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In Review: West Ham United - The Complete Record

Filed: Wednesday, 23rd December 2015
By: Staff Writer

John Northcutt & Steve Marsh
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"Back in 1895 the workers at the ship building firm Thames Ironworks former a football team. They played at the Hermit Road ground in Canning Town..."

Since the advent of the world wide web, statistical records books have become something of a rarity.

However no bona-fide Hammers statto should be without 'West Ham United - The Complete Record' - the new book by John Northcutt & Steve Marsh published by deCoubertin books.

For many years my West Ham bible of choice has been John Helliar's 'The Elite Era' - a fantastic compendium containing nearly every stat you needed to know regarding any West Ham match since the late 1950s.

Sadly Helliar stopped updating his book due to falling sales around five years ago, with the internet becoming a statistician's tool of choice instead.

However Northcutt and Marsh have bucked the trend and managed to eclipse 'Elite Era' with a book that not only includes details of every competitive match ever played by the club, but also every player's individual stats plus a plethora of other fascinating facts and figures.

Following a similar model to TEE, the first three-quarters of WHU-TCR consists of season-by-season accounts, featuring all related stats for that particular campaign.

But it's in the final section that the book really stands out with more stats than you can shake a smelly stick at. Here, sections include sub-topics such as 'manager's records', 'top goalscorers' (in all matches and by competition) and even 'most clean sheets'. (That's Phil Parkes, by the way!)

It's also in this section that you discover, thanks to Northcutt and Marsh's extensive knowledge, that West Ham biggest attendance isn't, as claimed by the club, the 42,322 who saw a 1970 Division One match versus Tottenham - but rather a London derby against the same opponents some 43 years earlier.

It's a book into which a lot of time and effort has quite clearly been spent and a labour of love for Marsh and Northcutt, who has been KUMB.com's West Ham in-house expert for several years.

Possibly the most comprehensive statistical analysis of the club to ever be published, if you have an eye for stats - or are even just interested in learning more about the club's illustrious past - this really is one publication you simply cannot afford to be without.

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