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Books and Publication : 9

Covers the period 2017 to Present


Freddie Bonfanti : Push (2017)

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In the epilogue to ‘Long Live The Boleyn’, Freddie Bonfanti writes of his feelings of grief and loss when the realisation of West Ham’s move to the London Stadium hit home. Published in late 2016, the book documents the culture of Upton Park and West Ham as a football club through the medium of black-and-white photographs taken inside and outside the old ground.


While his photos capture hundreds of matchday rituals, mid-match moments and much of the character of the West Ham fanbase, they also present the local area at its most natural and unguarded. There are fans in cafes, servings of pie and mash, Pearly Kings and packed-out pubs. There are kids playing football in the shadow of tower blocks, tattooed fans selling fanzines and, all in all, thousands of details which express what it once was to be a West Ham fan, while illustrating the spirit of E13 as it was before the club moved on.

ADDIO WEST HAM : Il nostro ultimo anno ad Upton Park

Roberto Gotta : Indiscreto (2017)

English translation

Goodbye West Ham, Our Last Year at Upton Park

Printed in Italy

The last season of West Ham in its historic stage, before moving to a more modern facility, told in detail by a journalist who has really lived it from within. Not only from the press tribune or by interviewing footballers, as in more than thirty years of career, but as a regular spectator with a lot of subscription 2015-16: mixing with fans and trying to understand their point of view, in addition to the staff Work.


The book, enriched by the preface of West Ham's glory and European football such as Paolo Di Canio, through the world of "claret and blue" tells the evolution of English football: suspended between nostalgia and marketing needs, between localism and internationalization, Between human values ​​and showbusiness. But there are also many stories about a popular and unpopular London, away from the tourist routes: a city that can not be definitively explained, but from which everyone is inexorably attracted.


Not only the thousands of Italian fans of Hammers, who in this book will find the sensations and the passion of so many trips.

THE HAMMERS : Football Comic Book

No Named Author : Soccer Star (2017)

From the earliest days of West Ham United the club sought out competition from outside the British Isles. Building on this, the Hammers, led by England captain Bobby Moore, won their way into top class competition in Europe to become the first side made up entirely of English players to win a major international trophy: the European Cup Winners Cup in 1965 at Wembley.


Although this was to be the zenith of the team's performance on the international stage, there were to be further exciting and intriguing campaigns and games-great goals, magnificent victories, and defeats fought to the finish. However, this is more a story about places, people, and times, as West Ham went about breaking ground and hearts on their rampage across the continent.


The boys from London's East End were learning, teaching, and developing a pedigree of football that was to be replicated, but never entirely reproduced. No-one else had the pioneering magic that the Irons engendered; they nearly reached the sky, while others just followed. This is the story of that glory.

book210 - The Hammers Football Comic Book

A brilliantly written and illustrated comic book that features your named person throughout this prestigious comic book. A perfect gift for football fans of all ages.


From the moment you see your name on the front cover, you’ll be instantly immersed in this football drama. Your team is struggling for a win. There is a growing injury list and the Manager needs a star. He notices someone, it’s you and he immediately brings you into the side. Feel the goosebumps as you enter the dressing room and notice your name on the back of the famous shirt. Live the emotion of scoring the winner and seeing your name on the scoreboard. See your team go on a winning run, thanks to your goal scoring streak. Relive the glory of reading about your hat trick in the national newspapers. Your team is now on for the league and cup double. Finally, in the last minute of the Cup Final at Wembley, you have been awarded a free kick, will you score the Winner...?


Brian Belton : Fonthill Media (2017)

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GOLDEN LEN GOULDEN : The Life and Times of a West Ham Legend

Brian Belton : Fonthill Media (2017)


Dave Foulger : Amazon (2017)

This is a biography of one of West Ham United's greatest ever players, and the history of the club during his time in claret and blue. During those dozen years, Len Goulden had a glittering career, and became an England star. He scored the final goal in the defeat of Germany in May 1938; the game being made infamous by the England players being obliged to give the Hitler salute prior to the kick-off.


West Ham goal-keeping legend Ernie Gregory, who watched Goulden from the stands of Upton Park before signing for the club in 1936 claimed that: "We've had some great forwards over the years at West Ham but Len was the greatest-the daddy of them all. He was the one I paid my money to see...I can still see Len now-controlling the ball, he killed it instantly...Len was the tops." 'Golden Len Goulden' plucks from history a player who ranks with the best ever to wear the hammers over his heart.

