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Perhaps best known for penning the multi-award winning feature Green Street, his writing career began in 1996 when after 18 years service with the RAF, he co-authored the best-selling non-fiction work Everywhere We Go. A book that remains essential reading for anyone with an interest in the culture of English football.
A further 14 books have followed including the crime thriller The Crew which has topped the Amazon sports book download charts for EIGHT years following its publication in eBook format and the comedy Wings of a Sparrow which after a successful electronic release, was issued in print to great acclaim.
May 2020 will see the publication of In The Know, the long awaited third book in the Billy Evans gang leader trilogy (The Crew and Top Dog) whilst the summer will see the release of Dougie's first military based crime thriller.
In 2003 Dougie made the move into screenwriting first with the critically acclaimed short movie It's a Casual Life and then with his first full length feature, the Hollywood funded Green Street starring Elijah Wood. Following its release in September 2005, the film won numerous awards including:
Narrative Jury Prize - SXSW Film Festival
Narrative Feature Audience - SXSW Film Festival
Best of Festival - Malibu Film Festival
Jury Award (feature) - Malibu Film Festival
Official Selection - Tribeca Film Festival
May 2014 saw the release of his second feature, an adaptation of his own novel Top Dog. Directed by Martin Kemp (The Krays, Eastenders) the film took the Best Feature award at the British Independent Film Festival as well as the Best Actor (Leo Gregory), Best Supporting Actor (Ricci Harnett) and Best Supporting Actress (Lorraine Stanley) awards.
A third feature, the urban revenge thriller We Still Kill The Old Way starring Ian Ogilvy, James Cosmo, Steven Berkhoff and Danni Dyer, was released to more critical acclaim in December 2014.
Projects currently in development include adaptations of his comedy novels Wings of a Sparrow and Billy's Log, Mister One Hundred (a biography of Welsh darts legend Leighton Rees), Boots On The Ground (a drama about a British soldier injured in Afghanistan) and Three Greens (a modern day reworking of the classic movie The League of Gentlemen).
Widely acknowledged within the media as one of the leading commentators on the culture of both 'lads' and football, TV and radio credits include Sky News, BBC News, BBC, News24, NBC, ABC, CBN, ESPN, RTL, TalkSport and Radio 5. Dougie has also produced and presented two motorsport series for Granada Television as well as working as a presenter for Bravo TV. In 2007, he also produced a motorsport series for Channel 5 covering the sport of BrisCA Formula One Stock Car racing.
A highly qualified engineer, Dougie is an avid motorcyclist and has been happily married to Tina since 1983. He is also a member of both The British Legion and The Falklands Veterans Association (SAMA82).
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In The Know...Revenge is a dish best served quickly
From the writer of the cult hooligan film, Green Street and the best-selling thrillers The Crew and Top Dog comes the third and most explosive book yet in the most successful hooligan thriller series ever written.
It’s been over a decade since gang leader Billy Evans stepped away from his life on the wrong side of the law to mourn the murder of his beloved wife.
Yet when he is hit by a second tragedy, his first thoughts are not of more loss, but of revenge. Violent, bloody revenge.
However, even before he can make his first move, Billy is presented with an alternative method of extracting vengeance. One so intriguing that he quickly finds his past passion for organised violence reinvigorated.
And as Britain heads toward a future defined by Brexit and the political right wing, he realises that he’s stumbled upon the opportunity he’s been waiting for. The chance to wield genuine power within the very establishment he's fought his entire life.
The only question is, will he be allowed to survive long enough to grab it.
So when Billy gets the chance to make some serious money very quickly by helping a football club with an insurance scam, he grabs it with both hands.
But he’s about to discover that this time, he's finally pushed his luck too far. And this time it isn't the law he'll have to contend with. It's something far more dangerous.
For Billy Ellis, life is one series of disasters after another. His haemorrhoids have just cost him promotion, his new boss is threatening to move in next door, and on the very occasions he need a condom, he can’t even buy a packet without almost getting arrested. As if that wasn’t bad enough, he’s suddenly woken up to the fact that he’s almost thirty, still single and has the looks that give a new meaning to the word ‘average’.
But at the end of last year, as always, Billy read his ‘Log of Life’ and vowed to make things better.
And this year, he succeeded. Eventually.
