History Main / FootballHooligans

10th Feb '16 8:06:37 PM JBK405
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* In ''Film/{{Eurotrip}}'', two of the protagonists run into a Manchester United fanclub (in London[[note]]Not failure to research but a subtle gag about English football culture: among fans of other teams it is often believed that all Man United fans don't live in Manchester and are shallow idiots who only like them because they're successful[[/note]]). The club are stereotypical hooligans, but the two strike well with them and they give them a ride to Paris.
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* In ''Film/{{Eurotrip}}'', two of the protagonists run into a Manchester United fanclub (in London[[note]]Not failure to research but a subtle gag about English football culture: among fans of other teams it is often believed that all Man United fans don't live in Manchester and are shallow idiots who only like them because they're successful[[/note]]). The club are stereotypical hooligans, is exaggeratedly violent, but the two strike well with of them and manage to make a good impression (And convince them that they give are Manchester U fans from the USA) so the club welcomes them in and even gives them a ride to Paris.France for a match. [[spoiler:The club shows up again at the climax to help save the day]].
5th Jan '16 6:24:54 AM Willbyr
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4th Jan '16 4:53:48 PM merotoker
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-->-- '''Will [=McKenzie=]''', ''Film/TheInbetweenersMovie'' An [[TheBeautifulGame Association Football]] supporter who arguably takes the "support" part more seriously than the football. Portrayals (and RealLife examples) tend to range along a sliding scale of criminal behaviour. Some are fans who've gotten drunk and found themselves in a BarBrawl, while others are organised "firms" -- gangs formed on the basis, not of ethnicity or home turf, but of the members' favoured team. Strongly associated with the UK, but [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Football_hooliganism as pointed out]] on TheOtherWiki, prevalent all over the world -- even [[http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2005/dec/07/ussport.football within the US]], at least according to ''[[BritishNewspapers The Guardian]]''. Hooliganism was so rife in 1980's England (for example, contributing to disasters like [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heysel_Stadium_Disaster Heysel]]) that MargaretThatcher formed a "war cabinet" to deal with the problem; ironically, measures put in place to stop it resulted in the tragedy at [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hillsborough_disaster Hillsborough]]. Thankfully, further measures put in place have all but stamped this problem out.
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-->-- '''Will [=McKenzie=]''', ''Film/TheInbetweenersMovie'' ''Film/TheInbetweeners'' An [[TheBeautifulGame Association Football]] UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball supporter who arguably takes the "support" part more seriously than the football. Portrayals (and RealLife examples) tend to range along a sliding scale of criminal behaviour. Some are fans who've gotten drunk and found themselves in a BarBrawl, while others are organised "firms" -- gangs formed on the basis, not of ethnicity or home turf, but of the members' favoured team. Strongly associated with the UK, but [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Football_hooliganism as pointed out]] on TheOtherWiki, [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki]], prevalent all over the world -- even [[http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2005/dec/07/ussport.football within the US]], at least according to ''[[BritishNewspapers ''[[UsefulNotes/BritishNewspapers The Guardian]]''. Hooliganism was so rife in 1980's England (for example, contributing to disasters like [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heysel_Stadium_Disaster Heysel]]) that MargaretThatcher UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher formed a "war cabinet" to deal with the problem; ironically, measures put in place to stop it resulted in the tragedy at [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hillsborough_disaster Hillsborough]]. Thankfully, further measures put in place have all but stamped this problem out.

* The third volume of [[ComicBook/{{Stumptown}} Stumptown]] features the Timbers Army, the...shall we say ''spirited'' fans of the Portland Timbers. Scenes set at the opening Portland/Seattle game have Timbers chants as a wall of words that take up a fair amount of the background of every scene, advocating the burning down of Seattle in its entirety. And then a Timbers fan gets assaulted after the game...
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* The third volume of [[ComicBook/{{Stumptown}} Stumptown]] ''ComicBook/{{Stumptown}}'' features the Timbers Army, the...shall we say ''spirited'' fans of the Portland Timbers. Scenes set at the opening Portland/Seattle game have Timbers chants as a wall of words that take up a fair amount of the background of every scene, advocating the burning down of Seattle in its entirety. And then a Timbers fan gets assaulted after the game...

