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He covers the history of the club incredibly well, which is nice But he fails to capture the essence of what it s like to experience a st Pauli game first hand Not a bad read though. A bit dry in it s style but a well researched look at St Pauli, in terms of their history, politics and the authorities not exactly approving of the left wing leanings of the majority of the fan base Expectedto be honest but it has given me the impetus to find outabout this interesting German football club.Ray Smillie Having an active interest in St Pauli I looked forward to this book Unfortunately despite Nick Davidson s obvious love of St Pauli it wasn t that great a read It starts with a mix of his own experience of attending games as well as the early years of St Pauli However his own personal tales of travelling are not that interesting As harsh as it sounds I found the part about his failure to start his rental Mercedes car quite boring On top of that he seemed to be writingas an outsider loo Having an active interest in St Pauli I looked forward to this book Unfortunately despite Nick Davidson s obvious love of St Pauli it wasn t that great a read It starts with a mix of his own experience of attending games as well as the early years of St Pauli However his own personal tales of travelling are not that interesting As harsh as it sounds I found the part about his failure to start his rental Mercedes car quite boring On top of that he seemed to be writingas an outsider looking in getting some of his information from various other sources such as the internet.Nevertheless his love of St Pauli shines through he does his best to explain that being part of St Pauli is part of a community fighting against injustice He also explains the Kult, phenomenon of the 1980 s which led to the media interest and explains how the skull and bones became associated with St Pauli.If you ve got an interest or want to learn a bitthan St Pauli then you ll probably like it However if your looking for a book solely about football or following a team then there are better books out there like Tim Parks A season with Verona, Tor or any of Simon Kuper s books Parte travelog, parte hist rico, parte apaixonado, inteiramente divertido. A clear labour of love by a football fan rediscovering his love of fan culture Well written and enjoyable, particularly as I read it en route to and in hamburg Possibly a little overlong at times would be my only criticism but as the proceeds are going to a club fan museum I won t complain Worth picking up for a fan of European football culture. `READ PDF ↽ Pirates, Punks & Politics ↞ FC Sankt Pauli the football club in the red light district of Hamburg a transvestite chairman terraces populated by punks, pimps and prostitutes a club run by anarchists, united under the skull and crossbones flag This is the cliche that has been lazily peddled, one which attracts clueless stag parties from the Reeperbahn to the Millerntor stadium But it s not the real St Pauli In Pirates, Punks Politics author Nick Davidson puts the record straight, intermingling the history of FC St Pauli, and the district it represents, with an account of his own involvement with the clubBack inDavidson travelled with his father to watch his first game at the Millerntor What he found reinforced his faith in football This book goes beyond the stereotype to seek out the real St Pauli a club with a passionate, left wing fan base that has made a stand against, fascism, racism, sexism and both in football and wider society As the author and countless others have discovered, the Millerntor is also a place which welcomes with open arms fans seeking an alternative to the rabid commercialisation of football elsewhere, encouraging them to stay for hours after the final whistle and immerse themselves in the vibrant fan culture Read this book and fall in love with a different kind of football All the author s royalties will be donated to the V Museum, FC St Pauli museum project