Tuesday, 4 July 2017

C-O-N #2

Issue 2 is happening. Theme. Career Opportunities.Short fiction, poetry, artwork submissions welcome. Will feature the first published poetry by author John King plus an interview with Ray Gange.

Copies of issue 1 still available. Paypal: joe.england64@gmail.com

Send submissions to same link as above etc.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

C-O-N - First Cheap Issue

Some think I haven't done much since I folded PUSH after 23 issues back in October 2016. Not true. In December 5MANAGERS came back from the dead in the form of The London Stadium Issue, and last week the book of that fanzine - The Last Season Issues - was published by East London Press.

Today C-O-N, my new fanzine, hit the streets. I wanted it to be different from PUSH, and it will be. Originally it was going to have a strong political take. But this ended up troubling me. I don't believe in any political group, whatever line they hang their dirty bullshitting washing on, and never will. The first issue does have a political edge though, but there is a balance to it. What I didn't want was being called some lefty editor - I hate that expression, 'lefty', and it seems that the divide between the working class has never been so wide. Back in the forgotten past, the left of politics were the only true representative/defenders of the working class. And that's my final words on the matter.

This debut issue has some absolutely top drawer contributions from Colin Hankey, Ford Dagenham, P.A. Levy, Kosmo Vinyl, Graham Old, Mark Beechill, Ian Cusack, Michael Marrotti, Joseph Ridgwell, Patricia McParlin, Michael Keenaghan and Scott Wozniak.

Issue 2 will be all about bands, as music is my other main stay alongside football. I have already been lining up interviews and features as I write this. Football (obviously), films and a feature special issue on two historic cities close to my heart, London and Derry (see what I did there) are all in the game plan.

C-O-N #1 is only £2 + £1.50 postage. Paypal to joe.england64@gmail.com

Thursday, 6 April 2017

5MANAGERS West Ham book - the final season issues

As I put money into this - East London Press have got other books on the go - I got to exclusively sell the first half of the print run of 5MANAGERS - The Final Season Issues. To get my money back they said. But never been in this game for the money. And they know that and if I had an accountant he would say, that make's a lot sense, you are an awful businessman. But they ain't no different from me either. They run a small book press and know how tough it is. So I am grateful that I have had so much time invested in me through what they have published.

Saying that, to have them publish this West Ham book is as good as it gets for me. The best of the fanzine issues that I ran last season and now a book makes me so proud. Not because of me. The words inside and all those who made them words happen. I could go on but here is what the publishers put on the back of the book:

5MANAGERS was a one season only fanzine run solely by Joe England. Its title, a homage to perhaps the only football club to have had 5 managers spanning nearly a century; Syd King, Charlie Paynter, Ted Fenton, Ron Greenwood and John Lyall. The fanzine wanted to focus on the years before the origins of the Premier League, when Upton Park still retained the essence of its true history and identity on and off the pitch; a compact, intimidating and very special football ground. The fanzine was also an honest and unsentimental recount of memories from players, artists and those who stood on the terraces.  Featured inside this publication are the exclusive interviews with West Ham United legends; Frank Lampard Senior, Mark Ward, Kenny Brown, Frank McAvennie and John Sissons. Also included in this unique football book is conversations with Mark Phillips (West Ham U/18s Coach), Jeff Turner (Cockney Rejects), Grant Fleming (photographer, film maker), authors John King (The Football Factory) and Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting), musician Jah Wobble (Public Image Ltd, Invaders of the Heart) and former Chelsea legend, Charlie Cooke. There are also contributions from an array of very talented West Ham United supporters. With a foreword by Mark Ward, this book is a fitting compilation of those final season issues, as well as a lament to the famous former home of West Ham United FC. Upton Park is gone, but never forgotten.

