Author(s): Brian Belton
From the earliest days of West Ham United, the club sought competition outside the British Isles. In the mid-1960s, the Hammers, led by England captain Bobby Moore, won their way into top class competition in Europe to become the first side made up entirely of English players to win a major international trophy: the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1965 at Wembley. Although this was to be the zenith of the team’s performance on the international stage, there were to be further exciting and intriguing campaigns and games.
Great goals, magnificent victories and defeats fought to the finish. However, this is more a story about places, people and times as West Ham went about breaking ground and hearts as the claret and blue adventurers rampaged across the continent. The boys from London’s East End were learning, teaching and developing a pedigree of football that was to be replicated, but without the pioneering magic the Irons engendered – a quality that could never be entirely reproduced. They nearly reached the sky while the rest followed.
This is the story of that glory in Brian Belton’s They Nearly Reached the Sky: West Ham United in Europe.
|234 x 156 mm
|15 June 2017
|40 black-and-white photographs