* In ''TheInbetweenersMovie'', a group of hooligans keep Will awake though his entire bus ride from the airport by singing irritating songs praising Burnley. He comments, "When people ask me if I like football now, I say yes, but not Burnley. Burnley can fuck off."
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* In ''TheInbetweenersMovie'', ''Film/TheInbetweeners'', a group of hooligans keep Will awake though his entire bus ride from the airport by singing irritating songs praising Burnley. He comments, "When people ask me if I like football now, I say yes, but not Burnley. Burnley can fuck off."

* According to DaveBarry in "Football Deflated";
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* According to DaveBarry Creator/DaveBarry in "Football Deflated";

* In the 1970's, a now-defunct publishing house called the ''Creator/NewEnglishLibrary'' specialised in lurid penny-dreadfuls, hack-written novels capitalising on ''[[BritishNewspapers Daily Mail]]'' readers' fears about British society going to Hell in a handcart. Among its copious catalogue were pulp novels by a "Richard Allen" about football hooliganism, with no nose left unbroken nor no groin unkicked. Allen wrote four or five books about the hooligans, culminating in a truly outrageous piece of monumental absurdity called ''Striker!'', where football hooligans precipitate the collapse of British society and, with the aid of no-good trade unions and communists, take over the country. Eventually, the Americans call a halt to Britain's slide into anarchy by sending their army in to restore order and put down hooliganism. Oh dear. A cure producing a bigger body count than the disease?
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* In the 1970's, a now-defunct publishing house called the ''Creator/NewEnglishLibrary'' specialised in lurid penny-dreadfuls, hack-written novels capitalising on ''[[BritishNewspapers ''[[UsefulNotes/BritishNewspapers Daily Mail]]'' readers' fears about British society going to Hell in a handcart. Among its copious catalogue were pulp novels by a "Richard Allen" about football hooliganism, with no nose left unbroken nor no groin unkicked. Allen wrote four or five books about the hooligans, culminating in a truly outrageous piece of monumental absurdity called ''Striker!'', where football hooligans precipitate the collapse of British society and, with the aid of no-good trade unions and communists, take over the country. Eventually, the Americans call a halt to Britain's slide into anarchy by sending their army in to restore order and put down hooliganism. Oh dear. A cure producing a bigger body count than the disease?

* Creator/{{Irvine Welsh}}'s novels are [[AuthorAppeal rife]] with this trope. In ''{{Trainspotting}}'''s prequel ''{{Skagboys}}'', Begbie is established to be one of these, which [[BloodKnight should come as]] [[ViolentGlaswegian no]] [[AxeCrazy surprise]].
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* Creator/{{Irvine Welsh}}'s novels are [[AuthorAppeal rife]] with this trope. ** In ''{{Trainspotting}}'''s ''Literature/{{Trainspotting}}'''s prequel ''{{Skagboys}}'', ''Literature/{{Skagboys}}'', Begbie is established to be one of these, which [[BloodKnight should come as]] [[ViolentGlaswegian no]] [[AxeCrazy [[AxCrazy surprise]].

*** Skinner from ''Literature/TheBedroomSecretsOfTheMasterChefs'' is a supporter of the Hibs. * Tam Lin and the other bodyguards from ''Literature/HouseOfTheScorpion'' is described by El Patron as having been "breaking heads outside a soccer field in Scotland", [[spoiler:though it turns out he was also a Scottish nationalist terrorist.]]
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*** ** Skinner from ''Literature/TheBedroomSecretsOfTheMasterChefs'' is a supporter of the Hibs. * Tam Lin and the other bodyguards from ''Literature/HouseOfTheScorpion'' is described by El Patron as having been "breaking heads outside a soccer field in Scotland", [[spoiler:though it turns out he was also a Scottish nationalist terrorist.]]terrorist]].

