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Blue Murder: Chelsea Till I Die

Blue Murder: Chelsea Till I Die [Kindle Edition]

Mark Worrall
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Money, sex, drugs, rock and roll and Chelsea Football Club, Johnny Nipper is deeply preoccupied with them all. For thirty years he’s had it all his own way, double crossing and dealing his way through life without a care in the world until the day he gets it all wrong. Wracked by guilt and in fear for his life, Nipper leaves London to begin a new life in Goa where he encounters Chopper Lewis, an old acquaintance from the Stamford Bridge terraces who persuades him to tell his vivid, hip and sexy story.

A stylish exploration of the morality of greed, revenge and violence, 'Blue Murder: Chelsea Till I Die' has, in the intervening years since it's original publication, established itself as a must-read 'True Crime' masterpiece.

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Mainly associated with sharing the experience of watching Chelsea Football Club - 'Over Land and Sea', 'One Man Went to Mow', 'Chelsea here Chelsea there' and 'Making History, Not Reliving It' - Mark Worrall has also written on a wide range of subjects related to working class popular culture and has extended his literary activity into fiction - 'Blue Murder' - as well as publishing works via Gate 17 by fellow Chelsea supporters Kelvin Barker, Walter Otton and Al Gregg. Worrall's 'Chelsea Chronicles' series represent anthologies of articles written for the cfcuk fanzine and ESPN.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Redefines popular football writing ... BRILLIANT 29 May 2007
Enthralling account of life in the clubland fastlane. Biography or autobiography, who cares. Blue Murder is an outstanding, multi-faceted granular look at the life of a Chelsea fan, Johnny Nipper, whose world collapses inwards as he gets ideas above his station getting sucked into a vortex of drugs, sleaze and casual violence. The accuracy with which certain events are portrayed, eg early Pistols gigs, Billys, the Blitz Club, Ibiza, Goa, and a literal Shed load of Chelsea happenings left me in no doubt about the authenticity of the authors writing. If you are looking for a quality holiday read this summer, Blue Murder wont let you down.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Well written, funny, honest and fast paced. Blue Murder 'Chelsea till I die' had me laughing and crying (i'm a girl) in equal parts. All that punk nostalgia is so well represented here, and what followed. The Chelsea stuff is superb. Johnny Nipper was a part of something. The Pistols at the 100 Club, watching the Chels lose 6-0 away at Rotherham, Billys and the Blitz Club, Ibiza. The boys in blue ... division two, that mad Easter weekend when we got hammered by West Ham and QPR. When Wise went up to lift the FA Cup and of course winning the title at Bolton. This book packs a hell of a punch, it has everything. 100% recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
... we're the boys in blue, Division Two, we won't be here for long. Blue Murder is by some considerable margin the best Chelsea FC related book I have read, and I've read 'em all. John King, Martin King, Martin Knight etc etc stand aside and doff yer caps to a major new talent. Not only is Blue Murder a top Chels read, but it's a wicked trip down the memory lane of music, fashion and day to life from the mid '70s to the day Chelsea win the league up at Bolton in 2005. Mark Worrall has an eye for detail and an ability to tell a yarn that hed me rooted to me deckchair. Look forward to more of the same. Nice One son.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
So says Martin Knight on the back cover of Blue Murder, I respect his judgement, he's written plenty of quality books about the Chels so him endorsing this book by Mark Worrall was what made me buy it. I'm glad I did. What a blinding yarn, it's based on a true story about this Chelsea geezer called 'Johnny Nipper' who gets tangled up with the underworld. I was too young to know about Punk Rock but the way its written here, its like your there. Quality. The Chelsea stuff with the undercurrent of violence is superb. I won't spoil the ending but trust me, you will keep turning the pages until you get there. Love it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars blue for you ... a top Chelsea read!!!! 5 Jun 2007
Blue Murder buzzes about like a busy little bee. Football, Music, Fashion, Drugs, Clubs, a smattering of violence and a nice bit of the old in out, all captured in 287 unforgettable pages. Blue Murder buzzes about like a busy little bee and oh what a sting in the tail it has.
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5.0 out of 5 stars exhilarating, compelling & sinister ... superb 14 May 2007
Not my endorsement but the ensdorsement of John 'Football Factory' King which can be found on the back cover of this latest release by Head-hunter books. I've just finished reading Blue Murder in three sittings, I couldnt put it down. Basically it tells the story in two parts about a Chelsea fan called Johnnny Nipper (not his real name, though a close approximation to a couple of faces I know at the Bridge). The first part tells of his formative years, there is some brilliant stuff here about watching the [...] Pistols and then later that whole E trip and the dance thing where Nipper gets involved in drug dealing and the club scene ... all the while following Chelsea. The Second part is a fast paced gangland drama, with the Chelsea thread still being followed to its conclusion when the Blues win the title at Bolton. If you have followed the various music, fashion and football scenes down the last thirty odd years you will love this. If you are a Chelsea fan you will love it even more. This is probably the best book of its type that has been written and the banter is just brilliant. It would make a great film. Well done to Mark Worrall for telling a great story, and well done to Head-hunter for having the bottle to print it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars not bad 15 July 2013
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Good read with good plot and characters,spans a few decades so was interesting to me being in my late 40s
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another good Worrall read. 11 April 2013
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A very good read in the end, couldn't put it down, really got in to the characters. Was a good book that took you through four decades
was brilliant especially if you lived the club and football scene.
Thought at the start was a bit slow but then realised s the story went on you knew the characters.
Overall was a good read as like Mark Worrall books as a lot of the old hooligan books are a bit dated now except from Martin king
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3.0 out of 5 stars readable
i must admit don`t know why i bought it because i`m not a cfc fan but it kept me interested.
Published 15 months ago by stephen cook
3.0 out of 5 stars I read it
As it was a book about Chelsea had to read it. Read it all the way through and enjoyed it though it lacked something to get me up and say this is superb,not sure will try another... Read more
Published 15 months ago by London's finest
5.0 out of 5 stars book
bought this for myself as i love to read about what the hooligans used to get up to in the 70s and 80s when i was growning up
Published 17 months ago by Mr. D. V. Stubbs
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely mix of fiction and fact.
As a Chelsea 'fringe' player at best, this book was fantastic, everything we all know and love about the past and the characters involved. Read more
Published on 23 Jun 2011 by Late 80's revival
4.0 out of 5 stars Over Land and Sea and ... yeah got it
Good book, but not as good as Mark's first book 'Over Land and Sea'. If you wanna real dose of Chelsea then get a copy of that one cos it's absolute mustard.
Published on 5 Dec 2007 by Billy Green
5.0 out of 5 stars Going on holiday? Dont forget your suncream & a copy of Blue Murder
Superb read. I've been disappointed with the recent books that Martin King has published via Head Hunter, but Blue Murder Chelsea Till I Die is a real gem. Read more
Published on 16 Jun 2007 by Destiny Angel
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. We like it very much in Italy
Very exciting book to read upon the English culture of Punk & House musica and of course this football and gangster hooligan Johnny Nipper and his Chelsea love. Read more
Published on 11 Jun 2007 by Viking Inter 1984
5.0 out of 5 stars Respect for Blue Murder
Big respect to this Blue Murder book and the geezer whats written it Mark Worrall. Its a story what needed telling about Johnny Nipper and how he had it large on all fronts. Read more
Published on 9 Jun 2007 by Duncan Disorderly
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Gear
Really enjoyed reading Blue Murder. Loved the way the writer has folded in all that quality music into the story. Read more
Published on 6 Jun 2007 by Tupper Norris (chelsea up norf)
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