Little did anybody anticipate that West Ham s play-off final success against Preston in 2005 would provide the launch pad for one of the club s most successful seasons ever, with the club securing a top-half Premiership finish, ensuring qualification for Europe, and its first FA Cup final appearance in 26 years. Indeed, the thrilling 3 3 draw with Liverpool will be remembered as one of the most dramatic finals of all time. With a keenly anticipated UEFA Cup campaign and the shock arrival of two Argentine World Cup stars, the future could hardly have seemed brighter. But storm clouds were gathering on the horizon as the Hammers embarked on what would prove to be the most turbulent and traumatic period in their entire history. A protracted takeover, the hiring and firing of managers, a Premier League inquiry into irregular signings that would result in a record multimillion-pound fine and a season-long battle against relegation dominated the headlines while an unseen cancer fuelled by ego and avarice eroded the fabric of the club from within. Full of exclusive interviews, anecdotes and analytical comment, Hammers Heaven And Hell reveals what was really going on behind the sce
Kirk Blows is the author of four other books on West Ham and was formerly the editor of the club's official magazine, Hammers News. As a newspaper journalist, he writes for The London Paper.