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A book about Clive

Post by PurplePrideTrumpet on Mon Oct 13, 2008 1:36 pm

I walked into a Barnes and Noble today and saw this on a table of new books:

East End Heroes, Stateside Kings, by Brian Belton

I thought, "that looks like Clive on the cover." I picked it up and looked at the synopsis: "Oh my gosh, it IS Clive!" Shocked (He's the one on the left.)

Clive, along with two West Ham teammates, made history by being part of the first lineup in an English league to feature three black players. There is an entire chapter about Clive's time at UP. It's just wonderful and brings back a lot of great memories of the man for me. Though it was published in 2008 the English author only mentions the Pilots winning the 2002 Cup (there's a team picture and the Oregonian front page shot of Christine after the game winner in the photo section). Oh, and he refers to Loren Wohlgemuth (former SID) as..."she" confused (give him a break; he lives in Britain).

Before I run off to order this, I'll leave you with this episode from the book that really summarizes what Clive was about: The men were playing Indiana in the '88 College Cup semis. Coming into the locker room after a scoreless first half, Clive asked for silence. The team then eavesdropped as the IU coach ranted and raved next door. Clive then said, "Keep doing what you're doing. Go out there and have fun." Very Happy

Priceless.

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Re: A book about Clive

Post by KFTC on Mon Oct 13, 2008 2:03 pm

A portion of what was written in this new book was posted on this forum in the sticky section awhile back (the post disappeared with the start of the new season); Belton has written a number of books about West Ham and conducted the interview which was the basis for story that was previously posted here, which then became the basis and beginnings for this new book.

Oh and Belton also said he called Clive at his home "in Maine" in one of his first interviews. It seems like New Yorkers aren't the only ones who need to be reminded there is a lot of other land in this country beyond the Hudson River. Hahaha. Rolling Eyes

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Re: A book about Clive

Post by aleppiek on Mon Oct 13, 2008 2:15 pm

Remembering what was posted previously, it was fantastic, a great read in regards to Clive. Highly recommend this... in fact may purchase a copy myself... thanks.

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Re: A book about Clive

Post by Geezaldinho on Mon Oct 13, 2008 2:16 pm

KFTC wrote:A portion of what was written in this new book was posted on this forum in the sticky section awhile back (the post disappeared with the start of the new season); Belton has written a number of books about West Ham and conducted the interview which was the basis for story that was previously posted here, which then became the basis and beginnings for this new book.

Oh and Belton also said he called Clive at his home "in Maine" in one of his first interviews. It seems like New Yorkers aren't the only ones who need to be reminded there is a lot of other land in this country beyond the Hudson River. Hahaha. Rolling Eyes

The posts didn't disappear, the just got unstickied, so they are filtering down the hierarchy of recent posts. To find them, just put "Clive" in the search box at the upper right and click on the eponymous post that comes up as a result.

The other book Belton wrote is The Black Hammers and has a picture of Clive's brother John on the cover. The fronstspiece has a dedication to John Charles and to Clyde Best, and he's the other face in the background. I guess I need to run out and get the new book.

Thanks.

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Re: A book about Clive

Post by GUPhantom on Mon Oct 13, 2008 10:08 pm

Before I run off to order this, I'll leave you with this episode from the book that really summarizes what Clive was about: The men were playing Indiana in the '88 College Cup semis. Coming into the locker room after a scoreless first half, Clive asked for silence. The team then eavesdropped as the IU coach ranted and raved next door. Clive then said, "Keep doing what you're doing. Go out there and have fun."


Thanks PPT. I hadn't heard that story before! Loved it! Loved it! Loved it! Very Happy Very Happy

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