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RED ARMY GENERAL : Leading Britain's Biggest Hooligan Firm: Leading Britain's Biggest Hooligan Gang Paperback – 1 Jun 2005

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: MILO BOOKS; 2004 edition (1 Jun. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903854458
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903854457
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 1.8 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
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'Britain's No.1 football thug.' (Daily Mirror)
-- DAILY MIRROR

'Well-written and invigorating.' (City Life) -- CITY LIFE

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'Britain's No.1 football thug.' (Daily Mirror)

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Decent read if you're into the seamier side of football. Doesn't try to glamourise, just tells it as seen.
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the first and by far the better of o neills compelling books...this a is a far more personal and edifying read than the second....which shows that often books are like movies.....however this is unfair in this case as o neill was shot and in hospital while the second one was being written which means he doesnt have the majority input which takes away the charm and humour of the first..red army general is a fascinating book that shows in graphic detail the lives that these men choose to live...and o neill doesnt sugar coat it or ever attempty to glamourise it..he has an effortless charming bluntness that offers no apology and offers no machiavellian tactics to illicit support either.....o neills book is an easy read and his humour makes it fun for the reader...a fascinating insight to the fights on the tubes and outside grounds as well as the vileness of the scousers who slashed and stabbed and yet never get any hostility from a dopey british public who continue to romantisize about the scousers despite their cowardly actions...o neill leaves you in no doubt what he thinks of them as well asa grudging nod to other firms who altho enemies with he had a respect for...a word the scousers dont know the meaning off......all in all a fun easy read that gives a simple uncomplicated window into the lives of men who simply wish to kick 7 bells outta similar minded men for reasons unknown to us all...however whilever they are doing that they arnt taking their anger out on their wives dogs cats etc...so really leave em to it!!
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this tells the story of tony o,neill who rises from young hoodlum to the leader of manchester uniteds red army hooligans,it gives an honest view of one of the most feared football gangs of recent times not like some of the other books ive read on these subjects ie (west ham books who only tell of there wins)it goes through the 70s telling of his younger years as a kid in wythenshawe to being top boy with the red army, a thouroughly good insight as to what went through the heads of these mindless thugs.
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I have a personal reason for giving this 4 stars, and that is because 'I was there' at many of the matches described. The book uncovered the reality of a world of pointless football tribalism and violence that I knew was going on, but only saw the tip of. It evoked memories of matches and incidents from 40 years ago, and in that way was a compelling read - for me.

The downsides are the quality of writing and the language of narration, however. I don't mean the bad language, that goes with the territory and, to be honest, there was less than I expected. The problem was Tony's terminology, which in many cases would probably only truly be understood by somebody who was similarly involved in the hooligan world, which I wasn't.

So, if you were there, in the 'peaceful' Red Army, then you may well find the book opens your eyes as it did with me, or simply, takes you back to a time when football was a passion and 'way of life' for many of us. If you weren't part of that era or a United supporter, then you'll probably not get much out of it.
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Thought it was a great read really enjoyed it and the honesty of taking a beating when other teams firms say that never happened to them was refreshing. Over all I thought it was a detailed and well put together book,which other firms books are a bit drab and repetitive
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Manchester United's Red Army was the most notorious hooligan mob British football has ever seen. Thousands strong, this huge tribe of disaffected youths laid siege to town centers and soccer grounds across the country and became a byword for violent disorder. Tony O'Neill was there from the beginning and became its most prominent face. This tells the story of Tony O’Neill who raises from young hoodlum to the leader of Manchester United’s Red Army hooligans. It gives an honest view of one of the most feared football gangs of recent times. This book goes through the 70’s telling of his younger years as a kid in Wythenshawe to being top boy with the red army, a thoroughly good insight as to what went through the heads of these mindless thugs.
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A very good read giving you an insight of football hooliganism of yesteryear. It is good for people of my age who were born at the back end of the footballs violent era and that wouldn't be able to comprehend how bad some of the trouble is. Some people will like reading it and taking pride in some of the glory elements but is also a very good read for people who were against the behavior or even for people that were there themselves.

All of Red Army General is well worded by Tony O'Neill and the straight from the horses mouth account is excellent. The author does well to remember such vivid accounts. This in my opinion is one of the best if not the best book on football hooligans.
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