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on 10 November 2012
Having read pretty much every book on the hammers, this new book is a real insight into the role of a true hammers legend, his drive and loyalty to the Hammers in spite of obstacles put in his way is compelling. The man is West Ham through and through and this comes across in the book. I've had the pleasure of meeting Tony for the briefest time and he took the time out to chat and pose for photos. I would recommend this book to all Hammers fans and feel sure that if possible you will feel a even greater affinity with "TC" than previously felt. Maybe one day his dream will be achieved and he will be instrumental behind our beloved club. Great read, buy it!!!!
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on 20 September 2013
I've been a West Ham fan since 1973 and Tony Cottee is without doubt a Hammers legend, so I was really looking forward to reading this book. I'd read extracts from it in Ex (the Retro West Ham fanzine) that whetted my appetite, so I ordered this book.

The chapters covering the later years of Cottee's career were interesting, however the rest of the book is average at best, and at worst, a chore to read. When Tony talks of his attempt to get a consortium together to buy West Ham, it seemed to be page after page of "I know so and so who is a West Ham fan. He said he knew so and so who may have money to invest. I flew to meet so and so, but nothing came of it". Basically all you need to know is, eventually Tony got a consortium together which included the Icelandics who eventually took over the club. The Icelandics nicked Tony's consortiums ideas and took over the club on their own.

It is the chapter entitled "Looking Forward" that I found the weakest part of the book. A few half-baked and poorly thought out ideas of how Tony feels English football should go. He states that Rangers and Celtic should be allowed into the English Premier League. That's another debate of course, but he states "They should have to battle their way up from the Championship". Why? Why not the Conference, if they should be allowed in at all?? There are clubs in lower divisions than the Championship (Wolves, Coventry, Luton and Sheffield United, to name but four) who have a long history of top-flight football who would be more than a little miffed at Scottish teams jumping the queue. He then says that the loss of revenue to other clubs in the Scottish Premier League "could be alleviated by allowing Rangers and Celtic to continue to play in the Scottish FA Cup". How can a few cup fixtures replace the revenue of league games?? And what about the clubs that don't draw Celtic or Rangers in the Scottish Cup??

Cottee then states that to revive the FA Cup, it should be the "final game of the English season". Fair enough. But then he states that there should be a "three week mid-winter break after the New Year's Day fixtures" (for Premiership clubs only!!)which should lead into the FA Cup third round "At the end of January". How this would work isn't made clear. The FA Cup third round is normally at the BEGINNING of January, so there would be more fixture congestion towards the end of the season, teams fighting for European places or to avoid relegation would then field weaker teams in the cup to prioritise their league fixtures, and there would be a mad scramble to fit everything in before the FA Cup Final. And what if there was a World Cup or European Championship that summer? Complaints of fixture congestion and tired players.

All in all, very disappointing and not what I expected.
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on 12 March 2013
I bought this book for my son who has always been a huge fan of Westham, and remembers the time when Tony Cottee sighned for the club. It is a good insight to Tony Cottee's career at Westham and he speaks honestly and openly about his time he spent at the club, and keeps nothing back.
Quite interesting and my Son loved as he has asked me to get him this book especailly as Tony was book doing book signing across many stores and shopping mails in the run up to Christmas 2012.

Ideal gift for all those Westham fans.
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on 22 February 2013
He is quite affable on TV and radio. The book is readable. He gives food for thought. A' Mr West Ham' is required to make sense of the ups and downs which the club has had over the years. Should be read alongside other books such as 'Mr moon has left the stadium'.
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on 10 March 2013
very good read; as a west ham fan and tony cottee was one of my favourite players. nice to read the some of his back ground.
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on 7 December 2013
Excellent read and a great insight for all serious west Ham fans. You get a real feel for Cottee's love of the club.
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