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Robert Lodge - Carlton Books (2007)

This Little Book of West Ham is a classic collection of words of wit and wisdom by and about the many colourful characters who have passed through Upton Park. From Bobby Moore and Ron Greenwood to Trevor Brooking, Harry Redknapp and Alan Pardew, here are more than 150 memorable quotes and quips that reveal the club's rich history and what it is like to be a loyal Hammers fan.


Size 95x84mm - 160 pages


"Once he had the ball, you beware. He could make you look a fool in one moment."

   Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson was ever wary of Trevor Brooking.


' I don't know the Spanish for "on me head, son" but I'm working on it.'

   Alan Pardew works on the language barrier after the signing of Argentinans Tevez and Mascherano

Updated edition


John Northcutt - Pitch Publishing (2007)

West Ham United were formed in 1895 as the works team of the Thames Ironworks Shipbuilding Company. From those humble beginnings the club has developed into one of the most famous names in English football. Taking part in the first ever Cup Final played at Wembley in 1923, West Ham have won the famous trophy on three separate ocassions. In 1965 they won the European Cup Winners Cup with an all-English team and a year later provided three players to the England team which won the World Cup.


The Claret & Blue Book of West HAm United features those memorable matches and the most-famous players to have worn the claret and blue; as each decade produced a new Upton Park hero. From the 1920s there's Vic Watson who scored an amazing 298 league goals; he is the club's all time leading goalscorer. Read about Joe Cockroft, who arrived in 1933 and played in every match for four consecutive seasons. In more recent times Hammers heroes have included Bobby Moore, England's finest captain played in 108 internationals; Billy Bonds, the Hammers skipper made a total of 793 appearances for the club; and with the influx of several foreign talents the magnificent skills of Italian striker Paolo Di Canio delighted Hammers fans as the new millennium arrived.


Full of fascinating facts, and amazing annecdotes this book will delight West Ham supporters of any age. The book also includes a unique reference section: including a definitive list including every West Ham first-team player and their complete appearance and goal record. You will find lists, tables, stats in amongst player biographies, match reports and other tales and trivia to read at your leisure.


Size 192x120mm - 144 pages



S. Lowe - Know the Score (2007)


Tony McDonald - Football World (2007)

IN MY DAY is a collection of exclusive, riveting interviews with some of the biggest names in West Ham United’s history, who recall the extraordinary highs and lows of their time at Upton Park. From long-serving goalkeeping stalwart Ernie Gregory and World Cup-winner Martin Peters to FA Cup hero Ronnie Boyce, legendary skipper Billy Bonds, 80s stars Alan Devonshire, Ray Stewart and Tony Gale, 90s favourites Stuart Slater, John Hartson and Ian Bishop… to the Millennium maestro Paolo Di Canio, these and many other former Hammers provide a compelling insight to life both on and off the field at the East London club over the last half century.


Their greatest memories and the experiences they would rather forget. Bobby Moore is the greatest-ever Hammer – but in another controversial interview you can now read why his former friend and team-mate Harry Redknapp believes the club – and English football – wasted the greatest talent it ever had. One ex-Hammer tells how he came back from the brink of alcoholism, another admits selling his FA Cup final tickets to a tout and buying a new car with the proceeds! The issue of racism, coping with crowd abuse, punch-ups in the bath, career-ending injuries, the curse of agents and simply playing for the love of the game in the days before money ruled…


IN MY DAY takes you back in time to a different world, one largely at odds with the modern game.

It’s all here in this revealing book compiled by EX magazine editor Tony McDonald, who has covered West Ham for the past 20 years during which he became a trusted friend of many of the ex-players featured here.

IN MY DAY is a must-read for all football romantics.


Size 248x168mm – 248 pages


Covers the period 2007 to 2010

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Kirk Blows - Mainstream (2007)

Little did anybody anticipate that West Ham's play-off final victory against Preston North End in 2005 would provide the launch pad for one of their most successful seasons ever, with the club securing a top-half Premiership finish and qualifying for Europe thanks to its first FA Cup final appearance in 26 years. Indeed, the thrilling 3-3 draw with Liverpool will be remembered as one of the most dramatic finals of all time.


With a keenly anticipated UEFA Cup campaign and the shock arrival of Argentina World Cup stars Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano, the future could hardly have seemed brighter. But storm clouds were gathering on the orizon as the Hammers embarked on what would prove to be the most turbulent and traumatic period in the club's entire history.


