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by Colin Ward
First published in 1989, STEAMING IN is now acknowledged as the definitive account of terrace life in the 1970s and '80s. Unvarnished, unflinching, it tells the story of Colin Ward's experiences at Arsenal, Chelsea and England matches, at home and away. From Highbury to Luxembourg, Turin and Istanbul, Ward charts the camaraderie and confrontations, the hatred, the fear -- ...more
(first published July 18th 1989)
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Sep 27, 2014 David Ward rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Steaming In by Colin Ward (Simon & Shuster 1989)(nonfiction). This is widely regarded as the definitive book about the thugs and hooligans who inhabited the terraces of British British football clubs of the 1970s and 1980's. They showed up to drink nonstop for a weekend, to puke, to fight, to shock, to destroy, and to bleed. The book features Arsenal and Chelsea at home and on the road. My rating: 7.5/10, finished 2007.
Colin Ward was born in Wanstead, Essex. He became an anarchist while in the British Army during World War II. As a subscriber to War Commentary, the war-time equivalent of Freedom, he was called in 1945 from Orkney, where he was serving, to give evidence at the London trial of the editors for publishing an article allegedly intended to seduce soldiers from their duty or allegiance. Ward robustly r ...moreMore about Colin Ward...