Among the thugs

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Bill Buford among the thugs This book does not deal with the violence and the gangs in the streets, in fact it s a book about the hooligan scene before and after football matches. The main person is the author himself, who wants to get to know and analyse the reasons for violence. He spends some time with violent football fans to know why they behave like that. Bill is waiting for his train at a station outside Cardiff. Suddenly he hears an announcement over the loudspeaker, where he is told that football supporters from Liverpool have taken over the train. One of these supporters even falls out of the train because it is so crowded. Outside he gets arrested by some overreacting policemen, who brutally beat him on the ground. The supporters of the football team are mostly drunk, they are in the position of doing everything they want. There are a lot of armed policemen waiting outside, but they can t really do something against the many football fans. This incident is nothing special. Things like that happen very often, especially in England there are many fights between violent groups. Bill travels to a big football event in Turin, together with a few big supporter groups of Manchester United. Since this event he is fully accepted among the supporters and he begins to question the fans. In a pub he talks to Keith, a real hooligan. He says that he would fight everywhere, during a football match or in a pub, it does not matter. He is sure that everyone has some potential for ...

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