Football’s Fight Club (UK Documentary)

Originally shown as a two part series on Channel Four in 2002, Football’s Fight Club shows some of the history on the terraces from the late 70s onwards and is set to a pretty decent soundtrack with several of the original heads providing commentary.

As a self righteous twat commented in his Guardian review, “…making it all so guiltily enjoyable.”

This one’s for you Gunter.

Posted by Horatio Cornblower


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  1. Millwall: A history of violence

    Millwall’s supporters have an association with violence dating back decades, with their Bushwackers hooligan firm attaining particular notoriety in the 1970s and 1980s.

    This violent reputation can be traced back over a century, when in September 1906, supporters from Millwall and local rivals West Ham, both mainly dockers, fought in the stands during a Western League match.

    During the mid to late 1960s, violence at football grounds became more widespread and more widely reported. In November 1965, a hand grenade was thrown from the Millwall end during a match at Brentford. Goalkeeper Chic Brodie picked it up and tossed it into his goal. Police later inspected it and found it to be a dummy grenade.

    Outbreaks of fighting at Millwall matches became more commonplace, with the Football Association ordering the club to erect fences around the pitch at The Den in 1967.

    In March 1978, a riot broke out during a home FA Cup quarter-final with Ipswich Town, with fighting on the terraces and an attempt to invade the pitch to get the match abandoned with Millwall 6-1 down.

    In 1982, the club chairman Alan Thorne threatened to close the club because of the frequency of violence.

    The most notorious night was the Kenilworth Road riot of 1985, when Millwall fans repeatedly invaded the pitch and fought pitched battles with police and Luton supporters, during an FA Cup sixth round tie. 31 arrests were made.

    Although hooliganism died down during the nineties, there have been sporadic outbreaks since.
    In May 2002, following defeat in a play-off semi-final against Birmingham, hundreds of hooligans rampaged through nearby streets, leading to 47 police officers and 24 police horses being injured.

    As a result, then chairman Theo Paphitis introduced a membership card scheme, since restricted to high risk away matches, that is credited with vastly reducing Millwall’s travelling support. It followed a turbulent season in which there were at least half a dozen separate incidents of disorder.

    In October 2004, during a League Cup match against Liverpool, Millwall fans allegedly taunted their counterparts with songs making fun of the Hillsborough Disaster in 1989, leading to clashes outside the ground. They were charged by the FA for the violence.

    In August 2009, a Millwall supporter was stabbed outside Upton Park in fierce clashes with West Ham hooligans prior to a League Cup tie. West Ham fans invaded the pitch twice and were later fined £115,000 by the FA.

    Before today, the latest incident was in January, when Millwall fans threw beer bottles at a linesman during a Cup fourth round tie with Aston Villa.

    The membership scheme, linked to police intelligence databases, has helped eliminate the hooligan element from Millwall’s travelling support.

    For high risk matches, Millwall fans are regularly made to collect tickets from motorway service stations, meaning they can’t travel by train.

    Allocations have been greatly reduced and diligence is taken over who is able to buy tickets. The weight of banning orders handed down by the courts has also helped reduce the hooligan risk.

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