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City Psychos: From the Monte Carlo Mob to the Silver Cod Squad - Four Decades of Terrace Terror Paperback – 1 Oct 2002
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It is well written, brilliantly paced and like the wonderful Chris Brown book 'Bovver' evokes memories of times and places that many older fans of the great game will be familiar with.
One of the early highlights is the description of how a 12 year old lad (the author) and his mates skirted around the man firm in a desperate bid to get recognised and ultimately accepted. The scene with the Nivea face cream is genuinely laugh out loud funny.
Whatever you do, buy this book because it should be in everyone's collection.
This details the history of Hull City hooligans over the last 30 years. The main crticism is its repetitive as most battles sound the same despite involving different clubs fans. Yes i can remember a lot of the clashes re-counted as an observer but for a genuine fan craving insight to the club its not for you. But for anyone intrigued as to how City's element started and continued its a must. Credit to Shaun for writing it after all Hull City have still to set the football world alight.
Tordoff paints the picture of Edwardian Hull through to the late twentieth century with ease and great courage, accurately describing the bitter heihrachy of a common child hood boy in the forgotten city. From the early days of the monte carlo mob to the late days of the ever active silver cod squad, tordoff describes the terrace terror with beautiful detail and loyal passion.
From a young boy, blossoming into a hoolie of his common age, visiting big clubs with even bigger firms and battling with the biggest and best firms in the country, with the inclusion of the national firm thrown in for good measure! Notorious firms such as the famous ICF, the blades business crew and the Chelsea headhunters all flocked to the inferior boothery park to take liberties over the small club........... wrong on so many terraces!
Yet the book includes valuable insights from Hull lads like Tordoff from his time aswell to further enhance the page turning!
So if you want to read and honest, detailed and sometime hilarious book, Tordoff and the lads of the minority and silver cod squad are the guys to do it, and in the words of the man himself, "FOR THOSE WHO WERE INVOLVED NO EXPLANATION IS NECCASARY, FOR THOSE WHO WERE NOT INVOLVED NO EXPLANATION IS POSSIBLE"
Whilst naturally concentrating on actions at and around the terrraces, Tordoff succesfully illustrates cultures and subcultures of the times, and dare I even say social issues of the times described. The aforementioned studious nitwit would find this book a rich source of working class feelings, frustrations and exhilarations for whatever taxpayers-funded social studies course they are taking. Meanwhile the rest of us will not be able to put this book down either from remembering the incidents described for ourselves, or recalling similar altercations, fashions, musical influences, and now-demolished haunts where we hung around, watching the older kids with awe.
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