YouTube-Hitlers Sheffield Utd Suffer Their Downfall..............................Unsworth who scores, alrıght babe, you've all seen it by now and for every hammers fan that clicks on there is as many Wednesday hits, funny as fuck even Blades are forcing a smile.
The Great Escape on the 13th day of May 2007 and a day we will remember where we were when the cheats hıt the Reds with a Ricky Hatton special courtesy of one Carlos Tevez and now everyone is out to get us, who needs injuries to fuck us up. The refs, friends of the gang of four, a jobless Warnock and an imaginary conversation with his old pal Fergie who really hates the Hammers. 'But Neil I hate the cockney's '. 'Fuck off you cunt your show-boaters have put a honest blade out of a job'. 'Well Neil if your gonna be lıke that there can be only one United'.
13th May I was there in the Theatre of Dreams and right behind hordes of Reds chanting 'Send 'em down, send 'em down. By half tıme this bucket load of nor'van hate had their veins popping out their eyes and necks, screaming all sorts to the direction of the United bench to stuff the cockney's. Amidst the Theatre of Hate over in the far corner of the away fans section , a defiant but thunderous rendition of 'We are those bastards in claret and blue' . Still as I left Old Trafford with their fans singing champions I didn't feel a cheat.
The Loaded magazine website recently polled Man U as the nations most hated team by other fans, we should demand a re-count of the votes. Season before last and in the 2006 FA Cup final when we were everyone's second team I remember every other clubs fans going into that final getting the texts, the calls, 'Com'on West Ham'. Never ever felt quite right with that personally and I'm sure I am not alone for over the decades that would have a different meaning coming from our rivals.
So into summer break and the gang of four campaign means we've got to buy the papers with no football results in it because of this Tevez affair. Gang of four and only one of them goes down and straight away its the gang of one. with every club today a public limited company you are not going to the high court with shareholders and the fans money to fight a case that was already won on the pitch. End of day Sir Alex aint Sir for nothing and he reckons Tevez kept us up on his own which he vindicates his view by putting the money down to buy the same player he could have had on loan before plying his trade at upton Park. you can't argue with that, put up or shut up and we put up 5 mill to the League so shut up, Fulham, Charlton, Warnock and Whelan. Masterstroke didn't stop there what other club would demand and force a transfer fee out of a player picked to play for the club only after repeatedly chanted his name to come off the bench, a player who has kept us in the Premiership gravey train now worth millions more. The wonder boy owes us nothing and if he wants to go like his other pal we wouldn't play to a club that plays Champions League football I've no problem. Of course it will hurt a bit to see him line up against us, moreso if he scores. End of day if that did happen we would get over it because for a foreign player to put that much passion into a claret and blue shirt and inspire his fellow pro's around him can never be buried from our minds, never. To us he was Carlos Tevez to the mancs already he is 'Argentina, Argentina', ( A band of supporters who have done more to bury the ST George than any politically correct Town hall and pc brigade).
WHAT A MONTH WAS MAY 2007
Well where do you start chaps, May 13th Old Trafford, Theatre of Dreams where hope dies last and hammers around the world start singing we are staying up to drown out bıtter manc chants of send them down send them down. Yeah luv it and thats what you pay 5 mill for as you think of Fergie's comments that West Ham were obscene, comments he made way back when we stopped the mancs lifting the title on the last day May '92. Nothing to note from Sir Alex this time cos it was a double party with us celebrating the great escape and them the return of what they regard as thier title, arrogant cunts. anyway it set the summer hols up nice as we all still walking around with these big silly grins on us everytime we see and greet another fellow hammer. I was up Old Trafford and had a great day as I ended up being boxer Big Joe Egan's guest in a manc box, all mancs they were besides me and Joe's nephrew Tom the one other hammer but fair play to everyone I met, showed me good hospitality and plenty good banter going on around me.saying that there was pure silence and no immediate reply came from out the vocal manc stands when the 3000 strong claret and blue army in the away corner belted out 'We are those bastards in claret and blue'. Tevez my son you can go where ever the car dealer sells yer, your still gonna comeback to a almighty Upton park roar, you are now a West ham legend little fellow. luv the argie man to stay mind and see the damage he and Deano would produce to the opposition next season. Don't expect me to review the season gone even though I never missed a game, I mean where would you start? I2d certainly welcome a player clearout and to some extent that has already happened with the Egg man who I think most of us supporters felt the most sympanthy for as the words mate you been mugged didn't need spelling out to him. I will say if we had gone down ı dont think amongst us fans there was the same feeling of hoplessness that came with 2003 relegation, no more like '79 when you felt ok, few new grounds to go to then we're back up.
Certainly the faith in the club with the fans has been restored now we have a chairmen who wants to match the aimbitions of the fans is a big plus and long overdue. The big rise in season tickets is bang out of order and same old West Ham but there you go, faır play to the Sun Campaign and hope they do something similar on rip-off Wembley. Interesting times ahead as and I can't believe I thought this man should have had a crack at being England coach and I also remember he was my choice to take charge of the team that Glen Roeder took down. But the panic buys and uninspiring press conferences and rumours of not having the dressing room means the jury is out going into the first ten games of next season for the hammers coach Curbs. Finally to wrap on a upbeat note, my grattitudes to Mark Noble and Bobby Zamora, two West ham lads who were never obvious first choice calls, but knew what it meant to pull on that claret and blue shirt, wanted to play for us, had the spirit and passion and determination the fans all luv and some of that must have rubbed off on their team mates as much as the dogged flawless skills of a Carlos Tevez who pulled us up and back in there (and the ginge welsh warrior Collins has got a big heart too). COM'ON YOU IRONS.
Well first things first as it has been a while since I have blogged on here, but respect for all of you who have stuck with me site or are new visiters I wish you all a good 'un over xmas and please stick around in 2007 as its gonna be a interesting one.
to be continued when back from todays game......
GUESTBOOK REPLIES POST-WORLD CUP
Afternoon gentlemen and Sicily it is for first leg of a European tour and what a fair start to the new season. Thought we took it to the 'Pool well in second-half and proved we are not a team that can play a sit on a lead game, no West ham team has ever been. 3 games 1 defeat and 4th place close of day does me fine. Hammers playing like a established quality premiership side these days hence the absence of the club any longer being Ladbrookes pre-season relegation candadites. Under Pards we have a new West Ham and I keep saying it because you can see and feel it that we have a squad that really wants to play in the shirt. Look at Bobby Zamora, theres more than enough strikers at the club but if he was ever the pre-season off load consideration then you are going to have to prize his fingers away from the managers desk, hes claret and blue through and through.
