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1. 30 Years of Hurt: A History of England's Hoo... - Andy Nicholls,Cass Pennant
This is the definitive history of England's notorious Hooligan army. It offers a hard-hitting and unflinching look at why just the thought of English football fans abroad is enough to send shivers down anyone's spine. It presents a remarkable insight into the culture of violence and confrontation that still prevails among some football fans when they travel abroad, to the extent that English football hooligans have been dubbed "The English Disease". The authors have interviewed some of the most notorious hooligans ever to follow the England team and who, over the years, have clashed with just about every competing football team's fans.

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2. After the Match, the Game Begins - John Robb,Kenny McCall
"After The Match, The Game Begins" is the story of how two childhood mates grew up literally either side of the two closest football grounds in the UK and into one of the most feared firms in the country. Growing up in Dundee as football crazy young boys they faced an early choice, Dundee united or Dundee FC. Kenny McCall chose United and John Robb picked the dark blue of Dundee. As they approached their teenage years a new youth phenomenon which had already began to appear on the football terraces of Britain, started to spread like wildfire throughout every town and city in Scotland and into Dundee. The Casual was born. Instead of becoming bitter rivals and sworn enemies they stood side by side in the one and only firm in the city which 'defended' both clubs. This is the true, honest and very unique story of the Dundee Utility thugs.

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3. All Quiet on the Hooligan Front: Eight Years... - Colin Ward
Is football going through a golden age or have the post-Hillsborough changes diluted those things that made the game special? In this text, Colin Ward assesses how the mood of English football has developed, and shows how it is still possible for fans to have great fun following their team.

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4. Among the Thugs - Bill Buford
What sort of man spends his Saturday afternoons with people named Bonehead, Paraffin Pete and Steamin' Sammy? Bill Buford's "Among the Thugs" is a book about the experience, and the attractions, of crowd violence.

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5. Armed for the Match: The Troubles and Trial ... - Colin Ward
Steve Hickmott's story combines gripping tales of life on the terraces with a remarkable struggle to prove his innocence.

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6. Barmy Army: The Changing Face of Football Vi... - Dougie Brimson
'It raises some serious points' -- FourFourTwo 'While he long ago gave up the thrill of the chase, Brimson knows what it's all about' -- Times Metro 'Brimson writes from the point of view that this stuff happens and is better understood than ignored. In doing so, he speaks with authority' -- Total Football

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7. Blades Business Crew: The Inside Story of a ... - Steve Cowens
For 20 years, Steve Cowens kept a diary of the violent exploits of The Blades Business Crew - one of the country's most active hooligan gangs. In this explosive book, Cowens reveals the links between different hooligan groups around the country, how they communicate and how they organise. He details the confrontations with many of the leading gangs of the 1980s and 1990s, from West Ham and Chelsea to Birmingham, Leeds, Cardiff, Liverpool and Manchester. And for the first time, he describes many of the lesser known but equally active gangs at some of England's smaller clubs. He also tells how Sheffield is a city fiercely divided along football lines and relates the story of the city's bouncer wars' that left many jailed and permanently injured.
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8. Blades Business Crew BBCII - Tales from bat... - Steve Cowens
Six years after Steve Cowens wrote the bestselling book Blades Business Crew, Steve writes again with the help of other lads. From the 1960's right through to the present scene BBCII tells the story of Acid being thrown at fans on United's kop, battles with Hull, Cardiff, Spurs, Bristol City, Feyenoord and others, the never ending war with neighbours Sheffield Wednesday and how a United player spiked his international team mate with drugs.
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9. Bloody Casuals: Diary of a Football Hooligan - Jay Allan
The memoirs of an Aberdeen Soccer Casual.

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10. Bottle: The Completely True Story of an Ex-F... - Steve Fist,Ivor Baddiel
A story about the extreme end of extreme violence, but at the same time it's a tale about the worst excesses of brutality, sadism and senseless bloodshed. It's not for the faint-hearted.

