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Barmy Army: The Changing Face of Football Violence Paperback – 17 Feb 2000

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; 1st ed edition (17 Feb. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747263051
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747263050
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 1.7 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 412,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Perhaps best known for penning the multi-award winning feature Green Street, Dougie Brimson began his writing career began in 1996 when, after 18 years service with the Royal Air Force, he co-authored the best-selling non-fiction work, Everywhere We Go. A book that remains essential reading for anyone with an interest in the culture of English football.

A further 14 books have followed including the crime thriller, The Crew which has topped the Amazon sports book download charts for almost three years, and the comedy Wings of a Sparrow which, after a successful electronic release, is now available in print.

In 2003 Dougie made the move into screenwriting first with the critically acclaimed short movie It's a Casual Life and then with his first full length feature, the Hollywood funded Green Street starring Elijah Wood. Following its release in September 2005, the film won numerous awards including:
Narrative Jury Prize - SXSW Film Festival
Narrative Feature Audience - SXSW Film Festival
Best of Festival - Malibu Film Festival
Jury Award (feature) - Malibu Film Festival
Official Selection - Tribeca Film Festival

May 2014 saw the release of his second feature, an adaptation of his own novel Top Dog. Directed by Martin Kemp (The Krays, Eastenders) the film took the Best Feature award at the British Independent Film Festival as well as the Best Actor (Leo Gregory), Best Supporting Actor (Ricci Harnett) and Best Supporting Actress (Lorraine Stanley) awards.

A third feature, the urban revenge thriller We Still Kill The Old Way starring Ian Ogilvy, James Cosmo, Steven Berkhoff and Danni Dyer, was released to critical acclaim in December 2014.

Current projects in development include the third book in the Billy Evans trilogy (The Crew/Top Dog) and three movie features including an adaptation of Wings of a Sparrow.

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Review

It raises some serious points (FourFourTwo)

While he long ago gave up the thrill of the chase, Brimson knows what it's all about (Times Metro)

Brimson writes from the point of view that this stuff happens and is better understood than ignored. In doing so, he speaks with authority (Total Football)

Book Description

Dougie Brimson is the country's leading authority on the issue of football hooliganism

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Feb. 2000
Format: Paperback
After all the negative hype surrounding this book, I expected it to be a bit duff but it turned out to be a great read. Two long and brilliantly researched chapters about the history of the scene dominate the first half and the remainder is taken up with usual opinionated but accurate attacks on the police, the media and the game.
It's inevitable that some people will dismiss this book as a rehash (and in truth there is a lot that's been covered before but the book is actually better for that) but there's actually a lot that hasn't been covered before and which brought back a lot of memories (remember taxing?). And for those who know the scene, a glance at the credits shows some interesting names.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Mar. 2000
Format: Paperback
Another brilliant read from the Brimson stable. If you want to know about football hooliganism but don't want any of the "I woz there" type stuff, this book is a must.
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By Mr spageti on 18 May 2013
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I really enjoyed 'The Crew' AND 'Top Dog', great 'page turning' reads but this was a bit behind the times I found. It deals with stuff up to 2003 on the whole and I got a bit bored. But note that I am not nor have ever been a football fan in any size shape or form.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 May 2000
Format: Paperback
With more hooligan books hitting the shelves than ever, it's always good to see a new Brimson book. Because unlike most of the others, they take a critical overview of the situation rather than go down the 'we did them and never got done' route.
This one is probably the strongest they have written so far and certainly, by the end, it even had me questioning my own role in the spread of hooliganism. And I'm no lad, just a normal football fan. But one does wonder why the authorites don't take heed to his warnings. After all, he's been proven right almost every single time.
A must read.
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