive, full-colour and well-illustrated who's who player by player guide to West Ham United. The book covers every player to don the famous claret and blue from 1895-2005.
Size: 240mm x 318mm – 224 pages.
Cover Price £25.00
Matty Holmes - M Holmes Football (2005)
HOLMES COACHING MANUAL
THE OFFICIAL WEST HAM UNITED ANNUAL 2006
David Clayton - Grange Communications Ltd (2005)
BOBBY MOORE ENGLAND'S GREATEST
WH Smith Publication (2005)
THE WEST HAM UNITED QUIZ BOOK
Chris Cowlin - Apex Publishers (2006)
HOW TO COACH A SOCCER TEAM
Tony Carr - Hamlyn (2006)
Professional advice to create a successful team. Whether you are taking charge of a school team or have run out of ideas for what to do in the next training session, you will find easy-to-follow drills for every aspect of the game.
Whatever your team needs to work on, clearly illustrated techniques will improve every part of their game and help you develop a winning team.
Packed with practical tips and advice, skills, warm-up routines, tactics, problem solving, coaching during a game and the latest theories.
Cover Price: £12.99
Tony Carr is a highly respected youth coach who has overseen the emergence of a host of professional footballers, including England internationals Rio Ferdinand, Joe Cole and Jermain Defoe.
1966 WORLD CHAMPIONS
Geoff Hurst - Headline (2006)
The 1960s was a larger than life decade, characterised by cultural change - London was swinging, skirt lengths were rising and the Beatles' minds were expanding. But for millions of people there is only one defining moment: Saturday 30 July 1966 - the day that England won the World Cup.
In World Champions, World Cup hero Geoff Hurst takes us back to that glorious summer in 1966 when he and his team-mates defeated the footbal world and captured the sport's biggest prize. Relive all the action on and off the pitch as Geoff talks training, tactics, team camaraderie, pre-match ritals and what it felt like to score not once but three times in the final.
Lavishly illustrated - including photographs from Geoff's own collection - and containing personal reminiscences from a host of celebrities and flashbacks to the news events, films and music of that year, World Champions brilliantly captures and commemorates the time and place of England's greatest ever sporting achievement.
With the re-building of the new Wembley Stadium, turf from the former famous stadium was used in the manufacture of the endpapers of the book.
Size 270x 220mm - 256 pages
COVER PRICE: £20.00
Martin Peters - Orion Books (2006)
When Martin Peters missed out on playing for West Ham in the 1964 F.A. Cup Final, he wondered if his chance to play a major fixture at Wembley had gone for ever. Two years later, he was part of the most glorious moments in British sporting history, as he ghosted in to score the second goal in England’s 4-2 victory in the World Cup Final in 1966. Now, forty years on from that triumphant day, he looks back on his remarkable career and provides a fascinating insight into the game then and now.
The son of a Thames lighterman, Martin Peters was a typical football-mad kid who grew up to live out his dreams. One third of the famous West Ham trinity alongside Geoff Hurst and Bobby Moore, Peters fondly recalls his early days at Upton Park when he helped the club to some of it’s greatest successes. Eventually, he moved on to Spurs for a record transfer, becoming a hero once more to a new set of fans, before moving to Norwich near the end of his career.
Martin Peters played at a time when footballers’ profiles were rising all the time, and he was very much at the centre of it all. He shows how some of the older generation of managerial greats, such as Alf Ramsey and Bill Nicholson, struggled to cope with a new era of screaming fans, hooligans and press intrusion. He also assesses the current England side’s strengths and weaknesses to give his insider’s view as to whether or not they have what it takes to be the best in the world.
Size 240x160mm - 312 pages
COVER PRICE Hardback: £18.99
THE GHOST OF '66
THE BLACK HAMMERS
The Voice of West Ham United’s Ebony Heroes
Brian Belton - Pennant Books Ltd (2006)
West Ham United – a legendary London team, with an army of passionate supporters. Much has been written about the club, the fans, the players, the triumphs and the turmoil. Yet no book has looked back at the history of the club from such a unique and fascinating perspective as this one – a retrospective that focuses on the black players at the Hammers, from the pioneers of the 1960s to the current squad, including captain Nigel Reo-Coker.
For the first half of its existence, West Ham United Football Club had been an entirely white enterprise. Then, in the early 1960s, club history was made as John Charles – the first ‘Black Hammer’ – took the field at Upton Park. His appearance marked the beginning of the end of the notion of a ‘one colour club’ and represented the start of a cultural integration within both the special community of football and the wider arena of sport as a whole.
The arrival of Bermudan Clyde Best in 1969, with his brave and bold striking style, had a huge impact on the club and its fans. Increased television coverage meant that his magnificent skills and strength were seen by a new audience of young black fans who had not witnessed anything quite like him before. Here, at last, was a beacon of hope and possibility for a new footballing era.
