Kicking Off: Why Hooliganism and Racism Are Killing Football Paperback – 1 Jan 2007
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
'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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I approached this book with interest, but quickly tired of it. It read like an aging bloke seeking the approval of a younger reader, and to me at least, didn't stand up to much... Read morePublished on 31 Aug. 2007 by Scarecrow
Mr Brimson once again excels in his book writing skills, This is a brilliant and sound book, The way he has gone about getting vital stats information on the hooligan scene is... Read morePublished on 2 Nov. 2006 by N. Colohan
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