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on 29 May 2007
this is the best book i have ever read . its an honest account of the early bristol scene . this was what happen in bristol before all the local bands hit the big time .as a member a one of those bands all the music and fashion that get mention in this book had a big part to play in what would later become known as the bristol sound .i was at a few of the places he mentions in the book .the slits roadie he mention was their manager DON LETTS. i was also at some of the football fights he mentions.as i said before this is an honest account of my youth . many thanks chris. R MIGHTY
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on 26 May 2010
This was the first of many hooligan books i read.Set in bristol going from the sixties onwards it tells a great story of one character and his music,fashion and football terraces activity got to be the one of the best hooligan books ever.
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The football hooligan book has been mined for all its worth, and will continue to do so for some time no doubt. Seems that every football club had a firm, a gang, a roll call of thugs enjoying beating the pulp out of like minded folk. Much of these can rightly be viewed with scepticism, especially since over half of these so called firms have no right what so ever to write a book worthy of the word. So upon hearing that some Bristol Rovers supporter had written a book about the exploits of his team’s mob, I was quite frankly beset with laughter, I mean the last time I went to Eastville Stadium in 79 you were hard pressed to find a Rovers fan under the age of 50.

However, Chris Brown’s book is refreshing because it occurs before the dressers and the casuals began to run amok in the 80s. It really is as the title suggests, about the bovver boys, the doc martin/hob-nail boot boys defending their team’s name for all they are worth. The tie-ins with the music of the times, the clothes and how important they were then as much as they were to the casuals et al. Chris Brown has a great handle on the importance of music and clothes in life. For sure not everybody wants to read about disco/funk music, but these passages in the book are not over bearing, and it’s always interesting to follow the trajectory from 60s skinhead reggae up to the book’s culmination years of punk and new wave.

Some of his jokes are as old as the hills, but again he’s reaching back 30 years before this book was written. Some of the fight scenarios make him and his gang come off as bullies, which I’m sure he is aware of, codes are certainly different these days as to what they were back then. All told it’s an honest book, funny and frightening, but always informative. It would be nice to have more books from this genre of literature dealing with the 60s and 70s side of thuggery, with music and clothing accompaniments as well of course. Good work Browner. 8/10
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on 1 August 2012
What a brilliant book,maybe I'm biased as in some cases I've followed in the footsteps of Chris Brown but I could not put the book down. Yes there is violence but things back then were very different,there is also lots of humour and gives a great insight into Britain in the 70s the fashion the music etc.. I remember seeing the graffiti around crow lane about the tote and I believe there still tote signs in a carpark in st Pauls even now.I've read a few books on hooligans/football mobs and I have to say this is the best by far! Well done Mr Brown and thanks for the memories:)
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on 24 February 2013
A cracking read and a very enjoyable walk down memory lane.

The book reads at a great pace and is full of humour and the frustrations of being a young man in 1970's England. It does not seek to glorify the violence of those days but tells it in a warts and all style, you feel that you are actually on those dangerous terraces of those dark days.

Have re-read twice which is something I normally never do.
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on 14 May 2015
Great book about a time that means so much to people of a certain age.Chris Brown has captured the Music,Fashion and football of the 70s with honesty and affection.A great piece of work.
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on 22 August 2015
A great read,this was what is was like to be a teenage soccer fan in the 70s. well done chris!
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on 18 December 2014
Bought it because of the Bristol connection. Simplistic.
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on 11 December 2014
bought as a present. they love it
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on 14 January 2016
Excellent
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