Texan Rover Posted November 18, 2007 Share Posted November 18, 2007 I just finished Bill Buford's 1991 book Among the Thugs. Buford is an American who lived in England for over a decade. While there, he was bewildered by the behavior of football supporters, the "firms," hooliganism, and football culture in general -- Among the Thugs is the result of his decision to learn more about the subject by getting close to some of those whose behavior he couldn't understand. I'm curious if anyone else on the messageboard has read this book, and if you can shed any light for me on how different matchday atmosphere is today. I've never attended a Rovers match or any other Premiership match, for that matter. My experiences with football supporters come from America, where such things as what's described are completely foreign in ANY sport, and Eastern Europe, where that sort of "fan" behavior is totally commonplace. So how much of what is described still goes on today? How much firm-on-firm violence still happens on matchdays? Have the changes in stadium regulations -- notably the removal of the terraces and standing room -- had a dramatically positive impact, or did people simply get to the point where they refused to tolerate the idea of widespread injury and even death at a football match? I guess this topic is particularly prescient with recent events in Italy. I know Hillsbrough and Heysel have been discussed on this board in the past, but I'm curious specifically about thoughts on the Buford book and the specific behaviors described therein. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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