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The Inside Story of Aston Villa’s Hooligan Gangs
By Danny Brown & Paul Brittle

Aston Villa FC is one of the biggest and best-supported football clubs in Britain, the giant from England’s second city with a long and distinguished history in the game, culminating in an unforgettable European Cup victory in 1982.

The story of their terrace army, however, has never been told – until now.

Like all major clubs, Villa have had their hooligans and hardmen, who have been involved in some of the fiercest terrace battles of the past four decades.

VILLAINS traces their gangs from the 1960s up to the present day. Through first-person testimony, it reveals for the first time the antics of The Steamers, who “steamed” away ends led by a band of colourful and fearless characters. Eventually they were superseded by the C-Crew, a multi-racial gang who came together during Birmingham’s Two-Tone period and the parallel casual era.

This was the heyday of hooliganism, and the Villa Park faithful clashed with the toughest and most violent gangs around. At the helm were legendary figures such as Pete the Greek, who famously head-butted a police horse and took on the Millwall leader in a one-on-one brawl, and “Black” Danny Brown, who was jailed in 1981 for one of the most infamous football-related attacks.

Bitter rivalries against clubs from across the Midlands and beyond are recounted in depth, including the notorious “battle at McDonalds island” against Birmingham City’s Zulus in 2002. The story is brought up to date with tales of the Villa Youth, one of the most active of the recent soccer firms.

The book is available in most WHS, Waterstone's, Border's and HMV stores (certainly across the west midlands) and it is available to order at £15.99 with free p&p on all UK orders from the Milo Books website

To win one of two copies of the book answer the following brain teasingly difficult question and email telling me your username (you must be registered on Vital), answer, name and address. Also tell me how great I am, it always helps.

How hard is JP Fear?

1) He could fight his way out of a paper bag
2) He could crush a grape un-assisted
3) He could knock the skin off a rice pudding
4) He would say boo to a goose
5) Whatever, just send me the book

Competition closes on 14th December. Judges decision final. Names will be pulled out of a hat, bribes won't be accepted, nor will creeping!! Only UK entries will be accepted.

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Thursday December 7 2006
Time: 12:06PM


Other club's crews have released books and i don't think it done them any harm,it's not like it's an official club book but i would be interested to know if randy will be reading it, probably not.
chris the villan
11/12/2006 07:28:00
Only mentioned in passing but as said, the book is one of those that you just can't put down, interesting to see what makes them tick and why they think they got involved.
The Fear
10/12/2006 12:11:00
Good call JF - I'll put it on my xmas pressie list but can you first confirm that the name "Ellis" doesn't appear anywhere. If it did, it would certainly spoil my xmas.
09/12/2006 17:10:00
Stick? Bugger?..we're not back to the Postma saga again are we?
09/12/2006 15:33:00
My life really has taken a different turn than I'd expected!! :( Anyway, got the book today and can't put it down, so leave me alone!!!
The Fear
09/12/2006 15:29:00
well Mr Fear you did use the words stick and bugger in the same posting, what else can you expect ; )
09/12/2006 14:12:00
Neil Baker, wash your mouth out!?!
The Fear
09/12/2006 10:46:00
Re: Giving The Fear stick. I've heard that if you do that in the right situation, the answer to the quiz question is "very".
09/12/2006 00:53:00
^^^^^ What bobbyfett said with brass knobs on. You should see the stick these buggers give me! A real mix on this site (and all sites) and people express themselves differently. Hopefully you'll note I was debating not abusing! I do understandwhat you were saying and I'm sure some others feel the same. Just I find the counter cultures in all walks of life fascinating and the book is an explosive read.
The Fear
08/12/2006 21:24:00
joerothuk, i've been watching this thread progress today, its all friendly banter at the end of the day, everyone on here is so passionate that they think they're right, i know i do!!. voiceoftheholte has had one or two backlashes from his comments, but, fortunatley, it doesn't make him hold back the next time. thats whats needed on here, otherwise everybody would agree and it would just get boring. good example is tylervilla, who will now be known as tylergolf, takes the banter on the chin. (mainly from voiceoftheholte!!) stick to your guns joe, its better to have an opinion than just sit on the fence.
08/12/2006 18:23:00
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