A 2-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur on 1 April 1973 marked another milestone for the club as three black players ran out to represent the cockney Hammers: alongside Clyde Best were Nigerian Ade Coker and East Londoner Clive Charles. As their stories testify, these three men remember their time at the Boleyn Ground with affection and warmth and they went on to become models for many aspiring black players. This groundbreaking book is a fascinating as it is informative. By drawing on the memories of those who were there as history was made – and the thoughts of those who are still making it – it provides an invaluable insight into this crucial period in club history. Written by a lifelong supporter, it is an absolute must-read for any fan.
Size 240x160mm – 349 pages
COVER PRICE: £16.99
Frank Lampard - Harper Collins (2006)
One of the best footballers in Britain today, Chelsea and England star Frank Lampard has been lauded by fans, managers and fellow players alike.
‘Totally Frank’ is Lampard’s own personal account of a life that seems destined for the big things, ever since this Romford lad was born into a football family. His father Frank Lampard Snr, himself a former England full-back, saw the talent in young Frank at an early age, and he progressed through the youth ranks at Upton Park before signing professional forms in 1995, for a Hammers side then managed by his uncle, Harry Redknapp.
In his book, Lampard provides surprising revelations about the West Ham side of the late nineties that qualified for Europe. He unveils the true story behind his £11 million transfer to Chelsea in 2001, his scathing treatment by west Ham fans, his take on his early career, and goes behind the scenes at Stamford Bridge, with his frank views on Jose Mourinho and Roman Abramovich, among others.
On the international scene, Lampard lifts the lid on life inside the England team, including his views on ex-boss Kevin Keegan and Sven Goran Eriksson; while for World Cup 2006 he focuses on what happened away from the prying camera lenses – including previously undisclosed stories – up to and including the gripping quarter-final against Portugal.
COVER PRICE: £18.99
WEST HAM UNITED MISCELLANY
Brian Belton - Pennant Books (2006)
After hearing Burnley had been drawn to meet West Ham United in the quarter-final of the FA Cup in 1964, Harry Potts, the manager of Burnley, was asked what was going to be done about the clash of colours, as both teams wore claret and blue strips. His answer? 'West Ham will wear claret with blue stripes and we will wear blue with claret stripes.'
This is just one example of the intriguing trivia to be found in this treasure-trove of miscellany about East London's favourite team. Packed with information and little-known facts about the club, the players, the managers and the fans, it cannot fail to please anyone whose obsession is all things claret and blue - and may even surprise a few who thought they knew it all!
For many years, the terraces, the pubs and the living rooms of West Ham fans have buzzed with debate, speculation, opinions and laughter. Who was West Ham's best manager? Who was their worst? Who should form the greatest-ever Upton Park XI? And who should be included in the worst? These kinds of questions and hundreds like them are answered within the pages of this imformative, light-hearted book.
From young to old, from die-hard, all-weather supporters to armchair fan, there is something in this collection for everyone. Author Brian Belton is one of the most prolific historians od West Ham United and has drawn on a lifetime of research to put this book together. With quotes from some of the greatest Hammers of all times (and their opponets!), Upton Park chants from through the years and much, much more, this unique book provides fans with a Hammers bible they wouldn't dare to be without!
Size 193x124mm - 306 pages
COVER PRICE: £9.99
RIO MY STORY
Rio Ferdinand - Headline (2006)
You can't ignore him. Every football fan has an opinion on Rio Ferdinand.
* He's one of the most gifted footballers these shores have produced and loves the game with a passion, but he courts admiration and controversy in equal measure...
* At 18, he was told he'd never play for England again after an alcohol binge in Italy
* The tabloids exposed his meeting with Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon at a time when he was refusing to re-sign at Old Trafford, resulting in threats from United fans
* Most famously he was dropped by England for missing a drugs teat, a decision that led to a players' strike and almost cost England their place at Euro 2004 and the 2006 World Cup
And through everything there's the beautiful game. He's twice broken the British transfer record. He was England's outstanding player in the 2002 World Cup, won the premiership and Carling Cup with Manchester United and played a pivotal role in England's 2006 World Cup campaign.
You've read the front and back page stories. Now, for the first time, Rio tells it as it is, from the heart, no holds barred.
Size 232x150mm - 374 pages
COVER PRICE: £12.99
Ian Macleay - John Blake Publishing Ltd (2006)
Joe Cole is one of the most naturally gifted footballers in England. A London lad who’s graced the pitches of two of the capital’s most famous clubs, his ability to set a game alight with his quick feet and powerful, agile presence make him a firm favourite of fans and managers alike.
A talented product of the famous West Ham youth system, the spotlight of media attention shone upon him from a very early age. Hailed as a child prodigy by no less than Harry Redknapp, he made his first-team debut for the club at the age of 17 – and his dedication to the Hammers saw him receive the captain’s armband in his early 20s. Meanwhile a call-up to the England senior team marked his England debut at the tender age of 19. A versatile young playmaker, a series of solid performances in the claret and blue made him a valuable fixture at the East London club. But the lure of a move across town to Stamford Bridge proved too much to resist and in 2003 he donned a Chelsea shirt after a £6 million transfer was agreed.
