Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Claret and Blue Blood: Pumping Life into West Ham United

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.

"...sparkling quotes and candid conversations" Shoot Monthly "A must for any Hammers fans with even a passing interest in the history and evolution of West Ham United" Hammers News Magazine

Kirk Blows is a successful journalist and the author of three highly acclaimed books on West Ham United. Ben Sharratt is a freelance writer and the former assistant editor of Hammers News, West Ham's official monthly magazine.

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4Clarret & Blue Skies from out of the fog of West Ham History
By Kristian Valdini
If ever I required someone to give serious granulation on the history of West Ham...Ben Sharrat seems to be the man.
Ben ensures maximum buy-in from the reader with some superb strategisation simply squaring the circle that is West Ham.
I eagerly await Ben's next book, having heard through the grapevine that it will focus on the key metrics and standardisation of herding cats. Lets hope he runs this idea up the flagpole to see who salutes it before coming to a landing on it, as there is sure to be much knitting of fog before he sees blue skies.
Great Stuff Ben.

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