Author Dave Foulger ups and downs of his lifetime following the Hammers


Joe England : East London Press (2017)

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5 MANAGERS was a one season only fanzine run solely by Joe England. Its title, a homage to perhaps the only football club to have had 5 managers spanning nearly a century; Syd King, Charlie Paynter, Ted Fenton, Ron Greenwood and John Lyall.


The fanzine wanted to focus on the years before the origins of the Premier League, when Upton Park still retained the essence of its true history and identity on and off the pitch; a compact, intimidating and very special football ground. Featured inside this publication are the exclusive interviews with West Ham United legends; Frank Lampard Senior, Mark Ward, Kenny Brown, Frank McAvennie and John Sissons. Also included in this unique football book is conversations with Mark Phillips (West Ham U/18s Coach), Jeff Turner (Cockney Rejects), Grant Fleming (photographer, film maker), authors John King (The Football Factory) and Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting), musician Jah Wobble (Public Image Ltd, Invaders of the Heart) and former Chelsea legend, Charlie Cooke.


There are also contributions from an array of very talented West Ham United supporters. With a foreword by Mark Ward, this book is a fitting compilation of those final season issues, as well as a lament to the famous former home of West Ham United FC. Upton Park is gone, but never forgotten.



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WEST HAM UNITED FUN DAY : Word Puzzles for Hammers Fans

GJ Watson :  (2017)

Are you a true West Ham United supporter? Are you THE best West Ham fan? If you think so, prove it with this series of crosswords and puzzles all on your faourite topic of West Ham United Football Club.


West Ham United Fun Day has been devised to appeal to people of all ages and is written with accessibility in mind for the young as well as the older supporters.


GJ Watson :  Amazon (2017)

My Daddy, West Ham United And Me is a tale for 0-6 year olds where a small boy is taught the joys of supporting his favourite football team by his father.


This large print book makes it easy for young boys and girls to recognise letters and words whilst being shown the relationship between themselves, their father and how football can bond them.

Book 216


Gorgie Media : Amazon  (2017)



Gordon Law : Amazon  (2017)

In this comphrenshive collection, author Gordon Law has compiled more than 200 side-spliting quotes and quips from the men of east London.


Packed with loads of bonkers remarks, wise-cracks, verbal volleys and mixed metaphors, ths book will have Hammers fans chuckling throughout the season.



“The man who comes to take care of my piranhas tells me he will kill all my fish if I leave West Ham.”

Paolo Di Canio


“Even the chef’s been out for weeks with a hernia.”

Alan Curbishly


“As for eating baked beans at breakfast time, they can trigger off a violent reaction.”

Herita Ilunga


“Hopefully Andy has only tweeted his hamstring.”

Sam Allardyce



Rob Pritchard & Matt Riggs : Grange Publications (2017)


Special thanks to John Northcutt


P. Rogers : Twocan Publicatons (2017)


Brian Williams : Biteback Pubishing (2017)

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Moving to a new stadium is, increasingly, becoming a fact of life for football supporters. Relocating is the key to success, fans are told. It is a short-cut to the fabled ‘next level’.

West Ham diehard Brian Williams want his club to succeed, but fears that the move from Upton Park to the London Stadium in Stratford may be too high a price to pay for a few pieces of silverware.


For a lifelong Hammer, the Boleyn Ground was more than simply a place to watch football – it was his spiritual home. Leaving meant swapping a stadium that was at the heart of its community for the sterile, corporate atmosphere of Stratford’s Olympic Park. Was this trade-off in the club’s best interests, of had the owners sold its sole?


In this highly entertaining book, Williams compares West Ham’s final season at the Boleyn Ground with their first at the club’s new stadium. A passionate lament for a time when football was the people’s game, not some cynical exercise in developing a marketable brand, Home from Home from Home will ring true not only with battle-scarred Hammers, but with football fans everywhere.


Tim Crane : The Dorset Press (2017)

The John Lyall era at West Ham United was the last trophy-laden period in the club’s history. The FA Cup successes and memorable European nights, under the floodlights at Upton Park, illuminated the lives of thousands. The nostalgia continues to fire the senses to this day.