Matthew Brown says he meet big West ham fan Barry on hols in Italy and he cant recall his sirname. No need it was my pal Barry who still lives the 70's and the same Barry who gets through on TalkSport Radio every week and I dont think he has clocked Brazil is on a wind-up talking remember the 70's with him.Same Barry old skool West Ham say is that Barry that run with the Wembley lot, only he lives in Hampshire today and still goes all the games talking 70's funk music and Sundown days, Tottenham Court Rd. Theres a pic of him in the Want Some Aggro? book and he still looks same today. West Ham 4 Life.
Whats and who is the song on opening page pops up from time to time. It is Acarine, the one time hoolie-rap band. song was a proper record once called Cass's Theme. This is a band I help introduce to the scene through several book launches where they got noticed by a few including the makers of Green Street who featured the track 'Stand your Ground' in the movie. To know more go to links and check official site.
Is it possible to get a ICF calling card? A question that regulary pops up on here but I'm sure you will be hard pushed to find a original anywhere as back in the day we had plenty of takers for them. Seriously they were originally thought up as a moniker for the firm that would prove a little earner and set the ICF aside from other football casuals. As time went on the ICF upped the anti a bit and natuarally became serious targets for the police. The media picked up on it and put their slant on it so having a calling card got a bit sinister and the last thing any lad would want to be found in prosession ofwas the calling card.There one on the cover of bestselling book 'Congratulations You Have Just Met The ICF was taken from the only original I could uncover during 18 months research for a book everyone knew about. The one you see me use during a bit of banter with Danny Dyer on Bravo tv's The Real Football factories is a copy from the returned original I use for my media work. I am not surprised there is a interest today as the legend that was the ICF kick started the whole business card mob style for many other famous football casual firms. If you look upon that era as I do that the football casual was probably the last of the working class generations and there is a social culture importance attached. Those calling cards would be sought after museum pieces and much like the rave scene event flyers hold collectable value.
Dan Slider claims he spotted me in audience of the 80's UK wrestling classic's shown recently.Not sure if what he saw was me but give it a maybe as late 80's the Peacock Gym E16 put together the UK's answer to WWF using some right characters from when we all worked the doors together. Be being the writer got the post of program editor and the moniker 'Storyman Pennant'. There were bits of tv but it was never sponsered by tv so ended after a fews years entertainment and a good few laughs on the road. Will confirm it was me in the audience to a scene towards the end of tv firm 'A Head of Class starring Julie Walters shown on ITV early this month for the second time this year.
Where can I get the West Ham Boys Club/Cockney Rejects t-shirts that were sold at the boys live gigs Stratford and Circus Tavern this year is still being asked here. They were a quality design so I understand people wanting one. I can only suggest you guys redirect you emails to The Rejects official site on my links page or enquire at West Ham Boys Boxing Club 0871 984 3896 as best suggestion cos I dunno pal.
New books in pipeline folk are asking but lets deal with the currant from the 2006 list and Tommy Robinson's Mig Down about the Luton Mig Crew is still getting rave reviews from some major major lads around the country as is mine and Andy Nicholls, 30 Years of Hurt. If you havn't read them then its worth ordering them asap as the Mig book will be a collectable in hardback form come winter. It dont matter where you obtain them from your local library would order them for you but the work gone into them is rewarded by the read. Have a butchers on the books customer reviews on Amazon or our own reviews posted here to see why the recco again.
to be continued.......
WORLD CUP RANT
Pissed off really as still keep thinking about our own Cup Final and everytime I do which is often I always feel gutted and proud at the sametime.Which is unusual you know because to be on a losing side in a FA Cup final you normally only feel sick as a parrot.Dont know about you but I always felt sick when I think of the 1981 League Cup final we lost to the scouse in a reply when I thought we were robbed of victory at Wembley.But to lose a final and feel proud of your team like I do all these months after is something to credit those currant lads who wear the claret and blue with pride today and I mean that cos I didnt think I would be going to Cardiff Milleanium Stadium three years on the bounce.So lets give a hats off to Pards too for he never had a name for two years as it was only 'West Ham's claret and blue army that got sung as his name stuck in your throat a bit as you found it hard to work out why he took off 3 forwards in that first Play-Off final lost and how do you ever forgive losing 4-1 in a no show at Millwall. You don't but that don't say you cant take your hats off to a manager who has obviously took a long hard look at himself, dug in and took the board on (We sold the best now get us promoted son) and the fans who thought we should have had Curbs or some other big name.Com'on admit it for I am we were wrong cos we finally have a manager who believes and has a purpose and a drive about him to really want this club to do well and aside from a brilliant Wenger style transfer business last summer he has done what I have not seen for several managers, maybe back to Lyall where we have a team/squad who want to play for the shirt.We have that now and the team spirit is that good now that as a fan I feel confident we can keep hold of our best players, Coker, Gabbidon, the emergance of Anton, the call from pundits that Ashton should have gone to the World Cup. The way Mullins appears to be a key player that has repaid a lot of faith Pards gave him and what about Benayoun? don't tell me his first half performance against the reds wasn't a vintage Alan Devonshire out there. Zamo is better than Jermaine (No, but don't blame Sven the Yid manager killed his chances by hardly playing him in the league). We first sung the Zamora ditty out of Bobby's loyality to being a geniune hammer fan but since his vital goals helped put us back where we belong he is another player that shows much more confidence now and that song of 'He comes from White Hart Lane and he's better than Jermaine' has had more meaning of late and is probably closer to the truth as to why Sven made the big mistake of not taking Defoe also how unlucky was Konchesky our next Julian Dicks for sure.
I have always got time for people that prove you wrong and I've been doing it myself all my life and spare a thought for Roeder and how he came back and as the unfancied coach and pulled a massive club round the corner. West Ham v Newcastle this season will be a interesting manager's battle of wits for us fans. But whatever I will predict that in the next World Cup unlike this one that only featured Scaloni and Shaka from the currant squad yet ex-hammers read: Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard, Joe Cole, Michael Carrick, David James (Eng), Paulo Wanchope (C Rico), Serhiy Rebrov (Ukr), Stan Lazaridus (Aus). 2010 expect to see Reo-Coker, Anton, Konchesky, and of course Deano for a England managered by Bill Gardner look-alike Big Phil (Maclaren?how long will you give him and how many more notes on paper will he write saying Tel, help me out).
