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East Ender captures heart of West Ham in new book

PUBLISHED: 13:15 09 March 2017 | UPDATED: 15:18 09 March 2017

Long Live The Boleyn By Freddie Bonfanti

Long Live The Boleyn By Freddie Bonfanti

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West Ham fan and photographer Freddie Bonfanti catalogues the final year at Upton Park with a series of emotive photographs

They say that a picture paints a thousand words and so a new book on the final year at Upton Park must be absolutely packed with them.

‘Long Live The Boleyn’ by Bethnal Green snapper Freddie Bonfanti is a beautifully crafted, lovingly put together book which charts everything about being a West Ham fan.

And it is done exclusively in black and white photographs.

Some might think that a lack of colour would damage the product, but not a bit of it.

The colour comes from the fans themselves, it comes from the venues and the looks on people’s faces.

There are pictures from all around the old ground. Nathan’s Pie and Mash shop, Ken’s Cafe, the stalls around Upton Park, the pubs, the statue, everything that you associate with being a Hammer.

Being in black and white also suggests the past, the ending of an era and the beginning of a new one for the club.

The traditions of the fans at Upton Park are coming to an end, but like some great social history experiment, Freddie records them all here and there is a sense of melancholy in some of them; the upset youngster at the statue; the fans singing in the pub while the Bobby Moore shirt wreath sits on the wall above them.

“I hope this book can be a celebration of an incredibly tight community and a reminder of the good old days in E13,” says the author in his notes.

It is and with no captions and now words to the photos, the pictures speak for themselves and they are a must for any West Ham fan.

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