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Cass - He's Been Run Through With a Sword. He's Been Shot at Point Blank Range. He's Got a Reputation and Respect as One of the Hardest Men in Britain [Kindle Edition]

Cass Pennant
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Cass Pennant is a man who lets his fist do the talking. One of the hardest men in Britain, he lives his life on the edge of the law, giving respect where it is due, and dishing out retribution upon anyone who dares to cross him. Cass’s life story reads like a Hollywood gangster movie. He tells the amazing stories of how he once saved the life of World Boxing Champion Frank Bruno; how he was shot 3 times in the chest in a South London nightclub; and how he was alleged to have been the leader of the notorious West Ham ‘InterCity Firm’. His remarkable life story has been made into a film released in May 2008.

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Cass Pennant is the best-selling author of eight football-related books, five of which have been UK Top Ten bestsellers. As the CEO of Pennant Books, he has conceived and published a wide array of valuable titles in the sport, biography, and crime genres.

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Cass Pennant is the best-selling author of eight football-related books, five of which have been UK Top Ten bestsellers.
His best selling autobiography "CASS" was published by John Blake and followed his entry as a hard bastard in the book of the same name by Kate Kray, the former wife of Kray twin, Ronnie. He subsequently wrote and co-authored, CONGRATULATIONS, YOU HAVE JUST MET THE I.C.F.; WANT SOME AGGRO?; ROLLING WITH THE 657 CREW; GOOD AFTERNOON GENTLEMEN THE NAME IS BILL GARDNER; TERRACE LEGENDS; TOP BOYS; 30 YEARS OF HURT:

As the CEO of Pennant Books, he has conceived and published a wide array of valuable titles in the sport, biography and crime genres. Pennant is also the eponymous hero of the critically acclaimed British feature film Cass starring Anoso Anozie, which was based on his best-selling autobiography about his turbulent life and character, constantly strengthened through adversity.

As an acknowledged authority on the culture of hooliganism and gang culture, he advised on numerous TV and film projects, including Guy Ritchie's acclaimed Snatch and Alan Clarke's The Firm along with Lexi Alexander's Green Street/Hooligans plus Bravo TV's The Real Football Factories and ITV's Bouncer's series.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No hype... 17 Jan. 2008
By tygris
Forget the rose-tinted reverse view of the numerous football "offs" where a tiny group of invincible ICF members saw off thousands of opposition lads, and the selective memory of the farcical "You have just met the ICF" football-factory fiction - being present at several of the incidents described in that book I can only say that my recollection differs to such a degree that maybe I came up against a different WHU firm with the same name?

What sets this title apart from the usual ICF dross is that it actually gives an insight into the man rather than the self-publicising industry that Cass Pennant has become.

This is a well written and well edited biography of Cass the person presented without comment, blame, sensationalism, rancour, or bitterness.
- in particular the account of the Sheffield stabbing, his subsequent inprisonment and eventual release, with the devastating psychological effect on Cass is superbly insightful, sympathetically written, and factually presented.

There is also an excellent profile of the times and culture of the Club Scene in London, with many glimpses of the dark side of Door Management, plus a honest look at the drug and alcohol induced excesses perpetrated by both customers and security staff at many venues.

The final chapter appears to be both an ending and a beginning for Cass Pennant, and the whole book is uncomfortable yet fascinating reading, mainly due the factual presentation and lack of sensationalism.

If you are going to buy or read just one book on Cass Pennant then this should be it - highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars an interesting story 3 Aug. 2008
cass pennant has an interesting life story and this book is a good read for that reason alone. unfortunately as with many autobiographies from the criminal world, the author can't resist the temptation to paint himself as the misunderstood good guy, which is quite a difficult task for somebody who openly admits to knives and axes being his weapons of choice. enjoy the story but remember who's writing it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining but take with a pinch of salt 12 May 2010
By M. Bell
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Short and sweet - I've seen the film and thought it was the best football hooligan film out. The book is entertaining but when it come to the part where he and one bloke fight 40 rival fans and take out 10 of them and get away with a couple of bruises... and where he 'single handedly saved boxing' It kind of ruinied it for me. Just cant believe some of the stuff and made it very disapointing.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the life and crimes of a gentleman hooligan 12 Oct. 2000
By A Customer
big cass is a living legend, from brighton to carlisle, he is regarded as one of the toughest hardmen in the country. Along with andy swallow and bill gardner, he was one of the main driving forces behind west ham's infamous ICF and this is his long overdue story. Well written and highly enjoyable, this book is a must for anyone who wants a rollercoaster read that offers action, humour and touching pathos as well as any old top boys out there who can remember what it was like to face the icf. 'Cass' is one of those books that stand head and shoulders above the competition. devoid of the usual cliches that most books penned by so called hooligan generals are crammed with, this book manages to capture the feel of the time and paints a gritty picture of growing up as a black barnados boy in inner city britain. It also dispels once and for all the myth that all football hooligans are white, racist neo nazis, check out how the ICF backed up the SWP and turned over the N F at lewisham. having read the book, its easy to see how the anger, frustration and resentment of his experiences turned cass into the awesome fighting machine that he undoubtedly is and more positively how this very dangerous individual has turned his life around. buy this book and pay the big guy his dues
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good insight into the mind of a hard man 2 Oct. 2000
By A Customer
Cass Pennant is a hard man. He describes his battles on the terraces, without exaggeration and his door and minding work without boasting.
He opens his heart and soul to reveal his family background and the hurt it caused throughout his life.
He has not always been an angel and you read about his transformation from thug to family man.
Two years ago at Old Trafford I watched a Manchester thug confront a big black man who was holding his little boy's hand. The thug threatened the black man and the little boy with all sorts. Cass looked down with distain at the thug and said ' Ten years ago you would now be dead' The thug moved on and so has Cass.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Cass tells it as it really is, believe me I can confirm some of the details as I too used to be one of those so called fans who used to wait for Arsenal fans at Liverpool Street station. Still many people cannot understand football violence and fans such as the ICF and what they stand for but maybe this book by Cass can open people's eyes as to the real extent of what used to and still does happen between rival fans. Without question Cass was a force and a face in and outside of the ICF, known throughout the country as someone not to tangle with. This book shows that yes you can put your hands up and admit that you were involved in something wrong but even the hardest football fan can mellow with age.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE leader of it's genre 2 Jan. 2001
By A Customer
As someone who knows the man, this took me to the good old days - well written - well remembered - well done! This really goes to show how wrong people were to say 'hooligans' were racist thugs and that 'nothing would come of 'scum' 'Cass' is living proof that if you want to 'grow up' and progress then you can - only those people who live in a time-warp are the ones who never 'move on'
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