Invasion and Deportation: A Diary of Euro 2000 Paperback – 15 Nov 2000
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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.
From the Back Cover
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.See all Product Description