Hoolifan

30 Years of Hurt
Author: Martin Knight,Martin King
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1780573901
Category: Social Science
Page: 224
View: 1923

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Hoolifan is the story of one man, Martin King, and his experiences spanning three decades with the country's foremost soccer gang. Chelsea have always been at the cutting edge of football violence, and King himself was at the heart of the evolving Chelsea mob for some 30 years. From his first visit to a football ground in the early 1960s, he charts his development from a rattle-waving child through to a fully fledged member of the notorious Chelsea Shed in the 1970s and finally to his exploits as a key player in the most feared football gang of the 1980s and 1990s - the so-called Chelsea Headhunters. King describes the leading characters of the various eras, not just from Chelsea but from across the country. He also records every clash, ambush and act of revenge in vivid detail, as well as the camaraderie and style of this most infamous soccer gang. This is not just another book on the well-trodden subject of football hooliganism, as, unlike so many authors, Martin King makes no attempt to distance himself from the violence and leaves readers to draw their own conclusions. At times provocative, often humorous and always honest, Hoolifan places the phenomenon of football hooliganism in its true social context.

Guvnors


Author: Mickey Francis,Peter Walsh
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780953084715
Category: Social Science
Page: 194
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A first-hand account of how Michael Francis and his brothers ran the Guvnors, a Manchester City based hooligan gang that wreaked havoc on the streets and terraces of Britain. Hard hitting and atmospheric, the story recounts Francis' childhood in the notorious Moss Side area of Manchester, his initiation into soccer thuggery, his rise through the ranks of the hooligan hierarchy, and the bitter clashes with other football gangs.

Scally

Confessions of a Category C Football Hooligan
Author: Andy Nicholls
Publisher: Milo Books Ltd
ISBN: N.A
Category: Social Science
Page: N.A
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Andy Nicholls is known to every football intelligence officer in Britain. For twenty-five years, he was one of the most active hooligans in the country, a leading figure among the violent followers of Everton FC Classified as a Category C thug, the worst kind, he amassed more than twenty arrests and has been deported from Belgium, Iceland and Sweden. His terrace fanzine was closed down by the authorities and he was banned from every ground in the UK. Revealing the truth behind the vicious knife attacks of the so-called County Road Cutters and the bitter Merseyside and Manchester rivalries that left scores injured, SCALLY caused a storm of controversy on first publication. It is widely acknowledged as the most revealing, most shocking book ever written about soccer gang culture.

Grass


Author: Martin King,Martin Knight,Phil Sparrowhawk
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1780574088
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 240
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Grass is the incredible story of Phil Sparrowhawk, a working-class boy with gambling in his blood. Like most punters, he enjoyed an incredible run of luck, but finally rolled the dice once too often. Before he had come of age, Phil had accumulated a small fortune from street trading. He then staked his entire capital on Njinsky in the 1970 Derby - and won. With his now large capital base, he launched a business importing clothes. Enter Howard Marks (aka Mr Nice), who was enthused by Phil's Far East connections and introduced him to the far more lucrative world of the 'movement of beneficial herbs' - or drug smuggling, as it is known to the authorities. Phil struck out on his own and from his new base in Thailand became involved in many large-scale cannabis deals, whilst at the same time developing highly successful legitimate businesses. Read of his encounters with Greenpeace, Mother Teresa, gangsters and leading politicians, Lord Moynihan, religious cults, former pop singers and many other diverse characters as his life became more and more surreal. The winning streak came to an end in 1988 when the US Drug Enforcement Agency closed in. Phil's £30m fortune was promptly confiscated and he spent the next four years in two of Thailand's most notorious jails before being extradited to the US, where he served further time in a series of penitentiaries. Grass details the life of an ordinary young man with a taste for adventure, who ended up on the most extraordinary journey. Sit back, take a deep breath and enjoy.

Blades Business Crew

The Shocking Diary of a Soccer Hooligan Top Boy
Author: Steve Cowens
Publisher: Milo Books
ISBN: 9780953084784
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 250
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From the publisher of the best-selling 'Guvnors' (over 40,000 sold to date) comes this new graphic exposure of the activities of one of Britain's most dangerous and notorious football hooligan gangs - by the man who led it. For over 20 years, Steve cowens kept a diary of the violent exploits of one of the country's most active gang: the Blades Business Crew. As leader of the 'BBC' - followers of Sheffield United - he visited 91 of the 92 Football League grounds and fought at most of them. Illustrated with 8 pages of B & W photos. Introduction by Paul Heaton of the Beautiful South

The Naughty Nineties

Football's Coming Home
Author: Martin King,Martin Knight
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 178057388X
Category: Social Science
Page: 224
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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. According to those in charge of the game the football hooligan has at last been eliminated from the landscape. But how true is this much-vaunted claim? Martin King, author of Hoolifan, brings his story up to date in The Naughty Nineties. Ironically, he finds that football hooligans now really are in the minority but they are far more dangerous and committed than ever before.

Apex to Zulu


Author: David C. George,Trafford Publishing
Publisher: Trafford on Demand Pub
ISBN: 9781412094221
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 390
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The Zulu Warriors are more than football hooligans. They are a funny and proud family of many types of people, all given space on the page to share their anecdotes of growing up in Great Britain's second city.

