Tim Crane was born in Poplar and grew up on the Isle of Dogs, East London. He is the latest in a line of Crane family West Ham supporters, dating back to the Danny Shea years of the pre-World War I era.
He graduated in History from the University of London and, following a 10 year trot around the globe, entered the world of media.
A veteran of six marathons in both London and New York, he now prefers gentler distances around Greenwich.
In 2004 he wrote: The Life of Brian, a detailed look at the career of Brian Clough, followed by The West Ham Years series which take a detailed look at the contributions made to West Ham United by Bobby Moore, John Lyall and Billy Bonds, respectively.
Christmas 2021 is the deadline for his greatest project yet; They Played for West Ham – The Upton Park Years, 1904-2016. It will cover every Hammer that crossed the hallowed white line from Matthew Kingsley in September, 1904 to Emmanuel Emineke in February 2016.
Tim lives in Blackheath with his wife Helen and their three children, Emily, Hannah and Gracie. A Golden Labrador named Margot completes his female dominated world!
If you are related to, or know anyone with a connection to any Hammer to have played at Upton Park please get in touch with Tim either by phone: 07798934824 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org Your stories and photos could find their way into his next book.