John Lyall’s journey began on August 24, 1974, at home against Everton, and was terminated, some 15 years later, following defeat against Liverpool at Anfield on May 23, 1989.


77 Hammers joined John on that journey. Some played just a few minutes, while others won medals and stand tall as club legends. All contributed to a very special time in West Ham United’s history – defined by Honesty, Endeavour and Loyalty.


For the first time, all but one of those 77 players have shared their memories of John Lyall. The ‘lost Hammer’ added intrigue to the author’s two year research. Every attic, suitcase and shoe box has been explored to provide West Ham fans with the most comprehensive bank of memories from the John Lyall era. Backroom staff have added to that memory bank with their own reminiscences. What has resulted is a visual extravaganza for all those who carry West Ham United in their hearts.


The personal player recollections stand as a fitting tribute to the enduring qualities of the boy from Ilford. After all,  they did what the rest of us would love to have done. They Played for John Lyall...


Size 257x195mm

COVER PRICE: £25 - 376 pages

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Ack - John Lyall

THE HAMMERS : A photographic study of West Ham United 1988-90

Tim Reder : Direct from Author

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This evocative book was first published in August 2016 and may not have been on most supporters radar, it certainly wasn’t on mine until recently...


Millions of words and a multitude of books have been published on the club we hold dear to our hearts, but not many books have been compiled as a photographic record. ‘A picture is worth a thousand words’


Football thrives on memories, and Tim Reder’s black and white photographic study from the late 80s will rekindle those memories. Divided into three fascinating and detailed image sections: ‘Upton Park’, ‘Training at Chadwell Heath’ and ‘Matchday’.


Each section captures a unique and lasting record. From the deserted terraces and stands at the hallowed stadium of the Boleyn Ground to Billy Bonds conducting a training session at Chadwell Heath through to the many rituals we all go through on matchday. Whether it’s a pre-match drink in the Hammers Supporters Club, buying a programme, fanzine or Hammers’ lottery ticket, walking through the forecourt gates on Green Street or lining up at the North Bank turnstiles, it’s all been recorded.


And in my case, the camera len has captured me on pages 65 and 66 collecting autographs. A ritual I’ve been doing since 1975 and one I still do to this day.


Tim Reder’s book with 120 glossy pages is a collection of 150 photographs, selected and captioned by the author. Priced at £15.99 plus P&P the book represents great value and is certainly a very worthy addition to any Hammers fan’s book collection.


Size 297x211mm

COVER PRICE: £15.99 - 120 pages

To order the book direct from the author please visit his website

An Irrational Hatred of Everything

Robert Banks

October 2018


Steve Horton : Wymer Publishing (2017)

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Chris Carpenter

Quiz book

Are you a true fan of the Hammers? Do you know everything there is to know about West Ham? Then this is the perfect quiz book for you. Test your knowledge on all things West Ham United and see how good a West Ham supporter you really are.


Totally revised and updated for the 2017/18 season complete with many new questions, including on the new stadium, this book contains one hundred and one trivia questions with multiple choice answers for you.


With 101 questions, some easy, some more challenging, this entertaining book will test your knowledge and memory of the club’s long and successful history. The book is packed with information and is a must-have for all loyal West Ham supporters.


Please note:

This book was first released as a Kindle e-book but it now available in paper format.

Please note:

This book was first released as a Kindle e-book but it now available in paper format.


An alternative history of West Ham United's 112-year tenure at The Boleyn Ground

(Part One: 1904-1966)

Tony Hogg (2018)

Foreword by EDDIE BOVINGTON, 1964 FA Cup winner


Full colour softback production, 480 BIG pages. Lavishly illustrated with more than 450 photos, including many rare and previously unpublished images.



EX publisher Tony McDonald says: "Having worked closely with Tony for many years, and on several previous West Ham United books, I knew he would put his heart and soul into this solo project. And great credit to him, because it has exceeded all my expectations.


"The nostalgia drips from every one of the 480 pages of this mammoth, absorbing tome.


"Hoggy, a renowned West Ham historian who certainly knows his stuff, has been working on A Castle on Green Street for several years and I'm delighted for him that, after shedding blood, sweat and tears, it has come to fruition. The wait has been very worthwhile.


"Every serious West Ham supporter who takes pride in our club's history should add this book to their collection, although it's a very entertaining and well presented history that will also appeal to non-Hammers aficionados."

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