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Running with the Firm by James Bannon
  

Sue Baker's view...

The 1995 film ID portrayed a policeman infiltrating the world of football hooligans. Now in Running with the Firm, James Bannon reveals that the film was based on true life – his life. A story of gang-culture and extreme and mindless violence and how once you’ve found your way in its almost impossible to get out again.

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Running with the Firm by James Bannon

'Of course I'm a f**king hooligan, you pr**k. I am a hooligan ...there I've said it...I'm a hooligan. And, do you know why? Because that's my f**king job.' In 1995, a film called I.D., about an ambitious young copper who was sent undercover to track down the 'generals' of a football hooligan gang, achieved cult status for its sheer brutality and unsettling insight into the dark and often bloody side of the so-called beautiful game. The film was so shocking it was hard to believe the mindless events that took place could ever happen in the real world. Well, believe it now...Almost twenty years on, the man behind the film has explosively revealed that the script was largely a true story. That man, James Bannon, was the ambitious undercover cop. The football club was Millwall F.C. and the gang that he infiltrated was The Bushwackers, among the most brutal and fearless in English football. In Running with the Firm, Bannon shares his intense and dangerous journey into the underworld of football hooliganism where sickening levels of violence prevail over anything else. He introduces you to the hardest thugs from football's most notorious gangs, tells all about the secret and almost comical police operations that were meant to bring them down, and, how once you're on the inside, getting out from the mob proves to be the biggest mission of all. A disturbing but compelling read, this is the book that proves fact really is stranger than fiction.


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Reviews

A must-read for fans -- Natasha Harding The Sun

An entertaining and interesting first-hand account of a key point in British football history - FootyMatters.com

Brutal and searingly honest - Sunday Express

About the Author

James Bannon was born in 1965, in Lambeth, south London. After five years of service with the Metropolitan Police, spending a large amount of time as an undercover police officer, he has continued to live a rich and colourful life as an actor, comedian, property developer and proprietor of his own commercial airline. He is an ambassador for The Prince's Trust and lives in Sussex with his family.

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Book Info

Publication date

5th June 2014

Author

James Bannon

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Publisher

Ebury Press an imprint of Ebury Publishing

Format

Paperback
336 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
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Football (Soccer, Association football)
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ISBN

9780091951528

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