But what of this World Cup on the day of the final I write this holding Ladbroke coupens saying 12 and 14-1 France (Sorry big Henry admirer) and that still wont cover me for what I have lost backing our boys per game. what do you say and where do you start when only yesterday I was asked why am I driving around with car flags still? They were those Lads Army ones which I felt were cool but I still slunk down in the seat when I looked over my shoulder at my frayed flags still fluttering, felt a right cunt and there's our Rio worrying about showing his face to pop down his local Sainsbury. No I won't knock our Lions when you remember the tears of our boys who gave their all with ten and saw in men like Rio and Terry real shattered hearts.But you do think and you will lie on a beach somewhere this summer thinking you watched some two-bob teams in that World Cup string five passes together effortlessly yet us at times passed like donkeys. the teams own admission after every game was we are playing pony yet they still felt they should have been in the semi-finals. Work that one out I cant but on paper Real Madrid who also play in white always feel they should win the Champians league. Well that might be the answer to two of them cos Owen in a Liverpool shirt was the bollox as was Becks in a Manc shirt and the Owen in Newcastle shirt whatever both have lost the pace, maybe not the quality for that level. Lamps to me Fat Frank to you but as I earnt well out of backing him as first goalscorer in his claret and blue era I think of him as Lamps in a three lions shirt.But here's a player who has paid the price in this World Cup for seemingly holding more ambition to keep his record of being ever present and not missing a game for Chelsea past two seasons that includes Champian's League. Cos how do you play two leagues a season at the highest level and have just a month off to then comeback and find yer form for the World Cup. Yeah right, and I do think the Champians league has robbed the World Cup from the big name players performing with any consistantcy like the heros in past tournaments I mean did you see the true Ronaldinho ? No. Italy had easy passage of games until the semi and that until the final later today is their one performance. Brazil did the golden Brazil in one game only, Dutch showed promise then fizzed out, As of Portugal and their cheat,Of France I had been trying to sell on my ant-post slips until they did it against Brazil. Mexico surprised, the Africans entertained with enough skill and strength to surely interest Wenger's cheque book but again will always fail through no disclipline. Argies for me were the only team that did it for more than one game and the Aussies won the Jack Charlton dogs of war trophy for their heroics, while I would say hosts Germany broke the mold because Ballack was consistant and Klose every time I see him I think he is made for our Premiership league.So what am I trying to say here to rap my World Cup rant, yeah the Champians League commitments being a league and the commitment needed again to qualify for places through your own leagues has robbed the World Cup of ever seeing individual performances that raise the game and stakes that makes the World Cup the greatest ever tournament.Now what have you done with your white van flags and when do they come out again is the question I leave you with cos mine I know got binned due to having 2006 printed on them like a MUG!!
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Sometimes I dont even know myself, yet on occasions I feel I get what I percieve as Gods clarity: WHU FC MEANS WE HAVE UNITED FOR CHRIST!! CLARET & BLUE, BLACK & WHITE, RICH & POOR, LOVE & HATE, E15 & E16, ETC. IF WEST HAM BE THE CHURCH THEN SO BE IT, ANYTHING AS LONG AS I BELIEVES!! COME ON YOU IRONS.
Its early morning hours on Cup Final day, Yes the big one and Ive gone to check me phone cos I ain't stopped ringing everyone all week, can't be helped its been a good quarter of a centuary since Johnny Lyall gave us the right to expect our name on the peoples Cup every 5 years.So I am checking me mobile cos it's time to hit the M4 to Cardiff and the above paragrath is texted to me. The last call I took was to recieve a blast of 'Bubbles' that would give the Cockney Rejects a run for their money. It was what was left of the Everton mob who never went down last week for that infamous off with 'The Men in Pink' (word has it they met in a Gay bar to go have a pop at Chelsea).They had all gathered for a benifit do but such is their hatred for all things red i can take it as read the blue corner of merseyside is lumping on the hammers. Yeah i think we can do it, 1-0 and they do everything but score and final whistle goes and the place erupts all the way back to the east end and up to Everton as we give it once more Johnny Lyall's claret and blue army.
to be continued......the cabs here.
Happy Xmas to everyone that has supported this site and its been a busy old year 2005 with plenty going on. Looking back over the year which started with people asking what was I doing in the Julie Waters film on ITV. So from that I progressed to some real exposure on a couple of big documentaries where I showed I might have another angle to work beside my book work. There was something on Club Security liencing laws I did then the big ones came later with ITV's Bruno-Gloves Off documentary and C4's Toughest Towns. You might notice something when I'm giving interviews to the Camera and thats the buckets of sweat pouring out of me. Believe me it aint just the lights and I likened the experience of giving interviews to giving evidence from the dock.You dont know what questions are coming and you worry if your going to come across how you wanna intended and then you worry about the stich-up. In tv that would come with the editing as you know time allowance dont allow for all that is said.
Off the interviews I did in 2005 the toughest for me was Franks because that was personal about someone else really. So it was important to me to know this programme had Franks backing which it did and that cant be said of a lot of stuff done on him.Also being a man on the street I am very aware of the genuine concern for Franks well being and attempts to know what went on with Frank during the darkest episode of his life. So with that knowledge and knowing I could certainly contribute I went ahead and did it and certainly a lot came out that hadnt been previously said. In all watching it later it was a well made powerfully truthful peice of documentary making. I heard later that parts of it made Frank feel uncomfortable as it did myself and knowing what I know Frank has been through you can understand why. What the programme I feel did is made the public understand a lot more than they could know or understand what really happened to Frank and a insight to why it happened. The past year Ive meet a lot of people who I didnt know and Its only because they have told me that have experienced what Frank did when having a mental breakdown if that is the right word. It certainly dont mean you are Bonkers as one Daily newspaper tried to implie and to run a heading saying that then withdraw it. You have to ask the question if it was out of respect and decency or of fear of any possible public backlash or was it more to the fact the Tottenham manager's job was up for grabs at the time and our Frank declined to aplie for it on the grounds nobody could be that mad.
