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NME: From The Bender Squad to The Gremlins; Inside Newcastle's Football Hooligan Firm [Kindle Edition]

Stuart Wheatman , Steve Wraith , Mark Mennim , Andy Thompson
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The Newcastle Bender Squad, The NME and The Gremlins are three of the most notorious firms in Newcastle United’s football hooligan history. They have created match day violence home and away over the last five decades and, in recent years, The Gremlins have become household names in the North East as an infamous gang of thugs with a thirst for fighting, with stories in the press fuelling their fierce reputation.

These firms have been mentioned in many books over the years and now it’s time to put the record straight. This is their time to tell their own story...

With over 40 contributors, this book is an intimate no-holds-barred account of Geordie Aggro, from the perspective of those that were and still are active. This is a social history of anti-social behavior, looking at social change in our region and the evolution of gang mentality over the last 50 years.

This book lifts the lid on Newcastle’s closely-guarded hooligan firms for the first time. Forget what you've heard on the terraces; forget what you've read in the press and forget what you think you know... this is the real history of violence on and off the terraces in Tyneside.

The fashion and haircuts may have changed but the violence stayed the same.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 644 KB
  • Print Length: 219 pages
  • Publisher: Wraith Promotions Limited; 1 edition (19 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #20,974 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 Booooooorrrrrriiiiinnnnnnggggggg 27 April 2014
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Due to there being no characters in the book there is no depth to it. Page after page of "we went to sunderland for a fight, we won"..."we went to Manchester for a fight, we lost" etc etc becomes extremely boring very quickly. I'm sure that in the 30-40 year period the book covers there must have been some hilarious incidents, characters and anecdotes but for some unknown reason the writers have decided to go with the "we had a fight and we won/lost/drew (delete as applicable)" type of story. There are many more interesting hooly books out there but I have found this one very good for falling asleep to.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just another hooligan book 14 Dec. 2013
By terry
Format:Kindle Edition
A lot of books have been written about violence at football, some very good, others heavily edited to appeal to the modern equivalent of a football lad "The Cyber Hooligan" who learnt about "The Hooligan Era" from reading rather than from experience. These modern keyboard warriors can often be seen on forums laughing at the thought that Newcastle United ever had hooligans as they have never read about it. The fact is though as many of a certain age will testify, they were never known as a good day out as it was a place few ever came to, but on their travels they attracted many teams biggest gate of the season due to their travelling army.
The author of this book took several years to gain the trust of those involved and only got the go ahead by writng it as it was told by those involved. Over 40 "Respected" Newcastle lads contributed their memories spanning 40 years. The stories told in pubs to "Trusted" lads are now brought together in a brutally honest account of Newcastles Hooligan Gangs. Some they won, many they lost, but they always enjoyed the day out and always they tell it as it happened.
It may bring back memories, it will cerainly make you laugh at times. But it will definately give an honest insight into the way things were, the social history and most importantly, what it is that made them do what they done, and what has bound them together for life, even if hooliganism is a thing of the past.
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By patey
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excellent read bargain at that price brings back memories of music and fashion of them times as well as remembering a lot of the games I was not into the fighting just followed the toon .
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars very sad how you cant tell the truth 27 Oct. 2014
By der
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absolute and utter waffle just what we expected though. very sad how you cant tell the truth. SCF
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great boot 16 April 2014
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Very good book. I am not finished this book yet but wot I have read is so true bout football violence
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