- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Milo Books (1 Nov. 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1903854229
- ISBN-13: 978-1903854228
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 450,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Top Customer Reviews
Having limited my reading on this subject to the books written by the far-right, this was a refreshing insight into how two ordinary members of our society took a stand to defend what they passionately believed in.
Im glad Nazis got their arses kicked but I refuse to believe that they got their arses kicked on every single occasion the author was involved no matter how much the odds were stacked against them. If your going to tell a story about this sort of thing then at least giving the book a bit of creditability by not making out that the good guys were unbeatable in street violence and the bad guys were simply whipping boys.
I'm not a huge fan of the hoolie-fan genre and whilst there are certain elements of that in the book it's also much more than that. Somehow despite numerous graphic accounts of twenty-five years worth of brawls, the violence does not seem wholly gratuitous, maybe because when it's being doled out against fascists it seems so much more deserved.
Living in the North West the book seemed especially pertinent, prior to reading this book I knew only the scantest details about the activities of the relevant organisations, and was naively unaware that much of this was occurring on my own doorstep, and of how ordinary working class fishmongers and plasterers could make a difference, so it proved to be something of an educational eye opener.
Despite my lack of knowledge the book was certainly accessible and it's fast pace and sharp, punchy style meant that I couldn't put it down. Given the nature of the material I hardly expected the book to have a comedic bent but at times I did find myself laughing aloud, so every credit to it's authors for achieving this...
in the early to mid 1990s, I was introduced to Manchester
AFA by members of my family who played
important roles in the organization so I feel I
can with some authority verify that the book if anything
understated their success in beating the nazis off the
I feel that both authors personalities come across
well in their writing, and that the book, unlike
some of the football hooligan type of book to come
out of late, tries not to revel in gung ho BS and
does indeed tell it like it was during those times.
There were times that AFA were outnumbered by the
enemy such as the battle of Waterloo but managed to
beat them by their belief and the fact they were
inaudated with a large lunatic fringe (Gary the Axe
should and could write his own book!)
Steve Tilzeys account of the wars with the NF
in the 1970s was facsinating and having prior
knowledge of the battles with the BNP in East
Lancashire in the 1990s Dave Hann tells his story
in an accurate and humourous way.
You want a fat free account of a true account for
a change and want to be entertained at the same time
then you can't do better than this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Boring and an excercise in self promotion by two men who manage to write a whole book without admitting their own criminal connections...Published 10 months ago by Edmond Morriosn
Total garbage the usual tripe from this sort of psychopathic scum who hang their justifications for violence on anything at all, whether it's what team you support or as in this... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Bardamu
Utter rot! In an ideal world the ground would open up and swallow all the people involved in these 'tales'. Read morePublished 14 months ago by F Bomb
A very good gritty read, a bit one-sided but that's expected.
Honest and straight to the point. Once started couldn't put it down.
The consistency of literary style suggests this book has been ghost-written on behalf of the two heroes. Read morePublished on 1 Sept. 2013 by Dutchie
Unlike some who have reviewed this book, I am not a fan of the 'Hooligan' Genre. There's nothing wrong with reading about well tasty geezers who are a bit naughty on the pavement,... Read morePublished on 4 Aug. 2013 by RM
i bought this as a gift for a friend and his personal review is that it is well worth reading for the eye-opening stories and anecdotesPublished on 10 Dec. 2012 by roy
A heart-warming first hand account of the far-right getting kicked up and down the streets of the UK. Recommended. Read morePublished on 4 Mar. 2012 by tried and tested public speaker