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Manchester United's Red Army was the most notorious hooligan mob British football has ever seen. Thousands strong, this huge tribe of disaffected youths laid siege to town centrees and soccer grounds across the country and became a byword for violent disorder. Tony O'Neill was there from the beginning and became its most prominent face. Barely in his teens when he set out f Manchester United's Red Army was the most notorious hooligan mob British football has ever seen. Thousands strong, this huge tribe of disaffected youths laid siege to town centrees and soccer grounds across the country and became a byword for violent disorder. Tony O'Neill was there from the beginning and became its most prominent face. Barely in his teens when he set out from the largest council estate in Europe to follow the Red Devils, his ferocity in street combat and his force of personality soon made him a leader. Running trips in his infamous War Wagon, he became so renowned that he was invited to a sit-down meeting with the Government to discuss the hooligan problem. After serving a jail term, O'Neill emerged to lead the 'casuals' of the 1980s against an even tougher generation of opponents: West Ham's ICF, the Chelsea Headhunters, the Leeds Service Crew and the scally armies of Merseyside. Police intelligence files labelled him a 'prime mover' and he became the target of a huge undercover investigation. Red Army General is the most authoritative account ever written of the wild years when terrace terror reached its peak. "BRITAIN'S No.1 FOOTBALL THUG" Daily Mirror "BRITAIN'S WORST SOCCER YOB" The Sun


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Manchester United's Red Army was the most notorious hooligan mob British football has ever seen. Thousands strong, this huge tribe of disaffected youths laid siege to town centrees and soccer grounds across the country and became a byword for violent disorder. Tony O'Neill was there from the beginning and became its most prominent face. Barely in his teens when he set out f Manchester United's Red Army was the most notorious hooligan mob British football has ever seen. Thousands strong, this huge tribe of disaffected youths laid siege to town centrees and soccer grounds across the country and became a byword for violent disorder. Tony O'Neill was there from the beginning and became its most prominent face. Barely in his teens when he set out from the largest council estate in Europe to follow the Red Devils, his ferocity in street combat and his force of personality soon made him a leader. Running trips in his infamous War Wagon, he became so renowned that he was invited to a sit-down meeting with the Government to discuss the hooligan problem. After serving a jail term, O'Neill emerged to lead the 'casuals' of the 1980s against an even tougher generation of opponents: West Ham's ICF, the Chelsea Headhunters, the Leeds Service Crew and the scally armies of Merseyside. Police intelligence files labelled him a 'prime mover' and he became the target of a huge undercover investigation. Red Army General is the most authoritative account ever written of the wild years when terrace terror reached its peak. "BRITAIN'S No.1 FOOTBALL THUG" Daily Mirror "BRITAIN'S WORST SOCCER YOB" The Sun

30 review for Red Army General

  1. 5 out of 5

    Richard

    Okay, I've done reviews of Charlotte Bronte and Dostoyevsky so now it's Tony O'Neill and his book about football hooliganism. I am a United fan and probably of an age with Tony though always far too scared (and horrified) to get involved in violence....but like a lot of people kind of fascinated by those who did or do. I have read a few of these kind of books and Red Army General is a very good one because he shows respect to the fighters of other clubs and admits that United fans took a beating o Okay, I've done reviews of Charlotte Bronte and Dostoyevsky so now it's Tony O'Neill and his book about football hooliganism. I am a United fan and probably of an age with Tony though always far too scared (and horrified) to get involved in violence....but like a lot of people kind of fascinated by those who did or do. I have read a few of these kind of books and Red Army General is a very good one because he shows respect to the fighters of other clubs and admits that United fans took a beating once in a while. He is brilliant at describing the build up, the preparation, anticipation and the actual fighting which is often just a standoff before Police intervene. There is also a sort of honour code in the 'Red Army', not using weapons and showing dignity towards respected rivals. And hearing about what went on in and around matches I went in the 1980's is chilling. Best of all, Tony O'Neill can actually write well.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nommay

    I often surprise myself when I read a book out of my normal , how much I enjoy it. I would suggest you give this one a try.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Purkey

    It was entertaining and prodigious.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mark Suffern

    The usual hollie ballix,he even uses padding from others about matches he wasn't at because he was locked up.If anyone believes lads like this had a code of honour then they will believe anything. The usual hollie ballix,he even uses padding from others about matches he wasn't at because he was locked up.If anyone believes lads like this had a code of honour then they will believe anything.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kassidy

    My eyes just skipped over the words almost faster than my mind could take them in. LOVE IT!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Steve Parcell

    A little difficult to digest to be honest. Previous reviews state that he shows respect to other firms which I am not so sure about. To be honest it comes across as a little arrogant and one sided. He does admit to taking a beating in London a couple of times but it is hidden away amidst the triumph. It held my attention on the train reasonably well and will probably read his other book to see if he has matured as a writer.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Chris Harrison

    Bit slow to start but gets better...a lot of it could be false as its just one guys story but definately gets better as it gets on and worth a read

  8. 5 out of 5

    Tom mosedale

    Dull Quiet boring, I've read many hooligan books and enjoy reading the grisly details of the match day battles but this seem to leave out all the juicy bits. Dull Quiet boring, I've read many hooligan books and enjoy reading the grisly details of the match day battles but this seem to leave out all the juicy bits.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Chris Hibbert

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nate Kappes

  11. 5 out of 5

    Darren

  12. 5 out of 5

    John

  13. 5 out of 5

    Stu Shaw

  14. 4 out of 5

    margaret mitchell

  15. 4 out of 5

    Michael

  16. 5 out of 5

    Vicente A herrera

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mal

  18. 5 out of 5

    Chris Earle

  19. 5 out of 5

    John

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lee Bruce

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lee wylde

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lucas Schleier

  23. 4 out of 5

    glyn jones

  24. 5 out of 5

    karen ferguson

  25. 4 out of 5

    Stephen

  26. 5 out of 5

    Julia Cooke

  27. 4 out of 5

    ian barrett

  28. 5 out of 5

    Shaun Atkinson

  29. 5 out of 5

    Richard Gadd

  30. 5 out of 5

    Pezza

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