A protracted takeover saga, the sacking of manager Alan Pardew, a Premier League inquiry that would rsult in a record £5.5 million fine and a season-long battle against relegation were the main issues that dominated the headlines, while an unseen presence-fuelled by ego and varice - threatened to erode the fabric of the club from within. Yet salvation would eventually be achieved in the most sensational and controversail of fashions.


Full of exclusive material, anecdotes and analytical comment, Hammers Heaven and Hell investigates the true reasons for two campaigns of contrast and conflict as West Ham experienced both ecstasy and agony in equal measures.


Size 233x152mm - 270 pages


West Ham United Annual 2008

Danny Francis - Grange Communications (2007)


The Story of West Ham United During the First World War

Brian Belton - Stadia (2007)

This book tells the fascinating story of west Ham United Football Club during the First World War. It charts the relationship between war and football by following the pursuits of West Ham from 1913/14 to 1918/19. In many ways, it was their success in wartime competitions that led to them being accepted into the Football League in 1919, paving the way for subsequent F.A. Cup and League successes.

As well as a football story, this book is about the impact of the war on Britain, and Londoners in particular. It documents the social implications of war on Londoners and the social and political influence of football the armed forces and civilians alike. Looking closely at the 13th Service Battalion, also known as the West Ham Pals’, the book includes a look at players such as George Kay, Ted Hufton and their manager and coach Syd King and Charlie Paynter.

This book will fascinate football and social historians, as well as lovers of West Ham United Football Club.


Size 235x155mm - 190 pages

COVER PRICE Softback: £14.99


The Cartoons of Over Land & Sea

John Chandler - Stadia (2007)

Featuring the best of John Chandler’s cartoons from the popular fanzine Over Land & Sea, this book relives the highs and lows of the last eighteen years at West Ham United as seen from the terraces. As well as favourite players, managerial changes, promotions and relegations, Chandler also recalls some of the bizarre events to which Hammers fans have become accustomed, such as the stabbing of Trevor Morley and the strange disappearance of Marco boogers, read and reminisce about thrilling matches, great players, shit kits and unbelievable cock-ups. You won’t know whether to laugh or cry…


Size 235x165mm – 96 pages



Russell Brand - Hodder & Stoughton (2007)

Over the past eighteen months Russell Brand has built up a unique fan club through the sports section of the Guardian. Each week Brand writes a sharply observed and wickedly funny column about his first love -- football. Russell is 'West Ham till I die'. He's a season ticket holder and he's been going to Upton Park since he was a kid.


He's also a huge England fan too, although after England lost to Portugal on penalties (again), he wanted a divorce. In this sharp and stylish book Russell guides us through one of the most dramatic footballing years in recent memory. We start with West Ham reaching the FA Cup Final for the first time in twenty-five years and end with their 1-0 win at Manchester United on the last day of the season, which kept them in the Premiership against all the odds. Along the way Russell turns his wit on Sven ('I bet he wears pants in the bath'), the WAGS, football chants, Jose Mourinho ('he's like the littlest hobo - he does terrific work then clears off leaving John Terry with a frog in his throat cos there's a voice that keeps on calling him'), and the night he slept next to David Beckham.

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Tony McDonald - Football World (2007)

West Ham United have employed only 11 full-time managers in their 107-year history – a proud record of continuity at odds with the ‘quick fix’ mentality of the modern game in which many clubs hire and fire their bosses on a whim. Not that it has been at all easy for the select band who have had the honour of guiding the fortunes of the Hammers. The first manager SYD KING, committed suicide just days after being sacked by the East London club.

LOU MACARI failed to turn up for one match and then resigned, just seven months into the role, after being hounded out of Upton Park by the press for betting against his own team!

GLENN ROEDER survived a brain tumour before his team were relegated, only to be given his P45 just four months later.

Legendary Hammer BILLY BONDS walked out after his job was given to his former best mate HARRY REDKNAPP behind his back.

There was controversy, too, when JOHN LYALL was fired after serving the club, as man and boy, for 34 years. He took charge after his inspirational mentor RON GREENWOOD left Upton Park to become England manager.

And there is still mystery surrounding the sudden departure of TED FENTON, who led Hammers back to the top flight after 26 years in the Second Division under his predecessor, the fatherly figure of CHARLIE PAYNTER.

In more recent times, ALAN PARDEW and ALAN CURBISHLEY have discovered just what managing West Ham United is all about. Living with the pressures and dealing with all the day-to-day problems that arise at a big club, where the expectations of the fans is another key factor that makes the job such a challenging one.

