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Red Army General

Red Army General [Kindle Edition]

Tony O'Neill
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Manchester United's Red Army was the most notorious hooligan mob British football has ever seen. Thousands strong, this huge tribe of disaffected youths laid siege to town centrees and soccer grounds across the country and became a byword for violent disorder. Tony O'Neill was there from the beginning and became its most prominent face.

Barely in his teens when he set out from the largest council estate in Europe to follow the Red Devils, his ferocity in street combat and his force of personality soon made him a leader. Running trips in his infamous War Wagon, he became so renowned that he was invited to a sit-down meeting with the Government to discuss the hooligan problem.

After serving a jail term, O'Neill emerged to lead the 'casuals' of the 1980s against an even tougher generation of opponents: West Ham's ICF, the Chelsea Headhunters, the Leeds Service Crew and the scally armies of Merseyside. Police intelligence files labelled him a 'prime mover' and he became the target of a huge undercover investigation. Red Army General is the most authoritative account ever written of the wild years when terrace terror reached its peak.



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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1210 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Milo Books Ltd (17 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004X2IKLM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #48,869 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Personally gripped by annecdotes 11 Jun 2014
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I have a personal reason for giving this 4 stars, and that is because 'I was there' at many of the matches described. The book uncovered the reality of a world of pointless football tribalism and violence that I knew was going on, but only saw the tip of. It evoked memories of matches and incidents from 40 years ago, and in that way was a compelling read - for me.

The downsides are the quality of writing and the language of narration, however. I don't mean the bad language, that goes with the territory and, to be honest, there was less than I expected. The problem was Tony's terminology, which in many cases would probably only truly be understood by somebody who was similarly involved in the hooligan world, which I wasn't.

So, if you were there, in the 'peaceful' Red Army, then you may well find the book opens your eyes as it did with me, or simply, takes you back to a time when football was a passion and 'way of life' for many of us. If you weren't part of that era or a United supporter, then you'll probably not get much out of it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 24 April 2014
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It is what it sets out to be, a book about football hooligans told about Manchester United supporters who like to drink a fight.

If this subject interests you it's worth reading of not I would try something else.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Page flicker 30 Mar 2014
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Not as good as other books on the same subject but worth a read just to get United's take on things .
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4.0 out of 5 stars Terrier 10 Jan 2014
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Superb insight into one of football hooliganism great phenomenons,man utds red army of the 70s. Wrote with an honesty that puts the cockney supermen to shame
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5.0 out of 5 stars Red Army General 25 July 2013
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Good interesting read. I'm a United fan so I clearly loved it. Ha it's the first book that I've read all the way through, I hate reading too but enjoyed this book though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 3 Aug 2012
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This is a must read for any football fanatic. amazing story. this book shows the reader the ugly side of the sport.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read. 16 Mar 2012
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I have read all the books on this subject and this has to be the best book i have read..I could not putthis book down and if you want to lose yourself in old school football violence then this is the book for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars At last, the genuine article 1 Dec 2004
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Red Army General is unique in it's genre - a completely honest account from Britain's most respected hooligan, Tony O'Neill.
Unlike many of it's ilk, this book is refreshingly frank in dealing with not only the Red Army's many famous victories over their fiercest rivals, but also their occasional fearsome beatings at the hands of often suprising opponents.
This in turn adds to it's crediblility - you won't find any claims of invincibility which litter similar books from the likes of the I.C.F and other supposedly 'untouchable' London firms.
Instead the author tells us how it was that Man United became and still are Britain's number one hooligan firm.
It never mattered to United whether they took a beating or lost their 'unbeaten' tag. What mattered most was turning up, having a go and, to quote the author, "Whatever happens, happens".
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