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West Ham United: The Making of a Football Club Paperback – 7 May 1987


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  • Paperback: 271 pages
  • Publisher: Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd; Third Impression edition (7 May 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715621262
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715621264
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.5 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,443,397 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jeremy Nicholas on 16 Oct 2012
Format: Paperback
Widely regarded as one of the best books on how a football club operates.

It appealed to me as it's about my team, but it would appeal to anyone.

Getting hold of copies is tricky as it's been out of print for a while, but if you can snap one up second hand I would recommend it.

Jeremy Nicholas - Stadium Announcer West Ham United and author of Mr Moon Has Left the Stadium
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
For enthusiasts and fans, a real insight into English soccer 5 Dec 1998
By Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Like my co-reviewer, I have to admit to the same bias - I am a lifelong (35 years) supporter, although having lived in the United States for the last few years, opportunities to watch them play have been limited. I must say that when the book was first published I derived a certain amount of vicarious pride from the fact that an academic historian (and an American to boot) chose my club as a subject to research and write about. I have read and re-read the book, and lent it many times to expat supporters, and American soccer enthusiasts eager for further insight into the English game's history and traditions. I agree with the parallel with baseball (a game for which I've developed a nearly equal passion) - and would commend it to anyone with a serious interest in sport in its widest societal context. It is a history book first and foremost, and the author makes no bones about it, with a considerable amount of detail and behind the scenes discussion - not a romantic portrayal of the club's (frankly, limited) on the field triumphs, although these are of course duly documented. By the end of the book you can't help feeling that the author has developed a genuine affection for the club, and so will you.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Soccer - the European Baseball 25 Oct 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Before I begin, I must express a bias - I have supported West Ham United football club for all of my life. This is not surprising because I live in east London, where West Ham United Football club is located. It is difficult to explain to an American reader what it means to support an English football club - as Korr explains, it is inconceivable that an English football team could be reocated from one side of the country to another (as happened to the Brooklyn Dodgers) and still attract any support. It is a triumph of Korr's book that he can appreciate the similarities between the principal working class sports in the two counties and at the same time highlight the very real differences. Read this book and you will gain an insight into an important component of Enfglish culture.
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