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Suicide Squad: The Inside Story of a Football Firm Paperback – 1 Aug 2005

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Milo Books (1 Aug. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903854466
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903854464
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 545,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I bought this on the strength of the reviews previously listed. And now i can only assume that the comments on this book were written by Burnley fans, because i found it a huge dissapointment.

The book is badly written, and boringly repetative. After reading how "we bounced up and down, chanting su su suicide", and "i said, i'm Burnley Suicide- do you want some?" for the umpteenth time, i really didn't think i would be able to finish this. But, working on the assumption that it can only get better, i did. Unfortunately, i was wrong- it got a lot worse. If you lived these games and these fights, then buy this book. If you didn't, save your money.
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I am a Burnley fan and read this book to try and gain an insight into some of the idiots who also follow my team and have spoilt many a game by their self-indulgent behaviour. So what did I get from reading this, well, not much. All I ended up with was a reconfirmation that these people have a sad, narrow empty life. To read accounts of games I went to and the trouble that kicked off was a revelation only in the extent to which I simply do not believe the authors story. I think the book is full of exaggeration, perhaps an attempt to make him feel more 'important'. Is just seems ridiculous to try and turn a transient scrap in a car park into the a heroic battle, in my view its just all a bit pathetic. There are so many important things in life and what they do just is not. On a literary not- it is also just badly written and frustrating to read.

I think that we all need to make our own minds up on all matters but I strongly advise others not to read this nonsense, it tells us nothing on a sociological or psychological level and ultimately just puts money in the pocket of this author who one might have some hesitations in supporting.
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Having read the book i have come to the conclusion Mr Porter must be a 'winda licka' I have met Mr Porter on numerous occasions can of stella in 1 hand ciggarette dimps in the other, I find it laughable this pisspot of an excuse of a man has done alleged things, he is 6st (in the rain) getting on in age, i have made enquiries and since found out he was nothing but a backseat joe-egg and wants his son to be a better hooligan than he was (wont be so hard, just shout Su-Su-Sui-cide in Mcdonalds) job done.

better off reading sci-fi books
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i read this book when given it by a friend who thought id be interested. and ill admit here and now im a rovers fan (so u may think im biased) and dont know this guy 1 bit so he may well be the real deal. But the one bit i can comment on is the fight he had against the swedish turk immigrants at euro 92 as the rovers fans he bumped into were actually accy blues who i know well (actually 3 were blackburn, one was leeds, and one is just a headbanger with no affiliation to any club). anyway i was told the correct version of that story in 1992 when they got home. mr porter says the rovers fans approached them to inform them they were being followed. what actually happened was the 'suicide squad' came up to the rovers lads asking for help cos they were being followed by some rather scary looking turks. my mates said 'ok and ran at them'. the burnley fans ran off. mr porter describes this as the 'best off he has ever had' or words to that effect - he also goes on to say in other parts of the book that blackbrn have no lads and never show - a bit rich seeing he ran off from his own fight and also given that he arranged to meet bburn more recently and didnt even show to his own 'meet'. anyway... after reading this book i bumped into one of the rovers fans present that day and i said have u read that 'suicide squad book?'. his exact words in reply were 'he's full of **** that **** is!'. i think thats probably the best review of this book that can be given. but for all i know the rest of the book is 100% true. but i doubt it.
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Save your money and by a decent book.
This is just full of I did this I did that , me,me,me.
Yeh Burnley are rated but this book should be in the Fiction section.
And to be honest the way its written You dont come out looking to good more like Bullies.
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Burnley FC fans are famously the most loyal of all: their club claims the biggest support in the country compared to the size of its town. Out of the terrace wars of the 1970s came a gang known as the Suicide Squad - and Andrew `Pot' Porter was one of its leaders. Raised in the shadow of Turf Moor in a northern community of back-to-back terraces, he started watching matches as a cider-swigging ten-year-old and was soon a regular on the famous Long Side, where he saw the exploits of fearless terrace legends like Norman Jones and the crazy Bungalow Bill. Burnley's rollercoaster history- from the old Division One to Division Four and the threat of non-league football - meant the Suicide Squad clashed with just about every rival mob in the country, from minnows like Bury and Wimbledon to giants like Spurs, Celtic, Birmingham and Manchester City, with Pot always in the thick of it. A successful amateur boxer, he was also a regular follower of the England national team, where he witnessed some of the most notorious incidents of modern times.
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