Exclusive: Robert Cleur’s Gripping “Cockney Reds: The Story of Manchester United’s Southern Army” Set for Release

The infamously notorious and widely feared Cockney Reds travelled from London and the Home Counties to dedicatedly support the most successful professional football club in England – Manchester United. In their wake, however, brutally violent chaos remained and uber-intense hostility amongst opposition fans from clubs, such as Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and West Ham United, ensued upon each respective meeting during the undisputed apex of football hooliganism in Great Britain.

Cockney Reds legendary leader, Robert ‘Banana Bob’ Cleur, who was raised in South-west London, ultimately witnessed and ushered United’s widely feared southern army and its own meteoric rise from its infancy. Prior to avidly following United, the fearless Cleur had an unfortunately troubled childhood after an association with a violent biker gang which invariably culminated in a trial for affray at the Old Bailey.

However, Cleur subsequently rose with rebellion and influence emerging as the Cockney Reds bona fide leader at Old Trafford and indeed around the rest of Europe throughout the Red Devils glorious European nights. The London-raised die-hard Reds fan, who worked laboriously on building sites to fund drinking habits and brawling journeys, was backed up by a formidably hard-nosed group of fellow non-Mancunians, who also shared Cleur’s well-documented avidness for United and, of course, reputation.


Dean Perretta

Dean Perretta is a 2x SEA Award-winning creative, Broadcast Journalist, Reporter, Courtside Analyst for BBC televised London Lions and Executive Producer who currently contributes to FOX Sports Radio, FourFourTwo Magazine and Muscle & Fitness Magazine.