New book on Chesterfield football ‘hooligans’ tells a different story

Dave Radford, writer of new book Hiding With The Hooligans
Dave Radford, writer of new book Hiding With The Hooligans
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A PINT, a pie and a punch-up - that was the idea of pre-match football entertainment during the 1970s and 1980s.

But one die-hard Chesterfield FC fan, who has launched a book about his first-hand experiences of football hooliganism, is aiming to change all that.

Volunteer centre manager Dave Radford, aged 55, hopes to ‘reinvent’ popular opinion on the culture of football hooliganism with Hiding With The Hooligans.

The book tells the story of a large group of local young men, of which he unwittingly became a part, and how they expressed themselves at matches.

It was not always with mindless violence and obscene language, says Dave.

He said: “Watching Chesterfield during the 1970s and ’80s during some very troubled times, both socially, politically and economically, was never easy.

“I’ve read lots of books about football violence, who does what to whom and how good they are at it.

“I’ve witnessed the ugly and violent side of hooliganism first hand, which I’d never condone, but I’ve also seen calm, respect and wonderful humour.

“I wanted to offer this different side to the much-publicised negativity. “I also wanted to take fans of that era down memory lane, while giving the supporters of the modern era something to think about and reflect upon.

“Hopefully, it will give everyone an insightful and humourous read.”

■ Hiding With The Hooligans, published by Fast-Print, costs £9.99 from most book stores.

It is also available to purchase online at www.fast-print.net/bookshop or from Amazon.