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Naughty: The Story of a Football Hooligan Gang

Narrated by: Mark Chester
Length: 14 hrs and 1 min
Categories: Sport, Other
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Summary

In 1985, 40 hooligan followers of Stoke City FC experienced a riotous trip to Portsmouth - and the Naughty 40 was born. It became one of the most notorious soccer gangs in Britain.

Mark Chester was a founder member of the N40. Already a hardened fighter, he had been expelled from school after an unsettled childhood and joined the Staffordshire Regiment, only to be discharged for misconduct. Stoke City's emerging "casual" mob became his family. "Right or wrong, I was ready to be a committed football hooligan," he says.

He recounts tales of raucous coach trips from the Glebe pub and the pivotal clashes with the likes of Everton, Manchester United, and West Ham that defined the new firm. Formidable characters came to the forefront, men like the giant Mark Bentley, Philler the Beast, and the legendary Miffer, while hair-raising clashes with the likes of Millwall, Spurs, Aston Villa , and Manchester City saw the gang's reputation spread.

The N40 code was simple: Whatever the odds, they would always make a stand. Many times, they fought when heavily outnumbered yet often came out on top. They developed a closeness and cohesion rare among the football gangs. Loyalty was their watchword.

Soon, they were joined by the Under-Fives, a younger element determined to win acceptance from the terrace legends they admired and who carved out their own niche as well as fighting side by side with the old-school heads.

Police operations, bans from the ground and the introduction of ID schemes have prevented many from attending games, but the author, long "retired" from the scene, argues that in the new millennium the gangs are back - and as ferocious as ever. Naughty is essential for anyone wishing to understand the illicit but seductive lure of terrace combat, the emotional ties of a gang, and the addictive buzz of Saturday afternoons.

©2011 Mark Chester (P)2018 Mark Chester
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the worst book I've ever listened to

literally this book is terrible. the timeline to his story is as about as structured as a motorway bridge made out of weetabix.

don't bother folks, it's awful

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what was i thinking

not sure what i expected from this book but 14hrs of 'this season we had a fight with blah' is really boring.

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Great read

Enjoyed the audiobook. Read with passion. Sometimes seemed OTT but a good read. Would recommend

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Brilliant

This book keeps you thinking of the past from start to finish. Great listen and storyline I would recommend this book have downloaded another one from the author.

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Bit different

It's a bit different from run of the mill firm books. It's well worth listen

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Great for stokies

I’m not a Stokie or a City supporter but I do live in the Potteries now. I’m sure some of the stories and locations would resonate more with locals. Some cracking tales of mischief and friendship, and I really enjoyed the listen. Sometimes it was a little difficult to follow the timelines but it was entertaining on the whole.

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Good stories

Wasn't too bothered about the fighting but there was some interesting stories about why people move into this world

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Top book

top book ...I've a very good friend stoke through and through now I know why

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class J

really enjoyed listening to a guy that I have come across in the past at games and somebody I respect

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much better than your average hooly novel

enjoyed the writing style. based around the author's own life the book was much more engaging than most. WAFC