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Soul Crew: The Inside Story of a Soccer Hooligan Gang Paperback – 1 Mar 2002

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  • Paperback: 251 pages
  • Publisher: Milo Books; Ill edition (1 Mar. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903854083
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903854082
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 13.3 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A great read with no shortage of humour.' (Loaded magazine)
-- LOADED

Synopsis

The Inside Story of Britain's Most Violent Hooligan Gang; The Cardiff Soul Crew are recognised by police intelligence officers as the most violent football hooligan gang currently active in Britain. Their 400-plus members have been involved in mass disorder at matches for more than twenty-five years. Yet they have largely escaped the notoriety of their English counterparts - until now. Two men closely involved with the gang tell its history from its origins through to the present day: their leaders, their fashions, how they organise and who they fight. "Soul Crew" relates how an infamous clash with Manchester United's Red Army in the mid-Seventies was the impetus for the formation of the mob. A core group of hardcases from the tough Docks area of Cardiff was joined by alienated, unemployed youths from the valleys and former pit villages of South Wales. They took their name from their love of soul music and adopted the 'casual' fashion of designer-label clothes. In time they would fight fierce battles with rivals like the Frontline Crew, the Bushwhackers, the Gooners and the Central Element.

"Soul Crew" also reveals for the first time the network of alliances and communications between the leading hooligans around the country: the so-called "Category C" thugs who organise much of the violence. And it tells of their cat-and-mouse relationship with the police spotters who now follow them everywhere From the publishers of the best-selling Guvnors and Blades Business Crew, "Soul Crew" is the best evocation yet of life running with a soccer mob.


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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Matthew on 10 Jan. 2003
Format: Paperback
The Book is written with an unflinching sense of honesty which is a rarity among a book of this genre. Both authors do their best to admit that their respective roles, although significant,were in no way paramount to the chartering of a football firm which on its day can muster up unprecedented numbers.
I liked the fact that despite the press hype the authors are relatively modest in ther claims for infamy conceeding that the likes of Chelsea and Midddlesbrough have indeed 'clipped' the wings of the 'Blubirds'. Unlike other football hooligan books the Soul Crew, although itself a fearsome and tough mob do not claim the pretence of being invincible unlike the much over-hyped ICF.
The style in which it is written keeps the readers interest and is not a repetitive diatribe of season after season of violence.
The book is more thematic than a typical book of this type, the casual scence is continually woven in to the patchwork of football aggro, thus providing a sense of depth and scope which makes it all the more readable.
It is also written with a dry and sardonic wit which has proven to be a revelation to those of us who want more than just a chronological documentation of violence. The authors obvious intelligence helps purge the crass notion that football hooligans are mindless morons. It is fascinating that men who are patently quite bright should choose such a turbelent vocation '..when saturday comes'.
Set against the backdrop of one of Britains most deprived social areas the boys of the Valleys and the less affluent areas of Wales' capital city tap into the football casual phenomena during the early 1980's and contine unabated right to the present day.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A reader on 7 Jun. 2011
Format: Paperback
A well-documented and (presumably) well-edited tale of the coming of age of two young men. It's clearly aimed at a particular community of reader though.
Both male authors describe a slow change that takes place in their lives around adolescence. Previously interested in the game of football itself, they start to feel and nurture a deep interest in the clothes other boys are wearing (described here in great detail)at the match, their hairstyles, whose appearance is the most satisfying to the eye and so on. Inevitably this leads to physical contact.
They find this physical contact extremely exciting and gratifying and seek to repeat the experience every weekend. At the start, these brief encounters are with total strangers and are both short-lived and aggressive, as is the norm. But, slowly, as the lads' network expands the trysts become more organised and arrangements to meet and engage are made with other well turned out gents from around the country.
Equally inevitably, the police are keeping a watchful and disapproving eye. So from having it off in front of everyone at a stadium, the physical side of things has to develop in semi-private circumstances: back alleys and tube stations become the venue for these disapproved of physical deeds. Still they crave more.
As with Oscar Wilde, the police continue to intrude but by this stage our well-presented, strong, masculine gents have found the rave scene. Dark rooms, different clothes to talk about and yet more physical proximity mmmmm.....
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Mar. 2002
Format: Paperback
This is a great read, I went through it in six hours and couldn't put it down. I attended many of the games that Dave and Tony have outlined and although I observed the 'goings on' from close quaters never got seriously involved. There is none of the hype and boasting that is normally seen in this genre and overall the detail is very accurate. Some of the facts are slightly out e.g we didn't get relegated the season we played Bradford last game, and I was dissapointed that there was not an account of a dust up in Hove Park Brighton in the mid to late 90's. It is a popular myth that hooligans are not football fans, those of this misguided opinion should take note of the regular references to scorelines, scorers and 'floating free kicks', some may be alarmed to realise how much these lads feel for the club.
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By JFD on 15 Aug. 2009
Format: Paperback
This book was a much more interesting read than I anticipated. My expectation was of an over-opinionated, macho-oriented discussion of the invincibility of Cardiff's Soul Crew. In fact, this book provides something of a social history of the period as the relationship between the hooliganism, the football, the fashion and music scenes of the 1980's and `90's is well interwoven and described. Credit, if that is the right word, is given to the `firms' of other clubs and it is clear that the superior numbers available to the Soul Crew did not in themselves deliver superiority on the `battlefield'. In all, this is a good attempt by the authors to bring the history to life, and the two authors balance each other nicely in their approaches. I just hope that, while the question of why young men felt the need to assert themselves in the way described may be one for anthropologists or psychologists, the book does not serve to spawn the next generation of these firms.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By big boy on 29 April 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
This is a good book to read , some very funny stories , not sure all of the things are accurate though . But still worth a read . It rates up there with the other footie hooligans stories I have read.
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