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Fortune's Always Hiding: From Stratford to Seville

Paul Brand

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From the publisher:

A football season ticket is one hell of a commitment! It's okay if you're guaranteed a good time - sexy football and three points a la Manchester City - but supporting a club of West Ham's stature is a marriage of convenience. In Fortune's Always Hiding, Paul Brand takes us through the Hammers' recent history, with a fan's-eye view that reads like 'The Secret Diary of a West Ham Fan Aged 40 and 3/4'. Chronicling a turbulent few years, from the final days at Upton Park to a European semi-final, this captivating account will resonate with anyone whose happiness is unwisely invested in the fortunes of their favourite team.

Taking in fit and proper owners, the Leicester fairy tale, VAR, corporate greed, Covid lockdowns and the Three Lions renaissance (which has similarly teased success without delivering), this book is a must for Hammers devotees and anyone else who finds themselves disillusioned with the modern game but in too deep to ever give it up.

The author:

Paul Brand pays the bills by creating learning resources to help overworked teachers educate the next generation, but he'd rather be writing about important stuff like football, music and film. Married with two kids, he now lives in Chester having finally conceded that there is life beyond London. Before that he worked as an entertainment reviewer for View London and has had work published in various places. This is his first book.

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Pitch
22 x 14 cm
Hardback
352 pages
January 2023
English
9781801504164