Eine Auswahl an lesenswerter Literatur über den Fussball in London.


Football Grounds of London by Alex White, Bob Lilliman

Featuring all league and non league grounds within the M25, this valuable addition to the library of books charting the history of football grounds tells the stories of these historic venues including ones like Walthamstow Avenue, Rainham Town, Thames and Wimbledon that are sadly now defunct

Bewertung: Sehr umfassendes Werk, das quasi ALLE Londoner Grounds (League und Non-League) und deren Geschichte vorstellt, auch solche die seit vielen Jahren nicht mehr existieren. Leider ist das Buch in schwarz-wei? gehalten, dennoch ein wirklich solides Nachschlagewerk.


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I was born under the Cold Blow Lane by Barrie Stradling

In this title, a life-long Millwall Football Club fan tells his story of following his club through thick and thin, culminating in their magnificent 2003/4 season.

Bewertung: Das Buch besteht aus zwei gro?en Teilen, wobei der erste Teil mit detaillierten Beschreibungen des Clubs Millwall und den Spielen im ber?chtigten alten Den wesentlich interessanter ist, als der zweite Teil, der tagebuch?hnlich die 03/04er Saison beschreibt.


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Congratulations You Have Just Met the I.C.F. by Cass Pennant

Cass Pennant was one of the best-known figures of the I.C.F. He has used his unique position as a West Ham insider to bring together these first-hand accounts of the men who were at the eye of the storm, both on and off the terraces. These tales from the terraces range from the inflamed East End rivalry with Millwall, to the shed-end-battles with Chelsea, from aggravation at Anfield's Kop to the disaster at Heysel. The stories unfold against a backdrop of sharp fashion and music, such as The Cockney Rejects and Sham 69 that became the hallmark of the hoolifans.

Bewertung: Mit Sicherheit eines der besten Bücher auf diesem Gebiet, nicht zuletzt, weil auch die Fankultur neben dem Hooliganismus behandelt wird (z.B. die Musik, etc.). Dennoch stellt sich wohl die Frage nach der Objektivität der Berichte.


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Terrace Legends. Legenden der Stehränge by Cass Pennant, Martin King

Meet the men who, for decades, have ruled the football terraces. They are the faces behind the biggest firms in football history; behind the rucks, the rules and the respect. They have caused chaos for the public and the press and struck fear into rival fans that have crossed their path. In this book, the men behind the mobs have joined forces to reveal their experiences as key figures in the most notorious terrace fights. From the bovver boys of the sixties and seventies to the football casuals of the eighties, the names central to the biggest firms - the names that were to become the stuff that terrace legends were made of - have all been tracked down and interviewed. They tell their stories in this book.

Bewertung: Einst Gegner auf den R?ngen, heute vereint des Geldes wegen. "Congratulations: you have just met the ICF"-Autor Cass Pennant und "Hoolifan"-Autor Martin King plaudern gemeinsam aus dem Hooligan-Nähkästchen.


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London Fields by Charlie Connelly

Synopsis With the largest concentration of professional clubs in Britain, as well as the myriad non-league, women's, disabled and Sunday teams, London offers a case study for an examination of the current state of British football. What are the issues affecting football in London? Do they have repercussions for all levels of the game? What does the future hold for the national game in the capital as we approach the millennium? Charlie Connell attempts to answer these questions, as well as showing the reality of a long, hard season on every rung of the football ladder. Humourous yet analytical, the book offers a snapshot of the state of the game as played out on the hundreds of pitches across the capital every day of the season.

Bewertung: Eine umfassende Studie des Fussballs in London. Interessant ist v.a. die Tatsache, dass Clubs auf allen Ebenen untersucht werden, von der Premiership bis hin zu Non-League. Für Freunde des Fussballs in London sicher ein Standardwerk.