Still seeing these Chelsea fans everywhere you go these days including in the North. So what if blue is the colour I'm happy being a hammer this season it always means so much more to support a team with cupboards bare. It can put so much more on the day when you team does has that sniff of glory like when we won the Play-off final down in Cardiff. We came sixth in the shit league and had a better victory celebrations than Sunderland that won the league that same season. And from Worst Ham Utd with a manager nicknamed Alan Pardridge or no name claret & blue army and a chairman thats booed on the way into the Millenium stadium to this new season with no Brown Out protests, a manager with a name and song and for the first time in many years at last a team I feel that is finally playing for the shirt like it means more than just being denighed another day at the bookies.For me the January transfer window kitty is crucial as to where this club is really trying to go or has Brown and Pards just got lucky. We dont want a Everton situation where a touted manager has a team falsely playing above itself with no real substance. I dont want this at West Ham and be cursing the fact its our real team playing in Germany this coming summer all my life. Johnson would be good sign of ambition and a international midfilder together with a repacement for the wantaway Repka would confirm to me this is a new dawn for the hammers.
Pards buys in the close season were a inspiration to us fans and the reward has been all sell-out home ties. But there are still plenty of die-hard hammers fans with claret& blue blood that are still in pain with what has gone on before this season at the Boleyn Ground. These fans are mostly from the old skool. For them its the Who classic 'We won't get fooled again'. A brilliant old classic for the club if ever there was a sequal to the movie Green Street Hooligans.The Who classic which can be played again from myself and others on remembering the bollocks ending to this brilliantly made cult movie featuring big name movie stars. Embarassing coming from me as I had a consultancy and cameo appearence in the film but take my word not many would know the actual film plot prior because it was all shot and filmed out of sequence.That said all those I know including myself enjoyed the whole experience of being the chaps in a Hollywood style movie and its because we are West Ham and are or was close to the reality of the film's subject that its gonna jarr yer no matter what film reasons are given.Thinkabout it them GSE lot won every row until the end and you cant get away with making blantant heroes of guys playing football hooligans if you dont want the film banned. This is backed up by those proper lads that aint West Ham but other teams who said they rate the film simply as a film. And there lies the answer because believe me I have spent years praying for Millwall to come out the hat when they do the FA Cup draw and I'm not alone in this and it has never happened and will never happen either, but in a movie it did happen. Enough Said!
On the book front its been a massive year and as a author I launched books six and seven backend of football season 2004-5. TOP BOYS was a book that broke new ground as it featured colour picture sections and stories from some very active recent players. It it wern't for the fact there there was maybe a thousand years banning orders between them you could say the books contents sailed closed to the wind indeed. The book launch covered new ground when former terrance rivals all showed up for the London launch of TOP BOYS. Even amazed the Spectator magazine who wrote a full page article about the most unlikely get together of the year. You can see the article in full if you click more details under the book title cover on the site.The TOP BOYS book itself is a more indepth follow up to bestseller Terrace Legends and a genuine part two you can say. A big value book at 420 pages so its worth ordering it if your bookstore dont have it in because the paperback is not out until June.I have a lot of respect for the lads featured in both of this books as none had asked to be in the book but when they did the interviews they did it without any biase and on an open trust. The books contents bare testimony to this.
My second book put out was always going to be a book if it got written no matter what team supported because it is the Legend that is Mr Bill Gardner. If you are West Ham and have read all the reads and have not read Bill's then please purchase anywhere you can this book.For its one of those books that usually would never get into print because guys like Bill would never talk. They simply dont need to and are happy for others to say what they like as long as they themselves know the truth they don't care what is said. As a author I was stopping at nothing to bring out Bill's own story but not alot was happening until two personal facters happened in Bill's life and one of them was that the Red Army book became one book too many in a line of books seeking to authentic their own standing they once had on the terraces to the printed pages using Bill's name. To which the only answer can be is do your own book. Bill Gardner did his book as he had always done it, his way. The result is where nobody come close to the man when it mattered back in the day you can now by reading his own story. Which is a refreashing change to many hoolie books as you realise its a story not about being one of the lads but a man and true fan. Writing a book can give you a real pride when you know when you have finished writing it you have achieved in the written sense what you had hoped for from the outset. The people you have written about read it from pillor to post and can then give you the thumbs up or down. TOP BOYS AND BILL GARDNER books got the thumbs up so its up to you whether you read them but those that have read them say they stand up as being the real deal.
There's now over 60 titles of terrace culture and there is still a good few titles to come out. A lot of good stuff of quality reading has out in a good half dozen new titles with FOREST and ZULUS books leading the way for me. The big exciting thing for me bookwise is that 2005 saw me launched as a publisher and I now have the backing to take this book thing a lot further and first evidence of that is the release of MIG DOWN which should be out in most shops come January. The book is based on Luton's MIG Crew and before anybody says 'Who the fuck'. I'm putting money on this being the best word of mouth touted book since 'GUV'NORS. Sure we will have to see on that strongest of statements from me but its not just the read the quality gone into the whole book can match. And this is my prediction now for 2006 to all these books of hoolie culture you are going to see more given to the books quality in order to give you more than whats gone before. Simply there are too many books out there now. PENNANT BOOKS intend to lead the way on that score starting with MIG DOWN.
Biggin' up my new business venture and I will do as its the biggest challenge I have undertaken going into 2006 and beyond. I live this book business and rate it as the most satisfying achievement I have done in my life.Where and how far it will take me I dont yet know but I am not doing it alone and right now is establishing a marvelous team around PENNANT BOOKS but even I couldn't foresee or predict that I would have my first published works supported by Mike Tyson bringing London's Canary Wharf to a standstill when he turned out in Nov for his former-sparring partner BIG JOE EGAN to do a book signing with him after he and Tom Patti wrote the foreword for the BIG JOE EGAN book. As a fight fan who has watched Tyson box in the flesh and then to talk and see him involved in your business and to see him so relaxed and realiy wanting to help out his long-time friend Joe Egan on his day off was simply awesome and stuff of dreams to end the year.for all of us involved. Twelve boxing champions turnout in support for Joe's biography book release and boxing legend Barry McGuigan went on record to say it is the xmas boxing book to get. End of day I am really lost for words to describe the muvver of all book launches as I still cant come down from it. It was such a special day and I am so pleased for Joe and his friends and Family who will know how much this book means to Joe and the journey it has taken hence even Iron Mike turning up. I didnt know or have really heard of Joe Egan before the book but I know now he is a walking living story with a big heart who has earned his respect and I'm you to can learn how by reading his story brought to you by PENNANT BOOKS. And gentlemen if you want to see and feel the atmosphere of the day Tyson & co came to town for Big Joe, there's exclusive footage on my own DVD thats due out in the shops thats titled Cass Pennant, Enough Said! and is availiable now through this site.
