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The Boys from the Mersey: The Story of Liverpool's Annie Road End Crew Football's First Clobbered-up Mob [Hardcover]

Nicky Allt
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

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3 Jan 2004
Nicky Allt was a penniless teenager from the tough Kirkby district of Liverpool who wanted something more, when no one would employ him. In the late seventies that meant clothes, music and Liverpool FC. He joined a young scallywag crew who dressed different, spoke different and met at the Anfield Road End. Their travels would become legend as the Reds conquered Europe. The Road Enders were a bunch of blaggers and fighters to whom every No Entry sign was a challenge and every price tag a joke. They criss-crossed the continent, causing havoc in their wake - and had a whale of a time.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Milo Books (3 Jan 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903854245
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903854242
  • Product Dimensions: 2.9 x 15.9 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 261,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and games on a snifter 30 Oct 2007
By terry s
This book is the best scalliwag book about being skint and going the match you'll ever read. I loved it. Read it in a day and laughed out loud about thity times. People by the pool were asking me for a lend but no way was I getting the book wet and torn.

Any more books by this fella? Its like a travel book with no money, no respect for authority and about being utterly determined to have a buzz and see your team come what may

Those were the days my friend indeed!

Well in Mr Allt lad - its brilliant
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spot on. 27 Nov 2004
By Andy
When I started to read Nicky's book I was not gripped by the 1st couple of chapters. Instead I was reading in dribs and drabs....this was probably my own fault, rather than that of the author, because as soon as I found the time I was gripped and finished it in 2 sittings.
Im not sure if people from outside the walls of the City of Liverpool will quite appreciate this book for the quality it possess. The use of language is unique in a book that has been nationally sold and acclaimed. Its local dialect and phrases are brilliant, and the humour, sarcasm, and story telling is 1st class.
It doesnt harp on too much about "we chased them" "they fronted us"...its just how it was. Scousers out for a laugh, and to do anything imagineable to watch their heroes.
Hats off to yer Nicky. A top read fella.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Liverpool Scally 22 Oct 2005
By Mizer
After reading the other reviews posted here I think what they are missing is just how funny this book is! Maybe Mr. Allt's tales are somewhat embellished but they make for great reading. I could not put his book down and spent most of my time reading it laughing. Obviously the Liverpool years have not been without sorrow - both Heysel and Hillsborough are addressed in a thoughtful and honest manner.
As with all hooligan books I suspect that it was either ghost written or took a lot of editing - in either case the end result is a very well written tale. Loved the way it was written in scally language- have been away from Liverpool for awhile but this brought me right back. Nicky Allt appears to be the kind of guy who would be great to go for a bevie with. That is of course until he had one scoop too many and decided you were fair game for a swift Adidas Samba to the head!
This is without a doubt the best book of this genre I have read and I recommend it to all.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable book despite certain claims 29 Jan 2006
By Woody
Unlike other books of this genre, there was no silly macho "we ran them" quotes which made it an enjoyable and funny read. I can realte to the author's recollections as I was a Canny Farm housing estate scal in the late 60s early 70s and followed Liverpool FC everywhere. In fact we were the ones who invented the ticket scam as written in the book. I thought it was well sussed by the time the author came on the scene.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the boys from the mersey review 27 April 2008
if this the same book that was in the local libuary but is in a different cover now
the book is worth buying just too read about the soho insident(passports)
the gang rape and the tragic loss of lifes in sheffield are not nice too read about and found it pretty grim, but thats the real world its not all ways nice
but back too the soho insident i was crying my eyes out for hours it was that funny!
many thanks
nicky please write another book please !!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny Read 11 Sep 2007
I found this book to be a totally different tale from the other "we legged 'em" football hooligan books.
The Liverpool crew seemed to be more interested in the craic, and various "shopping" trips around the glitzy european cities rather than the mindless violence other firms in britain partake in.
Good Book, Good Read.And you don't need to be a liverpool fan to enjoy it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad 4 Dec 2010
A previous reviewer pointed out the glaring faults of this book so I wont labour the point (Though personally I would rather read this again than "Drink my own phlegm" But that's a personal choice I guess)

Tells the tale of Liverpool's hooligan firm largely from the late 70s until the mid 80s. Its not written in the Danny Dyer "We 'ad a right proper tear up" "We steamed in" style that many of the mass produced hooligan books are written today the author uses (Well tries to anyway) A lot of local slang (Which may annoy some people not from Merseyside or even people who just find it frankly boring) And a fair bit of humour (Which again, some of the jokes are decent some you really wish he hadn't of bothered)

Like most books in this category, cheeky young lad, salt of the earth, joined a firm, went across Europe etc etc..... It would seem a lot of the violence takes place in the start of the book (late 70s) And the author doesn't shy away from the fact that Stanley knives where the weapon of choice (Though points out that things started to go against the Liverpool mob when other firms decided to also use Stanley knives on them) Interesting he is honest enough to point out the racism amongst his own firm (On a trip to Spurs when he gets the shock of his life being confronted by a multi racial mob) He is also honest enough to run (And spends large parts of the book doing just that) In fact most of the people he confronts are either unarmed or outnumbered. If numbers become even or if the other group are armed he seems to be off on his way in the other direction. Apparently the use of knives come from Liverpool grafters who had them for protection when selling knock off gear and tickets at away fixtures.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good read
Published 8 days ago by red-star8
3.0 out of 5 stars Hard Going
Found this hard to get into, Guess if you are from Liverpool/Merseyside you
would get much more from it, I did finish it, but it was not for me.
Published 11 days ago by Mr T
4.0 out of 5 stars great read
Great book and great read written by proper lads
Published 29 days ago by dave
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Laugh out loud funny ,even though my home town of Wigan gets some woolyback stick ,you got to admire Nicky Allts passion for his club.One of the best I've read on this subject.
Published 5 months ago by DL Partington
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Book Ever Penned On Being A Footy Fanatic!
What a book this is! As with Nicky Allt's other works such as Klepto and Smashing Little Football Firm, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Read more
Published 9 months ago by AlexRammo
1.0 out of 5 stars Scum
It brought proper scouses down I was a bit of a lad when young I would never do some of the things that this guy did
Published 10 months ago by Larry Riley
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant tale of A FANATIC.
What a brilliant story. Reads like a full on comedy caper. Anymore books by this guy?
I was given this when travelling to watch Ireland in a World Cup qualifier and... Read more
Published 10 months ago by bill casey
5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD READ
It kept me captivated for hours, I could noot put it down, if your into this kinda genre, then you need to read this.
Published 11 months ago by shelley brough
5.0 out of 5 stars top book
This book is great. A wonderful story of how liverpool football fans show their determination to watch matches and their love for the club.
Published 12 months ago by richy.g
1.0 out of 5 stars Another 20p down the drain!
Read lots of football hooly books and this is the worst by quite some distance.

Bought it to read on holiday and I managed to read around 100 pages before giving up -... Read more
Published 13 months ago by haliled
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