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Soccer City - The Future of Football in London by Denis Campbell & Andrew Shields

London is home to 13 Premier League and Football League clubs. Just as the capital is a vibrant mix of cultures and history, creativity and commerce, so do its clubs reflect the diversity of the city's character. The authors of this book discuss the game's uncertain future in London with men responsible in different ways for the destinies of these clubs, including Ken Bates, David Dein, Peter Storrie, George Graham, Gerry Francis, Clive Allen, John Fashanu and Julian Dicks. They address such questions as whether Arsenal will become part of a new European Super-League, whether unloved Wimbledon can remain in the Premier League, and whether Fulham will continue to exist at all.

Bewertung: Obwohl das Buch schon einige Jährchen auf dem Buckel hat (erschienen 1993) und sich seitdem viel getan hat in Fussball-London, ist es dennoch durchaus lesenswert. Zum einen ist es ein hervorragendes Zeugnis des Fussballs in London zu Beginn der 90er Jahre, zum anderen werden auch heute noch aktuelle Thematiken behandelt.

Bei Amazon: Soccer City

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The Geezers' Guide to Football: A Lifetime of Lads and Lager by Dougie Brimson

"Geezers" are the lifeblood of modern football, for income and atmosphere. But who are they? And how does a reasonably sane male transform himself into a sexist, elitist and abusive yob every time he walks though a turnstile? This is an in depth examination of this misunderstood group.

Bewertung: Das Buch ist eine karikierende Darstellung des englischen Casual Fans. Für alle, die bisher wenig Kenntnisse über die Szene in England haben, ist es daher ein gutes Einsteigerwerk.


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Capital Punishment: London's Violent Football Following by Dougie Brimson, Eddy Brimson

London is home to some of British football's most notorious hooligans. This book explains how these groups have gained and maintained their reputations, why hooligans see a trip to London as a challenge, and how the system of public transport opens up opportunities for those who wish to fight.

Bewertung: Dougie und Eddy Brimson haben eine ganze Reihe von Büchern über die englische Hooliganszene veröffentlicht (u.a. "Everywhere we go", "England, my England", etc.), "Capital Punishment" beschäftigt sich dabei exklusiv mit den Londoner Clubs.


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Rivalen by Geoff Harvey, Vanessa Strowger

Rivals: The Offbeat Guide to the 92 League Clubs consists of most of the material that nobody has dared to compile, but the sort of things fans debate endlessly; the dubious chants, the maddest chairman; the most unruly fans; whether a club is a 'sleeping giant' or a dwarf on a life-support machine. It is the first book to assess the strength of every one of the English League rivalries: a sort of 'who hates who' of the modern game not just the well publicised loathing between the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham, but the background to the equally intense derby matches between teams such as Peterborough and Cambridge United, and Wrexham and Chester City. Based on fans' testimonies, each club's listing is complete with its own unique 'value for money' rating - a reflection of their fans' contentment; a nutter rating ? the chance of them causing trouble: their loves, hates, cock-ups and how their team is doing to their historical average.

Bewertung: Für alle Freunde des englischen Fussballs ein interessantes Werk. Aber auch für England "Anfänger" eine gute Möglichkeit sich über Fans einzelner Vereine und deren Rivalitäten zu anderen Vereinen zu informieren. Anders als der Titel impliziert behandelt das buch wesentlich mehr als nur die Rivalitäten, sondern z.B. auch Fangesänge oder die sportliche Entwicklung eines Vereins.


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Playing At Home by John Aizlewood

This one-man tour of all 92 Football League grounds begins as a paean to the "beautiful game", but ends up as an analysis of the modern British male and sporting culture. The author finds the harsh realities of life on the stands enough to kill off his passion for football - almost. But instead of dissecting the pluses and minuses of the British game, he chooses to take a look at the reaction of the average man on the street to the approach of the new millennium: the state of the nation as seen from the football terraces.

