Scum Airways: Inside Football's Underground Economy (Mainstream Sport)

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Soccer is big business, and it doesn't come much bigger than Manchester United. But in the shadow of Old Trafford, a black economy is growing to rival the commercial power of the official sales channels. Scum Airways is an inside investigation of the Manchester grafters—touts, black marketeers, and shady dealers—who, led by characters like "Big Tommy," have come up with a remarkably successful money-making venture: Scum Airways. With the expansion of the Champions League came the opportunity for the grafters to move into the independent travel business. International Travel is the company for those who, through choice or because their police records prohibit them, do not travel with the official clubs. Tommy's core clients are the "Lads"—die-hard 30-something football hooligans. Scum Airways follows the exploits and adventures of Big Tommy and his team of grafters as they continue to build their empire. John Sugden went along for the ride and provides startling insights into professional soccer's burgeoning black economy.

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John Sugden has written many sports books, including FIFA and the Contest for World Football and the acclaimed Badfellas (with Alan Tomlinson). He is a Professor of the Sociology of Sport at the University of Brighton's Chelsea School.

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"From lock-ups in Salford to brothels in Thailand, Scouser Sugden's tribute to touts, counterfeiters and nutters makes for an excellent - and intelligent - read" FHM

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