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Kicking the Habit: The Autobiography of England's Most Infamous


Ref No: 9781905769476

Details: Author: Jason Marriner

Type: Books


Price: £10.00

For the first time, Jason Marriner tells the full story of his involvement at the top end of the football-violence scene. Marriner was a Category-C hooligan, the most prominent name on the lists compiled by the Old Bill's football-intelligence units. No one has done more bird for hooliganism, no one has had longer football bans, no one knows the scene better. Forget the keyboard warriors, Marriner is the real deal. This is a man who who breathed, ate and slept organised football violence for more than twenty years. Even after a long prison sentence and a ten-year football-banning order(thanks to a BBC documentary that was riddled with inaccuracies) for crimes he did not commit Marriner was still drawn back to the scene, like a moth to a flame. Thus, in February 2010, when Cardiff City came to west London, he was again a front runner as he and his Chelsea mates ran the Soul Crew. As Marriner writes, Cardiff 'had come for an altercation' and the Headhunters had obliged them. In this sensational new book, he talks frankly about his involvement in violence, both in the hooligan scene and away from the stadiums as a teenage tearaway. There are legendary offs with many other English firms, including Spurs, West Ham, Arsenal, Sunderland and Leicester. The bigger the game, the greater the planning and organisation, something that was seen to good effect with Marriner's 'Hate Bus', chartered for the 1994 FA Cup final with Manchester United. Marriner is also a committed Loyalist , a regular visitor to Ulster's Orange marches on the twelfth of July. So when Celtic came to Stamford Bridge in 2006 the tension and sectarian bile were indescribable. The inevitable result was one of the most violent incidents in the history of British football. Jason Marriner was a main player in England's feared hooligan army, as it rampaged across the Continent for World Cups and European championships. The most volatile fixture, however, was a friendly against the Republic of Ireland in Dublin, a game that had to be abandoned thanks to the no-holds-barred clashes with the Irish police and fans. Thanks to his years of involvement Marriner is able to provide compelling accounts of the leading Chelsea Headhunters and we meet legends of the scene like Steve 'Hickey' Hickmott, Andy 'Nightmare' Frain and the (identical) Sim twins. He also gives us his verdict on England's other mobs and, as you would expect, the main London firms feature prominently but he gives his views too on mobs from all over the country, from Burnley to Bristol and Stoke to Sheffield. The book would not be complete without the full story of the BBC documentary, presented by Donal MacIntyre, that led to Marriner receiving a six-year prison sentence and a ten-year ban from football. He argues, very convincingly, that the programme was riddled with inaccuracies and untrue statements. Despite the clear miscarriage of justice he suffered, he refused to let prison destroy him. He got his head down and did his time, helped by the sense of humour for which he is justly famous. In fact, some of the stories from 'behind the door' are utterly hilarious. It has taken him more than two decades, but Jason Marriner has finally kicked the football-violence habit. With an acclaimed stage show, appearances on TV documentaries and a thriving business he has put the hooligan world firmly behind him. This time it's for real.


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