In West Ham United: The Managers the author exclusively interviews all of the living Hammers’ managers – plus SIR TREVOR BROOKING, who had two spells as caretaker boss – and was the last journalist to interview John Lyall before his untimely death. It features the views and memories of the families of some of the managers – the sons of Fenton, Greenwood and Lyall – as well as revealing accounts from ex-Hammers players and staff, who knew the people at the top better than most. The author adds his own hard-hitting comments to a compelling account that examines every aspect of what managing West Ham United is all about and how – good and bad – the ‘First 11’ went about their task.

Size 255x 175mm - 400 pages


I was honoured to be asked by Tony McDonald to compile the managers transfer records for the book


G Clarke & G Demetriou - West Ham FC (2007)


Brian Belton - John Blake Publishing Ltd (2007)

BROWN OUT - A Search for the Truth

Brian Belton - Pennant Books (2007)

Brown was, and is, more than a businessman. He has an exceptional devotion to West Ham that it would be hard for many fans to match. While a board member, and more so as a chairman, on the worst days of East London winters, he was consistently to be seen watching west Ham teams at any and every level – from kids to stars. At the same time, he is also a proud man with regard to his own business record. These two facets of his make-up would prove to be great assets to West Ham United…

West Ham Football Club is an institution; it is defined by the East End culture that surrounds it and its fiercely loyal fans are integral to its make-up. This book tells the intricate true story of an enigmatic man who came to a position of power in the club at a highly complex time of change at Upton Park. Terry Brown was chairman of West Ham from 1992 to 2007 and succeeded in steering the club through 15 turbulent years of change. Now, as another chapter in the club’s fascinating history comes to a close, this book lifts the lid on what really happened throughout those years, who the enigmatic Terry Brown really is and the events surrounding his departure from the club.

Terry Brown was West Ham born and raised. His father and grandfather were Hammers supporters and Terry faithfully followed in their footsteps. Yet, as a boy, his devotion to his club was curtailed only by his devotion to playing the beautiful game as opposed to spectating – most Saturdays

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Promotional Leaflet signed

were spent on the pitch rather than in the stands. After an early career as a trader, Brown built up enough of a cash fund to make investments in property. He got a job at the Royal Exchange and it was there that he learned how to invest money in public companies. While he moved up the business ladder, Brown studied hard and eventually built up a respectable portfolio of companies – he was a slick businessman and a successful entrepreneur. In Brown Out, author Brian Belton charts the reign of the modest, much maligned and often misunderstood potentate of Upton Park. From the much-criticised bond scheme to Magnusson, from Redknapp to Curbishley, from mediocrity to glory, Brown presided over the Hammers’ struggle back from the precipice of administration to see the pride of East London march to the ‘greatest FA Cup Final of all time’. Then, within the season, this inscrutable football tsar had resigned from the board in the wake of the controversy surrounding the Carlos Tevez deal. An intriguing must-have title for any football fan.


Size 240x160mm - 284 pages



Julian Dicks: (2007)

An Official Julian Dicks Product

Exclusive signed limited edition audio interview with fans' favourite Julian Dicks. There are only 1000 of these sets in the world, each box set coming complete with a numbered signed Julian Dicks certificate of authenticity and exclusive plhoto.

In this interview you will hear Julian talking about the highs and lows regarding hid football career, as well as talking about his fantastic relationship with the West Ham United faithful. West Ham fans will also be delighted to hear that Julian has not ruled out the opportunity of returning one day.

CD Audio  - 60 Minutes with Julian Dicks CD Audio - 60 Minutes with Julian Dicks Back CD Audio - 60 Minutes with Julian Dicks Certificat CD Audio - 60 Minutes with Julian Dicks Photo CD Audio - 60 Minutes with Tony Cottee CD Audio - 60 Minutes with Tony Cottee Back CD Audio - 60 Minutes with Tony Cottee Certificate CD Audio - 60 Minutes with Tony Cottee Photo


Tony Cottee: (2008)

An Official Tony Cottee Product

If you love an autobiography, then things have just got even better.

You can now hear Tony Cottee tell his own story about his legendary football career. This exclusive interview set in a strickly limited edition and only 1000 sets have been made worldwide. Each set comes complete with a numbered and signed Tony Cottee certificate of authenticity (real autograph) and exclusive photo.


