New West Ham book: A rich tapestry of memories and emotions
PUBLISHED: 14:30 04 November 2016
A perfect gift for Christmas for any West Ham fan
No Place Like Home, by Joseph Fordham
£20 at noplacelikehome112.co.uk
This new book couldn’t be simpler. Get a bunch of West Ham supporters and players together and ask them their memories and what they will miss about the Boleyn.
But in 112 different portraits, including the recollections of the author, this new book paints a vivid, emotional picture of just what West Ham and Upton Park meant to people.
David Gold kicks things off with Sir Geoff Hurst providing the concluding page and in between there is a huge cross section of supporters young and old, male and female who tell us what they loved about the ground and what leaving has meant to them.
Almost everybody’s first game seems to have been a loss, which I guess is indicative of the West Ham way, but there is a rich tapestry of memories.
The walk down Green Street, children being passed on shoulders down to the front, the peanut sellers, the smell of the hot dogs, everything that made the Boleyn a home to so many supporters.
This is an affectionate look back. Some say they will not go to the London Stadium, others like 100-year-old Mabel Arnold who will embrace the move to Stratford.
There are the thoughts of the likes of Steve Potts, Eddie Bovington, Trevor Sinclair, Mark Ward and Stuart Slater. But the words of the ordinary fans are most poignant.
“Going over there with my dad, the friends I’ve made, the laughs I’ve had, nights under the lights, the list goes on.
“There’ll never be anything like it again in my life and I’ll hold on to those memories until my dying day.”
A fitting epitaph to the historic venue and one that will stir the emotions of every Hammer.
This is a must buy for any West Ham fan a fitting tribute and a perfect Christmas gift.
Profits made from the books sales will be donated to the Dylan Tombides Charity Foundation. As soon as the print costs are covered everything goes to them from sales.
To get your copy, go to the website at noplacelikehome112.co.uk and if you put type NEWREC into the discount box, you will get free postage.
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