" I have known Jason for decades. He is well-respected by myself and all the chaps. He does his bird like a man. I can honestly say his life has been very eventful." Freddie Foreman
"We used to be rivals back in the day. But I can honestly say Jason is one of the sharpest, funniest blokes I know. He is one of my best friends." Carlton Leach, West Ham ICF and author of Rise of the Footsoldier
"A loveable rogue. A rascal. A great entertainer. Funny, but not as funny as me." Neil 'Razor' Ruddock
"In Kicking the Habit you'll find a new mix of high hooliganism, impeccable integrity and ecstatic entertainment." Howard Marks, dope-dealer extraordinaire and author of Mr Nice.
It starts with Cardiff coming to Stamford Bridge in 2010. Marriner, a Category C hooligan, and someone with a record the length of a milk round, knew he should have stayed away. But he had to be there. To feed his addiction. To back up his mates. To stop the Soul Crew taking the piss. He did all of those things but the consequences for Jason Marriner, probably the most-watched face in England, would be severe. It was the latest chapter in a life dominated by football violence . . and the bird and the banning orders that goes with it.
In this explosive new book Marriner tells, for the first time, of his involvement in football violence at the highest level. How he became a member of Chelsea's notorious Headhunters as the finest mob in the country rampaged across England and Europe. Always in the thick of the action Marriner was a genuine front-runner, invariably to the fore when the going got tough, a trait that earned him respect from friend and foe alike.
He became so infamous that he was targeted by the BBC, who spent enormous sums of money on an undercover team set up with the sole intention of incriminating him for acts of football viollence and conspiracy. Marriner would receive a six-year prison sentence after the resulting documentary was broadcast on national television. It was a wholly unjust conviction, based on a programme that Marriner believes was deeply distorted and biased. But he refused to let the system crush him and he did his bird with courage and his unfailing good humour.
This is his story . . .