From Hooligan to Hollywood
War, what is it good for? If you ask Falklands veteran Dougie Brimson, he will tell you ‘pretty much everything.’
For after leaving behind an 18 year career in the Royal Air Force and stepping into a future which looked at best bleak, at worst, boring, Dougie decided to build a career on the one thing he had in his favour; a secret. Something only a few people had any inkling of. For aside from a life in uniform, he had also led a double-life as a football hooligan.
So why did an obviously intelligent military man willingly take part in tear ups on the terraces? And how did the life lessons learned from a punch in the face take the former Sergeant from unemployment to best-selling author and writer of one of the most successful British movies of the Noughties? Yet this isn’t a simple story of ‘boy made good out of bad’ it’s a tale about the power of self-belief, the confidence in an idea and conclusive proof that a negative past doesn’t have to define a negative future.
16 books including 12 best-sellers 750,000 copies sold worldwide. The most downloaded football thriller of all-time. Over 5 years at #1 on the Amazon football chart Writer of the Hollywood smash, Green Street.
- He once had a fight with a donkey (and lost).
- He once stole a famous gravestone.... and a parrot.
- He became probably the first person in the West to know about Chernobyl.
- He made Arnold Schwarzenegger roar with laughter.
"Dougie gave us a real insight into his life, his books, his writing and his past. Hitting the back of the net with his honesty, Dougie says it how it is.... He certainly scored a beauty with us."
Jacqueline Colbeck – Subject Leader For English – Everton Free School.