Birmingham 1976. Aston Villa and Birmingham City football clubs are in the First Division. They are blood rivals, whose hooligan ‘football firms’ are locked in a vicious struggle for supremacy.
Two criminal families, The Murphys and the Carters, control the firms, and they hate each other. But love crosses the boundaries between them, setting off a tragic chain of events. Can it prevail over the violence? In the background, the National Front fight on the streets, racism is on the rise, and it’s the hottest summer in living memory.
This is a love story, set against the backcloth of the 1975/6 football season, with factual accounts of many of the games, when the names of stars such as Trevor Francis and Andy Gray were revered by supporters.
Battling the violence are the Police, and Detective Inspector Rob Docker makes a return from ‘Black Over Bill’s Mothers’ to use every means possible, whether lawful or otherwise, to destroy both groups as the ever increasing levels of violence lead to murder.
And on the streets of Birmingham, another struggle is being played out as the National Front try to seize the hearts and minds of some of those whose first love is the game of football.
‘Keep Right On’ tells a love story entwined with football hooliganism and has plenty of surprises along the way. It will be enjoyed by lovers of a good story, football fans, those who seek a glimpse into the underside of the hooligan world, and those fascinated by the history and nostalgia of the 1970’s.
‘The ‘Made In Birmingham’ Books
1: ‘Black Over Bill’s Mother’s’
2: ‘Pretty Thing’
3: ‘Keep Right On’
4: ‘The Touch Of Innocence’
‘Another cracking read, a dramatic storyline with perhaps a surprise ending, a great follow on to ‘Black Over Bill’s Mother’s”
‘I would be lying if I said that this was great literature. I would also be lying if I said that it wasn’t a page turner. I am proud Brummie Bluenose whose formative teenage years were spent on the Tilton Road terraces, and following the Blues up and down the country courtesy of British Rail. These were both the ‘best of times’ and the ‘worst of times’. The atmosphere, raw innoncence and the sheer thrill of being part of the enormous crowds which followed Blues and Villa in the mid seventies is gloriously brought to life, The constant reference to match reports for both Blues and Villa released a veritable tidal wave of memories. Studies show the Seventies really was a time when the British were at their happiest. For Brummies the football seemed better and the utilitarian and sometimes grimy wonder of Birmingham’s post war city centre surpassed in many ways its 21st Century replacement. Even the evocative smells – often not always pleasant – of various city centre locations can be instantly recalled in this gritty tale of football hooliganism between rival family, Blues and Villa firms. Now I would also be lying if I said I was part of the hooliganism scene. For me this was the demesne of the uneducated – I guess I would be described as a ‘bobble hat fan’. However, the rucks, the fights and let’s be honest, at times rioting were hard to avoid and sadly turned many against the game during the next decade. ‘The plot’ is plausible and the characters realistic which is a testemant to the authors’ professional knowledge from policing hooliganism at this time. I would certainly recommend this book to anybody who remembers the glorious Seventies in Brum and that long hot summer of 1976! KRO!’
‘Very good book and brought back memories of that long hot summer as well as the fact it was my first season as a football fan . My team Burnley got a bit of a mention even though we were made out to get a hiding !!!’