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In 1985, forty hooligan followers of Stoke City FC took a riotous trip to Portsmouth – and the Naughty Forty was born. It became one of the most notorious soccer gangs in Britain.
Mark Chester was a founder member of the N40. Expelled from school after an unsettled childhood, he joined the Staffordshire Regiment, only to be discharged for misconduct. Stoke City’s emerging ‘casual’ mob became his family. ‘Right or wrong, i was ready to become a committed football hooligan.’
Pivotal clashes with the likes of Everton, Manchester United and West Ham defined the new firm. Formidable characters came to the forefront, men like the giant Mark Bentley, Philler the Beast and the legendary Miffer.
The N40 code was simple: whatever the odds, they would always make a stand.
Soon they were joined by the Under-Fives, a younger element determined to win the acceptance from the terrace legends they admired.
Naughty is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand the illicit but seductive lure of terrace combat, the emotional ties of a gang and the addictive buzz of Saturday afternoons.
‘Shows the psychology behind the brutality…one of the most frank accounts of the yobbo mindset.’ ICE
About the author:
Mark Chester has appeared on numerous television documentaries on the subject of football related disorder including the Real Football Factories on Bravo. He is the author of a second book,Sex, Drugs and Football Thugs (Milo Books).