More tv stuff lined up for 2006 and some interesting stuff too and the film based on the book CASS, the book of my own life-story that given me more respect than anything else I can think. Thats were it all started and thats what you are still telling me and its still available in the bookstores today. Film talks have dragged all year but things are due to move quickly after the start of the new year. Those of you that have read the book wont be surprised if I told you it wont be a football thug based film plot. More on that when we have more and no its not a Guy Ritchie film, what kind of email was that fella to said me, someone will have to enlighten him cos I'm gagged. Do I ever get to enjoy myself if I aint working was another email and I'm not sure if supporting West Ham counts as a answer but there were some enjoyable memories on that score. Were you there for the Cockney Rejects gig at the Circus Tavern cos that was a buzz believe me. Personally I will never forget getting to do something this year I have always dreamed of doing , and that is to be able to guest on a radio show and play all my own record choices. Solo Radio gave me that opportunality and that was just one of my best ever cracks. The Soul Appreciation Society was the name of the show I did and I think my choices backed it up with the Staple Singers,some Jimmy Cliff, Curtis Mayfield and the like. Thanks dj Flip, thanks Banksy for that.
So to close the book Ive been busy and had the craic in 2005 and no year is without its heartache and each year on you remember who your friends really are and each further year on you remember its rarely a wedding invite more like a another funeral. But a new year is always a new start, hope and challenge so com'on England lets being having yer football's coming home GERMANY 2006.
Well tell me about, no journel been done here for a while and worse Ive not been checking the mail and we have a few more cranks than usual coming on and its really not that kind of site.Its just about having a browse and finding different bits of interest and maybe letting an Author know the feedback on his work. It works well like that for me and to be fair we aint done bad with the site thats only just into its second year. Its gone a bit worldwide with always a great respect coming from Italy, Japan, Oz, States and the like. Add all the support we recieve from the UK and you've got to say the site really has something going for it, so I will keep it updated and I apologise that book commitments can cause the site to be neglected from time to time. So onwards and upwards then and its all happening of late.
Maxwell, remember him Big Brother bod that was one of the lads that knew how to have the crack, well I backed him at the time at 7-1 and me sis found his profile on the Big Brother site saying his fav book is CASS. that book was first published in 2000 and its a real compliment that book is selling everywhere today still and its no longer a hope a film of the book. The contract is being negioted right now with the lead part offered to Colin Salmon (Bond films, Prime Suspect).The films director Jon Baird I met on the set of Green Street where he was a producer. He made a extremely powerful short film titled ITS A CASUAL LIFE that has the credits of writer Dougie Brimson and actor Richard Driscoll, its now become a sort after hoolie flick. The short film route to success with little known director in the movie world has been done before. It was a route taken by the now famous directors of LOCK STOCK...and also GREEN STREET'S Lexi Alexander who made the boxer's short JOHNNY FLYNTON.Boxing movies are big news today and Ive seen this short and its a master that is worth tracking down on the net or through a dvd specialist. I will certainly pass on to her a book I have been excited about all year and is soon to be published on Pennant Books and believe me I think I know me books but I seriously think this has film stamped all over it. Its about a colourful Irish boxer who comes through every hardluck story you can put up and then backs a ring comeback after 12 years out of the game.BIG JOE EGAN is name and title and the books foreword is done by 'Iron Mike Tyson'.
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Well there you have it. 'The baddest man on the planet getting together with the toughest white man on the planet'. This has come about entirely through a true friendship of respect between Mike and Joe that goes back to Iron Mike's Cus D' Amato Catskill mountains era. Joe's book BIG JOE EGAN is my first publication as a publisher trading as PENNANT BOOKS. If you have enjoyed what I have brought to the literature world as an author then you be more than impressed with the quality and direction I intend taking now as a publisher.
Talking of former world boxing champians how many of you watched the recent documentary special of Frank Bruno on ITV, Gloves Off. Well judging by my messages many of you did and what a revealing put together program.I know from conversations in the street many folk wonder how is Frank and what went on with him during that well publicised mental breakdown and this production certainly lifted the lid on quite a lot you wouldn't have thought might be said.I thought Frank come across well to the public to the point you would feel even more for him now than when you did back when he got sectioned under the Mental Health Act. I was interviewed myself for the program and I was on it throughout. I didn't know I would be featured so much and was concerned after giving one of my longest interviews how I might get edited. But no I do know Frank well, very well at one time and even I was surprised as the viewer on some of the stuff mentioned. Credit to the producers that went with the truth being the bomb and the gloves did come off didn't they. I am glad in a way my link to Frank and the real story of us got confirmed by Frank himself on that show. Some people can't get their heads around the World champ with a ex-hoolie if the've not read the stories in my biography CASS.It is a unusual link and story that has been touched on tv before on The Trisha Show but bigger still the producers of the Oprah Winfrey show in America picked up on our friendship and wanted to fly us both out for the show. Its true, Frank called me in the middle of the night as he had them on his phone and my reply was well what you calling me for. And his reply was "well its your story as well Mr Pennant and its you they want,hee hee". The show never came of as the notice was too short to arrange us getting over but we both were up for going. Another thing with Frank on that show that come across to me was its obvious he needs some happiness and one of the happy periods I was really around him was when we both had a season ticket together over the Hammers. It was'nt touched on in the documentary but he loves his football, he also plays it when the offer is there.So my message is Frank the fans all remember you and are always asking on you, the club itself are also big fans of yours and when you feel ready get your arse back over because there is a team now with some real pride being put back in the claret and blue. Even the fan we nickname the manager that sits in the Chicken Run 'getting out of his pram' and you know who I mean is looking happy this season. So there's the call for your happy pill and its West Ham pal.