Martin Godleman - G.U. Publishing Ltd 2008

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Colm Kerrigan (2008)

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Cass Pennant - John Blake Publishing Ltd (2008)

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John Powles - Soccer Data (2008)

In this follow up to his acclaimed "Iron in the Blood", author John Powles continues the story of the early years of West Ham United FC. A change of name in 1900, from Thames Ironworks, still saw the club playing home games at the Memorial Grounds. A move to Upton Park followed in 1904. This book is a full account of the club's time in the Southern League, to 1915


Size 297x211mm - 148 pages


West Ham United Annual 2009

Danny Francis - Grange Communications (2008)

BIG MAL : The High Life and Hard Times of Malcolm Allison, Football Legend

David Tossell : (2008)



Neilson N. Kaufman : (2008)

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John Northcutt - Pitch Publishing (2008)

West Ham United FC: On this Day chronicles in diary form all the major events in the club's long and varied history. With individual entries for every day of the year, and multiple listings for busier times, this book includes all the great games and famous players past and present.

Featuring are the biggest wins and defeats together with all important cup games.

West Ham United FC: On This Day will fascinate all Hammers supporters young and old.


Size 185x119mm - 192 Pages


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Brian Belton - Pannant Books (2008)

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In this revised and updated West Ham Miscellany, Brian Belton once more opens the history books of the Hammers and delves into the Irons' treasure trove of facts and figures, records and honours to produce another celebration of all things claret and blue. Packed with new and intriguing material, including personal reflections and memories from the devoted Hammers faithful, and with a forward by Phil Parkes, one of the club's greatest ever players and certainly their best ever goalkeeper, this is an essential book for all fans.

Crammed with insights and opinions, alongside quirky and fascinating tales from Upton Park, this engaging book is guaranteed to entertain and inform.

From glory games to controversy, celebrity fans to happening Hammers, tables to trivia, you'll find everything you need to know about the footballing pride of the East End in this indispensable collection no true Hammer would want to be without.


Size 193x120mm - 186 pages



Martin Godleman - Desert Island Books (2008)

Di Canio's double bluff against Barthez?

Hurst's six aginst Sunderland?

Victory at the Emirates?

Sealey's brace at Wembley?

Bobby Moore in goal against Stoke?

Tevez's winner at Old Trafford?

Or perhaps the 0-3 humiliation at Mansfield?


There are thousands of West Ham games over the past 100 years to choose from. Some obvious, some not. These 101 matches dig deep into the Hammers' footballing archive.

Echoes of drama and heartbreak, ecstasy and despair, celebration and degradation, all assembled foir the first time in a book of 101 Beautiful Games you will never forget.


Terry Roper & Tony McDonald - Football World (2008)

Volume Two of West Ham United : In My Day is packed with 20 exclusive interviews with former West Ham United players. Former Upton Park favourites from decades spanning from the late-1950s to the late-90s recall their highs and lows of life with the Hammers through a series of compelling interviews. As well as providing a fascinating insight into what playing for the East London club meant to players who wore the claret and blue, In My Day also presents more than 160 evocative black and white photographs from days gone by, many of them published here for the first time. Amongst those featured in this edition are cult hero Julian Dicks, 1980 FA Cup winner Geoff Pike, 1975 FA Cup winners Pat Holland and Mervyn Day, Irish legend Liam Brady and Golden Boy Frank McAvennie, whose goals shot Hammers to within touching distance of the championship in 1986.


Size: 247x167mm - 248 pages


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Premier League to Prison

Mark Ward - Football World (2009)

Mark Ward is a former high-profile Premier League footballer whose life was turned upside down one morning in MAy 2005, when he was arrested by Mersetside Police and charged with possessing cocaine with intent to supply. He was jailed for eight years (serving four) and sent to Liverpool's notorious Walton Prison, where he initially spent unforgettable nights among the category 'A' prisoners on lifers' wing and a further eight months on remand in the hellish B-Wing - banged up 23 hours a day with murderers, rapists, smack-heads and other criminals. In From Right-Wing to B-Wing... Premiership League to Prison, Scouser 'Wardy' bears his soul and, with the aid of his diaries, tells in compelling detail how he once had it all and then lost it... his career - 400 plus games over 13 years for Oldham Athletic, West Ham United, Manchester City, Everton and Birmingham City - his marriage and, ultimately, his dignity and his freedom.

How it all went so terribly wrong, what prison life was really like from the inside and how he coped in serving the longest jail sentance ever handed down to a former top flight footballer.

No other former Premier League player has been through the horrific nightmare experienced by Mark Ward, which is what makes his story so unique.