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11. Bovver - Chris Brown_XXV
It's the 1970s. The hair is shaved, the music is funky and the football is violent - very, very violent. Every Saturday, legions of football fans take to the terraces to do battle with each other. Chris Brown was in the thick of it. The regulation haircut, clip-on braces, shrunk Levis and bovver boots - he had the look that every self-respecting bovver boy tried for, and he launched himself into the culture of the decade with a passion. This is a story of those times. It is a story of the adrenaline-packed Saturday outings, a story of Tonik suits, terraces and The Maytals, of race riots, safety pins and The Clash by way of P.Funk, platform shoes and discos. A true story of the most maligned decade in British history - the music, the fashion, the violence. Welcome to the real 1970s - it ain't no boogie wonderland.

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12. The Boys from the Mersey: The Story of Liver... - Nicky Allt
Nicky Allt was a penniless teenager from the tough Kirkby district of Liverpool who wanted something more, when no one would employ him. In the late 70s that meant clothes, music and Liverpool FC. He joined a young scallywag crew who dressed different, spoke different and met at the Anfield Road End. Their travels would become legend as the Reds conquered Europe. The Road Enders were a bunch of blaggers and fighters to whom every No Entry sign was a challenge and every price tag a joke. They criss-crossed the continent, causing havoc in their wake - and had a whale of a time.

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13. The Brick: A Hooligan's Story - Paul Debrick
The call him simply The Brick. For twenty years, Paul Debrick has been recognised as one of the hardest men on the British football hooligan scene. As a main face - some say the main face - with the infamous Middlesbrough Frontline, he has fought literally hundreds of battles against rivals crews from all over the country. Born and raised on the grim Hemlington estate just south of Middlesbrough, he began fighting in a schoolboy gang and was introduced to terrace trouble in the heyday of the early 1980s. He soon helped to build the Boro mob into one of the most feared around. At one time a serious, competitive bodybuilder, he also worked for more ten years as a bouncer on some of the roughest pub and club doors in the country. He has been shot at, stabbed, gassed and jailed - and he has dished it out in spades. Yet at one time he was given only a week to live. A man who can never do things by halves, The Brick developed a heroin and crack habit in the mid-90s that saw him plummet to the depths. When he was given a week to live by doctors, he vowed to fight his way back to health and strength - and succeeded. Now retired from a life of relentless violence, he is still a man not to be messed with, under any circumstances.

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14. Bring Out Your Riot Gear - Hearts are Here!:... - C.S. Ferguson
One of the few books to document football hooliganism in Scotland, welcome to the world of Gorgie Aggro! The so-called English Disease has as long a history in Scotland, only it is not as well documented. The money men who are seeking to re-write football history will hate it, but in Bring Out Your Riot Gear - Hearts Are Here!, C.S. Ferguson tells it as it was when Hearts had one of the most feared followings north of the border.

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15. Capital Punishment: London's Violent Footbal... - Dougie Brimson,Eddy Brimson
London is home to some of British football's most notorious hooligans. This book explains how these groups have gained and maintained their reputations, why hooligans see a trip to London as a challenge, and how the system of public transport opens up opportunities for those who wish to fight.

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16. Cass - Cass Pennant
He's been run through with a sword; He's been shot at point blank range; He's got reputation and respect as one of the hardest bastards in Britain...Cass Pennant is a man who lets his fists do the talking. One of the hardest men in Britain, he lives his life on the edge of the law, giving respect where respect is due and dishing out terrible retribution upon anyone who dares to cross him. Cass's life story reads like a Hollywood gangster movie. He tells the amazing stories of how he once saved the life of World Boxing Champion Frank Bruno when skinheads were attacking him with knives; and how he was shot three times in the chest in a South London nightclub but still kept of fighting. As Cass says, 'I've been a bad lad and I've done some good in my life but I'm not ashamed of anything I've done or the choices I've made. I don't owe anyone anything. It ain't nobody's business but my own...'

