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For me, the highlight of the book comes when Buford details his trip to Turin, Italy when he traveled with a plane full of Manchester United supporters on the way to the second-leg of the UEFA Cup Winner's Cup semifinal match against Juventus. Buford's descriptions of his traveling companions' actions, chanting, and alcohol consumption are almost too ridiculous to believe. I got some funny looks, but at the time recognized that if my fellow passengers knew what I was reading, the looks what have been more akin to death stares.
What is not funny is that the supporters ended up rioting that evening in one of the most infamous accounts of hooliganism in football history. Buford was there right in the middle of the action and provides detailed descriptions of the shocking acts of violence that he witnessed first-hand on the streets of Turin.
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Admittedly, the stories from this book date back to the s when football hooliganism was a much more serious problem than it at least appears today. There are also incredibly draconian restrictions on how to keep the supporters apart within the stadium i.
Though the actions of the hooligans are of course immensely entertaining, the book also highlights the obsessive relationship that the fans have with their clubs. I was always impressed with the number of fans that traveled to away matches, even as far away as Eastern Europe for weeknight matches.
After witnessing an act of random football soccer violence, Buford decided to investigate the phenomenon of football hooliganism in England in the early Among the Thugs.
Bill Buford. They like lager in huge quantities , the Queen, football clubs especially Manchester United , and themselves.