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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Great stories going back many years. Plenty of other clubs mentioned. Not sure if all the stories are true but a great read never the less.
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3.0 out of 5 stars ok but some nonsense in it
dewcent book
the problem I have with is is my experience with Newcastle casuals

The NME in the mid 80s was a firm I went with ,at least a dozen times, in 1985/86.Im specific as that's the era I know about them
]as an Aberdeen lad at the time I used to go to toon games as family were there and it was the glory days of football hooligism. In Aberdeen we...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, 30 Dec 2013
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This review is from: NME: from the Bender Squad to the Gremlins: Inside Newcastle's Football Hooligan Firm (Paperback)
Great stories going back many years. Plenty of other clubs mentioned. Not sure if all the stories are true but a great read never the less.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just another hooligan book, 14 Dec 2013
This review is from: NME: from the Bender Squad to the Gremlins: Inside Newcastle's Football Hooligan Firm (Paperback)
A lot of books have been written about violence at football, some very good, others heavily edited to appeal to the modern equivalent of a football lad "The Cyber Hooligan" who learnt about "The Hooligan Era" from reading rather than from experience. These modern keyboard warriors can often be seen on forums laughing at the thought that Newcastle United ever had hooligans as they have never read about it. The fact is though as many of a certain age will testify, they were never known as a good day out as it was a place few ever came to, but on their travels they attracted many teams biggest gate of the season due to their travelling army.
The author of this book took several years to gain the trust of those involved and only got the go ahead by writng it as it was told by those involved. Over 40 "Respected" Newcastle lads contributed their memories spanning 40 years. The stories told in pubs to "Trusted" lads are now brought together in a brutally honest account of Newcastles Hooligan Gangs. Some they won, many they lost, but they always enjoyed the day out and always they tell it as it happened.
It may bring back memories, it will cerainly make you laugh at times. But it will definately give an honest insight into the way things were, the social history and most importantly, what it is that made them do what they done, and what has bound them together for life, even if hooliganism is a thing of the past.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ok but some nonsense in it, 22 Jan 2014
This review is from: NME: from the Bender Squad to the Gremlins: Inside Newcastle's Football Hooligan Firm (Paperback)
dewcent book
the problem I have with is is my experience with Newcastle casuals

The NME in the mid 80s was a firm I went with ,at least a dozen times, in 1985/86.Im specific as that's the era I know about them
]as an Aberdeen lad at the time I used to go to toon games as family were there and it was the glory days of football hooligism. In Aberdeen we had epidemic proportions at that time.So trips to see Englands best was something to look forward too. Problem was Newcastle firm were s***[don't know about their away firm.Many teams have lads that go away and attract better quality of lads for it,this may have been Newcastle problem at home games that 2 seasons.
games against UTD,boro, west ham[I remember ICF taking the total piss with 100lads],Forest Pompey or s/hamton games saw Newcastle lads embarrassed.

This is what makes me question the rest of the book.If they lied about their home turn outs at the pinavle of the casual era Im hardly going to think the rest is true despite their claims[which every book says. "this is 100%$ true no bs account" say the authors assuredly]

Well enough written and captures what being a 'football lad' was all about. I would question how good they were

Away the probably took thousands of pissed up nutters and caused mayhem. that's not firms looking for it though

West Ham,Milwall, Chelsea,United,scousers,boro They were the top English firms as we all know. The rest had their moments know doubt. From experience and 2nd hand accounts the rest were in their shadows
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Better Read?, 6 May 2014
This review is from: NME: from the Bender Squad to the Gremlins: Inside Newcastle's Football Hooligan Firm (Paperback)
I think Newcastle was probably the worst in England with the Bender Squad in the 70's (wasn't even Jimmy Nail part of it for a time?)-you just have to read some of the other hooligan books and you have some of their own worst and first experiences when coming to Newcastle early 70's. O'Neil talks about Man U getting a good hiding. Man City talk about a cup game up here. Leeds speak of one particular hiding. Chelsea and West Ham have main figures listing Newcastle in the top 5. Kilroy Silk had a TV prog on Hooligans in the 70's where Spurs hooligans spoke about the worst terror they experienced-at Newcastle League Cup semi 1976. Sunderland never came to Newcastle (even drink in the pubs) but happy in London-that says it all. Forest had 1000's in the Cup '74 but were in trouble after the match with transits overturned.

I think the Aberdeen lad will know what happened with Chelsea as have seen other Aberdeen lads mention it. He is right as Newcastle always had thousands of nutters at most away games-see even 1988 first game of season [...]

There were no mobile phones in the early days-not until the 90's! By 1992 we had CCTV on the streets of Newcastle [...] so after many banning orders that was the end of large scale disorder. So anyone coming up after 1992 are exaggerating as where is it on CCTV? By then it was organised outside of Newcastle-like Gateshead.

I am in my 50's and went home and away from 1970. Not a hooligan or in a firm, but know and saw a lot. Fed up with 'main boyz' stories and the rest by supposed firms. To be honest I respect the Police. Most trouble was attacking the escort and the Police defending the so-called firm mixed in with the rest but waving 'arms' like an aeroplane hiding behind the Polis. There was an Officer in Newcastle nicknamed 'Ginge'. Having been to Milwall (aged 17) and having a knife pulled on me (the first away game after the Panarama prog about 'mad Dog') and seen their ambush slaughtered by the Newcastle train mob and their teenage gang carrying long sticks run away, I was more worried about coming home on a train and seeing 'Ginge' welcoming NUFC back with a strong hand, so to say. Very few away fans came to the Old St James park except FA Cup games. West Ham, Chelsea and Portsmouth are rated highly-but even Portsmouth (no one expected them) will say they had surprise on their side and they say it was 'even-stevens'. Chelsea slashed what are called scarfers outside a pub (fishermen who had never been to the match) in Newcastle. West Ham slashed one fan on the motorway services from a Supporters coach. Stoke attacked an escort after an FA Cup game at Stoke-but Geordies were all over Stoke all day. Hardly something to boast about, eh?

Leicester and West Ham (at Orient and QPR) I hear were bad days. West ham here on one occasion.

The Police are to be commended for keeping it all under control. No CCTV to day and people would be stabbed and killed. The old days it wasn't like that at all. Some honour and respect for the Police. I have seen one Police Officer keep 50 of a firm in their place. Firms make me laugh. Not one could even think of wearing some home team scarfs just to get into the city. Thick, ignorant but loud! The Newcastle book has all the stories I was aware of, so sounds real to me.

Here is one from the Bender Squad [...] listen from 45 seconds and you'll hear one who was in prison 7 times. Why would he lie? When he is preaching in Newcastle go and talk with him. He is rightly ashamed of it, but he was there. He'll tell you he now he is a different soldier under the only GREAT commander and his 'god' is no longer violence or even football! Also see Protestant terrorist:[...]
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good book, 15 Jan 2014
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a genuine book, a decent read and a good write up on there allies shrewsbury!! an expensive hooli book but.
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