The Naughty Nineties

Football's Coming Home
Author: Martin King,Martin Knight
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 178057388X
Category: Social Science
Page: 224
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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. According to those in charge of the game the football hooligan has at last been eliminated from the landscape. But how true is this much-vaunted claim? Martin King, author of Hoolifan, brings his story up to date in The Naughty Nineties. Ironically, he finds that football hooligans now really are in the minority but they are far more dangerous and committed than ever before.

Monkey Business

Swinging Through the Wall Street Jungle
Author: John Rolfe
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
ISBN: 0759523207
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 288
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They Hit "The Street." Forget what you've read, forget what you've heard, forget what you've been taught. Monkey Business pulls off Wall Street's suspenders and gives the reader the inside skinny on real life at an investment bank, where the promised land is always one more twenty-hour workday and another lap dance away. "The Street" Hit Back. Fresh out of Wharton and Harvard business schools, John Rolfe and Peter Troob ran willingly into the open arms of investment bank giant Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette. They had signed on as foot soldiers in a white-collar army of overworked and frustrated lemmings furiously trying to spin straw into gold. They escaped with the remnants of their sanity-and, ultimately, this book. Uncensored, unsanitized, and uncut, it captures the chaotic essence of the Wall Street carnival and the outlandish personalities that make it all hum...and it will become the smartest, most entertaining investment you'll make this year.

Among the Thugs


Author: Bill Buford
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0804150516
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 320
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They have names like Barmy Bernie, Daft Donald, and Steamin' Sammy. They like lager (in huge quantities), the Queen, football clubs (especially Manchester United), and themselves. Their dislike encompasses the rest of the known universe, and England's soccer thugs express it in ways that range from mere vandalism to riots that terrorize entire cities. Now Bill Buford, editor of the prestigious journal Granta, enters this alternate society and records both its savageries and its sinister allure with the social imagination of a George Orwell and the raw personal engagement of a Hunter Thompson.

Searching for Augusta

The Forgotten Angel of Bastogne
Author: Martin King
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1493029088
Category: History
Page: 256
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A brutal siege. A forgotten heroine. A war-torn romance. And a historian determined to uncover the truth. Untold millions who saw and read Band of Brothers can finally know the whole story of what happened to American soldiers and civilians in Bastogne during that arduous Winter of 1944/45. In the television version of Band of Brothers, a passing reference is made to an African nurse assisting in an aid station in Bastogne. When military historian Martin King watched the episode, he had to know who that woman was; thus began a multi-year odyssey that revealed the horror of a town under siege as well as an improbable love story between a white Army medic, Jack Prior, and his black nurse, Augusta Chiwy, as they saved countless lives while under constant bombardment. Based on the recent discovery of Prior's diary as well as an exhaustive and occasionally futile search for Augusta herself, King was at last able to bring belated recognition of Augusta's incredible story by both the U.S. Army and Belgian government shortly before she died. This is not only a little-known story of the Battle of the Bulge, but also the author's own relentless mission to locate Augusta and bestow upon her the honors she so richly deserved.

Bovver


Author: Chris Brown
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Great Britain
Page: 247
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An adrenalin-packed look at the heady days of the 1970s. Chris Brown was inhe front line of the wave of soccer violence that typified the sport inhose days. His life was dominated by those violent Saturday outings, and byhe pop music of the day. This book tells of his memories of the time.

The Men in Black


Author: Tony O'Neill
Publisher: Milo Books Ltd
ISBN: N.A
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: N.A
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From the late Eighties onwards, one football gang dominated the hooligan world. Older, harder and better organised than their foes, they travelled everywhere and feared no-one. After one spectacular street victory, vanquished rivals gave them the name that became a byword for soccer violence: The Men In Black. Manchester United's hooligan mob had long caused mayhem, but in 1989 their hardcore was the target of a massive undercover police investigation, codenamed Operation Mars. It focused on the most infamous of the firm's members, including its `general', Tony O'Neill, and led to more than thirty arrests. But when the trial collapsed, the firm returned to the fray, wiser, more cunning and more ruthless than ever. They went on to defend their fearsome reputation against the toughest outfits in Britain: the Soul Crew, the Zulu Warriors, the Boro Frontline and the ICF. And they were never defeated. Covering the crucial period 1988-2005, The Men In Black recounts these stories and many more, told by those who were there, those who were involved in the hand-to-hand, close quarter battles and notably, the man police called Target Kilo: Tony O'Neill.