Bewertung: Der Traum eines jeden Fussballfans: Bezahlt werden um in einer Saison alle 92 Proficlubs in England zu besuchen. F?r den Autor wurde der Traum wahr und er berichtet in Tagebuchform von seinen Reisen und den Spielen. Absolut empfehlenswert!


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Highbury: The Story of Arsenal in N.5 by Jon Spurling

It was Sir Henry Norris, the original, well-connected property-dealing chairman, who bulldozed through a great deal of opposition to relocate Woolwich Arsenal from their muddy riverside home, north to Islington. Having also secured Arsenal's 'promotion' to the First Division as football restarted after the First World War, Norris eventually left under a cloud following match-fixing allegations on the final day of the 1927-28 season (despite a surprising 0-2 home defeat to Portsmouth, Charlie Buchan and his team-mates were delighted to receive 'new fangled refrigerators' from the chairman; Spurs were relegated as a result). The antics of Norris, and previously unpublished fans' recollections of the first game at Highbury (an unconvincing 2-1 victory over Leicester Fosse) and of the emerging championship-winning side of Herbert Chapman - one fit, at last, to perform beneath the art-deco splendour of the East Stand - are some of the earliest memories captured in Highbury: the story of Arsenal in N5. After several years of sitting in Highbury's local pubs and cafes with a Dictaphone, Jon Spurling has pooled hours of interviews with fans, programme sellers, local publicans and even those who dug the foundations of the Laundry End and later cleared rubbish from its terraces, to meticulously construct the biography of the ground and chart the ups and downs of one of England's greatest league clubs. Spurling has also spoken to numerous players: the late greats of yesteryear (Ted Drake, George Male and Reg Lewis); as well as legends of a more recent vintage - from Bob Wilson, Charlie George and Malcolm MacDonald to Anders Limpar and various legends of the Wenger era, including Edu and Patrick Vieira. In the season that Arsenal finally move to Ashburton Grove, Jon Spurling has produced the definitive account of the club's ninety-three years at Highbury.

Bewertung: F?r Arsenal Fans und Highbury Freunde ein sicherlich lesenswertes Buch.


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DVD: Hooligans by Lexi Alexander

A young man arrives in the UK from America, following a drug scandal at his university. He soon finds himself involved in the Green Street Elite, a group of football fans who believe in football, booze and violence.

Bewertung: Green Street Enterprise statt ICF? Frodo als West Ham Hooligan? Schwer vorzustellen, aber es geht scheinbar doch. Die Story ist etwas an den Haaren herbeigezogen und wer den Film auf deutsch statt im Original anschaut, ist selbst schuld. Der Film hieß ursprünglich "Green Street". Aufgrund der mangelnden internationalen Bekanntheit der Strasse im Londoner Osten, wurde er kurzerhand und etwas reißerisch in 'Hooligans' umbenannt.


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Hoolifan. 30 Years of Hurt by Martin King

The story of Martin King and his 30 years of involvement with football hooliganism, particularly as a member of the notorious Chelsea Headhunters. He describes the leading characters, famous fights, planned ambushes and sets hooliganism in its social context.

Bewertung: Die Biographie eines Chelsea Hooligans. Nicht uninteressant, allerdings auch keine große Abwechslung zu ähnlichen Werken. Wie immer sehr viel subjektiver Hooliganromantik.


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Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby

