KUMB.com were saddened to learn of the passing of reknowned Hammers historian John Northcutt.
Northcutt, who followed West Ham United since his first visit to the Boleyn Ground in 1959 wrote numerous books on the club, his first being 'West Ham United: A Complete Record', compiled in 1987 (and revised six years later).
Further works included 'The Definitive West Ham United FC' (2003), 'Hammers Trivia, History, Facts & Stats' (2007) and most recently, 'West Ham United in the League Cup' (2011) which is still available in club shops now.
One of a select few who can legitimately claim to have seen every game, both home and away, of the successful 1963/64 FA Cup and the 1964/65 Cup Winners Cup campaigns - both of which culminated in legendary triumphs under Wembley's twin towers - Northcutt's knowledge of the club was second-to-none.
Following the announcement of John's passing, close friend Steve Marsh wrote: "It is with deep regret and profound sadness that we learned of John's passing, aged 73.
"John Northcutt’s love for West Ham United went way beyond that of a typical terrace fan on a Saturday afternoon. John grew up in south London but his desire to watch top-flight football took him across the River Thames to Upton Park to watch Ted Fenton’s newly promoted side.
"John saw his first West Ham United match as a schoolboy when the Hammers beat West Bromwich Albion 4-1. Since that day he had followed the team all around country from Southampton to Sunderland and right across Europe in 1965, which culminated in winning the European Cup Winners Cup at Wembley Stadium.
"Like most fanatical Hammers, he supported the club through the good times as well as the bad, but his knowledge and dedication to statistical analysis on the Hammers puts him on par with the club’s official historians.
"Those of you who have read the books written by John will know only too well that he does his research meticulously. John Northcutt had made an enormous contribution to every fan’s understanding and appreciation of West Ham United through the gathering of facts and figures."
Several years ago KUMB invited John to join our team so that he may answer readers' questions relating to the club's history. In tribute to John's decidated work to club statistics, the many answers he gave over the years will remain below as our own tribute to a much-liked and respected West Ham supporter.
Want to know the club's best sequence of wins? Ask John. Details of specific line-ups from any time in the last 100 years? Ask John. Want to know who's been sent off more times than any other player? You get the hint...
A list featuring the best of the questions put to and answered by John may be viewed below.