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Staantribune #36: Upton Park


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From the publisher: 

West Ham United moved from Upton Park to London Stadium in 2016. Five years later, Joris van de Wier returned to the district where the iconic stadium was located. He visited five special places that have played an important role in the DNA of West Ham United.

In addition, we look back at Hans Visser's goals, through which FC Utrecht barely managed to avoid the post-competition in 1996, and at the rise and fall of the Scheveningen professional club Holland Sport, where 'our' Joop van Maurik also played football for several seasons.

Eric de Jager delved into Finland's remarkable love-hate relationship with football and Dave Aalbers went to Lisbon for the derby between Benfica and Sporting Clube de Portugal.

We also spoke extensively with keeper Nikolay Mihaylov, who was part of perhaps the best FC Twente ever, and the forgotten AZ player Richard van der Meer and his former teammates of the successful team that became national champion in the early eighties. The talented but modest defender retired from professional football at a young age.

In addition, regular elements such as the columns of Frank Heinen – who also took on a portrait of Salif Keita – and of Hans Douw, the 'Groundhopper of the Fatherlands', De Voetbalstad (this time about Breda), De Collectieaar (this time of a special 'figure freak') and The Season (about Roda JC in 1994-1995, when the club from Limburg finished second behind Ajax).

All of this, of course, again garnished with beautiful photo material from master photographers, among others, Marco Magielse and Stuart Roy Clarke, who captured the Manchester City championship match in 2002 in a particularly beautiful way.

Note from Stanchion:

This publication is entirely in Dutch, with no English translation available. However, there are more than enough photos to satisfy any non-Dutch speaker!


21 x 29 cm
108 pages