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NME: from the Bender Squad to the Gremlins: Inside Newcastle's Football Hooligan Firm [Paperback]

Mark Mennim , Steve Wraith , Stuart Wheatman
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  • Paperback: 298 pages
  • Publisher: Futures Publications (28 Oct 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 1871131235
  • ISBN-13: 978-1871131239
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 14.4 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 30 Dec 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Great stories going back many years. Plenty of other clubs mentioned. Not sure if all the stories are true but a great read never the less.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not just another hooligan book 14 Dec 2013
By terry
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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3.0 out of 5 stars ok but some nonsense in it 22 Jan 2014
dewcent book
the problem I have with is is my experience with Newcastle casuals

The NME in the mid 80s was a firm I went with ,at least a dozen times, in 1985/86.Im specific as that's the era I know about them
]as an Aberdeen lad at the time I used to go to toon games as family were there and it was the glory days of football hooligism. In Aberdeen we had epidemic proportions at that time.So trips to see Englands best was something to look forward too. Problem was Newcastle firm were s***[don't know about their away firm.Many teams have lads that go away and attract better quality of lads for it,this may have been Newcastle problem at home games that 2 seasons.
games against UTD,boro, west ham[I remember ICF taking the total piss with 100lads],Forest Pompey or s/hamton games saw Newcastle lads embarrassed.

This is what makes me question the rest of the book.If they lied about their home turn outs at the pinavle of the casual era Im hardly going to think the rest is true despite their claims[which every book says. "this is 100%$ true no bs account" say the authors assuredly]

Well enough written and captures what being a 'football lad' was all about. I would question how good they were

Away the probably took thousands of pissed up nutters and caused mayhem. that's not firms looking for it though

West Ham,Milwall, Chelsea,United,scousers,boro They were the top English firms as we all know. The rest had their moments know doubt. From experience and 2nd hand accounts the rest were in their shadows
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Better Read? 6 May 2014
I think Newcastle was probably the worst in England with the Bender Squad in the 70's (wasn't even Jimmy Nail part of it for a time?)-you just have to read some of the other hooligan books and you have some of their own worst and first experiences when coming to Newcastle early 70's. O'Neil talks about Man U getting a good hiding. Man City talk about a cup game up here. Leeds speak of one particular hiding. Chelsea and West Ham have main figures listing Newcastle in the top 5. Kilroy Silk had a TV prog on Hooligans in the 70's where Spurs hooligans spoke about the worst terror they experienced-at Newcastle League Cup semi 1976. Sunderland never came to Newcastle (even drink in the pubs) but happy in London-that says it all. Forest had 1000's in the Cup '74 but were in trouble after the match with transits overturned.

I think the Aberdeen lad will know what happened with Chelsea as have seen other Aberdeen lads mention it. He is right as Newcastle always had thousands of nutters at most away games-see even 1988 first game of season [...]

There were no mobile phones in the early days-not until the 90's! By 1992 we had CCTV on the streets of Newcastle [...] so after many banning orders that was the end of large scale disorder. So anyone coming up after 1992 are exaggerating as where is it on CCTV? By then it was organised outside of Newcastle-like Gateshead.

I am in my 50's and went home and away from 1970. Not a hooligan or in a firm, but know and saw a lot. Fed up with 'main boyz' stories and the rest by supposed firms. To be honest I respect the Police. Most trouble was attacking the escort and the Police defending the so-called firm mixed in with the rest but waving 'arms' like an aeroplane hiding behind the Polis.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good book 15 Jan 2014
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a genuine book, a decent read and a good write up on there allies shrewsbury!! an expensive hooli book but.
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