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From Shattered Dreams to Wembley Way: A Club in Crisis Hardcover – 22 Jul 2008

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Head-Hunter; First Edition edition (22 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906085110
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906085117
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 24.5 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,270,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I totally agree with the above review, this book is a very interesting read. Well written with excellent photographs to illustrate the story. I disagree however, that the book is only of interest to Cardiff fans. Im sure fans of any club will be able to relate to this book, as many clubs have/are being mismanaged and abused by those pulling the strings. A good all round read which had me on the edge of my seat at times. Thumbs up, a top read.
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The story of the Sam Hammam years at Cardiff City Football Club as seen by those who got closest to a man who promised the earth but eventually walked away in controversial circumstances..

Through the eyes of the author and other Cardiff fans we see how Sam Hammam persuaded the fans of the club that he was for real and was destined to take the club to the Premier League. However, the club was set to fall short of his pledge and was left drowning in the sea of a £24M+ debt.

Hammam's promises and hyperbole turned to dust, leaving a club on the verge of bankruptcy and fans who felt betrayed by the man who had promised the club would be "bigger than Barcelona".

Passsionate, raw, often humorous. This is the story of how the fans of a failing football club were suckered in by the man who effectively signed the death warrant of Wimbledon FC and walked out with huge personal profit before ending up at the doors of the perennially struggling biggest club in Wales.

The recent history of Cardiff City has been a roller-coaster and this book documents part of the ride. A timely lesson at a time when the club is still owned by those who may not have the best interests of the club at heart, despite the achievement of reaching an FA Cup Final and the chronicle of an amazing never to be repeated 6 year period.

Essential for all those with an interest in Cardiff City FC.
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This is well worth a read by anyone who fears that their club is going down the pan.
Forget any preconceptions about the club or the alledged activities of the author as the main thrust of this book is how a club can be run into the ground and the motives behind such events from both sides of the fence.
This is a revealing and honest look at the Sam H years at Ninian Park and how so many people were drawn into a dream that almost became the ultimate nightmare for Cardiff supporters.
I would recomend this book highly if only because it departs from the normal supporters tales.
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For anyone with even a remote interest in Cardiff City football club, Sam Hammam, or even the machinations of club-level football politics in general, this book is compulsory reading.

As a Cardiff City fan it came as no great surprise that the book was interesting. What did surprise me was that it is also entertaining. It is well-structured and well-written. I don't mean well-written in the purist sense - a masterpiece in English literature it certainly ain't. But that's the point - it is a book written by fans in the style of the contributor, which makes it all the more compelling as a story told straight from the heart.

As far as a wider audience is concerned, there may not be enough of interest here to attract those beyond the group mentioned in my introduction (I'll pass it on to one and get back to you!). I suspect it may come across as too parochial.

Also, for those that may have been put off by any perceived 'baggage' surrounding the book (hinted at by the headhunters tag and the ill-chosen cover) I suspect that reading the book may do more to confirm their misgivings than to allay them.

But, taking the book purely for what it is, I would consider this a very worthwhile project which certainly exceeded my expectations.
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Having read all the usual books regarding "firms" it was a pleasant surprise to read a football book about fans and the management of a club. It tells the story of Cardiff fans, basically looking for a Messiah, and that came in the shape of Sam Hammam. It tells of his charisma and basically how most of the City fans just took it all in, including me. It is a good honest account of behind the scenes by honest fans hoping for a better tomorrow, a must read for any football fan regardless of where their club loyalties lie. Read it now and take it as a warning, it could happen to you!
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Well done to all who contributed to this effort,it gives an insight into how our club was being run by Sam.Thanks for letting us ordinary fans inside the rooms of Ninian Park.
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By Joff Lee on 28 July 2008
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I fantastic read about issues that go on within a professional football club in the U.K.

A must for any sports fan, as the contents cover a wide range of topics.
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I bought this book in the knowledge that it will give recent history about the club I supported, what makes this book execellent is that its told by the fans who kinda had their foot in the door with the chairman which was lucky because Hamman might have gone too far and then bust.

Anyway onto the book what I like aswell is the old newspaper clipping which the author must have collected all those years which were the doom and gloom days and that different fans and the odd journalist give their own opinion about the goings on at the club.

The only problem I have would be some chapters kinda repeat itself as people were writing about the same problems altough a good chapter would be Vince Alm's of the supporters club who with other fans worked hard to help make sure that the stadium plans got good rather than bad publicity, the Englishman's view and a reporters view who started a national debate by printing Hamman's comments about the Welshman obbsession with rugby by slagging the sport off!

A must for all Bluebirds fans, this will either humour or shock you.
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