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Flying So High: West Ham's Cup Finals

Flying So High: West Ham's Cup Finals [Kindle Edition]

Pete May
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West Ham might not reach that many cup finals, but when they do it’s unforgettable, bringing telegenic white horses, six-goal thrillers, European glory, three FA Cups and Play-off Final victory.

Lifelong fan Pete May relives six classic finals when West Ham’s bubbles nearly reached the sky, covering the chants, banners, dodgy hairstyles, celebrations and press reaction. West Ham played in the first ever game at Wembley, the 1923 FA Cup Final against Bolton. It saw a pitch invasion by 200,000 fans and brought celebrity to Billie the white horse. In 1964 the Hammers beat Preston 3-2 through Ron Boyce’s late winner and Bobby Moore ran round the pitch with a giant hammer.

A year later I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles rang round Wembley as Ron Greenwood’s men conquered Europe, beating TSV Munich 1860 through Alan Sealey’s double in a tremendous display of attacking football. Alan Taylor, a former mechanic signed from Rochdale, was the star of 1975 FA Cup Final, scoring twice as West Ham defeated Fulham, captained by former Hammers’ legend Bobby Moore. In the 1980 FA Cup Final Johnny Lyall’s claret and blue army were in the second division, but beat Arsenal through a rare Trevor Brooking header as Billy Bonds lifted the trophy for a second time.

When West Ham visited the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff for the 2006 FA Cup Final, it produced the most memorable final in recent history and a heartbreaking penalty shoot-out defeat after a brilliant 3-3 draw. The Hammers returned to Wembley in 2012 after an absence of 31 years as Ricardo Vaz Te’s late winner against Blackpool secured promotion in the Championship Play-off Final and resulted in Bobby Moore’s statue being adorned with a claret and blue scarf. Six great finals that sum up what it means to be a West Ham supporter.

Pete May’s previous books on West Ham include Hammers in the Heart and West Ham: Irons in the Soul. His other books include There’s a Hippo in My Cistern, Rent Boy and Sunday Muddy Sunday. As a journalist he has contributed to the Guardian, Observer and Independent and numerous other publications. Raised in Essex, he now lives in north London with his wife and two daughters a dog named Vulcan and a large collection of football programmes. He is an associate lecturer in sports journalism at the London College of Communication.


'Without doubt West Ham: Irons In The Soul is a true fan’s view of the recent events at the club. I’d like to thank Pete May for writing this book because it’s given me an honest insight into West Ham and if results go extremely well I might even try a pre-match breakfast in Ken’s Cafe.' (Alan Pardew, former West Ham manager)

'If Ernest Hemingway had come from suburban Essex, dined in Ken's Cafe and been a season ticket holder at Upton Park he may well have come up with this book. Very funny, a real egg and chips romp.' (Phill Jupitus)

'A unique insight from the bestselling hammers author Pete May which allow irons fans like myself to relive some of the greatest moments ever witnessed in the Uptown Park era.' (Cass Pennant, author of Congratulations. You've Just Met the ICF)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 325 KB
  • Print Length: 95 pages
  • Publisher: Endeavour Press Ltd.; 1 edition (25 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008PA5JV2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #244,424 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Pete May's most recent book is The Joy of Essex: Travels Through God's Own County. His other books include, There's A Hippo In My Cistern, Rent Boy, Hammers in the Heart and West Ham: Irons in the Soul. As a journalist he has written for the Guardian, Observer, Independent, Time Out, Loaded, Midweek and numerous other publications. He is visiting lecturer in Sports Journalism at the London College of Communication. Once an Essex Man, he now lives in London with his wife, two daughters, a dog named Vulcan, three chickens and a large collection of West Ham programmes.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Nails Being A Hammer. 28 July 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
They'll be jokes about this being a short book, but it's also a terrific book. Flying So High is a mix of sports journalism, history, memoir and fandom. The book covers the nuts and bolts of various cup finals - to the play-off final of this year - and deals with campaigns, scorers and match reports. But book is strongest when we hear author's voice though on the changing face of football (from fashions to the decline in sportsmanship) and also his own experiences in being at certain games.
In a sense this book is also a potted history of West Ham too, as cup finals trace the highs and lows of certain eras for the Hammers - and also book discusses the great teams and players the club has seen.
Although naturally the book covers the highs of certain victorories, Pete May is a true West Ham fan and doesn't shy away from some of the lows of following the team. The book touches upon what might have been in regards to the mid 60s side under Ron Greenwood and also discusses some of the players who could have been great at the club. The "Gerrard" cup final chapter also makes painful reading, as much as May puts a positive spin on it.
This is essential reading for any West Ham fan. The gist of the book is that it's not always easy or glorious being a Hammer, but that it is fun, real and a memorable experience (especially in regards to the cup finals the club has been involved in.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Final Frontiers 6 Aug 2012
By Sunny
Format:Kindle Edition
A book for the old guard (although young fans will also re-live memories of play-offs). A funny and fond trip down memory lane. Pete May knows his stuff, both as a fan and writer. I know there are not that many these days, but this is the best book to come out on West Ham for a while. Has whetted appetite for new season.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended 31 July 2012
By Nelson
Format:Kindle Edition
Funny in places. There are some great nuggets of information too where Pete May has read plenty of match reports and newspaper articles about the games. May is an excellent writer but this is as much a book written by a fan as a sport journalist. Would recommend that parents have young fans read this book to give them an introduction to past players and eras. Flying so high will make you look forward to the coming season, as much as our hopes fade and die by the end of it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for every Hammers fan. 25 May 2013
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I enjoy all Pete May's musings and his website - 'Hammers in the Heart.' Written like the true fan he is.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Flying So High 26 Feb 2013
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Pete May's book on West Ham United's Cup finals is certainly that. He has put together an excellent volume written by a fan for the fan. It gives a good insight into the Hammers of the past, but undoubtedly has you turning to the finals you remember from your youth. Just to think the great Bobby Moore captained West Ham to the F.A. Cup in 1964, and the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1965 - both at Wembley - then held the World Cup aloft in 1966. What a hat trick. Flying so high certainly does West Ham's Cup Finals justice. Enjoy.
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