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17. Celtic Soccer Crew: What the Hell do we Care... - John O'Kane
The memoirs of the founder of the Celtic Soccer Crew. John O'Kane has 33 criminal convictions, not counting the countless cases dropped or for which he was found not guilty. He was remanded nine times, including once for attempted murder at age 18. He founded the Celtic Soccer Crew in 1984 and it is still active today. They are an unusual crew in that, in O'Kane's time, it included their girlfriends and they had to survive despite the majority of the Celtic fans being against them.

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18. City Psychos: From the Monte Carlo Mob to th... - Shaun Tordoff
It is the Swinging Sixties, a time of Flower Power, student protest and free love. Unless, that is, you live in a two-up, two-down terraced house in England's forgotten city: Hull. There, among the docks and factories, is an eerie Clockwork Orange world of warring street gangs with names like the Monte Carlo Mob, the Gypsyville Skins, the Woodcock Martyrs and the Kempton Fusiliers. Shaun Tordoff grew up amid the skinhead crews of the tough east coast city and joined legions of like-minded youths on the football terraces every Saturday, in their Sta-press jeans, Doc Martens and sheepskin coats. With personal recollections and interviews with former gangs members, he recounts the infamous Battle of Dock Street, the Rugby Wars that split the city between violent supporters of its two rugby league teams, the era of the notorious Hull City Psychos, the trips on Mad Eddie's Battle Wagon, and the resurgence of soccer violence at the football club in the 1990s. More than simply a hooligan memoir, City Psychos evokes a forgotten world of music, clothes and youth culture in one of Britain's biggest urban areas.

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19. Come On Then - Terence O'Hagan
The Author gives an insight over three decades about his life which revolved around his local football team, Huddersfield Town. How he met and made friends with the Huddersfield Hooligan fraternity on the late seventies and how over the crazy eighties he was then himself an established member. It is not just about the violence but how the humour and the camaraderie of this story that also comes into the fold. After a short period of time away the Author then describes how he again became enthralled in the hooligan set up in the mid to late nineties. it was more organised, the buzz was still there and a new name bestowed upon them of the OAPs from the younger HYC force. The story then filters into the youth of today and how they still carry the flag for Huddersfield. The same respect and camaraderie is still there and he writes on their exploits and compares the stories from the old days. The question is then asked, "is this the end" with CCTV and banning orders it seems to be on the way out, new faces come but is the heart being ripped away from this type of life, one thing is for sure and the book dictates and lets you know just how proud they were...and still are

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20. Congratulations You Have Just Met the ICF - Cass Pennant
Cass Pennant was one of the best-known figures of the I.C.F. He has used his unique position as a West Ham insider to bring together these first-hand accounts of the men who were at the eye of the storm, both on and off the terraces. These tales from the terraces range from the inflamed East End rivalry with Millwall, to the shed-end-battles with Chelsea, from aggravation at Anfield's Kop to the disaster at Heysel. The stories unfold against a backdrop of sharp fashion and music, such as The Cockney Rejects and Sham 69 that became the hallmark of the hoolifans.

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21. Congratulations, You Have Just Met the Casua... - Dan Rivers
It was the look and the attitude that defined the UK in the 1980s. It was "a culture unto its own", that brought with it an unforgettable style that was as important as the team. It was about confrontation and being involved, a good fight and being part of the mob. This was the Casual movement - a new breed of football fan, bringing with them a new way to terrorise the terraces. Scotland led the way, and of them all, Aberdeen football club's Aberdeen Soccer Casuals (the ASC) became the most notorious, most feared and most copied mob in the country. Told from a unique perspective at the heart of the action, this is their explosive and exhilarating story. It's time to meet the Aberdeen Soccer Casuals.

