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Undesirables: The Inside Story of the Inter City Jibbers [Paperback]

Colin Blaney
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5 Jun 2014
Throughout the late 70s, 80s and the best part of the 90s, a group of Mancunian and Salfordian thieves, football thugs and street urchins known as the Wide Awake Firm (WAF) proved to be a constant source of irritation to Interpol. This ragtag bunch of self-confessed kleptomaniacs committed crimes all over the world, despite being on the organisation s list of undesirables. Colin Beaner Blaney was one of the crew s most active villains and a member of a criminal network of Manchester United hooligans known as the Inter City Jibbers. His time with the WAF and ICJ saw him smuggling cocaine into Britain from mainland Europe, being involved in violent feuds with rival gangs of crooks, and carrying out daring jewellery thefts as far afield as Taiwan and South Korea. Colin Blaney s first book Grafters, published in 2004, detailed some of his exploits abroad. An autobiographical true-crime memoir, it quickly gained a cult following, with Stone Roses frontman Ian Brown listing it among his inspirations and the Salford Star newspaper describing it as an iconic scally book . It became a bestseller, and resulted in appearances by the author in a host of documentaries, including Danny Dyer s The Real Football Factories, Sky One s Toughest Pubs in Britain, Channel 4 s Secrets of the Pickpockets, Channel 5 s documentaries about pickpocketing and shoplifting and Cass Pennant s award-winning film Casuals. Spurred on by the overwhelmingly positive response, he has now written a book consisting of material that he had originally deemed too risky to include in Grafters. This shocking new account from the inner core of the Inter City Jibbers details four attempted jailbreaks, deals with the author s marriage inside a German jail to a former staff member, and tells of run-ins with gun-wielding foreign thugs. It also describes Blaney s associates experiences in various jails, including the gang rape of a WAF member in a Pakistani prison, the story of a smuggler who was banged up in a hellish American penitentiary and the tale of an ICJ member who was locked up in a Yakuza-filled Japanese prison. Above all, the book is an account of twenty-five years of life as an undesirable, stealing anything that wasn t nailed down.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing (5 Jun 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782198970
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782198970
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Colin Blaney is the author of "Grafters "and "Hotshot."

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By Eadaoin
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Neither a glorification nor vilification of hooliganism or a life of crime, this is a courageous pen to paper effort of someone who was involved in both and is living proof that any experience can lead you to places you least dreamed of if you put the work in, whether it be to Korea through 'grafting' or to seeing your life in print through non-criminal hard graft, both of which the author has achieved. If this was another author we might be reading about how they have now turned their life around and are writing a book bla bla. Blaney refrains from such cheese, but as a reader you can't ignore the fact that someone who was once on the edge of the law is now on paper. This alone is an achievement worth recognition and in addition Undesirables is an entertaining and well-written read, gripping and dotted with humility where the author gives the floor to others to tell their stories which are interwoven with his own. Looking forward to the movie!!
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The genre of this book, isn't supposed to be appealing to me. Primarily as I am a die hard LFC supporter and I am a Scoucer. Not only did it appeal, it touched me so much in parts I had tears running down my cheek. I don't say this flippantly. Although a woman, I'm no flake!. Colin's refreshingly honest description of his life experiences, coupled with his wit, charisma and all round cheekiness, blew my socks off! His nod to the lads no longer on earth was touching and he appears to be a very grounded, humble man. In contrast, the tales of the remaining WTF members was sharp, loud and current. I felt like they were sitting with me in a cosy space recounting their tales. In summary, I felt Colin and his mates were teaching me some life skills, warning me of dangers, cheering me with happy times and inspiring me to write. The only negative is that they are mufc fans....but I suppose someone's got to be. Well done that lad !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 31 July 2014
By Gavin K
Excellent book gives. Extremely well-written, makes you feel as if you were actually there. Some very surreal situations, such as Manc scallies finding their way into the middle of Korean slums and ending up mouthing off at the Yakuza in Japan. I finished it in a day, my only criticism is that it wasn't longer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Big fan of this Irish Mancunian 16 Aug 2014
By Pey
Big fan of the lives and times of this Irish Mancunian. This latest pen2paper seamlessly rolls off the back of his debut ‘Grafter’s’. ‘The Undesirables’ gets closer to the man himself. Revealing an intelligence and ability to focus, plan, and attend to detail, thefts and prison escapes that brought him within a cat’s whisker of that exclusive moneyed elite club. The laugh out loud nerve to two finger surveillance detectives, half an hour before, having a tray of diamonds away is beyond belief! Isn’t it? Obviously Not! This time, with only one finger on the typewriter, he completes his story. Now he’s gotten himself out of the way, I believe his next book ‘Mavericks’, brings us varied characters from his own town, city, telling tales of their own. Bring it on!
