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The Greatest Escape: The Craziest Season in West Ham United's History

Daniel Hurley

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From the publisher:

As a football fan, there are those seasons which remain indelibly inscribed in the memory. Simply unforgettable. The 2006/07 season remains one of those for fans of West Ham United.

A season that began with such promise: Alan Pardew signed two genuine world-class players ahead of the kick-off, but little did the Argentinian pair of Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano know they joined a season-long relegation battle.

Roll forward to the business end, and with nine matches left to play the Hammers looked doomed. Seven wins from those nine made it arguably the greatest escape in English top-flight history. A season so memorable for all the wrong reasons: going two months without a goal; 11 games without a win; snatching defeat from the jaws of victory against your biggest rivals. Then having survived, on the final day by winning at Old Trafford, extra-time in the courts, with the rest of football saying you had cheated, and the table did lie.

The Greatest Escape is the story of the highs, lows and controversies that were the 2006/07 season.

The author:

Daniel Hurley is a lifelong West Ham fan and season-ticket holder, and has been a regular at Upton Park and the London Stadium for the past 27 years. Born and raised in East London, Daniel now lives in Portsmouth, where he flies the Hammers flag proudly along with his two children, Jack and Adam, and partner Kathryn. The Greatest Escape is his first book.


Pitch Publishing
22 x 14 cm
352 pages
Includes colour photo section
January 2021