For the Claret and Blue : The Battles, the Glory, the Pain. All the Greatest Stories from the Staunchest Football Fans on Earth Paperback
by Micky Smith
Two or three of them came over and asked what team I was ...they followed me at a distance and when I looked across the platform I saw the other lads from the train getting a good kicking.
I felt uneasy and was obviously next on their list for a hiding.
I could not bottle it. I had to front it and act as normal as possible...You don't choose West Ham - it chooses you.
Following West Ham United is not about how many pieces of silverware the team can win.
For true fans, it's a lifelong, sometimes agonising passion. In 1964, when footballing legend Bobby Moore held the FA cup aloft for West Ham, Micky Smith was in the crowd, experiencing the unique thrill of seeing his club emerge victorious.
In 1967, when Manchester United came to the East End, Micky witnessed the birth of the football hooligan. This is the gripping, inside account of run-ins with the police, rivalry between firms and events such as Heysel that changed the face of football as we know it today.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 269 pages, Illustrations, ports
- Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd
- Publication Date: 31/07/2009
- Category: Memoirs
- ISBN: 9781844547807