Size: - 280 pages



Terry Roper : Football World (2009)


Rob Pritchard - Grange Communications Ltd

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Les Roopanarine - John Blake Publishing Ltd (2009)

Re-live the most glorious era in Hammers’ history through the eyes of one of their double Wembley cup winners...

The unforgettable 60s was the decade in which West Ham United enjoyed their greatest successes. When the Hammers won the FA Cup and European Cup Winners’ Cup at Wembley in consecutive seasons during that golden era, only seven players played in both finals.


Londoner Jack Burkett was one of them – and here the popular former left-back talks candidly about those years, including what it was like playing alongside World Cup legends Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters. Author Terry Roper, a life-long Hammers supporter, examines how West Ham stood on the edge of greatness under their visionary manager Ron Greenwood and yet, inexplicably, allowed it to pass them by. Where did it all go wrong for Jack, his team-mates and the club itself?


Evocative pictures, some from Jack’s own private collection and many previously unpublished, capture the magic of that time. With an insightful ‘West Ham WAG’s’ contribution from Jack’s wife Ann, this book tells the fascinating story of what it was really like at Upton Park – on and off the field – in that memorable period that Hammers’ fans still talk about with great affection today.


Size 248x170mm - 272 pages


Harry Redknapp is one of the most colorful and charismatic figures in English football. From West Ham to Bournemouth, Portsmouth to Tottenham, legions of fans regard him as one of the game’s true legends.

Redknapp has been making waves since joining Ron Greenwood’s West Ham as a teenager. Surrounded by World Cup winners such as Bobby Moore and Geoff Hurst, he enjoyed a first-class footballing education, making 149 league appearances for the Hammers before John Bond lured him to up-and-coming Bournemouth in 1972. After four eventful seasons, he joined Seattle Sounders of the North American Soccer League, where he crossed swords with iconic players such as Pele and George Best.

Yet it was management that was to prove Redknapp’s true forte. After an ill-fated spell at Oxford City as Bobby Moore’s number two, he rose to become manager of Bournemouth, masterminding a famous FA Cup victory against Manchester United before leading the club into Division Two for the first time. Two years after a major car accident, Redknapp moved to another of his former clubs, West Ham. He transformed the Hammers from perennial relegation candidates to fifth in the Premier League and guided them into Europe after an eighteen-year hiatus.

Redknapp left Upton Park in 2001, but soon resurfaced at struggling Portsmouth. He led Pompey to the Premier League and defied the odds to keep them there. Then came the controversial move to bitter south-coast rivals Southampton, but this time Redknapp was unable to work his magic, and the Saints were relegated for the first time in 27 years. He resigned after just a year, courting yet more controversy by returning to Portsmouth. Redknapp clinched Premier League survival in dramatic fashion before leading Pompey to consecutive top-ten finishes and a landmark FA Cup final victory.

His career then took another remarkable twist when Tottenham paid £5m for his services, making him Britain’s most expensive manager. Under Redknapp’s ols-school management style, the club has since improved beyond all recognition.

Drawing on a series of exclusive interviews with some of the key figures in Redknapp’s extraordinary career, sports journalist Les Roopanarine chronicles the compelling life story of one of football’s biggest and best-loved characters.


Kate Routley - Avanti Books (2009)


Academy Club Membership 2009/10  (2009)

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Academy Club Membership 2009/10  (2009)


Booklet style match-by-match season review for 2008-09. Given free as part of the official West Ham United Academy Club Membership package. Other gifts inclue the West Ham United Illustrated History booklet shown below and an Official Academy Membership DVD 2009/10.


Size: 180x180 - 92 pages

COVER PRICE: Membership Gift

Booklet style Illustrated History of West Ham United. Given free as part of the official West Ham United Academy Club Membership package. Other gifts inclue the West Ham United season Review 2008/09 booklet shown above and an Official Academy Membership DVD 2009/10.


Size: 180x180 - 66 pages

COVER PRICE: Membership Gift


Youth Academy Club Membership 2008/09  (2008)

Booklet style match-by-match season review for 2007-08 and player profiles for 2008/09. Given free as part of the official West Ham United Academy Club Membership package. Other gifts inclue the West Ham United Illustrated History booklet shown below and an Official Academy Membership DVD 2009/10.


Size: 188x138 - 48 pages

COVER PRICE: Membership Gift


Please Note:

This booklet is different from that shown below

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Academy Club Membership 2008/09  (2008)

Booklet style match-by-match season review for 2007-08. Given free as part of the official West Ham United Academy Club Membership package. Other gifts include the West Ham United  Academy Members DVD 2007/08 Season Review.


