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Goals to Gold: Trading the football pitch for the financial markets by Lee Sandford

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Chapter Twenty-Nine: Hooligans and #$%@* #ankers

WHETHER OR NOT you personally enjoy it, football – the beautiful game – is a huge part of England’s national heritage and we should be proud of all our achievements in the sport, in the domestic leagues, in European club competitions and at an international level.

However, there was a depressing time in England when football was synonymous with hooliganism. Organised groups of troublemakers spoilt it for everyone else by using the game as a vehicle for thuggery and vandalism. There was a real crackdown against criminal behaviour in the late 1980s and 1990s, and these days English fans usually outshine their European counterparts in terms of behaviour at big international matches.

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