‘The best West Ham fanzine since Fortunes Always Hiding’ Phill Jupitus

Book launch is down The Victoria Tavern, Plaistow after the Everton game on 22 April. Many thanks to Paul Wood, who not only runs the best West Ham pub still alive outside Stratford, but has always backed me doing this from day one. Cheers mate. Hope to see as many of you as possible on the night. We know how Everton at home normally goes. But do try and come and support not only the book launch but more importantly, Woody's pub.

If you can't make the book launch, you can purchase from me direct before it goes to the publisher and through their independent bookshop distribution. Paypal joe.england64@gmail.com

UK £7.99 + £3 postage.
Europe £7.99 + £6 postage.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

5MANAGERS - The Final Season Issues

In April, East London Press are publishing their next book. 5MANAGERS - The Final Season Issues. While there was The London Stadium Special out this season, the book covers all 4 issues that came out during our last season watching football in E13. I think it will be a very original West Ham book and I'm buzzing more editing this than any of the issues. And that is because under one roof, it really is something else. Plans for a book launch after Spurs at home. For now here is a small taster from a few of the important interviews that made the fanzine what it became. 

Jeff Turner
I remember about the 73/74 season. It was like a sea of snorkel parkas, all long hair, refugees from a T Rex gig, and you could smell the pitch, and the game was different then as much as Upton Park. When I see these players today roll around on the ground and I think about Billy Bonds, could you imagine him doing that? Him and Frank Lampard used to play with their socks rolled down. They were both swashbuckling heroes.

Frank Lampard
In 1975, playing against Bobby Moore in an FA Cup Final, well you couldn’t write a script for that and get away with it, could you! Not a great game and actually Fulham were the Division Two team that day. But of course the Arsenal game was the special one. The way we got to the final, me scoring the winner in the semi final and then Brooking in the final. I mean with West Ham, we were never going to win the league. We either won the cup or went out to a lower league team in the 3rd round. We didn’t mess about!

Mark Ward
I always remember Alvin Martin, and him being a fellow Scouser, I remember him speaking to me and he said: ‘Listen. I’m telling you now, that Chicken Run will either make or break you, and what you’ve got to do Mark, is as long as you are going at it one hundred per cent then they will back you all the way. They know the game inside out, and they will know instantly if you are not giving one hundred per cent or if you’ve bottled out of a tackle and they will be on your case. But the thing was, that was my game anyway. And I think that is why they took to me and it was great to be so close to them, it really was, and sometimes they’d reach out and touch your hand, shoulder, tap you on the back when you was taking a corner and it was great, it really was. It was a fantastic stadium back then to play football.

Grant Fleming
Billy Bonds was my number one and always will be but of course I also had a lot of love for the great man Bobby Moore, how could you not have? My Dad told me this story once, how a fella had got killed over the docks, and his fellow Docker mates were having a benefit match for him over Terence McMillan at Mile End, and my Dad and his mate went over the training ground to see if they could get a few bigs signed that they could raffle for the fund, and Bobby Moore's walked out and my dad said how they were doing this thing for this docker mate, and Bobby’s just gone, ‘So what do you need?’ And my Dad was like, ‘Well, whatever you can do Bob.’ And he asks my Dad when it was, and my Dad says a couple of Sundays time and Bobby just said on the spot he’d round up a few of the boys. Two weeks later up turns him, Martin Peters, Brian Dear, Johnny Sissons, Alan Stephenson, with bundles of signed shirts and loads of other bits for the raffle. Unbelievable. That was the first time I met Bobby and am as protective of his autograph I got that day as I am of anything.

Kenny Brown
So on the Monday there was no Bill or Harry and we had the Tuesday off and we were all talking amongst ourselves, like you do, and no one really knew what was going on, blaming Joey, and then Harry came in on the Wednesday in the little changing room, by the old gym, got everyone in, all the players and staff and said: ‘Listen, Bill’s left, whoever takes over, give them all the best, work hard, we had a great season last year, but good luck to all of you.’ And then we all went back outside, and then I think Tony or Paul Hilton was preparing us for the first home game v Wimbledon and no-one knew what was happening and we came in next day and Harry was in. It was all a bit strange but he said, ‘I’ve spoken to Bill about it, the job, and he said I deserved it.’ But I was very close to Tony Gale and Galey was close to Bill and Galey came in and said Harry definitely ain’t spoken to Bill. And vice versa.