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22. Derby Days: Local Football Rivalries and Feu... - Dougie Brimson,Eddy Brimson
As all football fans are well aware, the derby game is more than just another match in the season. Local pride is at stake and the ramifications of the result spill over into supporters' personal lives; the outcome on the pitch is only half the story. The authors here look mainly at the regional rivalries in other parts of the country, building a picture from accounts given by supporters and "hooligans" who have borne witness to events surrounding derby games. What is revealed provides a chilling collage of information, though strangely one not totally bereft of humour or humanity. What becomes clear, however, is that anyone thinking that bitter and frequently violent rivalries are confined to the biggest cities would be way off the mark. The sheer prevalence of the hatred between groups of supporters is amazing in itself. And anyone harbouring the notion that football hooliganism is a thing of the past should read a chapter or two.
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23. Diary of the Real Soul Crew: Invasion of the... - Annis Abraham Jr
Annis Abraham Jr was the son of a self-made millionaire, who started watching Cardiff City Football Club with his uncle at a young age. At 12, aside from working in his father's nightclubs and casino, he was travelling all over the country to see Cardiff play, and soon became involved in the team's notorious hooligan element, known as he Soul Crew. In this book Annis describes the early years and the characters he met, clashes with firms from Newport and Swansea, and his attempts to invest in the club and become its director. This is no ordinary hooligan memoir.

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24. Divide of the Steel City: Blade Versus Owl - Steve Cowens,Anthony Cronshaw
In the city of Sheffield it's simple; you're either red or blue, United or Wednesday, a middle ground doesn't exist in the Steel City. The authors provide an in-depth history of the hostility between fans of Sheffield's two football teams.
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25. Everywhere We Go: Behind the Matchday Madnes... - Dougie Brimson,Eddy Brimson
This book offers an insight into the behaviour of the football thug. It features many first-hand accounts of incidents, from both perpetrators and victims, that make chilling reading. It builds up to provide a comprehensive look behind the matchday madness and explores other related issues.


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26. England, My England: The Trouble with the Na... - Eddy Brimson,Dougie Brimson
Football violence, known everywhere as "the English disease", is as widespread as it has ever been, argue the authors of this book. They give insight into trips abroad and explore issues and myths surrounding football violence and the most feared group of supporters in the world - the England fans.

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27. England's Number One: the Great Adventures o... - Iain McNee,Paul Dodd
Told in his own words, this book provides a murky insight into the dangerous and violent life of Britain''s most notorious football thug.'

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28. Eurotrashed: The Rise and Rise of Europe's F... - Dougie Brimson
The shocking inside story of the rise of football hooliganism across Europe.

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29. Fighting Fans: Football Hooliganism as a Wor... - Eric Dunning
Soccer hooliganism has long been regarded as primarily an English - or perhaps British - disease, yet in fact it has long existed as a social problem worldwide. In this volume, experts consider hooliganism in 14 countries - eight soccer-playing countries in Europe (including Ireland), two in South America, Australia, South Africa, Japan, and, in the case of North America, a chapter on general sports-related violence. Why have problems of hooliganism from the outset become more regularly attached to soccer than to other global sports? The social roots and forms of soccer hooliganism are explored in the various countries. Do racial, religious or social class cleavages play a part in developing and fostering football violence? What part do the media play? Is hooliganism related to the degree to which soccer is central to the value-system of a country, and the length of time that it has occupied such a position? Though they themselves adhere to a range of different sociological perspectives, the contributors focus on the important theoretical framework devised by Eric Dunning and the Leicester School, in particular the role of aggressive masculinity and the hypothesis that attending matches is part of a "quest for excitement".

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30. Flying with the Owls Crime Squad - Paul Allen,Douglas Naylor
This book charts the highs and lows of following Sheffield Wednesday Football Club, and being a member of its hooligan element, the Owls Crime Squad. The author says, "I wrote this book get a message across. Books have been written about Sheffield United's hooligan groups, and references to Wednesday have rarely been complimentary. This book seeks to give our side of a story, which, until now, has been all one sided. Its not all pretty reading, and I can readily accept our failings. We are human, and certainly no 'super-firm'."

