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Life as a Chelsea Headhunter [Kindle Edition]

Jason Marriner
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Optical illusions are the stuff of magic - harmless entertainment conjured up to both enthral and amaze, aren’t they? Well, maybe not, as it’s not quite so amusing if the ‘stunt’ takes the form of an episode of the BBC’s ‘groundbreaking’ documentary series MacIntyre Undercover on organised football hooliganism, the wizardry is conducted by unscrupulous investigative journalists posing as big-time drug dealers, and as a result the unwitting participant in the trick, avid Chelsea supporter Jason Marriner, is charged with conspiracy to commit violent disorder and affray, together with his friend Andy Frain, and Jason ends up with a six-year jail sentence for a crime he didn’t commit. This is Jason’s chance to put the record straight, present the facts from his own perspective and challenge the reader, who may well have been one of the 7.4 million documentary viewers, to decide whether the programme actually revealed the ‘ugly face of football violence’, or indeed showed him plotting or committing any violence whatsoever, or whether the original 344 hours’ worth of footage, secretly filmed over a period of 18 months, were distorted beyond recognition by cutting, editing and stitching together clips from the original sequences to achieve the programme’s aim at any cost. Jason would be the first to admit that in the past he had been a ‘nuisance’ on the terraces, but this was the late 1990s and, with a wife, children and his own business, he had done a lot of growing up and moving on. Fortunately, he had also developed the strength of character needed to survive in prison with humour, dignity and determination, and he shares his insights of life behind bars as he tried to work with the system, despite the knock-backs, in order to make it work for him in return. ‘Good will always follow bad’ is Jason’s admirable philosophy about his experiences, but this shocking real-life story serves as a warning to all: this could so easily happen to you.

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Marriner's book starts well before building momentum to become a compelling, convincing and comical account of his perceived injustice. In the convicted hooligan's view it should have been Donal MacIntyre in the dock, not him. When you reach the end, the reader will more than half suspect he's right. --Rick Lyons, Daily Star Sunday (Crime Correspondent)

Chelsea bad boy Jason Marriner tells how he was stitched up by the BBC - an eye-opening read. --Garry Bushell, Newspaper Columnist, Television Presenter and Author

It was a conspiracy all right, but Jason was the victim not the perpetrator. A fascinating insight into the lengths the authorities will go to to bring down someone they dislike. A lesson to us all. --Norman Parker, Author of 'Parkhurst Tales: Behind the Locked Gates of Britain's Toughest Jails'

An intriguing and fascinating look into the other side of 'so called' serious, undercover, investigative journalism from someone really and truly on the receiving end. Gripping stuff and if you don't question what you see and hear in the media after reading this, you are as gullible, naïve and as stupid as the 7 million or so TV viewers that accepted and believed everything Donal MacIntyre reported. --Robin Barratt, Bodyguards and Bouncers Magazine (Editor)

A brilliant book by Jason, this man doesn't bend or break for anyone. You are either with him or you are not. Jason Marriner s book is a winner. It s only a game! --Leighton Frayne, Author of 'The Frayne Bros'

About the Author

Jason is a London-born family man who has had a lifelong passion for football, both watching the sport as an ardent Chelsea FC supporter, and also playing the game on a regular basis. Since being thrust into the spotlight as the result of a MacIntyre Undercover television documentary on football violence and his subsequent high-profile court case and prison sentence, Jason has set up It s Only A Game Promotions and has started his Real Football Factory Tour. He has also been touring the UK with his An Audience with Jason Marriner shows and has recently made a DVD with Gangster Videos. Details of current news and events can be found on his website at

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1130 KB
  • Print Length: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Apex Publishing Ltd; 1.0 edition (31 Jan. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004LZ56WM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #178,101 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Maniac Dwarf 22 Aug. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Basically the ramblings of a thug with small man syndrome, Marriner comes across as what he is - a low-life moron, this book is garbage.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star 12 Sept. 2014
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Awful waste of money.Read a court transcript and die a dull death.
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5.0 out of 5 stars chelsea 26 July 2011
Being a chelsea fan this is a great read, very entertaining and kept me going which is not easy. This is a mi=ust read for any Blues fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quality 27 Nov. 2013
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Having met Jason once,the blokes as good as gold,nicest bloke your ever likely to meet, i watched that documentary a few times and what does Jason do wrong in it...nothing...he did his prison sentence with a smile in the face of adversity. Respect to that man, best book i've read
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book 12 April 2013
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I'm reading the book now and I would like to send special regards to Jason Marriner who has written the truth!
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