Claret and Blue Blood: Pumping Life into West Ham United

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Random House, Dec 7, 2012 - History - 256 pages
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From the World Cup-winning days of Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters to highly acclaimed modern-day heroes such as Joe Cole, Michael Carrick and Jermain Defoe, West Ham United supporters have always had the greatest affection for homegrown Hammers. Since the 1960s, talents such as Trevor Brooking, Tony Cottee, Paul Ince and Rio Ferdinand (who has twice hit the headlines as the world's most expensive defender following his move to Leeds and Manchester United) have been nurtured and brought through the club's ranks, ensuring the Hammers can rightly lay claim to having one of the country's most fruitful youth policies.

In this revised and fully updated paperback edition, Claret and Blue Blood brings together all these characters and others for the very first time, including new chapters on Anton Ferdinand, Stephen Bywater and Kevin Horlock. Using exclusive new interviews, the authors present biographical pieces that collectively tell the story of West Ham United's evolution over the last half-century. Focusing on each player's roots, development and personal achievements, Claret and Blue Blood is a unique book that features key characters, candid conversations, successes, failures and controversies as it explores the very essence of West Ham United.

 

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Contents

Foreword
DAWN Of A NEW
A Mood For Change
Bobby Moore
Joe Kirkup
Tony Scott
John Lyall
Sir Geoff Hurst
John Ayris 27 A Question OfPrinciples John McDowell 28 Just Like My Dreams Kevin Lock 29 Everybodys Looking At Me Mervyn Day 30 Town ...
Nicky Morgan
LOYALTY TO LYALL
Paul Allen
Bobby Barnes
The 1981FA YouthCup final 39 Local Produce Doesnt TravelWell Alan Dickens 40 The Poacher Tony Cottee 41 In Defence Of Dedication Steve Po...
Kevin Keen
Paul Ince

Eddie Bovington
Ronnie Boyce
Martin Peters MBE 10 Moore Hurst Peters And Me Jack Burkett
Brian Dear
GREENWOODS INFLUENCE 12 The Of Wallys Labour The 1963 FA Youth Cup final 13 The Trailblazer John Charles
MartinBritt 15 Greatness Is HisFor The TakingJohn Sissons 16 The Young At Heart Dave Bickles 17 Better Leyton Than Never Peter Bennett 18 The ...
SirTrevorBrooking 22 Dreaming OfA Frank Lampard 23 A Scots Tale Jimmy Lindsay
Peter Grotier
FLAIR IN THE 70S
Pat Holland
Stuart Slater
THE NINETIES INTO THE NOUGHTIES THE ECSTASY AND AGONY
198893
Matthew Rush
Danny Williamson
The Mid1990s
Frank Lampardjnr 51 A Classic Model Rio Ferdinand 52 Great Expectations Joe Cole 53 One Of Those Nights The 1999 FA Youth Cup final
Michael Carrick 55 No Rochdale CowboyStephen Bywater 56 From Hero ToZero Jermain Defoe 57 Relatively Speaking Anton Ferdinand 58 What ...
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About the author (2012)

Kirk Blows is a successful journalist and the author of Fortune's Always Hiding, Terminator and The Essential History of West Ham United. He is the former editor of Hammers News, West Ham's official monthly magazine.

Ben Sharratt is a freelance journalist who writes for numerous magazines and websites, and was formerly the assistant editor of Hammers News.

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