Fever Pitch is both an autobiography and a footballing bible rolled into one. Nick Hornby pinpoints 1968 as his formative year--the year he turned 11, the year his parents separated, and the year his father first took him to watch Arsenal play. The author quickly moved "way beyond fandom" into an extreme obsession that has dominated his life, loves, and relationships. His father had initially hoped that Saturday afternoon matches would draw the two closer together, but instead Hornby became completely besotted with the game at the expense of any conversation: "Football may have provided us with a new medium through which we could communicate, but that was not to say that we used it, or what we chose to say was necessarily positive." Girlfriends also played second fiddle to one ball and 11 men. He fantasises that even if a girlfriend "went into labour at an impossible moment" he would not be able to help out until after the final whistle. Fever Pitch is not a typical memoir--there are no chapters, just a series of match reports falling into three time frames (childhood, young adulthood, manhood). While watching the May 2, 1972, Reading v Arsenal match, it became embarrassingly obvious to the then 15-year-old that his white, suburban, middle-class roots made him a wimp with no sense of identity: "Yorkshire men, Lancastrians, Scots, the Irish, blacks, the rich, the poor, even Americans and Australians have something they can sit in pubs and bars and weep about." But a boy from Maidenhead could only dream of coming from a place with "its own tube station and West Indian community and terrible, insoluble social problems." Fever Pitch reveals the very special intricacies of British football, which readers new to the game will find astonishing, and which Hornby presents with remarkable humour and honesty--the "unique" chants sung at matches, the cold rain- soaked terraces, giant cans of warm beer, the trains known as football specials carrying fans to and from matches in prison-like conditions, bottles smashing on the tracks, thousands of police officers waiting in anticipation for the cargo of hooligans. The sport and one team in particular have crept into every aspect of Hornby's life--making him see the world through Arsenal-tinted spectacles.

Bewertung: Selten genug, dass ein Buch über Fussball zu größerer Anerkennung findet, in diesem Falle mehr als zu Recht, denn Hornby's Klassiker ist ein Must Read für jeden Fussballfan, nicht nur für Gooner.


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DVD: Football Factory by Nick Love

A young man who lives for the weekend when anything goes, finds his life turned upside down when he becomes rivals with another gang leader. A story about friendship, drugs, alcohol, casual sex and violence. Based on a novel by John King.

Bewertung: Der Film gewährt einen Einblick in die Schandtaten einer Chelsea Firm, die durch ein Pokallos endlich die Gelegenheit zum Showdown mit Millwall bekommt. Etwas weniger Hollywood als "Green Street" und wohl auch etwas näher an der Realität.


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West Ham 'till I die by Robert Banks

Football, as they say, is a funny old game. It's certainly been a side-splitting period at Upton Park since West Ham were promoted to the Premiership in 1993. This is the story of the club's transformation from their intial struggle to survive to their signing of world class players.

Bewertung: Teil zwei der Banks'schen West Ham Triologie und wieder picke pack voll mit titts, fanny and West Ham. Genau wie Ost London eben. Wonderful!


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Legacy of Barry Green: From Redknapp to Roeder, Parlow to Pardew...How West Ham Went from East End Pride to Nationwide by Robert Banks

They say the more things change, the more they stay the same. Where West Ham United are concerned, that much is certainly true. The last three years have seen the club sack long-serving manager Harry Redknapp, finish 7th in the most competitive league in the world, then drop out altogether. Redknapp's replacement, Glen Roeder, was also given the axe as the club faced financial crisis. The plot would not look out of place in Eastenders, it's been that bizarre. The Hammers now face life in the first division under new manager Alan Pardew, so will they bounce back or continue to flounder? How did they get in such a mess in the first place? How could West Ham win consecutive cup-ties at Manchester United and Sunderland, then lose at home to Spurs? These questions and more are posed and then totally ignored in Robert Banks' brilliant new book, THE LEGACY OF BARRY GREEN.

Bewertung: Das dritte und bislang letzte Buch von Robert Banks ?ber sich und sein Club West Ham United. W?hrend es sportlich für die Hammers bergab geht, l?sst auch Banks Begeisterung f?r den Club nach und er zieht von London nach Nottingham. Alles in allem "a good read", allerdings kein Vergleich zu seinem ersten Knaller "An irrational hatred of Luton".


