Causes of football hooliganism are still widely disputed by academics, and narrative accounts from reflective ex-hooligans in the public domain are often sensationalized. The aims of this essay are to critically assess some of the main academic theories behind the causes of football hooliganism; and, to consider the value of gathering less sensationalistic in-depth narrative accounts from reflective ex-hooligans in order to further understanding. This has been achieved through presenting findings from a case study comprising interviews and a life testimony from an ex- football hooligan who has become an active member of a Christian church. The methodological value of narrative accounts from reflective ex-hooligans is also discussed in relation to its validity, representation and its general appropriateness towards the study of football hooliganism. A case is made for sociologists to consider using in-depth oral accounts from reflective ex-hooligans in order to ensure theory reflects empirical evidence.