The Hooligans Are Still Among Us (Review)

The issue of hooliganism has plagued the English game for years and as The Hooligans Are Still Among Us notes, the problem is still there.

The authors, former police officers Michael Layton and Bill Rogerson, are the perfect experts to write this book as they have lived it.  This is not academia or writing from a desk; this comes from two highly decorated officers who dealt with the problem on a daily basis.

Cover Art Courtesy of Amberley Publishing

The content features real-life accounts of famous (and not so famous) incidents all over the United Kingdom.  You’ll get the historical perspective, dating back to the 60s and 70s and then current day issues happening in 2016 and 2017.  It’s really fascinating to see hooliganism from some many angles and perspectives.

You’ll find eight main sections in the book and they are perfectly ordered to provide the proper context: The Early Years, Hooligans on the Move, Disorder in the Streets and the Stadiums, Sectarianism and Racist Elements, Hooligans on Tour, Focus on the Firms, The Fight Back, and The Future.  You’ll hear everything related to the topic: hooliganism at its peak, policing on the rail network, approaches to stadium security,  traveling hooligans, the famous firms, and efforts to combat a really nasty problem.

The end result is the most comprehensive text on hooliganism and football violence ever written.  We have grown to see Amberley as the leading publishing of football literature and this title is yet another great read.


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