Despite the name of this book the story actually has very little to do with football. It is based around the football and is more reminisant of a clash of tribes then sports. Told from the point of view of serveral characters the main plot depicts the life of Tommy who is a member of the Chelsea Headhunters. His life is a constant rollercoaster of drink, drugs, sex and violence never knowing when it could all go wrong for him.

It is well written, thought provoking and shockingly blunt in places and manages to bring you into the story and feel as though you are part of the situation. It explores what drives people to violence and the way that it makes them feel. It is also a story about brotherhood and the lengths that people will go to protect those close to them.


If you are easily offended then this is not the book for you. With swearing, sex and racism depcited throughout this can be a shocking read in places but if you can look past this there are some very inciteful points made throughout. Overall Football Factory is a great look at this section of society.