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30 Years of Hurt: A History of England's Hooligan Army Hardcover – 8 Jun 2006

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  • Hardcover: 305 pages
  • Publisher: Pennant Books Ltd; 1st edition (8 Jun. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955039428
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955039423
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 739,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The editors of 30 Years Of Hurt claim that it's a social history, and in that they're justified. --Daily Telegraph. Sat July 15th. Reviewer, Tibor Fischer

About the Author

Cass Pennant is the leading voice on the subject of terrace culture for film, TV, radio and print. He has written seven best-sellers and has been namechecked in many others. His first book was his autobiography, Cass. This was followed by the hugely successful Congratulations, You Have Just Met the ICF; Want Some Aggro?; Rolling with the 6.57 Crew; Terrace Legends; Top Boys; and Good Afternoon Gentlemen, the Name's Bill Gardner. Cass's life story is now a major film. Andy Nicholls is an Evertonian who more than knows the score - when he wrote the best-selling book Scally, it was from his confessions as a former category-C football hooligan. In a short time he has become the most prominent writer of his genre and his expert knowledge has often been sought by many documentary filmmakers. Andy wrote the Everton entry in the bestselling Terrace Legends, and followed this by co-authoring Hooligans: The A-Z of Britain's Football Hooligan Gangs.

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Format: Hardcover
Cass and Andy N have moved the goal posts in this release, out goes the street clashes on England's back streets between the leagues top football gangs and instead we get refreshing but shocking tales of following the national side.

"the Ceasars of Rome would have turned in their graves had they had to behold the spectacle of a blanket of visiting armies banners hanging on the walls of such hallowed ground" - Italy 97.

This book has it all from Scotland wrecking Wembley to the destruction of the German football machine in Munich 2001 and still more...miss this and you miss out!
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.....here is a book on the subject actually worth reading more than once!!

There are a number of 'hoolie' books that have been written over the past few years some of which are run of the mill, some are above average and a very few are pure class....this book comes in the latter category.

To me, this is more than just a 'hoolie' book......it's a statement of FACT!!

For years, normal people have been asking various questions like 'why does this happen?' This book will go some way to explaining that, and other, questions.

It tells tales of national pride, friendship and solidarity. It also proves that it's NOT just the football that matters to the 'fan' but comradeship, adventure and the buzz!!

It also goes to prove that bonds of frienship can bloom in the strangest of circumstances and that some rivalries can NEVER die, no matter what is going on.

A top read and goes into my top 5 of this genre of book!
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While there has been a glut of 'hooli' books on the market recently very few have touched on the International scene. That is until now, Thirty Years of hurt has the stories of years of what it meant following the English team abroad. Those featured in the book are not those who were happy to throw around white plastic chairs in the town square chanting 'Inger-laand' these boys are the real McCoy, and whether you like what they have to say or not their tales are compeling. This is a great book which is gritty and true well worth getting, of course being about fortunes of the England team an added bonus for the reader, no penalty shoot out at the end!
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After reading a few books on English hooligan firms. I really enjoyed reading about England away, Really enjoyed this book and the story's of different fans and firms. I'm just sad I missed out on all the fun
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Celebrity hooligan Cass Pennant back in again! Can he give up now please? This book is interesting, but some of its a complete rubbish. The usual Villa 'nf sympathisers' to complete the set. Little more than average firms trying to give it large and soak up some glory they never had
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Your probaly thinking "oh no not another hooligan book" Well RELAX this is not just NOT just another hooligan book! Being no stranger to this subject it was quite refreshing to read, a honest and unbiast account for a change, and not just 1 persons view of events. This book brings together people who were actually there, and gives their inflinching and honest versions of how it really goes down at England. Giving the complete history of violence following England 30 years and putting personalities to those who untill now have just been portrayed and midless. Its a must read for all, especially jope public who normal get their version of spoon fed up to them by the press, good work boys. KEEP IT UP!!!!
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from the start to finish i could not put this book down, If you ever wondered what it was like following England abroad then this is a MUST read !!!! told by the lads (innocent ones as well) who travelled year in and year out.Most of the stories are by well known faces and also tells of the in-house fighting between clubs that finaly got themselves together when England finaly got revenge on Scotland.
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30 Years of Hurt was 30 years of pleasure to most of us now going through a mid life crisis, no longer able to fit in our Lois jeans and more likely to be seen in an M&S jumper than a Lacoste roll neck snatched from a sports shop in Luxemborg or Paris in the early 80's!
This book brought back so many memories it was unreal, I was at many of the games mentioned and Nicholls managed to rewrite lads accounts so well it was like being taken back there with Dr Who in his Tardis.
A top book, buy it, and cherish it as we will never see times like that again!
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