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Now firmly settled into their new home in east London, West Ham United will be looking to build on their UEFA Europa Conference League triumph in June.

From having three players that featured in the World Cup final of 1966, to a rich history in cup competitions, the subject of West Ham United is covered in a wealth of fascinating books. 

And, of course, there are a few players the fans consider as their own, and they’re well covered in print too.

You’ll find some of the best West Ham United books below.


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Fortune’s Always Hiding: From Stratford to Seville​

Fortune’s Always Hiding: From Stratford to Seville

Hardcover
By Paul Brand

‘A great read and I’m not even a West Ham United fan’

In Fortune’s Always Hiding, Paul Brand takes us through the West Ham’s recent history, from a supporter’s perspective.

Highs, Lows & Di Canios: The Fans’ Guide to West Ham United in the ‘90s

Highs, Lows & Di Canios: The Fans’ Guide to West Ham United in the ‘90s

Paperback
By Sid Lambert

A rollercoaster ride! A decade that included an FA Cup semi-final, two promotions, one relegation, three managers, and, ultimately, a European adventure.

Tony Carr: A Lifetime in Football at West Ham United

Tony Carr: A Lifetime in Football at West Ham United

Hardcover
By Tony Carr

‘A West Ham man, a must-read for every Irons fan’ Mark Noble

The autobiography of a West Ham United legend – includes exclusive interviews with Rio Ferdinand, Michael Carrick, Frank Lampard, Mark Noble, and Joe Cole.

The Boleyn's Farewell: West Ham United's Upton Park Swansong​

The Boleyn's Farewell: West Ham United's Upton Park Swansong

Hardcover
By Danny Lewis

More than a football match ended on 10 May 2016…

West Ham United’s victory over Manchester United was the club’s spectacular swansong after 112 years at its spiritual home…

The Boleyn’s Farewell is the definitive account of one of the most significant matches in West Ham’s long history.

Hammer Time: Me, West Ham, and a Passion for the Shirt​

Hammer Time: Me, West Ham, and a Passion for the Shirt

Hardcover
By Julian Dicks

From West Ham United’s cult hero, Julian Dicks picks through football and the East End of the 1980s and 1980s.

Meet Julian Dicks, undoubtedly one of the greatest cult figures to play for the Irons.

An Irrational Hatred of Everything: My Continuing Odyssey as a West Ham Fan 2003-2018​

An Irrational Hatred of Everything: My Continuing Odyssey as a West Ham Fan 2003-2018

Paperback
By Robert Banks

A book with only five-star reviews.

Picking up where he left off in 2003, Robert Banks chronicles the fortunes of West Ham, cataloguing a stadium move, an Icelandic banking collapse, hirings and firings – as well as promotions and relegations…

Nearly Reach the Sky: A Farewell to Upton Park​

Nearly Reach the Sky: A Farewell to Upton Park

Paperback
By Brian Williams

Football supporters most definitely require a sense of humour – how else could they cope with the trials and tribulations that come with following their club?

In this humorous view of a die-hard football fan, the author takes a nostalgic look back at some of the great players, triumphs – and calamities – that have marked West Ham’s time at Upton Park…

Home of the Hammers: West Ham United's 112 Years at the Boleyn Ground, Upton Park​

Home of the Hammers: West Ham United's 112 Years at the Boleyn Ground, Upton Park

Hardcover
By John Dillon

An iconic ground that created a thousand memories.

West Ham United’s move to the new Olympic Stadium ended 112 years at the Boleyn Ground.

Now it’s gone but the magic which flourished there is captured in all its glory within the pages of this magnificent book.

The Funniest West Ham Quotes... Ever!​

The Funniest West Ham Quotes... Ever!

Paperback
By Gordon Law

“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 two weeks with a hernia.”
Alan Curbishley

In this comprehensive collection, Gordon Law has compiled more than 200 quips and quotes from managers and players who have represented the mighty Hammers over the years.

Playing for the Shirt: One Hundred West Ham United Match-Worn Shirts​

Playing for the Shirt: One Hundred West Ham United Match-Worn Shirts

Hardcover
By Michael Clifford

A coffee table book for West Ham fans everywhere.

Does anyone else have a selection of match-worn shirts as extensive as this?

The book’s pages evoke memories of claret and blue legends such as Billy Bonds, Trevor Brooking, Tony Cottee, Frank McAvennie, Julian Dicks, Mark Noble and, of course, Bobby Moore…

West Ham United: From East End Family to Globalised Fandom​

West Ham United: From East End Family to Globalised Fandom

Hardcover
By Jack Fawbert

This book charts how a works side representing east London’s working classes was transformed in the late 20th and early 21st centuries into a worldwide brand with fans across the globe…

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