From Shattered Dreams to Wembley Way: A Club in Crisis Hardcover – 22 Jul 2008
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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.
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.
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.
A must for any sports fan, as the contents cover a wide range of topics.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
brilliant book a great insight into the crazy world of cardiif city and Sam Hammam from the boardroom to the terraces. Read morePublished on 25 May 2010 by Sack
This book is strangely compulsive reading. Aside from the fact that Annis Abraham Jr. writes in an almost unique way (it is virtually stream of consciousness writing), the true... Read morePublished on 12 Oct. 2009 by Mr. Mwe Fogg
Probably one of the best books written on Cardiff City, the book gives an open and honest account on Sam Hammans reign as Cardiff chairman. Read morePublished on 20 Mar. 2009 by Fairwater Youth
great book for anyone whos club has had the same plight as cardiff,from the bitter boardroom who were quite happy to
run down a proud club with tradition, to the white knight... Read more
This book is about a football club, written not by the press hacks or the investigative wannabees but by the true fans of the club itself. Read morePublished on 19 July 2008 by sludge
Fantastic read, what stood out in particular was the commitment and passion the fans showed before and after the Sam Hamman years in keeping the club alive. Read morePublished on 18 July 2008 by M. Tobin