Frank McAvennie
I remember we did put a run together towards the end of the season and nearly stayed up. Like when we nearly won the league, the relegation battle went to the wire and then John got sacked. And I still thought he had the makings of a decent team there. Even though we’d gone down. You still had Julian Dicks, Liam Brady, Alvin, Wardy etc. And I know how you all fell out with Paul Ince, but I don’t think if John had got sacked all that business would have occurred. Paul Ince wouldn’t have left. No way would he have left. I know Paul. John was a father figure to him and he hated Lou Macari when he took over from John, like everyone else. Because the fact is, Macari was never there. John was always there for you. He had everyone’s respect.

Mark Phillips
When football hooliganism was at its height, the media was obsessed with football hooliganism being connected to the far right, and there were large parts of West Ham’s hooligan element that were black. You had Cass of course and the likes of Matthew Thomas, and they were West Ham as much as anyone and colour never came into it. We were all West Ham. We weren’t a racist club, we were football supporters, young men from working class areas, and the media really wanted to say that we were right wing extremists and that was simply never the case. It was at other clubs but never at West Ham, as has been well documented. I’m not condoning football violence by the way. But it was a different time back then, and things happened because that’s the way it was.

Irvine Welsh
West Ham were fighting against relegation after winning the cup the previous season, so it would be 75-76. We lost a silly early goal when Mervyn Day was lobbed. John Radford had been signed from the Gooners and earned West Ham a penalty equaliser by falling over in the box. I think Robson got both goals. It was a 2-2 draw and we dominated, but we gave away our goals very cheaply. This game kind of set me up for the same West Ham disappointments I’d become used to at Hibs. Outplay the opposition, nice football, and bang! The sucker punch. The terrace banter was also instantly recognizable: a guy I was standing next to was screaming at Kevin Lock the whole game – ‘You fucking useless wanker!’– and it made me feel at home. I don’t know if there’s something in the air around dock communities, but the general vibe was familiar: passionate, but often somewhat unforgiving.

John King
My first game over West Ham was in 1978. As a kid, I had this image of West Ham as a homely, friendly club, going on the football they played and from watching The Big Match. But it wasn’t like that at all. It was a shock to be honest. Chelsea were doing badly and the turn-out was one of the worst I’ve ever seen. Teenagers. Low numbers. The North Stand never got out of Victoria apparently. The police were West Ham fans and letting all these massive blokes into our section. ‘Five-by-fives’ as my dad used to say – short and stocky. Loafers. Mullet haircuts. These were the Dockers I’d seen when Millwall came to Chelsea in 1976. It was literally men against boys. A massacre. It’s funny now, but it wasn’t at the time. We were forced onto the pitch and both the sides were trying to get on as well. I can’t remember going back to the tube. Erased it from the memory probably.

Jah Wobble
Almost all of my family are West Ham. And I once went to a wake over at Upton Park and I walked in there and one of me uncles says to me, ‘Bet you love coming over here don’t you!’ And that was his brother who had died, and I said, ‘Yeah, I’ve probably got as many happy memories coming over this ground as you have!’ But we have always had in our family, a good sense of humour. But my dad was Millwall and but his dad, my grandad, was West Ham – he went to the 1923 FA Cup, The White Horse Final, and I’m certain he got nicked on the pitch. In fact I was told how back then he ran on the pitch at Upton Park quite a few times because he reckoned he was a better player! So possibly my grandad could be construed as one of the first breed of West Ham football hooligans!

