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Casuals: Football, Fighting and Fashion - The Story of a Terrace Cult Paperback – 1 Apr 2003
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'An essential read for all purveyors of terrace culture.'
-- WHEN SATURDAY COMES
'The rise of the casual is revealed!' -- DAILY RECORD
'Thornton's intricate study and compilation of eye witness accounts is the new standard bearer.' -- THE WORD
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In 2017 some of us dinosaurs keep the flag flying and try our grey haired best. It's good to reject the trans Atlantic American musical conveyor belt fashions and to stick to what do find best - be world leaders.
One point of factual detail - Hearts we not miles behind the other clubs in Scotland indeed in many fashion respects they caught many threads before other clubs, once the casual thing was out there.
The Hooch at outer limits, what a club.
Bring back the mix and match casual dress sense. My all time favourite, Puma Basket, RL Jeans, M & S crew neck topped off with a green Millets cagoule or NBC jacket.
They were known as Soccer casuals, scallies, Perry Booys, trendies and dressers. But the name that stuck was Casuals. (So I am lead to believe from West Hams ICF of Millwalls Bush wakers)
And this grass-roots phenomenon, largely ignored by the media, was to change the face of both British fashion and international style.
Casuals recounts how the working-class fascination with sharp dressing and sartorial one-upmanship crystallized the often bitter rivalries of the football/hooligan firms and how their culture spread across the terraces, clubs and beyond.
For a long time they went unnoticed by the police as they were still hunting the skinheads & boot-boys.
It is the definitive book for football, music and fashion obsessives alike.
As you get further into the book it goes into the Acid house scene and even the heady days of Ibiza in the mid later 80's (Oh memories) and then into the Club scene where you had to dress like a "Chino Charlie" to get in.
Its Well worth taking on holiday and reading at a great beach bar...while the better half and Kids are doing there own thing .... Happy daze!
I obviously enjoyed the scouse bits most but also good to read about the early days from other areas. I live Pete Hooton brought back the best memories like the Transalpino rub outs, clubs & like checkmate, swinging apple, bands like Ground pig(hog) Deaf School (funny story about the badge) & "that" Jam gig in Deeside, not so much the footy (him being a red) but I do remember the "colonel"....I went with his sister for a short while, & recall him going round in disguise after appearing on the front of the tabloids after Heysal (the colonel moniker was ironic).The Star & Garter was where we bought the End but also where I met a lifelong friend, he'd broken into a golf club & was selling Lacoste & Prince in the bogs. One of the mancs mentioned "Mickeys coming to the Armadale for FU's (Jean machine?) & I wonder If he was one of the huge mob that followed us to Piccadilly, chased us down the tracks to Oxford Rd & battered us (never got me FU's tho) I left the area & the scene late 80's so wasn't as interested in the rest of the book. It's odd that labels like Fila/Ellesse are now poor quality s*** sold by Mike Ashley' but to me "scally" was more about travelling on snide tickets to Austria to "obtain" the gear than actually wearing it. I realise instead of reviewing the book I've just rambled on about my own memories of the era, but that's what reading this book was about for me & I'm certain it was and will be for anyone else who went to the game in the "casual" era from Aberdeen to Exeter Norwich to Newport
Facsimile reproductions of the original Face article from 1983 by Kevin Sampson and copies of influential fanzine "The End" are teamed with stories of sourcing, appropriating and wearing casual clothing in the early days. Illustrated throughout, with 16 pages of colour photographs, I found it compulsive reading, and was particularly pleased to see mention of Patrick cagoules and Benetton rugby shirts (although I recall them being labelled as "tennis shirts"). As a man who spent his first giro on a pair of Diadora Pat Cash's and his first YTS money on a Pringle, the book certainly struck a chord.
The one observation I would make is that it centres in the main on the formation and early days of the casual movement, and whilst acknowledging that there has been a resurgence of casuals in recent times, the dismissive phrase of one contributor of "have Hackett, will throw plastic chairs anywhere in Europe" and the chapter "Close Island" may suggest some of the sympathies of the author.
In short, it is an A - Z of the casual era from Slazenger to Stone Island, and I would recommend this to anyone interested in the fashions and music of the last 25 years.
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