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Kicking Off: Why Hooliganism and Racism are Killing Football [Paperback]

Dougie Brimson
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29 May 2006
Bestselling author and world-renowned hooliganism expert Dougie Brimson picks up where his previous book BARMY ARMY left off, in the spring of 2000 and the horrific murders of Kevin Speight and Chris Loftus at the hands of Turkish hooligans and the riots involving England fans in Turkey.If the media and police are to be believed, the battle to defeat the hooligans has been all but won. But in KICKING OFF Brimson points out that the reality is somewhat different and paints a disturbing picture of what lies ahead for the game if the culture of hate, racism and violence remains unchecked.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Book Publishing (29 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755314328
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755314324
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,486,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Having written 15 books and two multi award winning feature films in under 16 years, former serviceman Dougie Brimson has emerged as one the UK's most prolific writers.

After 18 years service with the Royal Air Force -including both the Falklands and Gulf War 1- the ex-Sergeant engineer's literary career began in 1996 when he co-wrote a book based on his experiences as a soccer casual entitled Everywhere We Go.

This groundbreaking work examined the culture of soccer fandom from the inside and has become essential reading for anyone with an interest in the game and its supporters. A further 13 books have followed and their success has established the author as one of the worlds leading authorities on the issues of both the game and lad culture. His latest book, Wings of a Sparrow, was released in December 2012.

Away from the literary world, Dougie is also an accomplished screenwriter having penned the critically acclaimed short movie IT'S A CASUAL LIFE and the full length feature, GREEN STREET HOOLIGANS starring Elijah Wood. Following its release in September 2005, the film won numerous awards including:

Narrative Jury Prize - SXSW Film Festival
Narrative Feature Audience - SXSW Film Festival
Best of Festival - Malibu Film Festival
Jury Award (feature) - Malibu Film Festival
Official Selection - Tribeca Film Festival

After a successful worldwide cinema release, the movie went on to sell over 80,000 DVD units during its first week on sale in the UK alone.

2014 saw the release of his second feature, Top Dog. Adapted from his own novel, the movie, which starred Leo Gregory and was directed by Spandau Ballet star, Martin Kemp, won Best Feature at the British Independent Film Festival as well as a string of actor awards.

His third feature, We Still Kill The Old Way, is slated for release in december 2014 whilst projects in development include Mister One Hundred (a biography of Welsh darts legend Leighton Rees), Wings of a Sparrow (a football comedy based on his own novel) and Soldier, Soldier (based around the war in Afghanistan).

The next 12 months will also see the addition of at least two new books onto the Brimson portfolio.

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About the Author

Born in 1959, Dougie Brimson is a former football hooligan who spent 18 years in the RAF. He is author of the bestselling BARMY ARMY and is co-author of four other books with his brother Eddy. His first novel, THE CREW, was published by Headline in 1999 and is being made into a major film.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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After a brief Facebook discussion with the author about the subject a couple of weeks ago, I picked up 'Kicking Off' to see how the opinions of Dougie compared with my own and although I'd have to disagree with a small handful of his views on hooliganism, he does raise points which challenge the typical media soundbites that they would rather you believed. I've seen other writers in this genre attacking Dougie for his previous work but in fairness, the world would be a poorer place if our opinions were all the same.

'Kicking Off' doesn't really teach us anything new about hooliganism if we already have a reasonable amount of knowledge on the subject, although Dougie and his views on a more passive modern football culture definitely concur with my own. Where I tend to disagree is the opinion Dougie has on how the hooligan problem has changed. While marginalised, there is still a very strong element of older men who engage in violence more regularly than they should. Until football is rid of them, the problem will always be simmering away with the potential to explode again at any time within the new generation of disenfranchised young supporters. This isn't to say Dougie is wrong; it's just a question that we see the same problem slightly differently and if the book provokes thought, the writer has clearly done his job.

Where the book excels is on the subject of racism in football and Dougie is spot-on with his views that racism is being kept alive in football not by the fans or hooligans, but by the very people who claim to abhor it. Dougie tackles the motives of the anti-racism gravy train with uncanny accuracy and says what many of us have been thinking for years, myself included.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the wait. 31 May 2006
Like many fans of this author I have been waiting for another book for a while now and have to say that this one is certainly worth the wait.

Although it appears to cover much of the ground already gone over in previous books, here Brimson delves into the issues and history far more deeply than before and provides some astonishing and extremely thought provoking opinions into what goes on behind the scenes. It certainly got me thinking although it must be said that much of the content will surely send would send the PC lobby into apoplexy!

The most interesting chapter however, is entitled Echelon. Initially, given the subject matter and the format, it sits oddly within the context of the book but as you read through it, it really does make sense and provides a genuine 'wow!' factor.

But much the same can be said for the entire book which is certainly a cut above the usual hoolie-lit 'beat-em-ups' which have surely become stale and boring now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking! 1 Aug 2006
As someone else has mentioned, this isn't the usual hooligan book full of 'we did this, they did that' type stories. Instead, Brimson has put together a thought provoking book which provides, certainly for this reader, a spot on analysis of some of the less savoury things going on behind the scenes at football in the year 2006.
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