Bring Me the Head of Trevor Brooking: Three Decades of East End Soap Opera at West Ham United

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Random House, Apr 1, 2011 - Sports & Recreation - 272 pages
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West Ham United last won a major trophy in 1980, but the roller-coaster ride of the past three decades has produced enough twists and turns, heroes and villains and contrasting emotions to grace the script of the most thrilling TV soap opera.

Since Trevor Brooking headed home the FA Cup final winner against Arsenal, the Hammers have experienced delight and despair in not so equal measure, with a cast of controversial characters - either adored or abhorred - playing the key roles in a tale of fact rather than fiction.

The saving of the club by David Sullivan and David Gold, as West Ham stared into the financial abyss following the ill-fated Bjorgolfur Gudmundsson reign, is the latest chapter in a saga that includes numerous promotions and relegations, great escapes, contentious changes of ownership and management, internal feuds, bust-ups and power struggles, the Carlos Tevez affair and the passing of legends Ron Greenwood, John Lyall and Bobby Moore, as well as several false dawns in the endless quest for success.

Including exclusive interviews with key protoganists, Bring Me the Head of Trevor Brooking tells - for the very first time - the inside story behind 60 of the most significant developments at Upton Park in the modern era. Whether examining the contributions of Paolo Di Canio, Harry Redknapp and Frank McAvennie or Gianfranco Zola, Marco Boogers and Iain Dowie, the book celebrates the good, the bad and the ugly of West Ham United.

 

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Contents

Foreword by Julian Dicks
United We Stand United They Fall
Life Beyond the Vitriolic Old Slaphead
Bonds is the Name Bonds are to Blame
Were All Going on a European Tour
Careers on a Knife Edge
On a Whinge and a Prayer
What a Pair
Getting Shirty
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Kirk Blows is a freelance journalist, columnist and author who has been writing about West Ham United for more than 15 years.

Ben Sharratt was formerly the assistant editor of Hammers News Magazine and has contributed to a wide range of newspapers, magazines and websites as a freelance journalist.

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