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Irrational Hatred of Luton by Robert Banks

Being a West Ham fan isn't easy. Until only very recently we have had to put up with the mock-friendly condescension of very other major team in London. While Spurs won their cups, Arsenal their championships and Chelsea their "showbiz" tag West Ham won nothing. We have to cope with some of the worst footballers ever known to play the game: David Kelly, Steve Walford, Mike Small... But West Ham fans have always born their crosses with ready humour, and Robert Banks is no exception. His sense of humour makes this is a much more readable and enjoyable book than Fever Pitch - even if it less accomplished literally. Like Nick Hornby, Banks ties his football team in with his own personal and sometimes painful trip through adolescence. We meet his friends, girlfriends and others while West Ham provide the wallpaper to the tableau. It is an old, slightly annoying, pretty ugly wallpaper but one that you have a sentimental attachment to and cannot quite bring yourself to get rid of. Most football fans, Hammers or not, will recognise the scenes: Cup runs, relegation battles, even the odd win here and there. But the irrational hatred of Luton, that's one for West Ham fans alone. Semi-final defeats, Iain Dowie, and that plastic bloody pitch... The beauty of this book is that you can pick it up at any time and delve in to any page and find something to make you laugh. Unless the page covers a trip to Kenilworth Road, Luton...

Bewertung: Im Allgemeinen gilt "Fever Pitch" als absolutes Referenzwerk auf dem Gebiet der Fussball-Literatur, "An Irrational Hatred of Luton" steht dem aber in nichts hintenan, im Gegenteil. Banks versteht es viel besser als Hornby, im Buch sein Privat- und Liebesleben mit seinem Fandasein zu verknüpfen und ist ganz nebenbei auch noch wesentlich witziger als Hornby.

Ich habe aus einer Ebay Autkion noch ein doppeltes Exemplar für 20 Euro abzugeben. Bei Interesse bitte melden.

Bei Amazon: Irrational Hatred of Luton

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Football Grounds in London from the Air by Stewart Aerofilms

The Aerofilms company has acquired a remarkable archive of photographs recording the changing face of London generally and the capital's football grounds specifically. For example Aerofilms has been recording the evolution of Wembley Stadium from its original construction in the early 1920s through to the emergence of the new ground. It can also trace the development of Arsenal's Highbury Stadium, showing the building of the classic East and West stands. From this impressive archive, the book shows photographs portraying many of the varied football grounds in the Greater London area. It concentrates on the Metropolis league grounds, both those currently in use and those, which have been lost.

Bewertung: Nicht nur die sehr aktuellen Luftaufnahmen aller Londoner Stadien machen dieses Buch für Freunde des Fussballs in London unverzichtbar, es gibt auch eine Vielzahl von Bildern aus längst vergangenen Tagen, die sehr schön die Umbaumassnahmen der Stadien über die Jahre dokumentieren.

Bei Amazon: Football Grounds in London from the Air (Aerofilms)

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The Homes of Football: The Passion of a Nation by Stuart Clarke

At the age of eight, Stuart Clarke and his brother created a full-size football pitch in the field behind their Hertfordshire home. It was to ignite a lifelong passion for the game and a fascination with the spaces in which it is played. Twenty years later-- following Hillsborough--Clarke began a project for the Football Trust that was to become the landmark touring exhibition "The Homes of Football". Out of a simple commitment to chronicle the changing face of football in the intervening years, he has produced a wonderful body of work, balancing narrative and technique in the creation of images that are both resonant and surprising. From the ?98 World Cup final, to Ullswater United vs Langwathby played in the shadows of a Lakeland Fell, this is Clarke's photographic love letter to the greatest game, and to the fans who, like him, invest their own childhood dreams every Saturday, whether playing or watching. Plenty of use is made of the book's full-colour large format. The fold-out panoramas-- whole match day stadiums from end to end encompassed in a single frame--are uniquely detailed and evocative. The pick of this treasure chest: Savour Gary McCallister's missed penalty for Scotland vs England in Euro ?96 in glossy fold-out glory; Wembley in the instant of holding its breath; Seaman sprawling; Shearer and Hendry, aloof, hands on hips in the centre circle; the sun glinting off McCallister's head as he stares forever in disbelief. This is wonderful stuff.