Ive lost count on what tv stations that Toughest Towns has been screened on this month, Bravo, C5, any others? They feature Portsmouth as one of the towns in the series and as I was co-author with 657's Rob Silvester I get my boatrace on this documentary too. Another cracking little look for all thats crazy with those I feel I have very good relations with down at Pompey. Of course anything Pompey is not going to be well recieved by those in Southampton and me now mentioning them in print means a few less beers being offered my way next time I'm down there. But a unlikely call was that the Chelsea bods are not impressed and not happy upon seeing a certain Mr Donald MacIntyre's name splashed all over this production. They like to use a pompey fav word on anything to do with this man to them is scum. This is because as a result of previous documentary that had his involvement featured on the Headhunter boys and a few of them went down for it. Trial by tv was the call and not just by the Chelsea lot as legal maction against the MacIntyre show was taken by others claiming unfair portrayal. Personally the Chelsea bods have a point because if you read between the lines of Headhunter Jason Marriner in his own chapter in TOP BOYS book, it certainly raises the question to the point why on earth would football lads ever knowingly get involved with this MacIntyre bloke. Personally I wouldn't and you know not just Pompey but I would go as far as any proper lads would. The case hear and the facts is MacIntyre is not featured with by interview or at the location when Pompey and ex 657 lads done that documentary. It was made a real while back so far that most of us wondered if it would ever get shown. And truth is that may well have been the case because it got taken over by others and whether it was a MacIntyre own production company or not it was his name thats got this series back on the screens. It got a new team in and the old out hence it was as much a surprise to see our ownselves out under MacIntyre Toughest towns as when originally shot it was just C5 or was it C4's Toughest Towns. Truth is the bomb gentlemen.
Is this the best hoolie book your gonna read to date? Well com'on some of you critics and septic's that wern't there or were with the wrong mob can't get their heads around the done this and done that brigade. So here you are boys the book of your dreams is the first book out on my own publishing label Pennant Books. The new book is titled MIG DOWN and is all about those original casual firm underdogs 'The Mig Crew'. Com'on if you truely remember your football days you will remember going to Luton with one thing in mind, and thats to take liberty's on someone else's manor. So how does it feel to be on the other end of all that saying fuck you, we're Luton and proud and we get nasty. When you get the chance to read it (comes out Dec) you will understand the question I first put on this book, quality lads, really, and its all in the words of Tommy Robinson who did the Luton chapter in my book TOP BOYS. Don't take it from me as word of mouth will get to you on this, I'm confident this will stand up with any.
Talking of Top Boys I have started a new book thats to be a England book and I am looking for story contributions from any of you guys and those I'd meet researching Terrace Legends. You know who you are and I don't mind some of those firms that have since got in contact to say about themselves who have not been in my books. I will be contacting all but with a lot of you guys I cant keep up with all the changed me number again firm. Use the private email box so as not to stick up your contact number or drop me your stuff to PO BOX 28387, London SE20 8WU.
Allways on about me own books but Ive bought a few crackers lately and I'll admit I've found absolutly no time to read all, so let me know full sp if you have read any of these: INSIDE THE FOREST EXECUTIVE CREW, HEROES AND VILLIANS, THE BRICK, FRANK, COCKNEY REJECT and I ain't got it yet but I will get the ZULU book and certainly the follow up to POMPEY BOYS, along with another title unknown but its by Bob Beech. Not been this spoilt for a read since me old Joe Hawkins book days.
I DUNNO IF ANY MOVIE MADE FOR CINEMA ENTERTAINMENT ABOUT A FOOTBALL FIRM CAN GIVE YOU REAL. REAL WAS ACHIEVED BY THE GUY SITTING BESIDE ME WHO WE ALL KNEW AS BUTCH. 20 YEARS AGO HE CAME TO US WITH THE IDEA OF MAKING A FLY ON-THE-WALL TV DOCUMENTARY ABOUT THE ICF. BACK THEN OUR WORLD WAS PURE VIOLENCE AND FOR ME TWO DECADES OF IT, ONCE OR TWICE COSTING ME MY LIBERTY. THE SURPRISE THIS NEW MOVIE BRINGS TO SOMEONE THAT MORE THAN KNOWS THE SCORE IS THE WAY IT TAKES YOU BEYOND THE VIOLENCE TO INCORPERATE THE OTHER STORY WE NEVER WANTED YOU THE VIEWER TO KNOW.
TAKING THE WORDS OF OUR OWN LEGEND Mr BILL GARDNER 'YOU NEVER LEAVE A MAN DOWN'(True words ıf you know who BG is). THEN LOOK NO FURTHER THAN THE SCENE IN THE FILM THAT HAS COLD MOUNTAIN STAR CHARLIE HUNNAM WHO AS PETE DUNHAM GOES BACK TO RESCUE MATT BUCKNER (ELIJAH WOOD) WHO GETS TRAPPED AND CORNERED BY THE ZULU'S. NOW IF YOU HAVE READ THE BOOKS TOP BOYS AND TERRACE LEGENDS IN IT THE REAL GUYS SAY TO A MAN, BELONGING TO A FIRM WAS LIKE IN A WAY CHOOSING YOUR OWN FAMILY. SOME WILL SAY THE BOND OF A FOOTBALL FIRM NEVER LEAVES YOU AND I MYSELF HAVE ALWAYS MAINTAINED THE FIRMS ATTRIBUTES OF LOYALITY TO EACH OTHER TOGETHER WITH THE HONOUR, PRIDE AND PASSION, IF THAT COULD BE BOTTLED IT WOULD BE PRICELESS. WHAT BELONGING TO A FIRM GAVE MATT BUCKNER IN THE FILM WAS ULTIMATELY THE BRINGING OUT THE STRENGTH OF CHARACTER HE NEVER KNEW EXISTED WITHIN HIMSELF. NOBODY CAN JUST WALK INTO A FIRM AS HE DID AND NOT PUT A FEW NOSES OUT OF JOINT. THIS IS A WORLD WHERE HIS LOYALITY HAS TO BE PROVED. SOMETHING CLEARLY DISPLAYED WHEN HE CHANGES HIS PLANS TO RUSH BACK AND REJOINS THE GSE (Green Street Elıte) TO TAKE PART IN THE FILMS FINAL BIG OFF. THE CHANGE IN HIS CHARACTER IS NEVER BETTER SHOWN THAN AT THE FILMS ENDING WHEN BACK IN THE REAL WORLD OF THE OFFICE JOB.