Thursday, 23 February 2017

C-O-N - first cheap issue

For so many, and to put it bluntly, 2016 was a bit of a toxic year. A year of high profile deaths, your own personal upheaval, and it seemed, all on a seismic scale, not too much of a feel good factor. What annoyed me was in how that toxic year created division among friends, families and the masses. Everyone still blames a certain former ruling party for the economic mess we are in, when the facts still prevail. It was the greed and mismanagement of the world’s banks that caused another crash. And as I write, nothing has healed. What I want the fanzine to encompass is a coming together. Is that possible? Anything in life is possible. 

The theme is loosely based on power, corruption and lies. And what exactly is fake news? I thought the red tops have always peddled that, so why is it all of a sudden a new topic?

I am looking for essays, fiction, poetry from all sides of any so called political divide. I do not support any political party and at every election I have always voted PUSH.

I am known for my previous fanzine and I suppose this is, for all intents and purposes, the political wing of that past venture. Being honest, I am both nervous and excited about C-O-N. It may fall on its own sword. Who knows? What I do know is that I need voices that articulate a point of view. The door is now open. 

Send to pushmag@email.com

Sunday, 11 December 2016

5MANAGERS - The London Stadium Issue

After last season's editions of the what was to be a one season only fanzine celebrating the end of an era watching football in E13, here we are again with a special issue. It had been planned for the best of the first 4 issues to be published as a book by East London Press - Mark Ward had already written the foreward and the book was intended to be the perfect stocking filler for Christmas. But with events as they have unfolded since August, the book has been put on hold until spring and another edition put together.

This issue, unlike all that went before, does not have any player interviews. This is all about voices from the terraces. And it covers all aspects of what has been going on and what all those think the future holds in store. It has a very balanced cross section of opinion and I am very pleased with the end result and think it will be considered a very important issue, not just right now, but in years to come.

Features contributions from Mick Webber, Brett Tidman, Paul Woods, Neil Taylor, Nigel Kahn, Jamie Hall, Jon Trevor, Jeff Turner, Ray Bussey, Dave Stannard, John McCrea, Liam Tyrell, Chip Hamer, Andy Clugston and Andy Halford.

A steal at only £2 and on sale Wednesday at Burnley game. Early doors in The Vic, Plaistow, then heading over Stratford at a pub or two (TBC).

If you can't make game (and I will not be about for Hull on Saturday due to work) then you can purchase by post via Paypal for £3.50 at joe.england64@gmail.com

Monday, 24 October 2016

PUSH 23 Launch Party

'Sandinista Girls' photo by Grant Fleming.

This Saturday in the upstairs function room at the Horse & Stables, 124 Westminster Bridge Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 7RW,  is a very special PUSH launch night. This is the first issue where all male voices have been excluded. PUSH began its life sold on the street at West Ham with stories of gang crime, London drug scenes, anger, hard cutting edge male voices. But this was because I had a targeted readership. The alternative read home on the way home after the game. 

But the fanzine evolved from issue one to a point in time where the ladies have taken over the lunatic asylum. And they have delivered. I say they. But we are 2 different creatures. Male/Female. I called it the female rage issue. But actually all the words are about the disappointment in experiences by the likes of my side of the fence. It has been a hard issue to edit as seen myself in some of the words. 

All I can say though is that PUSH launches are not like any other literary launches. Anyone who knows me definitely knows, I cannot do this business seriously. The mag is. But I like the launches to be fun and this one will be. Readings, music and the famous raffle will prevail and the prizes are by far the best yet. It is free and starts at 7pm. Come down to the heart of London Town Saturday. Money back if you feel you have been let down.

Friday, 19 August 2016

PUSH 22 has hit the streets

After a week of trauma at the printers, which undertook a second large print run, PUSH 22 has finally arrived. I have called it the best issue to date. A firm statement of intent as I truly believe in all previous issues. With 2 superb interviews - Matt Johnson (The The) and Youth (Killing Joke), respectively - there is also the best counter culture cutting edge poetry and fiction plus the brilliant photography of Derelict London's Paul Talling.

PUSH 22 will be available to buy at West Ham v Bournemouth on Sunday in The Refreshment Rooms and The Carpenters Arms and inside the ground, if I can get away with it at this new place.

