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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No hype...
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...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars an interesting story
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...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No hype..., 17 Jan 2008
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars an interesting story, 3 Aug 2008
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining but take with a pinch of salt, 12 May 2010
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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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the life and crimes of a gentleman hooligan, 12 Oct 2000
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good insight into the mind of a hard man, 2 Oct 2000
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars You will still not understand why but this book may help you, 13 Dec 2000
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars THE leader of it's genre, 2 Jan 2001
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars cass- reviewed!!, 26 Jun 2002
This review is from: Cass (Hardcover)
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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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read, 9 April 2001
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When i started to read this book i thought Cass was going to be another thug who was just full of himself.But after reading it i had a slight admiration for him.I was one of the millions who thought football violence was a few yobs with to much drink.But this book opened my eyes to what really goes on.Every match was treat like a military operation right down to the last detail.Cass Pennant pulls no punches in this well written book which leaves nothing to the imagination.I was engrossed from start to finish.Having read several books on football violence i believe this is the only one you need to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars NOT JUST ABOUT THE ICF!!, 14 Mar 2009
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This was a great read on one of the main boys who was in and running the ICF back in the day. They were the famous hooligan firm from West Ham and still are today from all accounts in alot of books I have read. This is not your typical hooligan book it's a great insight to Cass him self there were some very interesting bits more so his link with Big Frank. This is well worth a read you would want Cass on your side if it come down to a toe to toe.
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