Bewertung: Ein absolutes Muss für Fussballfans. Stuart Clarke versteht es wie kein anderer, die Schönheit des Fussballs in Bildern festzuhalten. Einfach durchblättern und geniessen.


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Football in Our Time: A Photographic Record of Our National Game by Stuart Clarke

Stuart Clarke's photography captures the passion, comedy and beauty that is at the heart of modern British football culture. His work spans the whole of the game, from landmark internationals and the glamour of the Premiership to the sparse dressing-rooms of the lower divisions and the non-league games played to a handful of supporters week after week. He has been active as a photographer during an era that has seen our nation's favourite sport subject to enormous change, a time when grounds like Burnden Park and The Dell have become memories and the English and Scottish leagues have been flooded with foreign talent. He has immortalised moments in such sagas as the re-emergence of sleeping giants Newcastle United and Preston North End, the battle for supremacy in Scotland between Rangers and Celtic and the struggle to survive of Brighton and Hove Albion. "Football In Our Time" brings together 14 years of Clarke's best photography, selected himself from his vast collection. His eye for the essence of a scene is as effective when he turns it to the ecstasy of the crowd or the key point of a match as when he concentrates on the personal details that others would miss or the quirky moments that without him would be confined to oblivion. He has structured his book to reflect what he sees as the big themes of his work, concentrating on his efforts to represent the camaraderie of football, the thrill of the match, the agony of defeat and the special affection that bonds people to their clubs.

Bewertung: Wer die Arbeit von Stuart Clarke kennt, der weiß, dass man auch mit diesem Buch nicht enttäuscht wird.


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Boys of '86: The Story of West Ham United's Greatest-ever Season by Tony McDonald, Danny Francis

The highlights have been few and far between for West Ham United's long-suffering fans over the years - three FA Cup wins, a European Cup-Winners' Cup victory, various other cup runs that failed on the verge of success and, of course, the enjoyment of watching great players such as Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst and Trevor Brooking. Throughout the 47 seasons the East London club has spent in the top flight of English football, the prospect of challenging for the League Championship title has been little more than a pipe dream. Except for one season: 1985-86. A 16th-place finish in 1984-85 had hardly filled the fans with optimism for the coming campaign, and the loss of young star Paul Allen to arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur had some supporters questioning the ambition of the club. They were in for a shock. Little did he know it at the time, but manager John Lyall's summer purchases of young unknown Scottish striker Frank McAvennie from St Mirren for [pound]340,000 and diminutive winger Mark Ward from Oldham Athletic for [pound]250,000, were the final pieces in a jigsaw that fell into place spectacularly to provide West Ham fans with a campaign they would never forget. On the final Saturday of the season, the Hammers faced West Bromwich Albion still holding genuine hopes of finishing as League Champions. With Liverpool playing at Chelsea that day, Lyall's men knew that if they beat the Baggies and the Blues triumphed at Stamford Bridge, they only needed a victory against Everton two days later to secure their first-ever league title. Despite victory at the Hawthorns, though, news filtered through that Liverpool player-manager Kenny Dalglish had hit a winner against Chelsea to ensure that the Reds couldn't be caught. Eighteen years on, this book reflects in detail on the one and only season in which the claret-and-blue army were really able to chant 'We're gonna win the league'. Boys of '86 includes exclusive interviews with the management and players, who recount exclusive stories and anecdotes from this record-breaking season.

Bewertung: Ein Buch für echte Fans der Hammers, die die legendäre 86er Saison in guter Erinnerung haben oder diese nachträglich miterleben wollen. Inhaltlich geht es fast ausschliesslich um die sportlichen Aspekte, die aber durchaus ihren Reiz haben. Oder kennen Sie den einzigen Spieler, der jemals einen Hattrick gegen drei Torhüter in einem Spiel erzielt hat?


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