On the street at only £3 for what is basically a small book.

It will be on the website shop page soon but for now you can paypal £4.50 to joe.england64@gmail.com

I said it is the best yet. Now buy a copy and see if I am right. Also well out of pocket due to issues we had with first print run, and as I am self-funded I never make from any publication, but will definitely lose out big time even if it sells out (which it will) but do need to recoup some money to ensure there is an issue 23.

Thanks to everyone involved in the current issue as well as all those who have pre-ordered.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016


Since I started doing 5MANAGERS, a year ago, and while still putting out PUSH at the same time, I was doing the latter on auto pilot to a certain extent. But issue 22 has had me been totally drawn in. There are two truly great interviews. Firstly, with Matt Johnson, best known for his work with The The and also with Youth, again mostly known for his work with Killing Joke. But there is so much more to these two great people. As you will discover in this issue. I truly believe it is the best issue I have done. And I am very proud of it. The interviews are superb but so is every one of the contributors. This is a very strong and engaging issue. 

With photography of Becton Alps by Paul Talling this is the final edited running order:

Emily Harrison
Garry Johnson
Fred ‘Spider’ Rowe; with an introduction by Kosmo Vinyl
Clare Ferguson-Walker
Matt Johnson Interview
Grim Chip
Brian Hamill
Mark Thornhill
Michael Keenaghan
Tim Wells
Ian Cusack
Saira Viola
Youth Interview
Joseph Ridgwell
Steve Finbow
Sophie Cameron 
Ford Dagenham

As you know I normally only charge £2 on the street. But this time it will cost you 3 notes. But worth every penny. To order via Paypal will cost you £4.50. Pre-order at joe.england64@gmail.com

I'm not fucking about here. This is the best PUSH to date.

And that is saying something because those of you 'in the know' will know that is some fucking statement of intent.

Thursday, 19 May 2016

5MANAGERS End of Season Awards

After an emotional and exciting final season at Upton Park, here are the fanzine’s awards to celebrate what was also a great season for me putting out 4 outstanding issues. Thanks to everyone who bought and supported 5M, including the contributors – Liam Tyrell, Essex Tom, Chip Hamer, Andy Halford, Chas Baxter, Andy Hall, Dave Harvey, David Johnstone and Bobby Ward. 5M Volume 2 will launch in September next season. Putting this ‘best of the season selection’ together was extremely difficult as there were so many highlights on the pitch and in the fanzine. But I think I have got it right. 

5M West Ham Man of the Year

1. Mark Phillips
2. Mark Noble
3. Slaven Bilic

Mark Phillips has gone from the terraces to working his way up on the coaching staff at West Ham for the past 10 years. The spirit of 5MANAGERS has been about an era up until the sacking of John Lyall, the old ground as it once was back then and the connection between fans and the club and even though it would seem obvious to pick Mark Noble or Slaven Bilic, to me Mark is the worthy winner. A West Ham man through and through, one of us, and who knows, he may one day soon move from U18s coach alongside Steve Potts to working with the first team.

5M Interview of the Season

1. Frank Lampard Senior (issue 1)
2. Mark Ward (issue 2)
3. Frank McAvennie (issue 4)

This was the hardest selection. As in my opinion every interview was superb. So I would also like to thank the following as they were all as good as any of the top 3: Irvine Welsh (issue 4), Grant Fleming (issue 2), Jeff Turner (issue 1), Johnny Sissons (issue 4), Jah Wobble (issue 3), John King (issue 2), Kenny Brown & Mark Phillips (issue 3).

5M Player of the Season

1. Dimitri Payet
2. Mark Noble
3. Michail Antonio

5M Goal of the Season

1. Dimitri Payet free kick v Crystal Palace Home 02/04/16
2. Dimitri Payet free kick v Man Utd Away FA Cup 13/04/16
3. Dimitri Payet free kick v Bournemouth Away 12/01/16

5M Home Game of the Season

1. Liverpool FA Cup replay 09/02/16
2. Chelsea 24/10/16
3. Spurs 02/03/16

You’ll note that I haven’t included the final home game. That’s because I criminally didn’t get a ticket despite not missing a previous home game all season.

