on 12 January 1999
What goes on in the mind of an english hooligan? This book, written by two former hooligans, tries to show us why some people use football as an excuse for violence. It consists of the personal reports from the two authors and many contributions from hooligans from England. These hooligans have sent in their own stories of how and why they assault other people in connection with footballmatches. If you're really interested in football, then you also have to realise that violence on the terraces is a major problem. This book gives you an idea of the way hooligans work and perhaps how this violence can be avoided in the future. It is an interesting book because it gives the reader an in-depth view of violence seen from the the hooligans point of view. You may be appalled by some of the brutal stories, but you get the answers to why people act that way. There aren't many books on the market concerning this subject, so if you want to know more then this a good place to start.
on 18 September 2001
A good book, I was doubtful at first, but eddie and dougie progressed from justifying the violence, to explaining the reasoning and in the end offering solutions based on the knowledge that "we should know"... The England v Ireland game and Hillsborough disaster were particularly well explained.
on 24 July 2000
absolutely brilliant this one. for me -as a german football fanatic- it was the best book i ve ever read about hooliganism, its backround and its reality. unfortunately in germany no book such like these of the brimson brothers exist, it s a shame that they haven t been issued in other countries than the uk. i ve got a soft spot for the english football, the english supporter s passion and -well- for the english laddishness as well. if you share the same interests this book (as well as the others written by the brimsons) is an absolute must.
on 11 January 2001
Enjoy this book on any level you can - BUT don't forget it's people like the Brimson brothers who ruined football for the rest of us, for ever. The only way to stop the violence was to price the hooligans out of the game and unfortunately out went all us lower income real fans. A readable book - but one that should NEVER have been allowed to be published.
Shame on you, Brimsdown. I want my game back.
on 5 September 2001
Basically, a collection of stories sent in by readers. Written by two supposedly ex hooligans (even though nobody has ever heard of the two of them). The origins of the stories are a bit dubious. Are they true? Are they made up? Bit of both I think. There are much better books on the market than this eg. Blades Business Crew by Steve Cowens, Hoolifan by Martin King