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on 29 May 2017
Great got this boyfriend he loved it
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on 19 July 2003
OK, Hull might not be the most fashionable club in the country but this is certainly one of the best, most honest and genuinely funny hooligan books available. For once the author dosen't portray himself or Hull's followers as an all-conquering army, refreshing and highly recommended.
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on 16 November 2002
There have been many 'hoolie' biogs in recent years, some have been great, others have been... not so great. But in City Psycho's, we have one of the best. This book is simply superb.
It is well written, brilliantly paced and like the wonderful Chris Brown book 'Bovver' evokes memories of times and places that many older fans of the great game will be familiar with.
One of the early highlights is the description of how a 12 year old lad (the author) and his mates skirted around the man firm in a desperate bid to get recognised and ultimately accepted. The scene with the Nivea face cream is genuinely laugh out loud funny.
Whatever you do, buy this book because it should be in everyone's collection.
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on 23 January 2003
As a mad Hull City fan its hard to find many books on the club- when will keith Edwards write his autobiography ?-
This details the history of Hull City hooligans over the last 30 years. The main crticism is its repetitive as most battles sound the same despite involving different clubs fans. Yes i can remember a lot of the clashes re-counted as an observer but for a genuine fan craving insight to the club its not for you. But for anyone intrigued as to how City's element started and continued its a must. Credit to Shaun for writing it after all Hull City have still to set the football world alight.
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on 25 December 2012
The book is a branch from the widely known "Hulltras" hooligan memoir website which Tordoff and a friend Tony developed over time. The website has since disbanded although various different message boards have now been constructed regarding the common name of the silver cod squad which is hulls firm to this day.

Tordoff paints the picture of Edwardian Hull through to the late twentieth century with ease and great courage, accurately describing the bitter heihrachy of a common child hood boy in the forgotten city. From the early days of the monte carlo mob to the late days of the ever active silver cod squad, tordoff describes the terrace terror with beautiful detail and loyal passion.

From a young boy, blossoming into a hoolie of his common age, visiting big clubs with even bigger firms and battling with the biggest and best firms in the country, with the inclusion of the national firm thrown in for good measure! Notorious firms such as the famous ICF, the blades business crew and the Chelsea headhunters all flocked to the inferior boothery park to take liberties over the small club........... wrong on so many terraces!

Yet the book includes valuable insights from Hull lads like Tordoff from his time aswell to further enhance the page turning!

So if you want to read and honest, detailed and sometime hilarious book, Tordoff and the lads of the minority and silver cod squad are the guys to do it, and in the words of the man himself, "FOR THOSE WHO WERE INVOLVED NO EXPLANATION IS NECCASARY, FOR THOSE WHO WERE NOT INVOLVED NO EXPLANATION IS POSSIBLE"
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on 9 February 2017
Hull might not be the most fashionable club in the country but this is certainly one of the best, most honest and genuinely funny hooligan books available. Shaun Tordoff describes the picture of Edwardian Hull through to the late 20th century with ease and great courage, accurately describing the bitter hierarchy of a common child hood boy in the forgotten city. From the early days of the Monte Carlo mob to the late days of the ever active silver cod squad, Tordoff describes the terrace terror with beautiful detail and loyal passion. From a young boy, blossoming into hooliganism of his common age, visiting big clubs with even bigger firms and battling with the biggest and best firms in the country, with the inclusion of the national firm thrown in for good measure! Notorious firms such as the famous ICF, the Blades Business Crew and the Chelsea Headhunters all flocked to the inferior Boothferry Park to take liberties over the small club.
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on 20 May 2005
As a Hull exile, this book was not only great from a football perspective or even from the authoritative writing from someone who was there, not some nitwit with some grand qualification in criminal violence and psychology who only came close to violence by snapping his pencil in university. Written from the perspective of a lad growing up in hull, the east/west rivalries of the time far removed from today's "east hull tigers/west hull tigers" songs at the shiny new KC, the infamous Albemarle - all these things rekindle rich memories of a youth in Hull.
Whilst naturally concentrating on actions at and around the terrraces, Tordoff succesfully illustrates cultures and subcultures of the times, and dare I even say social issues of the times described. The aforementioned studious nitwit would find this book a rich source of working class feelings, frustrations and exhilarations for whatever taxpayers-funded social studies course they are taking. Meanwhile the rest of us will not be able to put this book down either from remembering the incidents described for ourselves, or recalling similar altercations, fashions, musical influences, and now-demolished haunts where we hung around, watching the older kids with awe.
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on 23 November 2012
Great and gritty read...Takes you through the history of hulls gangs and into the world of the city psychos.. Funny, gritty and enjoyable...I really enjoyed the book.
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on 11 June 2016
This is by far and away the best book on football hooliganism, and I'm not just saying that because I knew people involved. It is well written and very funny throughout,and is at least literate which is more than I can say for some other books in the genre. I remember the ear incident with clarity, not my ear.
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on 15 February 2013
I would totally recommend this book, I thought it was superb and very funny. I grew up in hull at the time and went to many of the matches that the author speaks of. The book is written in a refreshingly honest way, a great book for all you Tigers fans!
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