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Running with the Firm [Kindle Edition]

James Bannon
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)

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Book Description

'Of course I'm a f**king hooligan, you pr**k. I am a hooligan...there I've said it...I'm a hooligan. And, do you know why? Because that's my f**king job.'

In 1995, a film called I.D., about an ambitious young copper who was sent undercover to track down the ‘generals’ of a football hooligan gang, achieved cult status for its sheer brutality and unsettling insight into the dark and often bloody side of the so-called beautiful game.

The film was so shocking it was hard to believe the mindless events that took place could ever happen in the real world. Well, believe it now...

Almost twenty years on, the man behind the film has explosively revealed that the script was largely a true story. That man, James Bannon, was the ambitious undercover cop. The football club was Millwall F.C. and the gang that he infiltrated was The Bushwackers, among the most brutal and fearless in English football.

In Running with the Firm, Bannon shares his intense and dangerous journey into the underworld of football hooliganism where sickening levels of violence prevail over anything else. He introduces you to the hardest thugs from football’s most notorious gangs, tells all about the secret and almost comical police operations that were meant to bring them down, and, how once you’re on the inside, getting out from the mob proves to be the biggest mission of all.

A disturbing but compelling read, this is the book that proves fact really is stranger than fiction.

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"A must-read for fans" (Natasha Harding The Sun)

"an entertaining and interesting first-hand account of a key point in British football history" (

"Brutal and searingly honest" (Sunday Express)

"An amazing account of football hooliganism in its height and a brilliant read" (

Book Description

The shocking true story of how an undercover cop infiltrated a football hooligan firm

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 897 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1448175313
  • Publisher: Ebury Digital; Reprint edition (15 Aug. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CZ7OBO2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,700 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Running with guys who knew the guys in the firm 26 Jan. 2014
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In the saturated hoolie book market one which links the infamous Millwall Bushwhackers and an undercover police operation should make for a rollercoaster of a read. Unfortunately this book is duller than a whack on the head with a Millwall brick.

The reason for this is that contrary to the blurb the author didn't infiltrate Millwalls main firm. He "infiltrated" guys who were, at best, on the periphery of the scene. Consequently this slim book is hugely padded out with tedious descriptions of Met "office politics",the authors lovelife , countless run of the mill conversations in South London boozers, and trips to games where nothing happens !

The fact that the two year operation ended with no arrests shows , that like the time spent reading this book, it was a wasted exercise. The authors assertion that after the operation ended he has continued to attend Millwall matches over the subsequent twenty five years stretches the tales credibility even further. Its naïve to believe that he would have been able to continue to turn up at the Den / new Den if he had infiltrated the clubs hooligan element to the extent he suggests.

Most tellingly the book contains a prominent disclaimer that names, places, dates, sequences or the details of events have been changed. Cynics might suggest that this gave the author carte blanche to make up whatever he wanted and avoid any consequences?

I cant believe that this book would be of interest to any current serving police officers, except perhaps the fraud squad.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 21 Nov. 2013
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Brilliant couldn't put it down ! Read in only a couple of days whilst on holiday ,as a football fan
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Chris
A very good book, well written and interesting throughout, you get a real sense of authenticity, as the book does not become fat fetched or unbelievable in any way. I believe football fans will gain a good repot with the protagonist throughout, and find the other characters in the book very intriguing. One fault I could pick is that of the relationship between James and his partner, at times, goes round in circles. The ending may be a bit of an anticlimax but that is one of the things I find genuine about the book, it didn't sacrifice the authenticity of the storey by manifesting a 'big blowout'.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comment. 25 Sept. 2013
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This book is brilliant.I like these sort of books.But this one is especially good.
Perfect condition.Highly recommended.
I am also a Millwall fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars superb 23 Oct. 2014
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Jim is a painter and decorator from Wandsworth London who's passion is Millwall FC, along with his mate Chris they both infiltrate the hooligan element of Millwall gaining acceptance among fellow hooligans but Jim and Chris aren't who they say they are intact they are undercover coppers who's mission was to infiltrate and build up enough evidence to convict the leaders of the hooligan firms.

James Bannon wrote the screen play of what went on to become the movie I.D but since the films anniversary he set upon writing this book to tell the REAL story of the operation.

This is a really addictive book that acts like an emotional roller coaster as Jim gets drawn into the operation more and more, at time this is funny and sad as Jim struggles with the consequences of the operations actions as he starts to build up friendships with the people he's trying to convict.

I really wanted to HATE this book but I can honestly say that it's brilliant and I for one will definitely be reading this again.

This is being made into a film shortly and providing the movie follows the book I certainly an anticipating its release.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It would make a good film....oh wait!!!! 26 Sept. 2014
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Not quite running with the firm more of a casual jog with some lads from the pub. I.D was a great film (back then) and although I'm sure "infiltrating" hooligans is a scary part of the job sadly the book didn't read like this. There is a lot of build up for nothing and there is no mention of any serious trouble. The love story (if you can call it that) was pointless and there really isn't anything to it, a pretty girl says hello to you, hardly Mills and Boon. With all due respect the author seems to get more credibility because it was Millwall and he's living off their reputation.

I bought the book because I was fed up of all the same hooligan books that do the rounds. If knocking about with lads that like beer, watching football and get a little bit rowdy makes you an undercover policeman then most of us who read this will qualify. I read it on holiday which is just as well otherwise I may have given up. This is deffo a book for the new breed of Stone Island wearing Danny Dyer type kids you see knocking around chip shops outside grounds these days. if you have the time get the book if you don't watch the film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Marty B
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This novel based on true facts is an ok read. The subject matter is interesting, but there are other books about football hooliganism which are far superior . The author appears to have delusions of grandeur; the book is not particularly well written and it becomes rather boring and repetitive. Good value though, as it was part of the three paperbacks for a tenner offer. Bargain!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent read 4 Mar. 2014
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Griping read, covered many aspects of being in a firm. would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes films like green street
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5.0 out of 5 stars ... film related to this book 20 years ago and enjoyed it, so when I...
I watched ID the film related to this book 20 years ago and enjoyed it, so when I spotted the book I thought great. Reads great and the story has loads of depth, excellent book.
Published 20 days ago by Parrie
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Published 23 days ago by Colin Phillips
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
factual read very good
Published 1 month ago by C.A. NORWOOD
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
If you love football...or even if you don't, you will love this book, a must read for every man,woman or child!...maybe not child!
Published 1 month ago by Kano
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Published 1 month ago by jacqueline paterson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I found the book to be compelling and didn't want to put it down, I re come d this to anyone who has an interest in this subject matter or anyone who likes I.D.
Published 1 month ago by Jameskenny
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book better than the film
Saw the film I'D year's ago and stumbled across this book and
just had to get it. Glad I did, great read....
Published 2 months ago by Andrew Doe
4.0 out of 5 stars good
good read
Published 2 months ago by gazzas
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
Read this book from start to finish whilst travelling to Germany on business. Very easy read and having seen the film it was interesting to read about the actual events.
Published 2 months ago by J R OSBORNE
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought this for my partner for Xmas and he thought ...
Bought this for my partner for Xmas and he thought it was very compelling, based on fact but also with humour.
Published 2 months ago by Teresa Bradford
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