* In Australia, ''TheChasersWarOnEverything'' had a skit involving selling Balaclavas and (fake) knuckledusters in club colors to [[RugbyLeague Canterbury Bulldogs]] fans. * After the home team wins in an episode of ''ThirdRockFromTheSun'':
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* In Australia, ''TheChasersWarOnEverything'' ''Series/TheChasersWarOnEverything'' had a skit involving selling Balaclavas and (fake) knuckledusters in club colors to [[RugbyLeague Canterbury Bulldogs]] fans. * After the home team wins in an episode of ''ThirdRockFromTheSun'':''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'':

* "Weekend Warrior" by IronMaiden is about hooligans. Given that Steve Harris had the choice between a football career with West Ham United and a music career with Iron Maiden ([[CaptainObvious he took the second option]]) he knows a lot about football - the good side and the bad side.
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* "Weekend Warrior" by IronMaiden Music/IronMaiden is about hooligans. Given that Steve Harris had the choice between a football career with West Ham United and a music career with Iron Maiden ([[CaptainObvious he took the second option]]) he knows a lot about football - the good side and the bad side.

* ''ComicStrip/USAcres'': Some strips had TheBeautifulGame as a theme. [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/1998-08-25 In this one]], Lanolin showed the área where the parking lot would be. She explained that's where that'd hold "the fight after the game". Her face held an expression she was looking forward to that moment.
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* ''ComicStrip/USAcres'': Some strips had TheBeautifulGame UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball as a theme. [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/1998-08-25 In this one]], Lanolin showed the área where the parking lot would be. She explained that's where that'd hold "the fight after the game". Her face held an expression she was looking forward to that moment.

* WordOfGod says the {{Warhammer}} Orcs are modelled after British football hooligans. Jervis Johnson is a big fan of British football, and his idea was to mock the hooligans as making them orcs: ''Warhammer Orcs are the same in comparison on stupidity for bricks as what bricks are to football hooligans''. This was carried over wholesale with the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' incarnation of Orks (one of their early codexes is titled "'Ere we go! 'Ere we go! 'Ere we go!"--and the ''current'' codex has an "'Ere we go!" special rule that most Ork models get).
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* WordOfGod says the {{Warhammer}} TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} Orcs are modelled after British football hooligans. Jervis Johnson is a big fan of British football, and his idea was to mock the hooligans as making them orcs: ''Warhammer Orcs are the same in comparison on stupidity for bricks as what bricks are to football hooligans''. This was carried over wholesale with the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' incarnation of Orks (one of their early codexes is titled "'Ere we go! 'Ere we go! 'Ere we go!"--and the ''current'' codex has an "'Ere we go!" special rule that most Ork models get).

* The Allies' main tank in ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert3'' was crewed by them. ** Given that their base soldiers are upgunned riot police...
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* The Allies' main tank in ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert3'' was crewed by them. ** them. Given that their base soldiers are upgunned riot police...

* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''' "The Cartridge Family" is a TakeThat to soccer in general. The crowd at an international match breaks into a riot ''because the game is so boring'' (the players stall instead of putting the ball in play), and turns the city into a war zone. -->'''[[ViolentGlaswegian Willie:]]''' Ye call this a riot? C'mon boys, let's take 'em to school! ** More rioting soccer fans in the episode ''Marge Gamer,'' where Lisa watches a documentary about them. It's enough to make a statue of the Virgin Mary comes to life and "beat the living snot out of everyone."
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''' ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' ** "The Cartridge Family" is a TakeThat to soccer in general. The crowd at an international match breaks into a riot ''because the game is so boring'' (the players stall instead of putting the ball in play), and turns the city into a war zone. -->'''[[ViolentGlaswegian --->'''[[ViolentGlaswegian Willie:]]''' Ye call this a riot? C'mon boys, let's take 'em to school! ** More rioting soccer fans in the episode ''Marge Gamer,'' "Marge Gamer," where Lisa watches a documentary about them. It's enough to make a statue of the Virgin Mary comes come to life and "beat the living snot out of everyone."