5M Away Game of the Season

1. Liverpool 29/08/15
2. Man City 19/09/15
3. Arsenal  09/08/15

Thanks again to everyone involved with the fanzine this season. There are still a few reprints of all 4 issues. Email me at joe.england64@gmail.com if you want more info. Other than that. See you all in Stratford.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016


With the third anniversary issue still sitting warm and selling well, out pops issue 21. Some say I have taken my eye off of PUSH since the launch of 5MANAGERS, yet since the conception of all 4 issues of 5M, PUSH has continued to roll and this includes some of the best feedback to date since the fanzine first hit the streets in March 2013.

This is a slick and direct number. And I am very pleased with it. With photography from Paul Talling there is also writing from Micheal Keenaghan, Emily Harrison, Saira Viola, Brett Tidman, Tim Wells, Dean Cavanagh, Grim Chip, Joseph Ridgwell, Dickson Telfer, Jim Gibson and Ford Dagenham.

And available for just £2 on the street (will have copies on me for both Swansea City and Man Utd) but only £3.20 via paypal at joe.england64@gmail.com

Also, if you have never read PUSH before you can purchase both the current issue and the third anniversary 80 page special for a steal deal of only £5. Just make sure you mention 20/21 in the order.

Can also confirm there has been a limited re-print run of all 4 issues of 5MANAGERS. Only £2 and on sale at final 2 games but if you are not at games email me at paypal address and can sort.

If you want all 6 mags - and why wouldn't you? - again email me for info.

PUSH 21 is a limited edition of 75 copies and expect to sell out possibly by the time West Ham have bid farewell to E13.

I would like to thank everyone, contributors, those interviewed and of course all you great people who have bought/continue to support PUSH & 5MANAGERS. Without you, I could never find the funds to keep this train rolling on.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

5MANAGERS - the final issue

As we draw ever closer to our exit from E13, the final issue of 5MANAGERS is out now.

And couldn't be a better issue. For starters there is an exclusive interview with Frank McAvennie, who talks about all things West Ham and his continued deep love of the club. It was a 90 minute interview that was a real challenge to edit down to work in the mag. But I am certain I have nailed it. Frank like all the players I have interviewed, is a true gentleman.

Issue one had an interview with a West Ham legend who had won two cups at Wembley in 1975 and 1980 - Frank Lampard. In this final issue there is an interview with another West Ham legend who won 2 Wembley medals. The FA Cup in 1964 and European Cup Winners Cup in 1965. The one and only Johnny Sissons.

The third interview is with the acclaimed author Irvine Welsh, his most famous work being Trainspotting, but he is a prolific novelist who has had many of his books and short stories made into films. But did you know how much he loves West Ham? In this exclusive interview he explains the origins of where the claret and blue in his blood came from.

Plus there is great writing and poetry too. 'Nights Under The Lights' by Liam Tyrell and 'Anne Boleyn: Let's Take Her With Us' by Kosmo Vinyl, plus 'Then Like My Dreams' by Chip Hamer make this possibly the best of the 4 issues.

On sale before Man Utd in the FA Cup replay tomorrow. In The Lord Stanley and East Ham Working Mens Club and during in the West Upper and afterwards in The Vic. Copies also on sale for Watford game next week.

Sold on the street for only £2 for 60 pages of real quality.

Or if you cannot make it to the games, then via paypal £3.50 at joe.england64@gmail.com

Finally thanks to everyone who has bought a copy so far. Your feedback has made it all worthwhile. And of course, to all those who have given up their time to be interviewed and my contributors. Love the whole lot of you.

Our days are now few, I am starting to feel low about leaving the old place, but hopefully we will finish on a high come May.

All the best - Joe