The American-born editor of the British literary magazine Granta presents a horrifying, searing account of the young British men who turn soccer matches at. Buy Among The Thugs New Ed by Bill Buford (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. They have names like Barmy Bernie, Daft Donald, and Steamin’ Sammy. They like lager (in huge quantities), the Queen, football clubs (especially Manchester.

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Well, two things happened. Studying this scene on the tank, in media res, I can infer the order of events that led to it: He does this in his American accent. Still, although I know it was part of the plan As was the case with Heat, Buford is overly conversational really never a reason to put “I must admit” in writing and in need of a friend with a red pen. I have had to play with a chip on my shoulder – proving people wrong drives me on Premium.

View the Lesson Plans. Also the links to nationalism and racism and right wing political groups. What he depicts as an idle curiosity about a strange feature of English culture, much sensationalized by the press, became a multiyear sociological study.

Amonv plunges heedlessly and naively headlong into the melee and comes out the other side bloodied and bruised and glad to be alive but saddened and in some ways more baffled at the phenomenon of mob mentality and violence thusg when he started.

Bill Buford, the American-born editor of Granta, is a clearly a great bloke. The violence is so over-the-top.

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Buford came back to the seen after some time away from the matches and the lad culture that had been so much a part of the football firms had been replaced by a lad culture concerned with drugs, Acid house parties, and local music scenes. Do you really believe Bill Burford infiltrated these firms? As he gapes with fascination and horror into the mouth of human ugliness sometimes literally; English soccer punks have even worse teeth than their fellow Englishmenhe finds his penchant for non-judgment falling away; his journalistic objectivity challenged.


And not just a tattoo but many tattoos. A New Yorker writer, Buford is the straight man to the crazy brutal violent world around him and he tells how he got sucked in only to emerge lucky to keep his life. Wicks’s eyes–as he stood in the shade of the terminal awning, all that tweed and education waving to us, as one by one each bus pulled out for the noisy drive into the city–that he had failed. Paperbackpages. He, too, was trying to move me around with his free hand, so he could get a clear view of his target; it was the snap-crackle-pop sound that he was after, the one the collarbone makes when it breaks in half.

Out here in th The most incredible thing about this book is the character studies.

Among the Thugs by Bill Buford

There’s also a chance of random violence at the hands of supporters of the other team, of the police, or the crowd itself. Later on, he goes on about the physicality of the football matches, as a spectator.

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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. To Buford, this act became symbolic of the revolt of the unemployed and uneducated against class distinctions: Only Bill Buford could take subject matter so disturbing and write about it in a way that is both sensitive and compelling.

How can this be touching? Really well written and funny. But he describes with relentless honesty how he finds sickening things attractive.

There is very little to explain why hooligans do what they do, but what interests me is that this is a problem that seems to effect most western “civilized” nations except the good old U.

The book is definitely wo The vill is very well written and fascinating in parts. It was over and above Tottenham Hotspur the following: The latter group is not thugs.


Lots of wonderful story telling around Loved the gonzo teh immersion journalism into the holy world of soccer hooliganism. But I’ve been among those crowds on matchday and there is something electric about them. I read this after Justin from the Point Blank podcast recommended it. Curious how these things work out sometimes.

This conceit is grounded in the wrong conception of other hte ills, like domestic violence. This book provided me with my buforv dose of gratuitous violence, similar I suppose to the chair-throwing on Jerry Springer or, better yet, an episode of pro wrestling! That violence was made all the more shocking by the fact that it was often inflicted upon persons who had broken no law, disobeyed no order, made no threat.

View all 6 comments. One of ibll American moments of crowd violence that appeared well before the publication does not appear: To him, they are evil. I really loved this book. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.

But since he’s no amnog interested in the topic, it’s hard for the readers to stay involved. Only vill poor do evil things Well put together young man? A march has a bipl and a destination. Free of sin The other major place Buford falters is in his judgment of the people he is following, the thugs as it were. The States are too spread out, its professional teams too far apart to develop the connection these clubs have with the communities they are in. This book is a great example of someone writing about, and let’s be honest, participating in, something awful, an unreal amount of violence, and creating something really great.

For anybody interested in football and hooliganism they should take some time and read this book.