From the publisher:
The Great Adventure: Al-Fayed's Rollercoaster Ride with Fulham FC is the fascinating tale of Mohamed Al-Fayed's remarkable 16-year reign as the owner of Fulham. The flamboyant Harrods owner bought the famous old London club in a GBP6.25 million deal in the summer of 1997, just after Fulham had been promoted from the Football League's lowest rung. He promised to make the club a Premier League side within five years.
He did it in four - and then took Fulham into the unexplored territory of European football. Along the way there were ten managers, two promotions, numerous club record signings, rows with the FA, the Football League, the Premier League, the government - and his managers. There were plans to buy the Twin Towers of Wembley and there was the statue of Michael Jackson unveiled at Craven Cottage.
Author Tony Banks talks to the players, managers and staff who were there during the most remarkable period in the club's history and uncovers their astonishing behind-the-scenes stories.
In a 35-year career on national newspapers, Tony Banks wrote about football for the Press Association, Today, The Sun, Daily Express, Daily Star and Daily Mirror. He saw his first Fulham match in 1973, and covered the club intimately throughout the Al-Fayed era. He was London football correspondent on the Daily Express, and covered World Cups, European Championships and Champions League finals.