Fortune has not always been in Cole’s favour – in particular meeting tough competition for his position at Chelsea – and expectations, raised at an early age, have sometimes been hard to meet, but the attacking midfielder has continually produced a number of fine cameos which only serve to point the way to future achievement for club and country. His record is enviable – he scored in the Premiership, the Champions League and for England, most spectacularly with a sensational volley at the 2006 World Cup.
While it is often acknowledged that there is no-one in an England shirt better playing at the top of a diamond formation, his great poise and skill have made him an increasingly preferred option at Chelsea and England as wide attacker on the left side of midfield. Yet while he worked hard to stay level-headed, his maturity off the pitch has not prevented his involvement in some colourful incidents in recent years.
He’s taken it all in his stride, and is set to become a major figure at the top of English football. This is the ultimate biography of the Hammer and Blue’s enigmatic dangerman.
COVER PRICE: £17.99
THE OFFICIAL WEST HAM UNITED ANNUAL 2007
Colin Benson - Grange Communications (2006)
JOHN HARTSON – The Autobiography
John Hartson (2006)
In his early days, John Hartson was nearly kicked out of football when his gambling addiction got the better of him. Then he found himself as tabloid fodder when he made the back pages for all the wrong reasons. While in 1998 he was notoriously filmed kicking Eyal Berkovic in the head in a training ground fracas. But, despite these problems, he was determined to make the most of his talents. He reveals the managers who saved his career, when fitness scares threatened to bring it all to a close. Finally, at Celtic he had the regular opportunity to show the skill and goalscoring talent that made him such a terrace hero in his earlier days at clubs such as Arsenal, West Ham and Wimbledon. In a world where interesting characters now seem as rare as Chelsea defeats, Hartson's autobiography is undoubtedly one that will stand out as a lively and entertaining read to be enjoyed by football fans whatever their allegiance.
Size: 160mm x 240mm – 290 pages.
COVER PRICE: £17.99
HAMMERS THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS
Martin Godleman - Desert Island Books (2006)
THE LADS of '23
Bolton Wanderers, West Ham United and the 1923 FA Cup Final
Brian Belton - Soccer Data (2006)
The crowd at the 1923 FA Challenge Cup Final at the opening of the Empire Stadium, Wembley, was the largest ever attendance at a football match anywhere in the world. The lads of '23 uses contemporary reports and biographical details of the players and others involved to provide new insights into the build-up to the game, the day itself, and the consequences for English football.
Size 245x188mm - 162 pages
COVER PRICE: £12.00
THE OFFICIAL LITTLE BOOK of WEST HAM UNITED
Douglas Russell - Grange Communications (2006)
This littlke book is packed full of facts, trivia and quotes about some of the greatest players and managers in the club's history.
Size 100x84mm - 160 pages
COVER PRICE: £4.99
"1965 European Cup Winners' Cup hero Alan Sealey tragically broke his leg the following year, whilst playing cricket with some team-mates"
Following his 36 appearances in Season 1939/40, Charles Bicknell become a war-time policeman during the Second World War
In Seasons 1957/58 and 1980/81, West Ham lost just one home league game in each campaign
Football coaching manuel written by former West Ham United player Matt Holmes.
The whole world knows Russian linesman Tofik Bakhramov got it wrong in 1966. There are good places to make a mistake and bad places and the World Cup final with millions watching around the globe is not a good place.
With England drawing 2-2 with West Germany in the World Cup final at Wembley, Geoff Hurst pivoted and shot. The ball cannoned down off the crossbar onto the goal-line – photos prove it was not behind it – and back into play, but Bakhramov signalled a goal. A Russian linesman, German victims. Conspiracy theorists have had a field-day ever since.
Let’s suppose that Bakhramov got it right, raised his flag and signalled ‘no goal’. Who knows how the final might have ended. Had the game, or the replay, eventually gone West Germany’s way there would have been several obvious victims. Geoff Hurst would have been denied his unique hat-trick, Alf Ramsey would have been denied his ‘I told you so’, and his knighthood, and West Ham fans would have been denied the chance to crow that – with three players in the England team – it was the ’ammers what won the World Cup.
This is the starting point for Martin Godleman’s Hammers Through the Looking Glass. He rewrites history, interweaving fact and fiction to show what might have happened, as opposed to what did.
Hammers Through the Looking Glass is a novel. Most novels disclaim any association with any real persons alive or dead. That is not possible in this case, for most names are real. Nevertheless, what follows is pure invention, and no slight is intended to anyone whose life in these pages turns out rather less rosy – thanks to Tofik Bakhramov’s fortunate blunder.
Special thanks to John Northcutt