Billy’s Log reveals the frustrations of life for a single male and the never-ending battle to understand the workings of the female mind.
So when Jarvis discovers that Evans is putting together a hooligan 'Super Crew' to follow England to Italy, he feels sure he can finally put Evans behind bars - if only someone can infiltrate the Crew and get him the proof he needs.
But nothing is ever that simple. The Crew believe Evans is just out for a full-on riot. Jarvis thinks he's trafficking drugs. But Billy Evans is always one step ahead. He has another plan. And it will be catastrophic for everyone concerned.
London’s violent football following
London is home to some of British football’s most notorious hooligans. However, the history of such infamous ‘firms’ as the ICF, the Headhunters and the Bushwhackers has never been fully documented... until now.
From the authors of the bestselling Everywhere We Go and England, My England comes a remarkable and frank examination of football violence involving the supporters of clubs from the capital. They explain not only how these groups have gained and maintained their reputations, but also why hooligans from other parts of the country see a trip to London as their biggest challenge, and how the system of public transport opens up opportunities for those who wish to fight.
Each of the major clubs is studied to assess why some seem to attract a more violent following than others and to explain how different inter-club and inter-regional rivalries have evolved. Capital Punishment is an eye-opening study of a problem that refuses to go away.
The Shocking Truth Behind Football Violence
Everywhere We Go gives the most remarkable and frightening insight into the behaviour of the football thug. Written by two people who know the world of the hooligan from the inside, this book features many first-hand accounts of incidents, from both perpetrators and victims, that make chilling reading. It builds up to provide the most comprehensive look behind the matchday madness that has yet been published, explores:
• The changing face of football violence
• Who gets involved - and why
• How the ‘firms’ operate, both home and away
• The role of ‘scouts’ and ‘spotters’ in planning violence
• The football establishment - and how they can help solve the problem
• The involvement of the far right in football and the issue of racism
Reviews for Everywhere We Go:
‘Offers a grim Insight into the mind of the football thug’ - Daily Mirror
‘This honest, funny and refreshingly direct account achieves its aim of toppling a few careless stereotypes’ - Independent on Sunday
‘Everywhere We Go is the most detailed account yet from fans involved with football violence’ - Total Football
However, even as Rob is struggling to come to terms with these two bombshells, he is hit with another. For the estate contains ownership of an almost bankrupt professional football club. And the terms of the will are such that Rob will only receive his inheritance if he takes over the running of the club and manages to keep them going for the coming season. The problem is, the club concerned are the local and very bitter rivals of the club Rob and his family have passionately supported all their lives.
But after wrestling with his conscience, and driven by his wife’s desire for instant wealth, he accepts the challenge with a promise to the United faithful that he will do whatever he can to ensure that whilst his new club might survive, its supporters are about to experience the most depressing season in their history!
And so, in the full glare of the media spotlight, he sets out to do what most football fans could only ever dream about; humiliate their local rivals.
The trouble is, it just doesn’t work out like that!
About the Author
After 18 years service with the Royal Air Force, including both the Falklands War and the first Gulf War, the ex-Sergeant engineer’s literary career began in 1996 when he wrote a book based on his own experiences as a football casual entitled, Everywhere We Go. The book examined the culture of football and football hooliganism from the inside and became an instant smash. A further 13 books have followed and their success has established him as not only one of the UK's most prolific authors but a leading authority on the issue of lad culture.
Whilst his novels The Crew and Top Dog have topped the soccer download charts on both Amazon and iTunes for over 12 months, Brimson is becoming increasingly known for his comedy writing and has tackled various subjects ranging from men and romance to males and their love affair with flatulence! The latter being the subject matter of his most recent book, The Art of Fart which was released in December 2011 and was his first eBook exclusive.
A supporter of Watford FC, Dougie is widely acknowledged as one of soccer's most vocal anti-violence and anti-racism campaigners and has acted as an advisor to both the British government's working group into football disorder and the European Commission's football group. He is currently in discussion with the Russian Football Federation regarding the possibility of an anti-racism initiative ahead of the 2018 World Cup.
