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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read., 23 Nov 2006
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This review is from: Rebellion: The Growth of Football's Protest Movement (Hardcover)
Rebellion is a new football from the pen of author Dougie Brimson. That name might mean a lot to quite a few of you - Brimson, a Watford supporter has penned many a book about football hooliganism in his time including Eurotrashed, The Crew and Top Dog.

However, before all you Burberry haters switch off, "Rebellion" is unlike all of these hooli-fiction works - in fact the majority of the book is written by other authors. Ten writers to be precise, each given an opportunity to tell the tale of their club, from the inside.

As the title suggests, the ten chapters focus on famous supporter protests at ten clubs. These include Brighton's epic struggle over their stadium, Wimbledon's battle against franchising, Maxwell's attempts to merge Oxford and Reading and Manchester United's fight against Glazer to name but four.

Smuggled into all that lot comes a chapter entitled "AFC Bournemouth - Community Club....or con?" written by our very own David Whitehead who has put together several AFCB books in the past - "Memories of Dean Court" and "Didn't we have a lovely day the day we went to Cardiff".

Now you may say 'but we haven't really protested that much in recent times' and that could be the big point that Whitehead is making in his chapter. After giving a factual account of the past sorry nine years, Whitehead asks "where are the protests? Where is the wave of anger at this sorry debacle".

If the Cherries chapter does anything, it at least puts to bed the sugarcoated version of the 1997 takeover that you gleam from Trevor Watkin's book "Cherries in the Red". At the heart of Whitehead's writing is the basic premise that we're only a community club "when they want another bucketful of free money from us." In reality, the name was a sham.

Also in the gun sights of Whitehead is the recent stadium sale and he writes "The smiling, waving Man in the Hat was no more. In AFCB history, Phillips will forever be remembered as "The Man who Sold the Ground".

As for the rest of the book, it's a great read as well. I particularly enjoyed the tale of West Ham fans fighting a stupid bond scheme designed to suck more money out of their pockets. Whilst the episode detailing Brighton's sorry saga over its stadium (or lack of one) has to be the definitive guide to what has happened to our neighbours down the coast and the reason why we all have to endure a daft park and ride scheme when we go to Withdean stadium nowadays.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent and informative read, 11 Nov 2006
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This review is from: Rebellion: The Growth of Football's Protest Movement (Hardcover)
I have to admit that whilst a fan of Dougie Brimson's work, I approached this book slightly apprehensively. After all, this isn't his usual subject matter! However, it quickly became apparent that this is not simply an excellent read, but a very important one for it examines a different aspect of football culture, fan power.

Rebellion contains 10 in-depth examinations of the most high profile examples of fans fighting back againt both their clubs and authority with each one written by someone who was actively involved. They make for compelling reading not least because even though you know what happens in each instance, you cannot help but but find yourself rooting for the little guy! The chapter on the anti-bond scheme campaign at West Ham is superb and there are also some excellent colour pictures.

Yet another Brimson book which should be on the desk's of the morons at Soho Square, I cannot recommend this highly enough.
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