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Villain Comp Closes Tomorrow

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Villains

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 Eventually they were superseded by the C-Crew, a multi-racial gang who came together during Birmingham’s Two-Tone period and the parallel casual era.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 www.milobooks.com

To win one of two copies of the book answer the following brain teasingly difficult question and email jonathan@vitalfootball.co.uk 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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The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday December 13 2006

Time: 6:51PM

Your Comments

Sir J Fear, since when has creeping been seen as underhand, slurp slurp lick lick the hand that makes the draw.
col8
My crew will be with me when the winners are announced. Aggro time if a certain member is not named as a winner.
glensider
Glensider, thanks for the offer of help, but its OK, I'm cool if I dont win
jonah
As I know where your kids go to school and where your granny cashes her pension, I expect to be a winner :o)
voiceoftheholte
LOL. I have no kids and my granny is dead, apart from that, you've done some good research on me voiceoftheholte! lol (On another matter, you have a pm waiting for you in the forum. It was just apologising for not using an article suggestion you sent in ages ago, it was at the time of our server crash so didn't get through)
The Fear
COMPETITION NOW CLOSED:

WINNERS
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Glensider Steffthevillan
I've also made a 3rd prize which is basically my copy of the book when I've finished it. Col8 was the winner.

Thanks for all the entries, some very entertaining grovelling and answers given!
The Fear
O'my god, O'my god, O'my god, I can't believe it, I would just like to thank all those who believed in me when I started and those who have supported me throughout my career, Special thanks go to my mom who I know is watching over me, and my family without who's support non of this would have been possible, and of course praise be to God for stopping so many goal bound attackers, Thank you, Thank you, Bless you all.
steff_the_villan
I echo wholeheartedly my fellow previous poster, however I too would very much like to thank my pet sheltie Joey, well for just being Joey I guess. Obviously my days of trips to Millwall, West Ham, Bradford City, Leeds, etc. etc., and being chased through the market place at Barnsley back in the old division three days stood be in good stead as I entered this competition. I shall now dig out the old steel toe-capped bovver boots, kick-back (no pun intended), and enjoy a no doubt very interesting read when the book arrives. Hugs and kisses to all.
glensider
Congratulations to the winners, and to the Fear, well, I wouldn't go out after dark for a while if I was you.
jonah
p.s. I know exactly where you'll be at 5:15 Saturday afternoon
jonah
Ah finally a win this season :-) Thank you col8
col8
apparantley col8,glensider and Steff want them in large print, they will also colour in the pictures if you write the numbers in for them. !!!!!
bobbyfett
You're asking for a kicking and a good sorting out bobbyfett. You dont tangle with me and my crew I tell ya!
glensider
Sounds to me like fame and fortune have gone straight to glensider's head!
jonah
 

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