* The UrExample to sports hooliganism in Europe may be the chariot races that took place in AncientRome and the later ByzantineEmpire. Racers back then would be divided into teams based on the uniform colors they wore and their fans and spectators would likewise align themselves into these different camps. Much like modern football clubs, the fanbases would often be identified not just by which racing team they rooted for but also by cultural and sociopolitical issues beyond just the sport and thus, riots breaking out during games were not uncommon whenever tensions ran high. The most infamous example of these was the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nika_riots Nika riots]] in Constantinople. A fight between the "Green" and "Blue" chariot teams' fans quickly escalated into city-wide riots that killed over 30,000 people, ''burned down the Hagia Sophia'', and nearly toppled the government of Emperor Justinian. Talk about BreadAndCircuses GoneHorriblyWrong.
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* The UrExample to sports hooliganism in Europe may be the chariot races that took place in AncientRome and the later ByzantineEmpire.UsefulNotes/ByzantineEmpire. Racers back then would be divided into teams based on the uniform colors they wore and their fans and spectators would likewise align themselves into these different camps. Much like modern football clubs, the fanbases would often be identified not just by which racing team they rooted for but also by cultural and sociopolitical issues beyond just the sport and thus, riots breaking out during games were not uncommon whenever tensions ran high. The most infamous example of these was the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nika_riots Nika riots]] in Constantinople. A fight between the "Green" and "Blue" chariot teams' fans quickly escalated into city-wide riots that killed over 30,000 people, ''burned down the Hagia Sophia'', and nearly toppled the government of Emperor Justinian. Talk about BreadAndCircuses GoneHorriblyWrong.

** HunterSThompson noted in his 1974 ''Rolling Stone'' article "Fear and Loathing at the SuperBowl" that in the relatively early years of pro football (i.e. the early to mid [[TheSixties '60s]]), the main reason ''anyone'' went to a football game was to get drunk, get high (if that was their thing), and brawl. In other words, it was the counterculture's answer to baseball, which at that point was family-friendly and "America's pastime".\\
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** HunterSThompson Creator/HunterSThompson noted in his 1974 ''Rolling Stone'' article "Fear and Loathing at the SuperBowl" UsefulNotes/SuperBowl" that in the relatively early years of pro football (i.e. the early to mid [[TheSixties '60s]]), the main reason ''anyone'' went to a football game was to get drunk, get high (if that was their thing), and brawl. In other words, it was the counterculture's answer to baseball, which at that point was family-friendly and "America's pastime".\\