THIS LEXI ALEXANDRA DIRECTED MOVIE IS PACKED WITH INTER-GANG MEMBER TENSIONS, STRONG-WILLED CHARACTERS LIKE BOVVER (LEO GREGORY) WHO WOULD MAKE FOR A GOOD A.S IF MY OWN FILM GETS PUT INTO PRODUCTION NEXT YEAR. BOVVER JUST HAS HIS OWN IDEAS ON THE FIRMS AFFAIRS WHICH MAKES FAR MORE FOR THE REALITY FOR ME. PREVIOUS FILMS MAKE IT APPEAR LIKE LETS GET TOGETHER BOYS AND DO THESE C**TS. YET MY OWN MEMORIES WAS THERE WAS ALWAYS PLENTY OF ISSUES GOING ON WITHIN THE FIRM BECAUSE WE WERE ALL GANGS WITHIN GANGS.
THERE'S A LITTLE NOTHING SCENE IN THE FILM WHICH REMINDS ME WELL OF WHEN YOUR FOOTBALL DAYS WAS WHAT YOU LIVED FOR. THE SCENE WHEN THE CARDS ARE FIRST DELT OUT ON THE TRAIN OF THE TRAVELLING AWAY SUPPORTERS. THE CARDSCHOOL WAS ALWAYS THE SIGNAL TO ME OF THE DAY'S ADVENTURES TO BE STARTING. THATS MAGIC MOMENT OF NO RETURN, YOU ARE ALL TOGETHER AND ON YOUR WAY AND THOSE WAITING AHEAD FOR YOU WILL KNOW THAT TOO. THIS IS THE TIME FOR THE LITTLE GLANCE AROUND AT EVERYONE. THE BOYS LOOK COOL, CALM , EVEN EXCITED OR WHATEVER, CERTAINLY NO SIGN OF THE BUTTERFLIES FEELING ENGULFED UP INSIDE OF YOU, 'WILL WE RUN, WILL WE GET DONE AND WHICH ONE OF US WILL GET NICKED' AND THEN APPROPRIATELY THE STANDOUT TRACK FROM THE MOVIE KICKS IN AS THE LYRICS OF 'STAND YOUR GROUND' FROM HOOLIE RAPPERS ACARINE COME FILTERING THROUGH. THAT SCENE FOR ME CHAPS WAS VINTAGE, PURE AND SIMPLE.
BEHIND THE SCENES I EXPECT THERE MUST HAVE BEEN SOME STRONG STEEL RESOLVE SHOWN IN GETTING THIS RELEASED TO A CINEMA AUDIENCE. IT AMUSES ME THAT A FILM OF THIS NATURE AND SUBJECT WILL ALWAYS THROW UP THE OLD CHESTNUT THAT ITS GLORIFYING VIOLENCE. YOU KNOW IF ITS A GANGSTER FILM, GO AHEAD, KILL'EM DEAD. HOLLYWOOD KILLS THEM DEAD,DEAD,DEAD. BUT MENTION ITS FOOTBALL AND THE V-WORD,YOU CAN BE SURE OUT WILL COME THE SOMETHING TO SAY THATS ALREADY BEEN SAID BAN THE BLOODY FILM BRIGADE. I'LL GIVE 'EM ONE WORD WHEN THEY SEE THIS 'CHARGE'. ONE THING'S FOR SURE THEY WON'TSTOP THIS BECOMING A CULT MOVIE LIKE THE LIKES OF A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, QUADRAPHINIA,THE WARRIORS. BE SURE TO ADD GREEN STREET/HOOLIGANS. WHEN I WAS OFFERED THE CHANCE TO SEE A EARLY PREVIEW (Fılm out Sept 9th) I WENT WITH THE VIEW I MIGHT BE SEEING A BIG MONEY VERSION OF ANOTHER MOVIE I ENJOYED THE FOOTBALL FACTORY I AM SURE A FEW OF YOU WILL WANT TO MAKE COMPARISIONS FOR THAT FILM WAS A MAJOR SUCCESS LAST YEAR. BUT DIRECTOR LEXI ALEXANDRA A FORMER KICK-BOXING CHAMPION GIVES US MORE THAN STONE ISLAND LOGO'S SNIFFING CHARLIE AND SHE'S SMART ENOUGH TO KNOW MOST THE FILM GOING PUBLIC WILL HAVE NEVER EXPERIENCED BEING IN A FIRM, YET IN GREEN STREET(Hoolıgans rest of world) SHE WILL HAVE YOU THINKING LIKE A FIRM MEMBER AND I DEFY ANYONE OF YOU NOT TO FIND YOURSELF HUMMING THE WEST HAM FANS ANTHEM BUBBLES NO MATTER WHO YOU SAY YOU SUPPORT. THE CINEMA I WAS IN THE FIRST STRAINS COULD BE HEARD FROM DOWN THE FRONT AND BY THE TIME IT REACHED THE BACK ROW IT HAD BECOME A FULL BLOWN CHORUS OF FOREVER BLOWING BUBBLES. THOSE THAT WOULD NEVER ENTERTAIN A EAST END SINGALONG ARE OUR RIVALS FROM ACROSS THE RIVER WHO WILL TAKE GREAT PLEASURE IN KNOWING THE PIT YOU WILL FEEL IN YOUR STOMACH WHEN YOU TAKE-IN THE BODY COUNT RESULTS OF THE FILMS FINAL BIG OFF (locatıon and scene not unlıke FF, so go back 3 spaces).
OKAY THERE CAN BE NO LOVE LOST WITH MILLWALL, I DON'T LIKE 'EM, NOBODY LIKES THEM AND OF COURSE THEY DON'T CARE ANYWAY. THERE MAN IN THE FILM IS CALLED TOMMY HATCHER AND IS PLAYED BY A GEOFF BELL. THIS CHARACTER DOSEN'T NEED ANY ANNOUNCING, YOU ONLY NEED THE ONE LOOK AT HIM TO SEE 'WALL AND SOUTH LONDONER. I'M NOT FAMILAR WITH ACTORS NAMES BUT I WOULD TAKE A BET HE IS NAILED ON FOR THE NEXT BIG GANGSTER FLICK.
