Football Hooligan Books – Top 10 List

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Are you looking for a new Football Hooligan book to read? We’ve brought together some of the best Football Hooligan Books available to buy right now! You may be looking to purchase an ideal gift for a friend, family member or even a co-worker!

Even though many people think of Football Hooliganism as a 1970s, 1980s and 1990s phenomenon, there’s actually records and accounts as far back as the 1880s!

From the 1970s, many organised hooligan firms were created across the UK, with most Football League clubs having at least one known organised hooligan element. Supporters of teams including Arsenal, Chelsea, Leeds United, Millwall, Middlesbrough, Tottenham Hotspur, Portsmouth, West Ham United, Leicester City, Bristol City and Cardiff City were among those most frequently linked to hooliganism.

Please keep in mind this list is in “no particular order” and all information was correct at the time of publication.

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In the mid-1980s, one young man from a tough Manchester estate exploded onto the soccer hooligan scene. Known to all as Hotshot, he had been introduced to drugs and violence at an early age, joining a teenage gang at just ten years old. By the age of fifteen he was attending drug-fuelled all-night raves and committing serious crimes to finance his partying.

But not even ecstasy or acid compared to the buzz that he got from fighting. He became addicted to terrace violence and was determined to follow in the footsteps of the older United thugs of the notorious Red Army. Hotshot soon put together a gang of his own, leading them into battles up and down the country and taking them abroad on organised looting and shoplifting sprees.

‘The first thing that caught my eye was the geezer with the gold tooth – the second was that he was holding a shooter – and the third that he was pointing it at me.’ Carlton Leach is a gangland legend – the mere mention of his name strikes fear into his enemies; yet to his friends he is as loyal and caring as they come. If trouble comes calling, Carlton isn’t afraid to let his fists do the talking and woe betide anyone who crosses him, or those close to him.

At last, in Rise of the Footsoldier, Carlton gives the full account of his life including how his story has been made into a hugely successful film. Born and raised in East London, Carlton was a key member of the notorious Essex Boys gang and the West Ham InterCity Firm, one of the most violent hooligan gangs to trouble the football terraces during the eighties.

Steel made Teesside and Teesside made steel. For decades its blast furnaces forged both metal and men and earned the area the nickname “the infant hercules.” Many of those tough steel men were united on Saturday afternoons on the terrances of Middlesbrough Football Club. And some of the hardest of all became the forerunners of one of football’s most notorious holligan gangs: The Frontline.

The Frontline came together in the late sixties, when its founders went to matches wearing pit boots, mining helmets and donkey jackets and fought equally tough dockers from places like Millwall and Everton….

Based on actual events back in the days when being a football hooligan was relatively harmless fun.

This story recalls the tale of a Sheffield United fan and a small group of his friends travelling the country to watch football matches in the late seventies and early eighties. Spending days and nights out in unfamiliar towns, getting into scrapes and getting up to daft tricks. Fighting?

In Running with the Firm, Bannon shares his intense and dangerous journey into the underworld of football hooliganism where sickening levels of violence prevail over anything else.

He introduces you to the hardest thugs from football’s most notorious gangs, tells all about the secret and almost comical police operations that were meant to bring them down, and, how once you’re on the inside, getting out from the mob proves to be the biggest mission of all.

Many of the most shocking incidents in British football history have involved the hooligan followers of one club: Leeds United. For 40 years they have run riot across the country, punching their way to international notoriety – yet they have remained the most secretive of all mobs.

Journalist Caroline Gall spent two years interviewing participants from several generations to piece together the first ever history of the gangs, from the Shipley Skins to the youths of the present day. Service Crew is the definitive story of football’s most vilified fans.

In 1985, forty hooligan followers of Stoke City FC experienced a riotous trip to Portsmouth – and the Naughty Forty was born. It became one of the most notorious soccer gangs in Britain.

Mark Chester was a founder member of the N40. Already a hardened fighter, he had been expelled from school after an unsettled childhood and joined the Staffordshire Regiment, only to be discharged for misconduct. Stoke City’s emerging ‘casual’ mob became his family. ‘Right or wrong, I was ready to be a committed football hooligan, ‘ he says.

When the Summer of Love hit Britain in ’88, Wayne embraced the bright new world of dance music, MDMA and all-night celebrations. But alongside the ecstasy, his natural East End entrepreneurial instincts kicked in, and he began to organise the infamous Genesis dance parties for thousands of kids. Wayne soon became a key figure in the high octane, technicolour rave scene.

But beneath the shiny, smiley surfaces, he quickly found himself in a vicious world of violence, police harassment and organised crime, for which he was totally unsuited and unprepared. He was beaten by ex-paratroopers, menaced by gangsters, kidnapped, confronted with sawn off shotguns and threatened with murder, all so Britain could party like never before.

Founded in Ashton park, the City Service Firm quickly became one of the most-feared mobs in England. In this compelling new book, the first ever on the CSF, there are accounts of bloody encounters with other notorious firms, including Chelsea’s Headhunters, Millwall’s Bushwhackers, Cardiff’s Soul Crew and Birmingham’s Zulu Warriors.

While an off with like-minded individuals from around the country was strictly business, a fight with the Gasheads of Bristol Rovers was deeply personal. The hatred between red and blue has deep roots and seems to intensify with every year that passes.

This wide-ranging book spans the evolution of terrace fashion from its deep roots at the end of the Second World War through youth cults, northern working class hangouts, music, football and how those who have been touched by this world have emerged and influenced different areas of life and culture.

All stories are told over almost 400 pages with the original voices of more than 40 upstanding Northern Monkeys, ranging from blokes touching seventy years of age, right through the spectrum down to teenagers of today……

Sandy Chugg, the former leader of the Rangers ICF, has had an incredible three life bans from Ibrox. Born and raised in the tough east end of Glasgow he became a member of one of the city’s notorious street gangs before graduating to the Rangers Soccer Babes and then to the ICF.

He has been named by the police and by the media as the ringleader of the ICF and he is under constant surveillance by football intelligence whenever he watches his beloved Rangers. A committed Loyalist and Unionist, Chugg was given the nickname Billy Britain by his ICF fellow members, reflecting his dedication to the principle of Britishness.