Hammers’ tale of 51 seasons and not much joy in the League Cup

The Recorder reviews the latest West Ham book from John Northcutt.

West Ham United in the League Cup’

by John Northcutt


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With memories still fresh of that dismal Carling Cup semi-final capitulation in Birmingham back in January, perhaps a book on West Ham’s history in the competition is not the best timed tome.

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Nevertheless, experienced West Ham author John Northcutt has taken on the task and includes a report on every game the Hammers have played in the competition since its inception back in 1960.

That year seems to have been the benchmark of things to come – they lost 3-2 at Darlington in round two!

Since then they have managed seven semi-finals and two finals and Northcutt includes them all, including the latest semi disaster.

Also included is a full list of League Cup appearances and goals and the programme cover and a brief report on every match, though it is disappointing they are all in black and white.

The appendix is hampered by typographical errors and unfortunately that gives the impression of a book being thrown together rather too quickly.

It does have its merits, but perhaps this book is really only for the most statistical minded West Ham fans.

Dave Evans

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