His no-nonsense, common sense commentary on the state of Britain and British politics has won Dougie many supporters and he has made no secret of the fact that he would like to run for political office at some point on a single-issue 'Football Party' ticket. He has also written extensively for various magazines, newspapers and websites including The Sun, The Times, The New York Times, The Guardian, Loaded magazine, FourFourTwo magazine, Football 365, Moan About Men and Total Football.
In 2003 Dougie made the move into screenwriting first with the critically acclaimed short movie It's a Casual Life and then with his first full length feature, the Hollywood funded Green Street starring Elijah Wood.
The Games we Love to Hate
The local derby isn't just about football, it's about pride, and being able to hold your head up when you go to work on Monday morning, and knowing your lads are better than the other lot. Sadly, the opposite can also be true. The scum up the road can ruin your entire season in ninety gut-wrenching minutes. However, what happens on the pitch is only half the story…
From Britain's most authoritative writers on football hooliganism comes a fascinating examination of the passions and emotions that are an integral part of the local derby. Derby Days takes a frank but often humorous look at why these games are so important to supporters and examines the lengths to which many will go to put one over their local rivals.
Bestselling author and world-renowned hooliganism expert Dougie Brimson has spoken to experts, journalists and even hooligans themselves to examine the truth behind the spread of football violence across Europe. In Eurotrashed he paints a disturbing picture of just how deeply entrenched in the fabric of European football the culture of hooliganism has become.
‘Like Fever Pitch with Dr Martens on...’
‘Hilarious... any real football fans out there must have it in their collection’
Hull Daily Mail
From Dougie Brimson, one of the most controversial football writers in Britain, comes the first in-depth examination of the most misunderstood group of individuals ever grace the nation’s football grounds…
Football isn't all about players, tactics or even satellite telly. It's about a culture. A culture born out of the obsession, fanaticism and humour that is football fandom. The ultimate product of that culture is the Geezer. The sexist, elitist and abusive yob who, clad in his designer clothes, follows his chosen team week in, week out. Every club has them in their hundreds, but who or what are they? And just why do they do what they do?
Part One - The Introduction
1 - What Is a Geezer?
2 - Why Football?
3 - Choosing your Club
4 - What to Wear
Part Two - Match Days
5 - Down the Pub
6 - Outside the Ground
7 - Other Fans
8 - Getting in and to your Seat
9 - The Game
Part Three - On the Road
10 - Travelling Away
11 - Stopping
12 - Arriving
13 - The Away Game
14 - Getting Home
Part Four - The Bad Lads
15 - The Hooligans
Part Five -Travelling Abroad
16 - Over Land and Sea
17 - The National Sides
Part Six - Warning!
18 - The Drawbacks
19 - The Future
Part Seven - The Performance
Annex A - The Songs
Annex B - The Gestures Glossary
The Trouble with the National Team
Football violence, known everywhere as ‘The English Disease’, is as widespread today as it has ever been. England, My England is the book which finally exposes what life is like among the most feared group of supporters in the world - the England fans.
Featuring first-hand accounts of trips abroad, it explores many of the issues and myths surrounding this subject, and explains why some fans behave so differently when following their country compared with their club. In particular, the events of Euro 96 are reviewed in detail: where did the organisers get it right - and where did they go wrong?
‘Fearlessly written... a thought-provoking read which digs below the surface and explores the whole issue of football violence’ - Racing and Football Outlook
As EURO 2000 approached, attention once again focused on the potential threat posed by the activities of football hooligans. Not just those from England, but also from Holland, Belgium, Germany,Italy, France and even Turkey.
Yet as this last year has proven, whilst the hooligans in other nations cause as much, if not more, trouble than their English counterparts, it is the activities of the fans from this country which always seems to attract the greatest scrutiny. And with good reason.
For hooliganism is on the rise in England again.
And from amongst their number has emerged a new breed of thug, more dangerous and cunning than their predecessors ever were. Hooligans who have adopted the style and mannerisms of the old school casuals whilst embracing the technology of the mobile phone, the pager and more importantly, the Internet. How has it come to this? And why? More importantly, how can we stop them?
Using the hard-edged, in-your-face style of his previous books, Dougie Brimson explores every aspect of the hooligan issue and lays it bare. From the birth of the problem in the fourteenth century to the explosion of organised violence via the world wide web, Barmy Army examines the people, the causes, the methods and the history of this frightening, yet fascinating problem.