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28th Dec '15 7:55:23 PM eroock
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* ''The Firm'' - West Ham
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* ''The Firm'' (2009) - West Ham
4th Dec '15 12:26:56 PM SSJMagus
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** The city of UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}} is notorious for having some of the most vicious sports fans in the nation, no matter the sport. The [[http://www.snopes.com/holidays/christmas/santa/philadelphia.asp "throwing snowballs at Santa"]] incident is ''always'' brought up whenever Philly sports teams are mentioned, and the Eagles' old stadium, Veterans Stadium, had a fully-functional branch of the Philadelphia Municipal Court in the basement to handle the number of fights that broke out at games.[[note]]Fun fact: the judge of that court, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seamus_McCaffery Seamus McCaffery]], now sits on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.[[/note]] The ''Guardian'' article linked to in the description was talking about Philadelphia Eagles fans, and called the city "the American Millwall". The 700 Level of Veterans Stadium was infamous for being where the worst of the worst among Eagles fans could be found, and was described by TheOtherWiki as being known for "hostile taunting, fighting, public urination and general strangeness."
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** The city of UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}} is notorious for having some of the most vicious sports fans in the nation, no matter the sport. The [[http://www.snopes.com/holidays/christmas/santa/philadelphia.asp "throwing snowballs at Santa"]] incident is ''always'' brought up whenever Philly sports teams are mentioned, and the Eagles' old stadium, Veterans Stadium, had a fully-functional branch of the Philadelphia Municipal Court (known unofficially as "Eagles Court") in the basement to handle the number of fights that broke out at games.[[note]]Fun fact: the judge of that court, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seamus_McCaffery Seamus McCaffery]], now sits on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.[[/note]] The ''Guardian'' article linked to in the description was talking about Philadelphia Eagles fans, and called the city "the American Millwall". The 700 Level of Veterans Stadium was infamous for being where the worst of the worst among Eagles fans could be found, and was described by TheOtherWiki as being known for "hostile taunting, fighting, public urination and general strangeness."
22nd Oct '15 5:43:02 PM pratchettgaiman
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* The third volume of [[ComicBook/{{Stumptown}) Stumptown]] features the Timbers Army, the...shall we say ''spirited'' fans of the Portland Timbers. Scenes set at the opening Portland/Seattle game have Timbers chants as a wall of words that take up a fair amount of the background of every scene, advocating the burning down of Seattle in its entirety. And then a Timbers fan gets assaulted after the game...
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* The third volume of [[ComicBook/{{Stumptown}) [[ComicBook/{{Stumptown}} Stumptown]] features the Timbers Army, the...shall we say ''spirited'' fans of the Portland Timbers. Scenes set at the opening Portland/Seattle game have Timbers chants as a wall of words that take up a fair amount of the background of every scene, advocating the burning down of Seattle in its entirety. And then a Timbers fan gets assaulted after the game...
22nd Oct '15 5:42:34 PM pratchettgaiman
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* The third volume of [[ComicBook/{Stumptown} features the Timbers Army, the...shall we say ''spirited'' fans of the Portland Timbers. Scenes set at the opening Portland/Seattle game have Timbers chants as a wall of words that take up a fair amount of the background of every scene, advocating the burning down of Seattle in its entirety. And then a Timbers fan gets assaulted after the game...
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* The third volume of [[ComicBook/{Stumptown} [[ComicBook/{{Stumptown}) Stumptown]] features the Timbers Army, the...shall we say ''spirited'' fans of the Portland Timbers. Scenes set at the opening Portland/Seattle game have Timbers chants as a wall of words that take up a fair amount of the background of every scene, advocating the burning down of Seattle in its entirety. And then a Timbers fan gets assaulted after the game...
22nd Oct '15 5:40:28 PM pratchettgaiman
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* The third volume of [[ComicBook/{Stumptown}]] features the Timbers Army, the...shall we say ''spirited'' fans of the Portland Timbers. Scenes set at the opening Portland/Seattle game have Timbers chants as a wall of words that take up a fair amount of the background of every scene, advocating the burning down of Seattle in its entirety. And then a Timbers fan gets assaulted after the game...
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* The third volume of [[ComicBook/{Stumptown}]] [[ComicBook/{Stumptown} features the Timbers Army, the...shall we say ''spirited'' fans of the Portland Timbers. Scenes set at the opening Portland/Seattle game have Timbers chants as a wall of words that take up a fair amount of the background of every scene, advocating the burning down of Seattle in its entirety. And then a Timbers fan gets assaulted after the game...
22nd Oct '15 5:39:54 PM pratchettgaiman
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* The third volume of [[ComicBook/{{Stumptown}}]] features the Timbers Army, the...shall we say ''spirited'' fans of the Portland Timbers. Scenes set at the opening Portland/Seattle game have Timbers chants as a wall of words that take up a fair amount of the background of every scene, advocating the burning down of Seattle in its entirety. And then a Timbers fan gets assaulted after the game...
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* The third volume of [[ComicBook/{{Stumptown}}]] [[ComicBook/{Stumptown}]] features the Timbers Army, the...shall we say ''spirited'' fans of the Portland Timbers. Scenes set at the opening Portland/Seattle game have Timbers chants as a wall of words that take up a fair amount of the background of every scene, advocating the burning down of Seattle in its entirety. And then a Timbers fan gets assaulted after the game...
22nd Oct '15 5:38:43 PM pratchettgaiman
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* The third volume of [[ComicBook/{{Stumptown}}]] features the Timbers Army, the...shall we say ''spirited'' fans of the Portland Timbers. Scenes set at the opening Portland/Seattle game have Timbers chants as a wall of words that take up a fair amount of the background of every scene, advocating the burning down of Seattle in its entirety. And then a Timbers fan gets assaulted after the game...

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** Portland, OR's Timbers Army seems to have deliberately modeled itself after its English equivalents (although it's ''mostly'' for show)
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