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Celtic Soccer Crew: What the Hell Do We Care?

Celtic Soccer Crew: What the Hell Do We Care? [Kindle Edition]

John O'Kane
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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John O’Kane delivers a gripping tale of a life dedicated to football violence and gives an unparalled insight into the reality of being a career hooligan. With 33 criminal convictions against him, plus a further 33 cases either dropped or with a not guilty verdict, O’Kane has been remanded nine times including one charge of attempted murder when he was aged just 18. He became rapidly embroiled in a life of violence and was in and out of prison just as many times as he was in and out of a hospital bed.His was a life dedicated to the gang he founded, the Celtic Soccer Crew. O’Kane describes the extraordinary struggle of a gang of football hooligans to survive, despite discovering an unexpected enemy: the indomitable Celtic support – a support that guarded its reputation and good name with a passion O’Kane hadn’t reckoned with, even as a Celtic supporter himself. But out on the streets and causing mayhem, the Celtic Soccer Crew, including, incredibly, their girlfriends, showed they were not taking grief from anyone.

About the Author

He bleeds the green and white in a city divided by religion and sectarian hatred: author John O'Kane has a much troubled past that included spells in children's care homes and adult prisons. This book and memoir represents his last chance to set the record straight and vitally, to set his turbulent life straight.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 810 KB
  • Print Length: 257 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B008B8ZADK
  • Publisher: John Blake (19 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007RC73N6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #156,351 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good laugh 23 Dec 2013
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Raw account of the casual culture across football in Scotland. Guy talks the truth being brutally honest. Good read and highly recommended !
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Celtic Soccer Crew 10 Nov 2006
By Aly
One of the best I've read on the subject of Football violence. The chap has had a rollercoaster life and has had a lot of bad luck in his years also.

His assesment of other Football firms are good. He also has enough courage to admit the downside.
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Honest Hooligan 8 Nov 2006
Not what you might expect from the genre, this account actually talks about more than just victories over other mobs. It bucks the trend for hyped-up, testesterone driven accounts of gang fights and instead gives an insight into some of the downsides of being a thug. The broken relationships, the stitched wounds, the time spent in hospital beds; all as a result of the unquenchable addiction to football violence. There are many highs and lows, funny and sad moments throughout. One of the best books I've read on the subject for years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great Read 10 Sep 2014
By Marky
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Thanks John good all round book and a reflection of your personal life thanks kindly. PS I'm not a football thug
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12 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Celtic Soccer Crew 8 Dec 2006
An excellent read which will surprise a few who were probably expecting the author to make CSC out to be invincible. A very honest and balanced account of the authors life as a "football casual" make this THE best Scottish book about this scene so far. Refreshing to read not just about the highs, which so many of these books only concentrate on, but the lows too.Excellent
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best of its kind 20 Sep 2007
Having read a few of these 'hooligan' books I have to say this is probably the best of its kind.

O'Kane has attempted here to give probably the most honest account of the life of a football hooligan over the years that he can. Obviously some stories can be one sided (how else could they be) but for the most part he is a pretty honest writer.

In fact for most of the book he writes about the numerous times his firm have been turned over by rival firms who have had better numbers, better organisation or are more prepared to use more violence against them than they are prepared to.

He covers the history of the firm and how they started up (even openly saying how they were hated by normal Celtic fans and pointing out one occasion where his firm were escorted out the ground by police to the cheers of Celtic supporters who threw just about everything the could lay their hands on at them, even spitting at them)

Interestingly enough, the author also mentions how many of the firm took part in actively fighting fascism both in Scotland and England acting as stewards for Anti Racist/Fascist marches in England.

The book is also quite a personal account of the authors life, where he grew up, the jail time he has served and the numerous problems he has had with his personal life. In this way I can only think of "Cass" By Cass Pennant which has given an equally honest account of the authors life.

I can only think some of the more negative reviews have been by rival fans who just dislike the book because it is written by a Celtic fan. Pretty pointless really, I mean if you don't like Celtic so much why bother reading the book?

He covers some of the violence at grounds at a level that other books have tried to gloss over.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 4 Nov 2013
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An interesting insight into football violence but also a bit boring. If you are interested in football violence it is worth a read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars What planet is he on?
Started off with a complete load of bollocks about carlisle, then goes on to say thet took Birmingham, Leeds, Middlesbrough and Cardiff, haha give yourself a shake lad, don't buy... Read more
Published 12 months ago by b rogers
3.0 out of 5 stars good
double quick time half way throught the book alhtough its not as good as expected i like the casual scene but prefer the icf west ham
Published on 24 July 2012 by KeLvAn
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read
but let himself down with exaggerated stories when Celtic came to Cardiff as I was there.

Author of Diary of the Soul Crew books ,My Story and 5 other football lads... Read more
Published on 25 Sep 2011 by Mr. A. Abraham
4.0 out of 5 stars CELTIC SOCCER CREW
the ups and downs of a football casual living in glasgow .a good read, more a life story of a every day struggle .
the C.S.C. Read more
Published on 14 Nov 2010 by TheBes
1.0 out of 5 stars moronic
I can't understand why people want to read books like this , it's like the gangster books that are always on the best seller lists. Read more
Published on 13 Aug 2010 by Michael Jenkins
1.0 out of 5 stars Appauling
A poorly written trudge through the dull life of violent Ned. John O'Kane enjoys violence and now he is writing (with very little skill) about it. Read more
Published on 30 Mar 2009 by Big Electric Cat
3.0 out of 5 stars Tall tales
Buy this book if you are Celtic, at best they could get a mob on average of 60 and they never got turned over by anyone especially any English firms. Read more
Published on 2 July 2007 by M. A. Watts
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