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Awaydays by Kevin Sampson
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Jan 23, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: fiction
Read in January, 2004

Like it says somewhere on the cover - The Catcher in the Rye for the hooligan generation. Equal parts growing up in the 80's in England listening to Joy Division - even a mention of a suicide pact to New Dawn Fades - AND plenty of bang 'em' up hooligan situations which totally capture the excitement of a gameday stomping. For good or for ill. Follows the path of a reasonably well off teenager who follows the lower division Tranmere Rovers (he lives in a suburb of Liverpool) and all aspects of his growing up a hooligan - from flashy clothes (which must have been totally hilarious...jordache??) to scoring with young ladies, listening and critiquing the music of the day...oh and drugs and booze. perfect.

For those who'd like to experience The Catcher in the Rye for the first time again, this is as close as you can get.

For those who'd like to get a taste of the underbelly of English (and European) Football, this is the only place to start.
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