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31. Football Hooligans: Knowing the Score (Explo... - Gary Armstrong
This book examines how groups of young male fans come to be defined and identified as football 'hooligans and challenges the assumption that violence is wholly central to the match-day experience for these supporters. Rather, the creation of identity is at the root of hooliganism, with all the cultural values and rituals, codes of honour and shame, and communal patterns of behaviour and consumption that accompany it. The author locates hooliganism historically within the milieu of an industrial working class culture and examines ideas of performance and ritual encompassed in idealized masculinity. The book is based on a decades in-depth study of the 'Blades, a group of football fans supporting Sheffield United, who are notorious for their hooliganism. It contributes to the debate on football hooliganism by challenging many traditionally-held notions of hooliganism and by providing the first anthropological study of football violence. The book also debunks the myth that violence between football fans is organized by 'generals operating within hierarchically structured groups. Falsehoods such as this, it is argued, are advanced to augment the powers of the police and media in redefining and controlling particular groups of individuals whose behaviour does not fit easily within increasingly constrictive codes of social conduct. This book represents essential reading not only for undergraduates of social anthropology, sociology and criminology but also for the general reader with an interest in football culture.
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32. Football ''Hooliganism'', Policing and the W... - Geoff Pearson,Clifford Stott
The problem of hooliganism among English football supporters has been a major cause for concern for over 30 years. Has the war on hooliganism been won? Can it ever be won? Whose war is it anyway? Stott and Pearson take an engaging look at the different policies, strategies and tactics used by the government to tackle football hooliganism. From the use of 'robo-cops', tear gas and water-cannon to the imposition of Football Banning Orders, the authors explain the origins, limitations and thinking behind this powerful and far-reaching use of legislation.

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33. Football on Trial: Spectator Violence and De... - John Williams_II,Patrick J Murphy,Patrick Murphy,Eric Dunning
International football fixtures, such as the World Cup finals in Italy in 1990, draw together not only rival teams but rival fans. The police and the media are increasingly geared up to tackle international fixtures as occasions for the outbreak of crowd disorder. It can sometimes seem that the behaviour of the fans is more important than the game itself. Football on Trial examines some of the causes of football hooliganism as a European and world phenomenon. It casts an eye forward to the 1994 World Cup in Los Angeles and asks why soccer hooliganism has not been a problem in the USA. It also examines the connections between player violence and spectator violence, and considers the role of the media in producing soccer crowd disorder.

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34. Football, Violence and Social Identity - Richard Giulianotti
Drawing on research from Britain, Europe, Argentina and the USA this volume examines the culture and loyalties of soccer players and crowds and their relationships to social order, disorder and violence. This informative and accessible book will be of interest to students of Sport Science and to all of those who love the game of soccer.

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35. The Frontline - John Theone
Middlesbrough: the Iron City. An industrial town built on iron, steel, coal and the docks. Home to some of the hardest men in Britain and to one of football's most notorious hooligan gangs: the Frontline. Forged in the late sixties, the Frontline went on to become one of the most active football hooligan gangs in the country, the reputation built on their courage and grit in toe-to-toe battles. Written by an original member of the gang, this is a behind-the-scenes account of the Frontline's bitterest rivalries.

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36. Good Afternoon, Gentlemen, the Name's Bill G... - Cass Pennant,Bill Gardner
He arrived to rally the troops, the main man in the Inter City Firm and his greeting passed into football fan history. 'Afternoon, gentlemen, the name's Bill Gardner.' That introduction alone was often enough to provoke sheer terror in his opponents. He is a genuine legend to anyone who's ever stood proud on a football terrace. No serious book on the culture would be complete without at least one mention of him. And now at last, he's telling his own, long-awaited story. For the first time, Gardner himself reveals what made him the top man, including his innermost thoughts and his memories of the classic years for football fans. And many familiar faces have queued up to add their comments in this book which shows just what it is that makes Bill Gardner unique among the toughest and the greatest of them all.

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37. Gilly: Running with a Pack of Wolves - Gilroy Shaw,Martin King
Memoirs of a Wolverhampton Wanderers football hooligan.

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38. Grafters - Colin Blaney
Colin Blaney was a grafter, wired-up, beat-down. He set out from the decrepit council flats of east Manchester on a mission - to burn, burn, burn through a world of sex, booze, scams and good times. As a child he burgled warehouses and factories. As a youth he joined the bootboys of Manchester United's Red Army as they rampaged through the country. As an adult he learned to 'dip' with the Scouse pickpocket gangs & sell drugs to Rastas in Moss Side.

