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Getting A Nasty Shock- The Bradford Ointment Story

Getting A Nasty Shock- The Bradford Ointment Story [Kindle Edition]

Kevin McDonnell
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    A NOTABLE and compelling account of the characters who made Bradford City's hooligan firm one of the most notorious and feared in English football's lower divisions. --Tony Barrett, The Times --Tony Barret, The Times

    HOOLIGAN literature has become big business since the days of Eddie Brimson. The reformed Watford troublemaker first tapped into the market of football culture nearly 20 years ago and now there isn t a firm up and down the country that haven t got their own book out.The Ointment, the notorious gang that associated itself with Bradford City, are the latest to release their story. Getting a Nasty Shock , written by Kevin McDonnell, chronicles the history of football violence connected with the club over the past four decades. He has let those involved tell it in their own words, counter-balancing the personal tales with Telegraph & Argus police and court reports from the time. Often those quizzed ended up in the dock and inside. It is difficult to read a diary of rucks, riots and public disorder without the feeling that these shocking events are being glorified in print. But equally you cannot pretend that it never went on. It will strike a chord with anyone who went to football regularly in the 1970s and 1980s, even if the scale of the violence being relived can still beggar belief. While there are sporadic hooligan outbreaks even now and there are recollections of fights in Exeter town centre three years ago and the brawl with Aberdeen that marred the centenary tournament in 2003 it is a stark reminder of what following the game used to be like. For those born since those darkest days, it must be hard to comprehend that these were true stories.Almost to a man, the characters involved are not proud now of what they did back in the day . But reading their words, it is possible to understand the buzz of the hooligan drug that once drew them in.The accounts do become repetitive after a while. But every now and again the scale of the injuries inflicted stops you in your tracks a reminder that this is no glamorised Green Street. --Simon Parker, Telegraph & Argus --Simon Parker, Telegraph & Argus

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    THE Bradford City Ointment needs no introduction to anyone who takes an interest in football violence. For decades the hooligan gang has brought serious trouble to its rivals. From Stockport County to Tottenham Hotspur, and the dozens in-between, those who have clashed with the Ointment never forget. Bradford had easily the best northern firm in the lower leagues throughout the 70’s and early 80’s and could have made any top ten list in the country. With potential of pulling numbers of 300, it was often cup games against top division opponents where the Ointment found its true level. But the Bradford hooligans dealt with what was put in front of them and the lower leagues could be fun.

    This book details the history of the Ointment from the late 70’s to the present day. It’s not for the faint-hearted as you are taken through a journey of extreme violence and shocking acts of brutality. These include life-threatening stabbings, drug abuse, robbery, gangland activity, long prison sentences and tragic death. The book reveals how the Ointment emerged from a razor blade wielding gang known as the Town Boys in the 1970’s to become one of the country’s most notorious hooligan firms.

    Well over 50 football clubs are mentioned in this book. Any firm who has come across the Ointment over the last 40 years will know the plot. Now here is the inside story.

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 4810 KB
    • Publisher: Flashy Blade Books; 1st edition (25 Dec 2013)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00AGSCP5O
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #160,520 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Thank goodness we've moved on 13 Sep 2013
    By DennisM
    Whether this book is honest and truthful, I can't comment since I wasn't part of that particular world. But it's reasonably well written with some humour in parts and yet poignant in others. There isn't much reflection on the nature of their activities and little concern expressed towards their victims. In parts, it becomes somewhat repetitive with some padding as if there just isn't enough interesting stuff for a full length hardback. Overall it might appeal to those who want to glorify in these activities but who because of their age or their better judgment weren't part of this particular subculture. It might well appeal to those who want some idea of the violence of that period but from the safety of their own sofa. I couldn't recommend it for its considered insight into this particular hooligan-based aspect of football but I am pleased that the game has moved on so much in the last 20 years or so
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    3.0 out of 5 stars Tales of the past 23 May 2013
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    Some funny moments particularly early in the book, brings back distant memories of things I saw, read and heard about.
    Gets repetitive in the end. Interesting reading for the older Bradford City Fan who remembers the days of playing 'home' games at Leeds, Huddersfield and Odsal.
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    2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Honest Review( From a Leeds Lad) 25 Dec 2012
    By LUSC
    Firstly I have to disagree with the other person that has reviewed this book. I thought the book was very well written and up there with the better football hooligan books. If I compare the book to the one done on the Leeds Service Crew, I would say this is a much more honest account and it is clear that a lot of input came from proper lads. So, don't be discouraged from buying and a very nice touch in donating £1 from each sale to the Bradford Burns Unit.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Another world 22 Nov 2014
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    Followed city as a scarfer for nearly 30 years, an interesting insight into a way of life I know nothing about
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    Not a bad read nice that it was small stories as opposed to long drawn out stories worth a read
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    1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars ok but that's about it 2 Aug 2013
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    Some the the tales are ok but there is the usual brovado never got done etc,

    The book could have done with being proof read & spell checks as it's littered with mistakes through out
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    1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Reading 6 Jun 2013
    Having read numerous similiar books about different clubs firms I was looking forward to reading this book having attended some of the matches which are mentioned in the book in the 80's and early 90's. I have to say that it did not disappoint and lived up to its expectations. A very true and honest account of what actually happened. Well worth the read.
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