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star 25 Aug 2014
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Blah, blah, blah, i am the hardest/toughest/smartest etc, etc..........Yawn
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read book 6 Aug 2014
This is a top read for anyone and an even better read for the people who were involved in similar activities, the other two books I have read I strongly recommend.hotshot and grafters Colin blarney writes it as it was no holds barred.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I thoroughly enjoyed Colin Blaneys book 20 Aug 2014
By kaye
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I thoroughly enjoyed Colin Blaneys book, of his various adventures in the life of crime, I know some of the characters myself, I kept on the straight and narrow side of life myself, luckily, times were hard though so I can understand how, and why people got into crime, when your'e young you have a different perspective of life, Colin and the other 'Grafters' did their 'Time for committing the crime' and he explains the not so easy side of being 'A Grafter' a lot of them ended up in the graveyard well before their time after developing class A, drug habits, I found it to be a witty and also knowledgeable read which would be worth reading by people who are studying law and psychology as well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cracking read 4 Sep 2014
By Kat
This is a really good book well written & told in such a way as to make the reader eager to turn every page to see what happens next. Having different people tell their own stories does not stop the book flowing either and adds to the whole experience. Its not just a football , by any means, its a great story of the ICJ's activities across Europe, and you get to see a lot of more than just the usual `we ran em`
With CCTV and improved policing across Europe, together less tolerance and more political correctness paralysing debate and actions I doubt this story will be written again - savour it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars it is a must read!
Loved this book. I was sceptical at first that it would be a book just boasting about being a hard hooligan. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Charlotte Berry
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read from Colin Blaney.
A cracking read. Blaney is a talented writer and tells his stories well. There are some laugh out loud moments as well as some poignant passages particularly where Colin tells of... Read more
Published 15 days ago by David Harrison
3.0 out of 5 stars 2nd Album syndrome
A decent read if this was a 'stand alone' book, but coming after the excellent Grafters it was a bit of a let down. Still worth a look though.
Published 25 days ago by Blueboy
4.0 out of 5 stars good story
An interesting life of a football fan & his mates as they go on the rob around the world.
A few funny stories & a lot of sobering ones.
Published 1 month ago by Dazzak
5.0 out of 5 stars I describe myself as a Criminologist because I have a ...
I describe myself as a Criminologist because I have a MA in Crime, Deviance and Social Policy and because I was advised to by my old Professor - Geoffrey Pearson who died in April... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr. Mark Gilman
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read, couldn't put it down cover to cover ...
An excellent read, couldn't put it down cover to cover in just over a day!! Colin give a great insight into the life if mancunian lads have to live on their wits to get by! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Wayne Thompson
4.0 out of 5 stars The Undesirables is a very good read, a book that I found difficult to...
growing up in and around North Manchester I can relate to a lot of the stuff that Colin has written about . Read more
Published 1 month ago by sdnormoyle
5.0 out of 5 stars For the streetwise only......
This is not another boring hooligan book, this is a true account of lads cutting it abroad under conditions that only the masters of streetwise mentality could handle. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr S J Whittle
5.0 out of 5 stars ... on the same level as Grafters but still a good read and a must for...
Not on the same level as Grafters but still a good read and a must for any mancunian with a love of football and following your team around Europe with a mind to make a few quid on... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Peter Wall
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