Size: 188x138 - 48 pages

COVER PRICE: Membership Gift


Please Note:

This booklet was also given free with the Corporate Membership Package for 2008/09

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Books and Publications



book167 Soccer For Thinkers

Malcolm Allison : Cult Figure Publishing (2009)

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Covers the period 2007 to 2009


Although this title was advertised as a future book release. There has been no copies to my knowledge seen for sale and therefore it is highly unlikely it was ever published.


If you know differently please let me know.

This biography tells of the remarkable story of Eddie Lewis. As a young boy growing up in a small suburb of Manchester, he always had a dream of one day playing football for the great Manchester United. In November 1949, his dream came true when he joined the club and later become one of the original Busby Babes and a member of the team which won the first FA Youth Cup, three years later he scored on his Football League debut.


In subsequent years Eddie went onto play with many of the great United players like Bobby Charlton, Duncan Edwards, Roger Byrne and many others, a number of whom sadly lost their lives in the Munich air crash of February 1958, but are never to be forgotten. Later in his playing career he was part of two promotion campaigns to the First Division, what is today known as the Premier League with West Ham United and Leyton Orient.


In March 1970, he and his family moved to South Africa. There, Eddie coached many of the top teams including Wits in Johannesburg, the Soweto-based Kaizer Chiefs and Moroka Swallows-all to great success. Today, he is still considered as one of the great tacticians of the modern game.


In September 2007, he was honoured as one of just fifty recipients to receive an award for his excellent contribution to South African football from both the Confederation of African Football-CAF and the South African Football Association-SAFA, an award presented to him by the Premier of the Western Cape, Mr. Ebrahim Rasool.

Malcolm Allison is one of the most controversial figures of the last half-century of English football. Leader of the famed 'West Ham Academy', his playing career was cut short by the loss of a lung to tuberculosis. Disillusioned, he became a professional gambler before acknowledging that football was his calling. After humble beginnings as a coach, he began a celebrated partnership with Joe Mercer, turning Manchester City into one of the most stylish teams English football has produced.


Along with the trophies came the birth of Big Mal, the larger-than-life personality who helped revolutionise televised football. He became instantly recognisable for his cigar and Fedora, and equally notorious for a string of affairs with beautiful women.


As the dark side of Big Mal took over, he was banned for life from the touchlines, became embroiled in a series of boardroom battles and spent time in police cells and rehabilitation clinics fighting the effects of alcoholism.


Despite the often-destructive effect of his Big Mal persona, Allison retains his status as one of the most inventive and incisive minds to have graced the game. This book tells both sides of the story, tracing the life and times of one of the most charismatic characters in British sport.

On 1 April 1972 West Ham United became the first club from the highest echelon of English football to field three black players in League competition. Clive Charles was born in Canning Town, just a few miles from the Hammers' Upton Park home; Ade Coker came to London from Nigeria and Clyde Best had made his way to London's Docklands from Bermuda.


"East End Heroes, Stateside Kings" tells of the origins of these players and what happened to them over the next 30 years. All went on to great success in the USA.After being named by Pele in the all-time greatest NASL team, Charles managed the leading College side Portland Timbers, guided the American Women to World Cup glory and achieved historic results in Olympic competition with the US Under-23s.


Best grew to be a legend in the NASL, and along with Charles was one of only four former West Ham players to manage at international level when he took over the Bermudan national side. Coker was another leading light in the modern American game and represented the USA at international level, overcoming devastating injury.


The book is the product of extensive interviews and research and includes a forward/interview with Kenny Lynch, the well known entertainer and long-time West Ham fan; giving a viewpoint on the nature of support in the 1970s from a black perspective.

Malcolm Allison was always a thinker on the beautiful game. Whilst a player at West Ham United, he developed a reputation for innovative coaching ideas - soon becoming a mentor to the young Bobby Moore and sowing the seeds for the East London club becoming known as 'The Academy of football'.


After playing an instrumental role in Manchester City winning an un-precedented five major trophies in five years he was named by Joe Mercer as 'The best football coach in the world'.


Soccer For Thinkers, is Malcolm's unique insight into the game - full of coaching techniques, philosophies and ideas. It is designed as an aid to coaches and players of all standards and abilities, for those who love football, or just those curious to know what made this remarkable man of football tick.

Special thanks to John Northcutt