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Rangers and the Famous ICF: My Life with Scotland's Most-feared Football-hooligan Gang [Paperback]

Sandy Chugg
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Book Description

10 Oct 2011
Invariably violent, often brutal, frequently funny, sometimes moving but always compelling. Chugg takes us to the beating heart of the ICF, Scotland's most-feared football-hooligan gang. As the ICF rampages from one battle to the next at home and abroad, leaving many casualties in its wake, we meet figures who have become legends in the uncompromising world of football violence: men like Barry Johnston, Harky, Davie Carrick, Big Boris, Warren and James 'Fat' McLeod. This is the most-detailed account yet written about any of Scotland's mobs, with new material on almost every page. The twenty-plus chapters provide a fascinating insight into what really happened during the years when football violence was at its peak and there is even a chapter on the mayhem Rangers fans perpetrated in the 1960s and 1970s, well before the era of the casual. It would be impossible to give a complete list of the fascinating subjects covered by this book, but these are some of the highlights. Belly of the Beast: when fifty ICF took on a thousand Celtic fans before the notorious Old Firm title decider of 1999. Raid on the Gallowgate: the ICF launch a reckless attack on the Gallowgate pubs, Celtic's spiritual home. Price on his Head: why the IRA wanted Chugg shot. The vicious battles for supremacy with Hibs and Aberdeen. Taking on Scotland's other mobs: Dundee Utility, Kilmarnock, Partick Thistle, Motherwell and many more besides. South of the Border: the ICF front up to Sunderland, Everton and Man Utd. Marching through Europe: the ICF exported more football violence than any other British firm and there are breathtaking accounts of encounters with the likes of Juventus, Ajax, PSV, Bruges and Paris St Germain. Then, for the first time in any book, there is the story of the elite Scottish National Firm, including its forays into England, its clashes with the hated Tartan Army and of course the ill-fated trip to the 1998 World Cup in France, the trip that launched a thousand newspaper headlines.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Fort Publishing Ltd (10 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905769288
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905769285
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 208,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sandy Chugg, the former leader of the Rangers ICF, has had an incredible three life bans from Ibrox. Born and raised in the tough east end of Glasgow he became a member of one of the city's notorious street gangs before graduating to the Rangers Soccer Babes and then to the ICF. He has been named by the police and by the media as the ringleader of the ICF and he is under constant surveillance by football intelligence whenever he watches his beloved Rangers. A committed Loyalist and Unionist, Chugg was given the nickname Billy Britain by his ICF fellow members, reflecting his dedication to the principle of Britishness.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read 28 Nov 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Very honest and at times humorous read, I like the fact the author is honest and appears to give a true account of events that took place, so many of these books are we had 400 boys we did this we did that never been run same old same old, where as in this book the author tells you if they were only 20 handed and got done, very good read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading 1 Sep 2012
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This book was addictive from page one in a lot of the writings you could feel the elation the gang members were feeling. Great reading for any time of the year
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Icf 20 Jan 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Thought it was a pretty run of the mill footy hooliganism book , all these books seem to have the same grim reality of bored adolescents who develop into irresponsible adults
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Take off the tinted specs 28 Dec 2011
Very good book well written and very truthful. Not many firms write about times when they came unstuck by their rivals and this book covers it a few times. The other firms in Scotland will moan about some of the stuff written saying its untrue, but lets face it very seldom will you get the same story from different people espeically depending on their view.

Very highly recommened and pushes Jay Allens book as the best book about the scene on Scotland.
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5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding 12 Dec 2013
By Greig
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Quality read. Good to read about the truth and not some book where their firm run everyone every time they meet!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get it 5 Dec 2013
Great WATP
Loved this book ,have passed it on ,best book so far would recommend this to football supporters Simply the best
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3.0 out of 5 stars Present 20 Jun 2012
By melon
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I bought this as a present, so unfortunately am unable to leave a review, not having read this myself, however, I was informed that they thoroughly enjoyed this book, if somewhat repetitive.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars OK 23 Jan 2013
I am West Ham Supporter and wanted to know what it was like in Scotland in 70's casual scene so i bought this and was rather dissapointed with it First of all Stole our name but He is exagirating the culture of the football Violence I think it was a little disappointing but was not too bad I think I will also try The Celtic book of this
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars nonsense
asd an Aberdeen lad im not going to enjoy this read. I didn't enjoy it as it was made up nonsense. the guy was a kid during the 80s early 90s so what he knows about the firms at... Read more
Published 2 months ago by G. Begg
5.0 out of 5 stars Number1 in scotland
Excellent book. Couldn't stop reading it. Got right into it. Rangers icf really were number 1 firm in scotland. That's for sure. Best fv book I've read. Icf Icf Icf
Published 5 months ago by james
5.0 out of 5 stars Sandy Chugg and the ICF
Ignore any bad reviews of this book, having read many hoolie books and being a Millwall-Rangers fan, this book is fantastic and is written with honesty and passion. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Neil.C
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst book I ever read.
Was given a loan of this book from a friend at work. Oh how I wish I hadn't bothered to borrow it.
If you like to read page after page which builds up to absolutely nothing -... Read more
Published 6 months ago by NoSOS
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift
Not actually read the book as I got it as a gift for a relative. I think he said it was good.
Published 6 months ago by gmserv
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
as a rangers fan i remember alot of the games spoke about. loved it from start to finish especially when they got one over celtics crew.
Published 6 months ago by alex
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous
good read ... interesting facts ... going to buy more related books like this ,, loved it .. wish there was more to read though about it
Published 6 months ago by jane leith
1.0 out of 5 stars fire lighter material !!!!
This book is the worst F.V. book iv read. Chugga is a dreamer. Dont buy this book if you have a brain its that bad. You have been warned !!!
Published 9 months ago by chris mckenna
5.0 out of 5 stars facts not fiction
this book brings to you the true character of the football madmen,absolutly fearless,the places these guys ventured would terrify any right thinking person. Read more
Published 13 months ago by ian alexander
4.0 out of 5 stars No Frills, No Sensationalism. An Honest Account.
This autobiography is a detailed account of the author's extensive involvement in football violence, from adolescence to middle age. Read more
Published 13 months ago by The Magic Torch
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