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39. Guvnors: The Autobiography of a Football Hoo... - Peter Walsh,Michael Francis
For fifteen years, Michael Francis and his brothers headed the Guvnors - one of the toughest and most notorious gangs of football hooligans to soil the streets and football terraces of Britain. Now out of prison and willing to break his silence, Francis comes clean and reveals the inside story of his life.

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40. Hoolifan: 30 Years of Hurt - Martin King,Martin Knight
The story of Martin King and his 30 years of involvement with football hooliganism, particularly as a member of the notorious Chelsea Headhunters. He describes the leading characters, famous fights, planned ambushes and sets hooliganism in its social context.

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41. Hooligans: A-L of Britain's Football Gangs v... - Nick Lowles,Andy Nicholls
Every football team in Britain has at one time or another attracted a hooligan element, from the Guv'nors of Manchester City and the Frontline of Middlesbrough to the Subway Army of Wolverhampton Wanderers and the legendary ICF of West Ham United. Authors Nick Lowles and Andy Nicholls have interviewed scores of former and current gang members to compile the first ever encyclopaedia of all the gangs. Each club has a separate entry listing the names of its gangs, their size, how they formed, their worst fights, their bitterest rivals and how the police attempted to stop them.

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42. Hooligans: M-Z of Britain's Football Gangs v... - Nick Lowles,Andy Nicholls
Every football team in Britain has at one time or another attracted a hooligan element, from the Guv'nors of Manchester City and the Frontline of Middlesbrough to the Subway Army of Wolverhampton Wanderers and the legendary ICF of West Ham United. Authors Nick Lowles and Andy Nicholls have interviewed scores of former and current gang members to compile the first ever encyclopaedia of all the gangs. Each club has a separate entry listing the names of its gangs, their size, how they formed, their worst fights, their bitterest rivals and how the police attempted to stop them.

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43. Hooligan Wars: Causes and Effects of Footbal... - Mark Perryman
The good, the bad, the beautiful game: a mix that few can explain and yet whenever football hooliganism breaks out, the government, the football authorities, the police and journalists are all too ready to offer quick-fix solutions - solutions that rarely consider the underlying causes of the violence. Is it about boys becoming men, racism and the hatred of all things foreign or about a defence of territory and national pride? This title looks behind the easy answers by comparing England's fan culture to football supporters' experience in France, Germany and Holland. The role of fascist groups is investigated, the effect of media coverage of hooliganism is analysed and the impact of all-seater stadiums reviewed. Rivalry with "the other lot" and winding up those we love to put one over on will always be a big part of what it means to be a football fan. Is the connection between this and violence something that can never be broken? What would football be like free of hooliganism? In trying to rid the game of its ugly underbelly, are we in danger of softening too many of those rough edges that makes it so special?

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44. Inside the "Forest Executive Crew" - Martin King,Gary Boatsy Clarke
Gary 'Boatsy' Clarke is one of the founder members of The Forest Executive Crew, one of football's most feared firms. Clarke held a season ticket at Nottingham Forest for 5 years before being the first person in Nottinghamshire to receive a civil banning order. He has also been arrested over 30 times at games and has 15 convictions for football-related incidents. He has received five banning orders and served three terms in prison for football violence. A real look at football hooliganism that leaves no stones unturned.

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45. Invasion and Deportation: A Diary of Euro 20... - Jamie Mash,Matthew Bazell
Two England fans followed England throughout their Euro 2000 campaign, from the first qualifying game in Sweden to the finals themselves in Belgium and Holland. Forget the tabloid headlines and the TV sound bites. This is the reality of following England home and away.

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46. The Men in Black: Further Exploits of Manche... - Tony O'Neill
Tony O'Neill was a leader of Manchester United's huge hooligan gang for three decades, from the Red Army days to the advent of the mysterious Men In Black. He tells off Operation Mars, the massive undercover operation to trap United's 'top boys', and reveals the truth behind their headline-making Crown Court trial and their eventual acquittal. The Naughty Nineties saw a resurgence in soccer warfare and such legendary episodes as the infamous 'Night of the Balaclavas' at West Ham; mass battles with deadly rivals Leeds United when no police were present; infiltrating the main stand at Anfield; fighting the Birmingham Zulus on national television at a championship boxing show at the NEC, mixing it in the street with Newcastle's Gremlins; giving the Cardiff Soul Crew their biggest shock; and the terrorising of Glasgow Rangers by the 'Unbeatable 500.'

