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The Men In Black [Kindle Edition]

Tony O'Neill
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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From the late Eighties onwards, one football gang dominated the hooligan world. Older, harder and better organised than their foes, they travelled everywhere and feared no-one. After one spectacular street victory, vanquished rivals gave them the name that became a byword for soccer violence: The Men In Black.

Manchester United's hooligan mob had long caused mayhem, but in 1989 their hardcore was the target of a massive undercover police investigation, codenamed Operation Mars. It focused on the most infamous of the firm's members, including its `general', Tony O'Neill, and led to more than thirty arrests.

But when the trial collapsed, the firm returned to the fray, wiser, more cunning and more ruthless than ever. They went on to defend their fearsome reputation against the toughest outfits in Britain: the Soul Crew, the Zulu Warriors, the Boro Frontline and the ICF. And they were never defeated.

Covering the crucial period 1988-2005, The Men In Black recounts these stories and many more, told by those who were there, those who were involved in the hand-to-hand, close quarter battles and notably, the man police called Target Kilo: Tony O'Neill.

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'This fella is the Fergie of football-related punch-ups.' (Loaded)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 831 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Milo Books Ltd (25 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #74,669 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sunday Sport exaggerated less 29 Jan. 2012
By Old red
Format:Kindle Edition
I was at the United Forest semi in 89 and was one of the first to come out of the ground. The version in the book early on is an intersting yarn, but very inaccurate. It is true that as a 15 year old genuine supporter, (not hooligan then or ever, these brain dead mutes used to blight many of my Saturdays) I cacked it and backed back into the ground,at which point all the Forest "townies" (as we used to call them) came charging out on mass and started beating the crap out of these mutes. We saw this as an opportunity to make our way to the train station, slowly and with scarves hidden, (yes I was and still am a scarfer). We saw many guerilla style charges by small groups of Mancs, who were invariably battered by the large number of Forest supporters and townies and then the police who batten charged them too. The nastiest incident I heard about later, (but did not personally witness the whole of) was a group of known townies who were alleged to have kicked down a low brick wall, which they then used to arm themselves. Then they mingled in with the main escort again and they found a group of Mancs near the cricket ground and began using the bricks. At this point I did see bricks flying and ran off, looking for more cover from the local police.

To my mind, this was the closest up and most protracted football violence I had personally witnessed and I would describe it (the brick incident aside) more like a junior school game of british bulldog played along the route to the station-which sums up their mentality really.

Incidently there were 12000 Forest Fans at that game who saw us win 1-0 after Franz Carr kept the ball in and crossed for Gary Parker to score. Steve Hodge cleared one off the line too, which the Mancs claimed was over! Some things never change.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars one of the better hooligan books 29 April 2011
im neither a man u fan or anti-man u so i read both mr o'neills books as a 'neutral'.
i enjoyed them both but this one more so as its set in the time frame when i started going to football.
wether or not every account is true no one can say unless they were there but the same can be said of any book like this, you just have to read it with an open mind.
ive read almost every hooligan book out there and this is so much better than the likes of burnley, stoke , birmingham etc.
along with andy nicholls' 'scally' this is definately worth a read.
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2.0 out of 5 stars selective memory 9 Feb. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
as a non hooligan regular member of the red army had to laugh at tonys recollections of milwall away in sept 1974 . i was on the special train and no it did not break down but as only about 150 dared travel to the den on a monday we got a good kicking . admit it we werent the first and we will not be the last so just admit it .
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3.0 out of 5 stars Changing times reflected 11 Jun. 2014
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I gave Red Army General 4 stars because I was there at the time. This book follows on, and describes a more complex hooligan world evolving, with more characters and a good insight into the mind of the Football Intelligence officers, so it is a more rounded read. However, it covers a period when I'd stopped going to matches, so the raw personal emotion that Red Army General generated wasn't there in this read, and the failings (similar to those in the first book) therefore reduced the rating.

Again, a true United supporter would probably find this a very interesting read, as I did, but the terminology of the hooligan gets in the way of immediate understanding, leading to frequent confusion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars red army general 17 July 2012
By olly
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did'nt care for this book at all,read red army general and thought that they seemed to use a lot of the same material.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Steady read 15 April 2008
Not the best hooligan book did not grip me , his first book Red Army General is good, better than Men in Black.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good read 27 Mar. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I was going to every game home and away watching Leeds in the 70s and 80s so I can relate to a lot of what happened with Leeds v Man U the hatred is still as intense today as it was back then this is a fairly good read about what happened on match dats
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a great book 3 Nov. 2013
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A rollercoaster ride of a book the author pulls no punches and isn't afraid to admit when he has been caught out not like some authors sometimes very funny it seems to be an honest account of what matchdays used to be.
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