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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 17 January 2008
Forget the rose-tinted reverse view of the numerous football "offs" where a tiny group of invincible ICF members saw off thousands of opposition lads, and the selective memory of the farcical "You have just met the ICF" football-factory fiction - being present at several of the incidents described in that book I can only say that my recollection differs to such a degree that maybe I came up against a different WHU firm with the same name?

What sets this title apart from the usual ICF dross is that it actually gives an insight into the man rather than the self-publicising industry that Cass Pennant has become.

This is a well written and well edited biography of Cass the person presented without comment, blame, sensationalism, rancour, or bitterness.
- in particular the account of the Sheffield stabbing, his subsequent inprisonment and eventual release, with the devastating psychological effect on Cass is superbly insightful, sympathetically written, and factually presented.

There is also an excellent profile of the times and culture of the Club Scene in London, with many glimpses of the dark side of Door Management, plus a honest look at the drug and alcohol induced excesses perpetrated by both customers and security staff at many venues.

The final chapter appears to be both an ending and a beginning for Cass Pennant, and the whole book is uncomfortable yet fascinating reading, mainly due the factual presentation and lack of sensationalism.

If you are going to buy or read just one book on Cass Pennant then this should be it - highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 3 August 2008
cass pennant has an interesting life story and this book is a good read for that reason alone. unfortunately as with many autobiographies from the criminal world, the author can't resist the temptation to paint himself as the misunderstood good guy, which is quite a difficult task for somebody who openly admits to knives and axes being his weapons of choice. enjoy the story but remember who's writing it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 12 May 2010
Short and sweet - I've seen the film and thought it was the best football hooligan film out. The book is entertaining but when it come to the part where he and one bloke fight 40 rival fans and take out 10 of them and get away with a couple of bruises... and where he 'single handedly saved boxing' It kind of ruinied it for me. Just cant believe some of the stuff and made it very disapointing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 2 October 2000
Cass Pennant is a hard man. He describes his battles on the terraces, without exaggeration and his door and minding work without boasting.
He opens his heart and soul to reveal his family background and the hurt it caused throughout his life.
He has not always been an angel and you read about his transformation from thug to family man.
Two years ago at Old Trafford I watched a Manchester thug confront a big black man who was holding his little boy's hand. The thug threatened the black man and the little boy with all sorts. Cass looked down with distain at the thug and said ' Ten years ago you would now be dead' The thug moved on and so has Cass.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 December 2000
Cass tells it as it really is, believe me I can confirm some of the details as I too used to be one of those so called fans who used to wait for Arsenal fans at Liverpool Street station. Still many people cannot understand football violence and fans such as the ICF and what they stand for but maybe this book by Cass can open people's eyes as to the real extent of what used to and still does happen between rival fans. Without question Cass was a force and a face in and outside of the ICF, known throughout the country as someone not to tangle with. This book shows that yes you can put your hands up and admit that you were involved in something wrong but even the hardest football fan can mellow with age.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 2 January 2001
As someone who knows the man, this took me to the good old days - well written - well remembered - well done! This really goes to show how wrong people were to say 'hooligans' were racist thugs and that 'nothing would come of 'scum' 'Cass' is living proof that if you want to 'grow up' and progress then you can - only those people who live in a time-warp are the ones who never 'move on'
FOLLOW UP PLEASE!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 12 October 2000
big cass is a living legend, from brighton to carlisle, he is regarded as one of the toughest hardmen in the country. Along with andy swallow and bill gardner, he was one of the main driving forces behind west ham's infamous ICF and this is his long overdue story. Well written and highly enjoyable, this book is a must for anyone who wants a rollercoaster read that offers action, humour and touching pathos as well as any old top boys out there who can remember what it was like to face the icf. 'Cass' is one of those books that stand head and shoulders above the competition. devoid of the usual cliches that most books penned by so called hooligan generals are crammed with, this book manages to capture the feel of the time and paints a gritty picture of growing up as a black barnados boy in inner city britain. It also dispels once and for all the myth that all football hooligans are white, racist neo nazis, check out how the ICF backed up the SWP and turned over the N F at lewisham. having read the book, its easy to see how the anger, frustration and resentment of his experiences turned cass into the awesome fighting machine that he undoubtedly is and more positively how this very dangerous individual has turned his life around. buy this book and pay the big guy his dues
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 26 June 2002
this book is aninteresting read as it gives you an insight into life of a 'top boy' in one of the most notorious football firms in the country the ICF, but it also gives you glimpses of cass's life outside the world of footbaall hooliganism it shows how he is respected on the terraces and among his many friends including a certain Frank Bruno. this book is different to many of the hooligan books on the market it is not just a scrap book of the many 'offs' hes had but its a detailed account of his life outside of violance. i would recomend this book to most readers of hooligan books its up there with the best of them like Soul Crew and Blades Business Crew
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on 22 April 2015
I remember the incident at Stoke and laughed out loud reading this work of fiction. The usual we 'took their end' nonsense you read in these so called hooligan books. The ICF that day went into the main stand and sang a bit , no more and were later ambushed at the cemetery and ran for cover in the police station. They certainly were an interesting and game lot but what you read in these books is never what happened, just what you want to believe. As far as this genre of books goes it's one of the poorest, badly written and not at all interesting enough to want you to keep reading. A bit of an attempt to self promote, similar to books like 'Naughty' which again was full of guff. Far better than this out there unless a West Ham fan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 11 July 2011
Its written in a slightly confusing order but well written and kept me occupied on the sun bed on holiday, I will be reading his other books now as well so it must have been a good 'un
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