Warriors of the 106th

The Last Infantry Division of World War II
Author: Martin King,Ken Johnson
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 1612004598
Category: History
Page: 336
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The 106th were fresh, green and right in the pathway of the 5th German Army when the Battle of the Bulge began at 0530 hours on December 16, 1944. This book covers the history along with the individual stories of the incredible heroism, sacrifice and tenacity of these young Americans in the face of overwhelming odds. From this division 6,800 men were taken prisoner but their story didn’t end there. For the ones who miraculously escaped, there was a battle to fight, and fight it they would with every ounce of strength and courage they could muster. They would fight debilitating weather conditions more reminiscent of Stalingrad than the Belgian Ardennes. They would fight a determined enemy and superior numbers and despite all adversity they would eventually prevail. One 106th GI waged his own personal war using guerilla tactics that caused serious consternation amongst the German troops. For another GI his main concern was recovering his clean underwear. These stories are heartwarming, heartbreaking, nerve-wracking and compelling. They aim to put the reader right there in the front lines, and in the stalags, during the final months of WWII.

Good Afternoon Gentlemen, the Name's Bill Gardner


Author: Bill Gardner,Cass Pennant
Publisher: John Blake
ISBN: 9781844542611
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 239
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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.

Ossie

King of Stamford Bridge
Author: Martin King,Martin Knight,Peter Osgood
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1780574312
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 192
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In a 16-year career spent with Chelsea and Southampton, goal-scoring legend Peter Osgood made 560 appearances, scoring 220 goals and winning two FA Cup-winner's medals. He was part of the victorious Chelsea side that defeated the mighty Real Madrid in the 1971 European Cup-Winners Cup final and is the last player to have scored in every round of the FA Cup, including the final. Ossie tells the story of the career and the extraordinary roller-coaster personal life of the man who spearheaded a team that made as many headlines off the field as on. The truth about the hard-drinking and hard-living antics of these Kings Road dandies - Hudson, Cooke, Baldwin and company - has never before been told. Osgood tells of his strained relationship with manager Dave Sexton, which resulted in his and other stars' departures, triggering a decline in Chelsea FC's fortunes that took some 20 years to reverse. He recounts his experience in the Mexico World Cup of 1970 and is brutally honest about the challenges and problems faced by ex-footballers as they attempt to adjust to life in mainstream society. Peter Osgood was no ordinary footballer and Ossie is no ordinary football autobiography. Like the King of Stamford Bridge himself was, this book is entertaining, outspoken and full of surprises.

Rolling with the 6.57 Crew


Author: Cass Pennant,Rob Silvester
Publisher: Blake Pub
ISBN: 9781844540723
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 288
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Portsmouth's 6.57 crew were the most talked about casual football firm of the980s and 1990s. This notorious gang took their name from the time of therain they caught to games, following their team around the country with theind of dedication - and violence - that only a true hoolifan knows. Now, forhe first time ever, the amazing story of the firm is revealed.

Legends of the Firm


Author: Cass Pennant,Martin King
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781786062536
Category:
Page: 288
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Meet the men who, for decades, have ruled the football terraces. They are the faces behind some of the biggest firms in football history. From the bovver boys of the sixties and seventies, to the football cauals of the eighties and beyond. In this book, the members of the mobs have joined forces to reveal their experiences as key figures in the most notorious terrace fights. Rarely seen before, they have all ben tracked down and interviewed and provide a fascinating glimpse to the world of football firms across the country and throughout the football league.

The Fighting 30th

They Called Them Roosevelt's SS
Author: Martin King,Michael Collins,David Hilborn
Publisher: Casemate
ISBN: 9781612003016
Category:
Page: 288
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In World War I the 30th Infantry Division earned more Medals of Honor than any other American division. In World War II it spent more consecutive days in combat than almost any other outfit. Recruited mainly from the Carolinas and Georgia and Tennessee, they were one of the hardest-fighting units the U.S. ever fielded in Europe. What was it about these men that made them so indomitable? They were tough and resilient for a start, but this division had something else. They possessed intrinsic zeal to engage the enemy that often left their adversaries in awe. Their U.S. Army nickname was the "Old Hickory" Division. But after encountering them on the battlefield, the Germans themselves came to call them "Roosevelt's SS." This book is a combat chronicle of this illustrious division that takes the reader right to the heart of the fighting through the eyes of those who were actually there. It goes from the hedgerows of Normandy to the 30th's gallant stand against panzers at Mortain, to the brutal slugs around Aachen and the Westwall, and then to the Battle of the Bulge. Each chapter is meticulously researched and assembled with accurate timelines and after-action reports. The last remaining veterans of the 30th Division and attached units who saw the action firsthand relate their remarkable experiences here for the first, and probably the last time. This is precisely what military historians mean when they write about "fighting spirit." There have been only a few books written about the 30th Division and none contained direct interviews with the veterans. This work follows their story from Normandy to the final victory in Germany, packed with previously untold accounts from the survivors. These are the men whose incredible stories epitomize what it was to be a GI in one of the toughest divisions in WWII.

Preacher of Death

The Shocking Inside Story of David Koresh and the Waco Siege
Author: Martin King,Marc Breault
Publisher: Signet
ISBN: 9780451180001
Category: Cults
Page: 375
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A reporter who interviewed cult leader Vernon Howell/David Koresh in 1992, and a former cult member who was second-in-command of the Branch Davidians for many years, describe and explain what led up to the horrifying end of the cult in the Waco fire of April 1993. It is the story of a deluded maniac who exerted a hypnotic influence over his followers and committed many crimes without any legal constraints being brought to bear on him or his sect.