Among the Thugs - Bill Buford

Among the Thugs

By Bill Buford

  • Release Date: 1993-06-01
  • Genre: Soccer
Score: 4.5
From 21 Ratings


They have names like Barmy Bernie, Daft Donald, and Steamin' Sammy. They like lager (in huge quantities), the Queen, football clubs (especially Manchester United), and themselves. Their dislike encompasses the rest of the known universe, and England's soccer thugs express it in ways that range from mere vandalism to riots that terrorize entire cities. Now Bill Buford, editor of the prestigious journal Granta, enters this alternate society and records both its savageries and its sinister allure with the social imagination of a George Orwell and the raw personal engagement of a Hunter Thompson.


  • Legendary, and rightly so!

    By SteadyFrenchin
    Absolutely riveting account of a gonzo intellectual's descent into the world of English football hooliganism in the mid-to-late 1980s (a particularly nasty era of said hooliganism!). Buford encounters many infamous characters and events, and depicts them with both humor and gut-punch realism. He doesn't flinch from examining the dark allure of violence, either- honestly examining his own complex reaction to the experience of being part of a lawless mob. HIGHLY recommended to anyone who's the least bit interested in the subject.