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Punk Football: The Rise of Fan Ownership in English Football Paperback – 4 Apr 2014

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Pitch Publishing Ltd (4 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1909626368
  • ISBN-13: 978-1909626362
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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"An important book, well balanced and accessibly written, and a very handy primer for those looking for an easy account of how organised fandom has evolved, and what they can contribute... This is one football club's story, this another, this is a third - now run your own one." --When Saturday Comes

"Highly recommended... A well-researched and pacily presented work; the first complete history of the supporter governance movement. But it doesn't just inform it also asks some tough questions about where the movement goes next, and whether it can go much further at all." --The New Statesman

Punk football An informative, well-researched account charting the tale of how supporters have made the journey from apathy to activism, from customer to shareholder; from the terraces to the boardroom. --The Racing Post

"Keoghan goes deep into the history of ownership and the control fans have always craved at their respective clubs. From the minnows in non-league football to the Red Revolution at Anfield that toppled two wealthy, powerful American owners, the depth of Keoghan's research is both palpable and commendable. The fundamentals in this book give a stunning insight into what's possible." --These Football Times

"Punk football became the moniker for fan ownership not because the people in charge are anarchists with mohican haircuts and safety pins through their noses but because, just as the original punk rock was do-it-yourself music, clubs such as FC United and AFC Wimbledon and several others besides represent DIY football. It is a concept that has become the subject of an extensively researched and well-written book by freelance writer and blogger Jim Keoghan."

"This book is a good read and misses little out. It is a worthwhile introduction on Punk Football to anyone who follows the game, but also contains enough titbits in its discussions with figures involved in the movement to make it an interesting read for those already interested in it --Stand Against Modern Football

"It is well researched and written and will no doubt remind you of lots of past events and enlighten you as to some new ones, making it a jolly good read. Chapters take in the good (AFC Wimbledon, FC United, Swansea), the bad (Stockport, York, Brentford) and the ugly (Crystal Palace, Brighton) of football generally and supporter ownership more specifically." --Some Sunny Day Magazine

"If you have any interest at all in whether and how fans should have greater control or influence over the clubs they love, this well written and well organised book is essential reading." --Charlton Athletic Supporters Trust

The book provides an overview of the successes and failures of punk football. It tells how supporters can save clubs from extinction, bring new clubs to life and hold owners to account and it does this without trivialising the difficulties faced." --The Blues Trust

"This is a great book and should be read by every fan who is starting to doubt the motives of their club's owners. There is inspiration in every chapter that the future can be bright and can be driven from the bottom up." --The Ball is Round

"The rise of the supporter ownership model in England has been a slow and drawn out process in recent years and despite the wonderful coverage provided by When Saturday Comes and a host of websites, it has often been hard to step back and assess its progress. Jim Keoghan, therefore, has done us all a massive service in summarising the movement with his book Punk Football, doing a brilliant job of discussing the highs and lows, delivered in a well written but accessible style without plunging into too much detail and all with an ever present undercurrent of charm and Liverpudlian wit." --The Two Unfortunates

"Overall I can't recommend this book highly enough to fans who are interested in how clubs have, and could be run in the future. This isn't a dull and dour history book, it's a book packed with humour and stories that all fans can relate to, for better or worse." --The Tilehurst End

About the Author

Jim Keoghan is a freelance journalist who also blogs for Sabotage Times on his beloved Everton. He's been a committed Blue since the age of five, when his parents informed him that Father Christmas only visits Evertonians and not Kopites. Regardless of the deception, it's a love affair that Jim has never regretted starting.

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