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Kicking Off: Why Hooliganism and Racism Are Killing Football Paperback – 1 Jan 2007

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Product details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; New Ed edition (1 Jan. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755314360
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755314362
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 19.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,327,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dougie Brimson is the country's leading authority on the issue of football hooliganism

About the Author

Born in 1959, Dougie Brimson is a former football hooligan who spent 18 years in the RAF. He is the co-author of four non-fiction books on hooliganism with his brother Eddy, and two on his own. He has written three novels for Headline, including THE CREW, which is being developed into a film.

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After a brief Facebook discussion with the author about the subject a couple of weeks ago, I picked up 'Kicking Off' to see how the opinions of Dougie compared with my own and although I'd have to disagree with a small handful of his views on hooliganism, he does raise points which challenge the typical media soundbites that they would rather you believed. I've seen other writers in this genre attacking Dougie for his previous work but in fairness, the world would be a poorer place if our opinions were all the same.

'Kicking Off' doesn't really teach us anything new about hooliganism if we already have a reasonable amount of knowledge on the subject, although Dougie and his views on a more passive modern football culture definitely concur with my own. Where I tend to disagree is the opinion Dougie has on how the hooligan problem has changed. While marginalised, there is still a very strong element of older men who engage in violence more regularly than they should. Until football is rid of them, the problem will always be simmering away with the potential to explode again at any time within the new generation of disenfranchised young supporters. This isn't to say Dougie is wrong; it's just a question that we see the same problem slightly differently and if the book provokes thought, the writer has clearly done his job.

Where the book excels is on the subject of racism in football and Dougie is spot-on with his views that racism is being kept alive in football not by the fans or hooligans, but by the very people who claim to abhor it. Dougie tackles the motives of the anti-racism gravy train with uncanny accuracy and says what many of us have been thinking for years, myself included.
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Like many fans of this author I have been waiting for another book for a while now and have to say that this one is certainly worth the wait.

Although it appears to cover much of the ground already gone over in previous books, here Brimson delves into the issues and history far more deeply than before and provides some astonishing and extremely thought provoking opinions into what goes on behind the scenes. It certainly got me thinking although it must be said that much of the content will surely send would send the PC lobby into apoplexy!

The most interesting chapter however, is entitled Echelon. Initially, given the subject matter and the format, it sits oddly within the context of the book but as you read through it, it really does make sense and provides a genuine 'wow!' factor.

But much the same can be said for the entire book which is certainly a cut above the usual hoolie-lit 'beat-em-ups' which have surely become stale and boring now.
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As someone else has mentioned, this isn't the usual hooligan book full of 'we did this, they did that' type stories. Instead, Brimson has put together a thought provoking book which provides, certainly for this reader, a spot on analysis of some of the less savoury things going on behind the scenes at football in the year 2006.
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