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SERVICE CREW: The Inside Story of Leeds United's Hooligan Gangs [Hardcover]

Caroline Gall
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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11 Dec 2007
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  • Hardcover: 271 pages
  • Publisher: MILO BOOKS; First Edition edition (11 Dec 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903854725
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903854723
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 660,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Explosive, violent and unmissable.'
-- DAILY SPORT

A new book chronicling the exploits of one of the most infamous hooligan gangs of them all.
-- Yorkshire Post

About the Author

Caroline Gall is a journalist for BBC Online and has written for numerous newspapers and magazines. She is the author of Zulus: The Story of the Zulu Warriors Football Firm. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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This book is very poor indeed. As other reviewers have said it skips wildly from one era to another. I have read countless books on football violence but this is easily the dullest and most disjointed. I thought a serious account of one of the country's most notorious football firms would be told but instead the book is a thousand snippets of confrontations that bare little relation to one another save the fact that football violence is involved. The development of the gangs is barely touched upon.

Instead of trying to piece together the actual story of the gangs all it contains is a simple mish mash of accounts of fights without any apparent flow whatsoever. One Leeds fans description of an incident is followed by another's account of some other fight at an unrelated match, and so on and on and on.

The modern era is narrowed down to a few chapters and one of the most notorious occasions (in Istanbul in the UEFA Cup a few years ago where Leeds fans were ambushed and murdered) is inexplicably limited to roughly half a page. Instead more of the football club's on pitch performances and boardroom errors are highlighted.

Seriously - avoid this book. It's appalling! I hate to think what the Leeds firm members who contributed to this must think.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolute rubbish - avoid 26 Sep 2012
By CRF
Format:Paperback
If you were hoping for any sort of insight into the world of hooliganism then forget it.
As poor a book as i have ever read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars one sided 27 Oct 2011
Format:Paperback
I bought the leeds service crew book after reading the reviews on amazon some were good some were bad reviews but a gave it ago and to be honest i have to agree with the bad reviews it is very one sided they seem to never lost a battle with other firms home or away . There is some good bits to the book some intresting points but overall i thought it was very poor and i have read a lot of these books but this is only my opinion.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Poor 14 Jan 2008
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From a personal point of view this book was a huge disappointment. I did get through it but just found the whole thing ill thought out and superficial. A huge surprise to read that the author is supposedly a journalist, there seems to have been precious little research carried out other than regurgitating banal anecdotes. On the same page you could read about an incident in 1987 quickly followed by one in 1993 and the we could be back in 1978!

The level of stuff which made it into the book really suggests to me she was scratching around for material eg. once in 1978 Bozo was standing outside a chippy when a bloke asked him 'if he was Leeds' he told him to 'P*** off!' This actual piece isn't in the book but something similar is, I just couldn't be bothered to find the page!

An easy if somewhat superficial and repetitive read which wont enlighten you much - overall very disappointing!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars service crew 18 April 2013
By Neil
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readable it gave info on all the leeds crews over the years and was fairly accurate from what my memories of a couple of the games in the 80s were
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By josie
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good read its local to where we live and as we are leeds fans (not violent ones) it was interesting
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some memories,O.K. 3 Feb 2013
Format:Paperback
As someone who used to go.I found it disjointed and a little disappointing.It is a story about small groups of young thugs looking for truoble.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Something missing 18 May 2014
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I have read a lot of hooligan books but none of them have quite had the structure and feel of The Soul Crew. Still I believe it to be true and worth a look.
Well done to all the lads involved as your crews reputation is in my opinion and others one of the top firms in the UK!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good book
Published 1 month ago by gazzas
5.0 out of 5 stars great read from a true football firm .
Great read not like the other hollie books and least leeds admit when they backed off from mobs .
A great a might y mob in there day.
Published 1 month ago by dave
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
nice item many thanks
Published 1 month ago by MR A MADDER
5.0 out of 5 stars really enjoyed reading it especially as i remember some of the ...
really enjoyed reading it especially as i remember some of the people in it from when i used to watch leeds
Published 3 months ago by dave green
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good
Published 3 months ago by val
2.0 out of 5 stars top firm with a story to tell!
should have been a great book ! all we got,as many have already said,was disjopinted badly written nonsense

Most firms are full of characters and got up to all... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointed poorly written and boring
rambling stories very disappointing. It didn't give much insight into the people involved. Some pretty pathetic justifications allowed as well.
Published 7 months ago by gary spain
2.0 out of 5 stars service crew
this is just snippets of a few peoples memories one after another. It gets a bit same old same old. Not my cup of tea.
Published 10 months ago by neil pickering
5.0 out of 5 stars gret present
great present for my partner who is a much loved Fan!
Cant wait till we can get on that 13 hour flight and for him to read the thing from front to back!
Published 14 months ago by Lisa Fletch
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