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Invasion and Deportation: A Diary of Euro 2000 Paperback – 15 Nov 2000

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Terrace Banter (15 Nov. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0953592049
  • ISBN-13: 978-0953592043
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 14.8 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,131,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

Terrace Banter was launched in October, 1998, as a football imprint of S.T. Publishing. Over the past decade football as a spectator sport has changed beyond all recognition, particularly for the ordinary fan. A great deal of working class culture and tradition is being cast to one side so that football can appeal to a new market, that of the "soccer fan". Through Terrace Banter we hope to put down in print the experiences of the ordinary fan before they are lost forever in a sea of plastic seats and replica strips. Unless we document our own history, it is left to outsiders and the mass media to be judge and jury. Invasion And Deportation - A Diary Of Euro 2000 is a book by two football loving lads who proudly followed England over land and sea for both the qualifying games and the finals of Euro 2000. It provides a raw insight into what it's like to be an England fan, particularly abroad, where it seems you give up your rights as soon as you wave a St George's flag.

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If it wasn't for the English you'd be krauts . . .

FORGET YOUR DEVIL dogs, lager louts, skinheads, beggars and drug takers. When it comes to current folk devils, England football fans are definitely top of the league.

At Euro 2000, the travelling army of St George was once again in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. The potential for trouble filled acres of media space in the run up to the tournament, and during the event all an England fan had to do was kick an empty beer can along a street to make front page news. The reality was that any trouble was relatively minor, with the worst incident little more than plastic chairs at 50 paces involving both English and German fans. In fact, far worse incidents involved Turkish fans, but such events were either played down or blamed on the English anyway.

Even so, hundreds of English fans were rounded up, beaten, and imprisoned in conditions you wouldn't keep zoo animals, and deprived of their basic rights. And we're not talking hundreds of hooligans either, because most of those who fell victim to the "zero tolerance" policy of the Belgian riot police were just ordinary England fans out there for the football not trouble. And yes, young white males can be ordinary England fans too. Even ones with tattoos and short hair, Mr Straw.

We don't even treat murderers, paedophiles and rapists like that, and neither do the Belgians. If they did, the European Court Of Human Rights would be jumping up and down about it. But who stands up for the England fans? Where is the protection demanded by Her Majesty's government for all British citizens abroad?

Forget the tabloids and what you may have heard or seen elsewhere. Jamie Mash and Matthew Bazell are two England fans who followed England right through the qualifying stages to the finals themselves. One was deported, the other arrested. Their crime? They were England fans. Here's their story. Not another hooligan book. But the reality of what it's like to follow England over land and sea.

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I have followed England home and away for some years now and do not consider myself to be a hooligan, but it seems that wearing an England shirt instantly makes you one in the eyes of many of the people you encounter on your travels. This book is an excellent account of following England based on fact (speaking from my own experiences) Nice to read an honest and amusing account of following England and not the hype and hysteria the media produces. Enjoyable and I would recomend it to anyone,England supporter or not.
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Although I didn't go to Euro 2000, I've been to a few England matches and thoroughly enjoyed this account of England's Euro 2000 campaign. What was told in the book is often similar to what people I know told me of their trip to Euro 2000, and it's this that is far more accurate than the distorted version of events protrayed in the media. The book is amusing throughout, with plenty of interesing thoughts and comments about following England, amongst other things. Hopefully there'll be another book by these two lads about next year's World Cup in Japan & South Korea. I'd definitely recommend this book to anyone.
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This book captures perfectly what it was like to be an English fan at Euro 2000. Admittedly, I thought this was going to be a hooligan book, but the two authors (cousins from different ends of the country) are just typical football fans one of whom gets deported despite doing nothing wrong. This book should make the FA and Tony Blair open their eyes to how ordinary Englishmen can be treated worse than animals because everyone believes they are hooligans. Really down to earth, but still very well crafted. Recommended for sure.
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I am sorry but who cares about a bunch of one dimesional losers getting persecuted abroad. The bottom line if you dress like a Millwall fan and have a skin head haircut and go to a foreign country you are asking for trouble . Gee writing about football experiences abroad, how original. The only thing original about this simplistic book it is written by so-called real fans/hooligans. A tip for the chump authors the next time you make fools of yourself abroad, blend in. Do not hang around in crowds, keep to yourself and embrace the hosts culture.
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