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Guvnors: The Autobiography of a Football Hooligan Gang Leader

Guvnors: The Autobiography of a Football Hooligan Gang Leader [Kindle Edition]

Mickey Francis , Peter Walsh
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'A gripping read.' (BBC Radio Five Live)

'The most explosive book about soccer violence ... ever!' (Sunday Sport) -- SUNDAY SPORT

As far removed from Nick Hornby's Fever Pitch as it is possible to get.' (The Guardian) -- THE GUARDIAN

`As an insight into the mind of a hooligan, it probably won't be bettered.' (Manchester Evening News) -- MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS


As far removed from Nick Hornby's Fever Pitch as it is possible to get.' (The Guardian)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 770 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Milo Books Ltd (24 Nov 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006E4K2E0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad but I wouldnt go too far. 27 Oct 2007
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I guess this book should get a but more praise because it is one of the earlier 'hooligan' books but the simple fact of the matter is if you have read one you have read them all.

Story begins with his childhood, born in rough working class area, dad used to slap him around, mum worked her guts out but both were the salt of the earth. Joined a firm, was a life long fan, police make an operation against the firm, court case goes on, gets sent down, comes out becomes a bouncer yeh you have just about read the same thing with just about every hooligan book around.

Still, this does have some things of interest. Francis is pretty honest with his many encounters with rival firms describing how he and his firm were not only turned over more than once but that on many occasions he had the living daylights kicked out of him. He is honest about his own firms use of knives and how other firms also used them recounting occasions when the City firm have slashed a few people. He is honest about the thieving that went on how they were far from the best dressed people around (in fact being honest enough to say they dressed like scruffs) Which is a damn site more honest than some of the books you will find out there with there obligatory chapter dedicated to nothing more than designer labels and myths about how they were such 'dresses' (Anyone seen the pictures in the Birmingham Zulus book? V-Neck jumpers with black suit jacket, yeh lads you were the height of fashion)

Mickey was a mixed race lad and is not daft enough to think that racism didn't exist on the terraces. He more than once tells us how his firm fought City firms who were NF and some of the racist abuse that the Cool Cats received in Liverpool (From both Liverpool and Everton) Leeds, Millwall and Chelsea and even more so the shock value a mixed race firm received in places like Newcastle and Leeds.

Not a bad read, you will probably get through it in about an hour at best.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 3 May 2000
By A Customer
This book was excellent, and thats comin from a Manchester United fan. Mickey Francis and his brothers tell the exact story of their years in football violence. He was brought up in one of, if not, the roughest areas in the country and uses this to get his point across. It is a must read book if you are a football fan and has been brilliantly written.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Its Cool For Cats............ 19 Dec 2003
As far as football violence goes, and lets face it the vast majority of such epics are tedious, dubious and do little but glorify mass battles in areas where it is likely that women and children can be found, this is about as good as it gets. Make no bones about it, Mr. Francis is an extremely complex and "hard"person. He makes several key statements that sociologists who constantly review the hooligan culture, should take on board such as the fact that he didn't just fight at football, he was prone to violence wherever and whenever. It also shows how difficult it was for him to move into legitimacy because of the reputation he and his associates had acquired not only with the authorities but with others in later life. A key publication in this overflowing and glorified area.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
As a football team, MCFC may have been overshadowed regulary by the arguably more famous team they share this city with, but their hooligan gang, the Guvnors, always had masses of fame (or notoriety, depending how you look at it) and made sure that Manchester City were always on the map.

Brilliantly written, you can feel like you are in the thick of it. I am not a violent lad by any means, however reading this book really makes you want to go out there on the rampage, it is so full of excitement and adrenalin.

Apart from the football aspect, Mike (or Micky as he is known) tells some great stories about his upbringing in Moss Side, and his life in between the matches, and also the direction he has since followed, as a consultant, door security firm boss, and high profile businessman.

Micky Francis, although not a guy to cross, evidently has a good attitude to life and is a highly intelligent man.

The book was written back in 1997 and as I understand it he has since gone from strength to strength and is now enjoying well deserved success. He remains respected far and wide, and his determination and self belief should be an example to us all.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best 24 Feb 2000
By A Customer
This was one of the best books Ihave ever read I thought Micky told of how he and his brothers behaved and fought on the teraces was excellent. I found the way in which he decribed the fights and told of the battles was superb and I would recomend this book to anyone interested in finding out about the life of a football hooligan.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good read 5 Jun 2014
By Lally
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Just finished MIB and some stories contradict the story in here but still a good read. Worth the effort overall
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5.0 out of 5 stars the original and probably the best 9 Dec 2013
the earliest and probably the best book out of all the hooolie books . An easy "read in a few hours" book but told with humour and honesty. Leeds United Supporter.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Guvnurs 19 Jun 2013
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Very good book being a city fan loved the read New a lot of the games and places mentioned and some of the people
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
One of the only books I've finished, definitely worth reading, kept me hooked the whole time and only took me 4 days to finish it
Published 10 months ago
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
Brilliant Book.
A true portrayal of gang culture on the terraces. Its told by a Manchester City fan who still goes too the games now. Read more
Published 14 months ago by John Dawson
3.0 out of 5 stars Guvnor review
A very honest account of football violence in the 70s and 80s and the organisation of the club's home and away
Published 15 months ago by arsenal1
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read, but doesn't really flow...
Lots of good anecdotes about travelling fans and rivalries - the ups and downs of being a football fan, the banter and the battles. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Tootall
4.0 out of 5 stars Very informative
This book had lots of information and was very informative. Once i started i couldn't stop reading. I never knew the extent of football hooliganism
Published 18 months ago by footiebabe
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor book, poorly written.
In short this is the worse hooligan book I have read to date. Leave well alone. This is not about a football firm but about beating innocent match goers up when they outnumber... Read more
Published on 8 Dec 2009 by Liverpool Red 1
5.0 out of 5 stars good honest read
Quite simply the best book on the subject of working class lads fighting for their team I've read. And I've read most of them. Read more
Published on 3 Feb 2008 by woods
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool Cats
I travelled with MCFC in the 70's and 80's and with The Cool Cats a few times. The coaches used to pick up under Piccadilly Station at Store Street and Donald would pull guys off... Read more
Published on 22 Oct 2007 by bluemoonboy
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