SO LETS CUT TO THE DASH, CRAZY, MENTAL, GOODLOOKING BOYS GOING FOOTBALL, WHATS ALL THE HYPE ABOUT, IS IT BETTER THAN FF? OOH ITS GOT ELIJAH WOOD AND THERE'S ANOTHER ACTOR AND WHATS HE IN NOW? GOOD ACTORS WITH DODGY ACCENTS, EFFING HAMMERS FILM, HEARD IT AIN'T BAD, WHO'S THE SORT IN IT, WHATEVER YOU HEAR AND READ ABOUT IT MY MONEY'S ON YOU WON'T BE WAITING AROUND FOR THE DVD TO COME OUT, GET IN WITH THE GSE WHICH, ITS ALREADY BECOMING LEGEND. 'WE ARE THE FAMOUS, THE FAMOUS.........
The're back, we're back!
Victory and true glory to those who finish sixth eh, nevermind the FA or Carling Cups they become two-bob the day the Mancs and Arse fielded all their reserves and Sir Alec took his lot off to South America and now because these two powerful teams got bottley in case it's the season of we are going to win f**k all and their on the pitch feud, it's all now suddenly a major event. Well many would disagree judging by the euphoria around them parts of East and Essex as our much criticised and I for one have said worstever team rightly milk the plaudits for beating Preston in the Play-off final at the Millenium stadium in Cardiff. God we are going to miss that place if only for the fact it is the best organised city for providing major football events. The way it geared to welcoming fans with low key policing with a smile, Bars opening at 10am ready with bacon sarnies, booze and football anthems blaring out you can only return that respect and party with everyone going mental.As did our player's at the final whistle joining in as a rousing roaring reception of Bubbles and celebrating long after the enternal 7 mins it took for the ref to blow that final whistle. Oh mate I'd stayed in that stadium as long as I could cos I've seen times like it in 75' and 80' and to witness the majority of fans here that have never known those times was a moment worth saviouring, as was meeting all the old faces who found their way up the side street to the Copa bar. The all knowing winks as the supporter's knew today was the day we were putting the United back into West Ham again. We all have each our own memories but mine would be from the start of the journey on the M4 and driving through a sea of urine coming from loads of limos and Hummer's parked on every hard shoulder of that motorway. Then there was the banter and stick I got for wearing my West Ham suit as everyone remembered how unlucky it was for us last season ( Nothing to do with Pardrew's substitions then). My pals turning to look to see what I had to say after Repka hit a post (how?).Plus loads of text congratulation messages from rival fans except Tottenham and Chelsea who stated thats 6pts (not off the pitch mind) while the 'Wall claim their result was seeing Palace go down (QPR will keep you busy chaps). F**k them all it was our day and them streets both before and after was all claret and blue just like it was in '80 beating Arsenal. Throw in a victory parade from the Town Hall to the ground and think on the rise of young Mark Noble and believe we have a future for all things claret until you think of the man that said there be no more firesales and that he might think lovely jubbly bums on seats and 20mill in the bank and voices in the head saying stick-around Tel. Woah its the Westham world.
News in brief.....
Film news of Yank/Hooligans is that it comes out August 26th and has been re-titled to Green Street (Either they didn't pay the think tank enough or the marketing boy's have an eye on the asian film market) You tell me.
Film based on the bestselling book Cass of my life story is progressing nicely.
The Cockney Rejects confirm their long awaited Essex gig is booked for Friday September 2nd at the Circus Tavern. Support band is The Gonads (Garry Bushell). Tickets available from the shop on this site so get in now for their last hammer's gig was awesome (checkout the dvd of it available from shop).
Oi! band The Business and it's longtime member Micky Fitz is a big hammer's fan who has took a tumble of late and I hear is now bouncing back to full health. We wish him well from this site and Micky you have some good friends around you, all the best pal we will see you next season.
Bank robber turned author Terry Smith as seen in Channel 4 TV's "The Heist" was once a member of West Ham's 'Sniper's' and was at Cardiff where he told me the long awaited sequel to "The Art of Armed Robbery" is out this week and is called "Two Strikes and You're Out".
For those of you that should have ASBO on yer cv there's a link to new West Ham site www.firmingup.cjb.net and those looking for the best memories of Cardiff in pictures go check Geedee's site on my link for he has broke the Bacon's monopoly or more the case of rolled him over for top boy for yer matchday photo's. Finally a reminder for adults only to view the whulass site as there's been a few wins of late and that site could be in for a long hard season coming up and no doubt the reason she has gone and revealed all.
"Hooliologist", I knew it wound'nt take long for someone to pick up on it and ask what the fuck. well you know how it is and it was Mr Dillon, chief sports writer for the Daily Express and I give you his brief. Pennant is described as the nation's foremost "hooliologist". What next? "University courses in "bovveristics"? Well well it just so happens that the last 2 years I have been engaged in helping out students of Law, journalism, media, sociology and film study departments of the Uni's of Exeter, Plymouth, Guildford, Manchester and at london's prestigious King's Unniversity I was invited and did give a talk to 3 departments. Chuck in students from Italy and Paris and I've learn't the young and gifted find the whole culture interesting enough to write to me thanking for my help in their achieving their projected grades. "hooliologist" tickles most I know but did you know there was no such word as criminologist, only sociologist and anthropologists until former armed-robber McVicar announced he was now a criminologist. And yeah he would'nt need to study the subject and his expertise is valued and sought along with his comments. So "hooliologist is a expert in said subject as to someone who has to study said subject to become an expect. now you hacks throw me with yer french and latin words chucked in well written articles written in english to which there is no need to do that, though we know why you do it. So you lot are due some 'chav' but I will have the last chuckle when they next update the Collins/Oxford dictionary.
finally a big thanks to those that checked me out when I was given a 2 hour slot alongside host dj Flip on Solar Radio playing all my fav soul collection. F**king luved it and Banksy I owe you one but need a copy of that show. Oh mate o'Jays,Jean Carne,Mary Jane Girls,Alicia Keys,Staple singers,JB,Elgins,Angie Stone,Lauryn Hill, Al Green,Shirley Brown, Nelly,Rufus,Dennis Edwards, Jimmy Cliff......even the boys from the KO Bar in Majorica manage to tune in. Well lets stay tuned in all the way to the premiership rollercoaster ride (should have played that one 'Ohio players').
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