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1 Jun 2004
In 1985, forty hooligan followers of Stoke City FC took a riotous trip to Portsmouth - and the Naughty Forty was born. It became one of the most notorious soccer gangs in Britain.

Mark Chester was a founder member of the N40. Expelled from school after an unsettled childhood, he joined the Staffordshire Regiment, only to be discharged for misconduct. Stoke City's emerging 'casual' mob became his family. 'Right or wrong, i was ready to become a committed football hooligan.'

Pivotal clashes with the likes of Everton, Manchester United and West Ham defined the new firm. Formidable characters came to the forefront, men like the giant Mark Bentley, Philler the Beast and the legendary Miffer.

The N40 code was simple: whatever the odds, they would always make a stand.

Soon they were joined by the Under-Fives, a younger element determined to win the acceptance from the terrace legends they admired.

Naughty is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand the illicit but seductive lure of terrace combat, the emotional ties of a gang and the addictive buzz of Saturday afternoons.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Milo Books; New edition edition (1 Jun 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903854261
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903854266
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13.1 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 136,195 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Shows the psychology behind the brutality. One of the most frank accounts of the yobbo mindset.' (Ice Magazine)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Game Author 31 Jan 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Mark Chester's guerrilla approach to that which is before him resulted not only in his spearheading the rise of S.C.F.C.'s Naughty 40, it has also resulted in a genre defying appraisal of his life. Honesty was evidently the frame upon which he stretched his story, Mark Chester has gone toe to toe with his past, present, future and hardest of all for anyone, himself. Instead of a football special/coach hire travelogue of bad half-time pies and tough boozers he has approached this project the way that he has lived his life, as a game casual. While there are of course accounts of brawling as an adrenaline sport, mayhem as a pastime and when the rolled dice dictated it violence as a tool, there is a depth of articulation that belies public perception. This is not just another volume produced for a firm's profile and trophy cabinet; it is an erudite literary exploration of a subculture which is part of the national sport and working class culture while often still remaining beyond the ken of a wider society. Hooligans, casuals, thugs, pick your epithet, are as similar and unique as any other social grouping; the empathy and pathos with which many of the tales are told show a support network and humanity unthinkable to those who cannot comprehend that these men and boys are not demons grown in test tubes. Naughty is a piece of social history which anyone who is interested in how society works, or just well written truthful literature, will enjoy. Mark Chester has given us a reflection of his life told not with smoke and mirrors, but with the swashbuckling valour that was his stock in trade. This is autobiography tackled as if taking an end, get in the middle of it of it and stand. There's a couple of poems in there that some say aren't bad either.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Top Banana 3 Feb 2004
Just finished reading this book and must say that it is probably the best book of its genre.
It is not simply a repetitive tale of " we did so & so with 30 lads" followed by more of the same. The book actually gives an insight into the main characters, most noticibly the author himself, which must have taken some courage to open up his past life but also admits when the N40 or the Under 5's get a slap.
Coming from a northern industrial town, it's easy to relate to the relationships and camaraderie that are built, especially being a Burnley fan.
This is no comparison to the bilge that the Brimson brothers trot out and comes across as a genuine and honest account.
If you like Hoolifan & the Naughty Nineties, buy this book!
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars WORTHWHILE READING FOR CASUAL LADS 31 Jan 2004
Having bought every book on football hooliganism and terrace culture within the last fifteen years and having been an ex member of a firm myself, I treat most of the books in the same manner,most of them being biased one sided accounts of that particular firms encounters against rival opposition.
But the NAUGHTY FORTY book is one of the better books to have hit the bookshelves with Mark Chester giving a fairly obvious honest account of events and the social side of being involved in a firm.
The book is clearly tailored for "lad culture" and those who study the enigma of football violence.
Some accounts willbe shocking to those who are uninitiated but relevant and common to those who have participated or are stillactive.
Mark Chester uses a verytrue quotation in the book when he states that"only those who have had that adrenalin rush from organised football violence" can relate to what it is all about, there are many who try to explain the reasons why people get involved in the violence but they are only looking in from the outside, thus making this book good reading from those who have actually been there and understand what the attraction is.
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW 2 Oct 2003
What can i say? This book is both powerful and exciting.
I have read a fair few 'hooligan' books as it is a topic i am interested in and studying. This is probably the most strongest one i have read so far and certainly showed me into the world of a football hooligan, that it isn't just about the violence and the football team. It details the life and trials of Mark Chester and you can almost relate to ecerything that he is saying. It wasn't a book just about fighting it was a brillant insight to a retired hooligan telling us about the culture of a 'firm'. I would reccommend this book to anyone, it is superbly written and extremely fascinating, i know i didn't want to put it down! Whats more is that it is written with pure honesty which is a rarity in many cases and is nothing but a credit to the author. Well done!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jasper's story 1 July 2014
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Real insight about the stoke city legendary football firm ... Naughty 40. The original boothen boy himself 'Jasper' to his friends.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Naughty? No just boring 23 May 2014
By P
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Starts out ok for firs chapter after that just boring,boring,boring,boring,boring!boring,boring,boring,boring,did I fall asleep there,---boring,boring!boring,boring did I mention that this book is boring.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good read 17 May 2014
By KathyW
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I purchased it for my son who tells me it was an electric read! He could not put it down!
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2.0 out of 5 stars not much to write home about 12 Feb 2014
By Mike
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This was not what I expected and is rather repetitive and to be quite honest, its a bit boring really
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 18 days ago by Andrew Skiller
2.0 out of 5 stars Typical romanticism.
We never run. We don't engage anyone in combat who isn't looking for trouble. RUBBISH !!! Hooligans as literary scribes! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Renny Farrington
2.0 out of 5 stars Ok. Nothing special.
Not a bad read split into three sections. The first section was very enjoyable but the second two just didn't work for me. Became a chore to read!
Published 9 months ago by ian p harley
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
I served in the same Regiment at the same time as the author. Although i cant recall him, i still socialise with some of the lads mentioned in the book, so to me it was a very good... Read more
Published 13 months ago by garry pearce
5.0 out of 5 stars Naughty
Best hooligan book I've read by far proper quality and that's coming from a leicester supporter. I've also ok read sex drugs and football thugs which is even better.
Published 13 months ago by wayne michael bird
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating
A great story that "polite" society should read, lifestyles differ and not all lifestyles thrill, but Jasper found his thrill and this book gives you a glimpse of that world and... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Timothy Throssell
3.0 out of 5 stars Good account of Hooligan gang
Well written compared to other books in this genre,recalls lots of offs against the likes of Millwall ,Portsmouth Leeds etc
Published 15 months ago by Avidreader
3.0 out of 5 stars good buy
some items were hard to believe, but all in all it was a good read bought it to read on holiday , finished in a week,
Published 17 months ago by ian rabson
4.0 out of 5 stars Naughty
A good yomp through the hooly days of the 70's and 80's. Does come across that being a hooly was a full time job or at least a distraction for some with nothing better to do. Read more
Published 19 months ago by David Smith
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