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Steaming in: Journal of a Football Fan Paperback – 3 Jan 1998

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Product details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; New edition edition (3 Jan. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671853651
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671853655
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 13 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,604,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Colin Ward was born in Walthamstow, east London. After graduating from Smithfield College, he ran a successful meat packaging business. A committed Arsenal supporter, he is the author of several football books. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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By A. Ross TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 24 Dec. 2000
Format: Paperback
The cover of the edition I read is emblazoned with the phrase "The Classic of Football Writing," and for once I'm almost inclined to agree. Ward's book was the first (that I know of) to write of soccer hooliganism from the insider perspective. Ward's account is important in that he was neither an outsider to the violence, nor a central provocateur, and thus perhaps best represents the "average" hooligan of the '70s and '80s. Ready for a punchup if the situation called for it, ready to run if outnumbered, and disdainful of the more excessive violence (knives, etc...) and crazies who were attracted to the hooligan scene. He writes honestly about what he did and saw going to see Leatherhead, Arsenal, Chelsea, and England. It is in the "England Away" chapter that he really gets indignant about the behavior of his fellow fans, sharply critiquing their behavior abroad (see John King's novel England Away). By the end, one gets the impression he's fed up with the new, more organized system of hooligan gangs, police crackdowns, and has gotten out of the violence. It's an excellent and quick reading book for understanding the terrace culture of the '70s and '80s. For a great fictional insight into this area, try The Football Factory by John King or for an academic study, see Football Hooligans: Knowing the Score by Gary Armstrong.
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Format: Paperback
I first read this book over ten years ago, having lost my copy and having to buy a new one I forgot what a great read it was. Colin Ward gets it just right, none of this We ran every football firm on the planet and didn't run from no one. He sums up just what the game was really like for a lot of young lads getting involved with the terrace culture of the time.
It brings back good memories of going to home and away games with your mates and having a laugh, any football fan can read this book and find something to connect with it.
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Well crafted account of Ward's coming of age in the 70's and 80's world of terrace violence. A number of books have since followed, and perhaps been influenced, by this work. Makes for eye opening reading with accounts of infamous terrace characters and various offs. The author's style is not self promoting however and Ward always keeps his sense of perspective. His other books are well worth reading too, full of intelligent oppinions of the way football has changed, for both better and worse.
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Colin Ward published this in the early years before any of the other 'lads' jumped on the band wagon. If you watched football in the 80's I guarantee you will be laughing or crying by the end of the first chapter. Colin was there and portrays what it was like to be football supporter before it became 'fashionable'. A classic on par with Fever Pitch for the humour and quality.
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By A Customer on 19 Oct. 2000
Format: Paperback
A grear account of days on and off the terraces.Colin ward truly hits home on this one.Maybe, if this book was read on a wider circle people would have come to understand a little more the so called anti social! behaviour of English football supporters at home,but more so abroad.As a avid supporter myself in the eighties I related to at times inhuman and often brutal attitudes towards England supporters in Europe.
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By A Customer on 5 Dec. 1999
Format: Paperback
I'm surprised only one septic has bothered to review what is after all a classic in terrace culture books. Not full on hooligan just like the current Millwall book We Fear No Foe, but as honest an account of life at football as you'll find - especially now things have moved into the corporate age. The best of British!
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