They Nearly Reached the Sky -

They Nearly Reached the Sky

West Ham United in Europe

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From the earliest days of West Ham United the club sought out competition from outside the British Isles. Building on this, 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 on their rampage 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 never entirely reproduced. No-one else had the pioneering magic that the Irons engendered; they nearly reached the sky, while others just followed. This is the story of that glory.

Product code: 9781781555705

ISBN 9781781555705
No. Of Pages 160
Publisher Fonthill Media
In 1965 West Ham United were the first side made up entirely of English players to win a major European trophy. This was the zenith of their European history, but other exciting campaigns were to come. These adventures were to be replicated, but without the pioneering magic the Hammers engendered; they nearly reached the sky, others just followed.