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47. Naughty: The Story of a Football Hooligan Ga... - Mark Chester
Recognised by police intelligence officers as one of the most organised and violent soccer hooligan gangs currently active in Britain, the Naughty Forty are both renowned and feared on the football terraces. This shocking inside story, written by one of the gang's central figures for two decades, takes readers inside the gang from its origins to its present day. Revealing the network of alliances and friendships between leading hooligans across Britain, and exploring the ever-present draw of these gangs to young men, this is a frank and explicit tale.

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48. The Naughty Nineties: Football's Coming Home... - Martin King,Martin Knight
Football has reinvented itself. As television money has poured into the game, the traditional working class fans have poured out. Not by choice but by economic necessity. Their places on the terraces have been replaced by posh seats and those in charge of the game are especially proud that, according to them, the football hooligan has at last been eliminated from the landscape. But how true is this much-vaunted theory? Martin King, author of "Hoolifan", his account of 30 years of being in and around the notorious Chelsea gangs of the 1960s, 70s and 80s, brings his story up-to-date in this book. Ironically, he finds that although football hooligans are now a minority, their maturity, experience and dedication are higher than ever. The firms are smaller but far more dangerous. The style and character of the mobs have changed as has the author, who finds himself evolving from participant to observer as the decade wears on. Despite the picture painted by the media of soccer violence in previous decades, only in the 1990s is it truly highly organized. Most of the confrontations occur away from stadiums, sometimes on days when no matches are being played, so King questions whether "football hooliganism" is in fact the correct description for such activity.

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'An immediate classic.' Culture, Sport and Society 'Garry Robson does his subject proud and in coining the term "Millwallism" has surely achieved a sociological first.' Philosophy Football 'A fine piece of sociological work ... which anyone interested in this field of so-called 'football studies' should read immediately.' Sociology 'A fine piece of work.' Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 'With the partial exception of the work of Anthony King, it is, in my opinion, the single most penetrating, insightful, and original contribution to the understanding of soccar hoologanism in the United Kingdom to have been produced since the 1980s.' Cognitions, Emotions, and Identities 'There aren't too many sociological books that make their way into the Christmas stocking. In this, and many other respects, Garry Robson's study of Millwall football culture is exceptional.' Les Back, Reader in Sociology, Goldsmiths College, London

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50. Red Army General: Leading Britain's Biggest ... - Tony O'Neill
Tony O'Neill has for thirty years been one of the most famous faces in the biggest soccer crew in England. Tarred by the police as the ringleader of Manchester United's massive hooligan following, he is a true legend of the terraces. This is his story, the first inside account ever written about the notorious Red Army.


 

Stumble It!

Football hooliganism refers to unruly and destructive behaviour such as brawls, vandalism, and intimidation carried out by Association football club supporters and fans.

Fights between supporters of rival teams may take place before or after football matches at pre-arranged locations away from stadiums, in order to avoid arrests by the police, or they can erupt spontaneously at the stadium or in the surrounding streets.

A football firm (also known as a hooligan firm) is a gang formed to fight with members supporters from other clubs. While some firms, especially in southern and eastern Europe, have been linked with far right politics or racism, other firms have been associated with leftist or anti-racist views. The firms' political views are not representative of all supporters of the teams.

The violent activity ranges from shouts and fistfights to riots in which opposing firms clash with bats, throw bottles or rocks, or even use knives and guns. In some cases, stadium brawls have caused fans to flee in panic, and fans have been killed when fences or walls have collapsed. In the most extreme cases, firm members, police, and bystanders have been killed in the violence, and riot police have intervened with tear gas, armoured vehicles and water cannons.

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