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on 29 April 1999
This is the third book about football mayhem by these self-described ex-hooligans, and its ostensible framework is the city of London. While their aim of attempting to explain the attraction and nuts-and-bolts of hooliganism is laudable, the execution is a bit shaky. The book unfolds team by team, sometmes focusing on specific well-known "firms", but often wanders out of the confines of London. The most interesting reading comes in the reprinted accounts of various "action" by past and present hooligans. Of course, how much of this are real or manufactured is hard to tell. For a more interesting fictional insight into this area, try "The Football Factory" by John King or for an academic examination, see "Football Hooligans: Knowing the Score" by Gary Armstrong.
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on 18 March 1999
fascinating insight into the hooligan 'firms' of London, detailing rivalries, tactics and first hand accounts of notorious incidents. the authors are both self confessed former hooligans who, whilst never avoiding the facts in sometimes graphic detail, never seek to glorify football violence and in fact put forward their proposals to solve the problem. rivetting reading as are their previous books on this subject.
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on 6 December 2000
...Very dissapointing. Most of the stuff in it is made up and the style of writing is atrocious.
There are much better books of this genre and I would recommend Steaming In by Colin Ward and Hoolifan by Martin King.
For fiction, I would recommend anything by John King especially, if like me, you are a genuine Chelsea fan and can remember watching from the terraces, the likes of Joey Jones, Doug Rougvie, David Speedie, Pat Nevin etc and not one of these recent glory hunters that have been jumping on the bandwagon the past few years and turning Chelsea into a joke team like Man U.
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on 8 January 2001
A superb examination of the hooligan problem in the capital written in an informative and very easy to read style. As a Spurs fan, I found the history of my particular club both intruiging and very well put together.
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on 21 July 1999
The best of the series of hoolganism books written by the Brimson brothers. They all make for interesting reading even if the stories in them are inevitably limited to those who have decided to contact them. It's not that the stories are unbelieveable, just that everyone seems to feel that they are the top firm. A page turning read nontheless. Try any of John King's three fictional books about the "football Life" for a another angle on this subject matter.
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