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1.0 out of 5 stars Rugby League deserves better!, 17 Aug 2009
This review is from: The Family Game: The Untold Story of Hooliganism in Rugby League (Paperback)
I was really looking forward to this book but I have to say that it let me down big style. There was no real substance to it and rather than detail any hooliganism problems that rugby league may or may not have, it was just a blog of how there is a potential for trouble and how we must ensure that rugby league doesn't go down the same road that footbal has done.
It seemed to me that the author just wanted to jump on the bandwagon of all the football hooliganism books that have sprung up, and in doing so failed badly!
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Initial post: 26 Aug 2010 16:12:40 BDT
P. Waltham says:
I completely agree. I am reading through the final chapter now and have found this book to be like reading a teenagers account of socialising, and the presentation of the book is incredibly poor in terms of the accounts of others. What would have been far more interesting is a little context to the problems in the periods discussed, as some of the football hooligan books have covered. Also, with the archetypal image of rugby league being a northern sport, there could have been an analysis of why hooliganism wasn't as prevalent in rugby league as it was in football. The best bit for me is the completely random bit discussing a fantasy of dressing up as a crocodile in Spain, by that point I nearly took the book straight to the car boot sale!
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