Summary of the Belgian scene

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Summary of the Belgian scene

Postby GrasuB » Sun Sep 09, 2007 4:46 pm

Belgian Hoolie Scene

The Belgian Hooligan Scene really began in the early 80's with the formation of the first Hooligan groups at clubs like Anderlecht, FC Brugge and Antwerp. The Belgian Hoolie scene has always been influenced by England, Holland and Germany due to its geographical situation and because of this a lot of contact and confrontations have taken place between clubs from Belgian and these other countries, this in one of the reason most Belgian Hoolie groups contain the words 'Side' or 'Firm' in their name (see list below). By the mid 80's incidents at club matches in Belgian were becoming more commonplace, as still during this period there was no real segregation between fans and some violent incidents took place between rival fans in the stadium, as well as in the streets, the underground system (Brussels) and railway stations. The police at the time were very poorly organized and often turned up too late after large confrontations had already taken place, for example at high risk games such as Anderlecht - FC Brugge matches and virtually any game involving Antwerp.

This was all to change in 1985 after the tragic events at Heysel Stadium in Brussels, the Belgian Government was almost forced to take action against the hooligans. Firstly segregation was to become standard at all stadiums, police escort for visiting fans from railway stations to the ground were introduced, as well as body searches at the turnstiles. The police also started to adopt tactics that the British police had been using for years, the compiling of information on known hooligans and the build up of photo libraries of known troublemakers. More police were deployed at matches as well as some armed with video cameras to record any incident or the faces os suspected hooligans, and this caused alot of concern amongst groups of hooligans than police armed with batons.
But as the police became more efficient so did the hooligans, and modes of transport was changed from train to cars, to avoid detection by police. Around the same time Belgian gangs adopted the Casual look from Britain, thus helping them avoid police by not wearing club colours. (This can be seen by some of the names of some of the gangs i.e. K4 Casuals- again see list below).

After the ban of English clubs from Europe, Dutch clubs started to influence the Belgian lads and a number of friendships were formed - FC Brugge & Den Haag; Anderlecht & Ajax; Antwerp & Feyenoord; and Standard & Den Bosch. Standard also had some links with Germany (Leverkuson).

Since the early 90's some of the Belgian gangs have started to follow the national side especially Antwerp X-Side and Standards Hell-Side. One of their first excursions with the national side was a friendly against Germany in Hannover in season 1990/91, two bus loads of Belgian Hoolies took the Germans by surprise and came of quite well in exchanges outside the ground.

Season 1999/2000 now and most of the clubs still have some kind of Hooligan following, you just have to look at the incidents between fans from last season for proof of this and already there have been a few incidents this season, keep an eye on the Ultra News pages for reports on incidents from Belgium.

Anderlecht -O-Side/K4 Casuals (ex M4)

FC Brugge -BCF (Brugge Casual Firm) (ex East-Side/Vak-17)

KV Mechelen -S-Side Bulldogs

Standard -Hell-Side

Beerschot -Kielse Hools

RC Genk -Ultras

AA Gent -Rebel-Side/Buffalo Casual Front

Harelbeke -Rat-Side

Eendracht Aalst -Black-Side

Royal Antwerp FC -Antwerp Casuals

Sint-Truiden -Casual Front

Moeskroen -Kop

Beveron -E-Side

Lokeron -West-Side

Lierse -Wild-Side

Charleroi -Wallons Boys; White Army Charleroi

KV Kortrijk -Red-Side

Lommel -Nort-Side

RWDM -Brussels Boys

Cercle Brugge -Vak-H

Turnhot -T-Side

Verviers -V-Side

Union SG -Yellow-Side

RTFCL -Fast-Side

Hamme -Bier-Side

Namur -WUR-Side/Namur Casual Front

RC Mechelen -Racing Casuals
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Postby GrasuB » Sun Sep 09, 2007 5:06 pm


Hung up in a steel metropolis, the town of Charleroi sees quite rapidly football emerging as the most popular sport. For many years, especially since the promotion to the first division in 1985, the public of Sporting Charleroi is recognized as the best one, and also the most fair-play, always following his team in large numbers.

On the contrary of other more popular teams like Anderlecht, Bruges and Standard Liège, followed by fans from all over Belgium, Sporting (nicknamed "Zebras" for their colors) does not arise a national attraction, but only regional.

Approaching the end of the 80's, the group composed by young singing supporters did not have any specific name, while since the end of the 70's some other clubs had within their own fans a hardcore interested in violence (X-Side Antwerp, East-Side FC Bruges, O-Side Anderlecht...). At that time they were happy with the name "Kop", the organisation existed (with some armbands in red, back with a white circle and the mention "Kop").

Since they were attacked by fans from other teams, a branch of these young supporters tried to form a more "violent" group. The names of C-Side (for Charleroi-Side) and Home-Side (???) appeared for a short period. During the pre-season 91/92, some O-siders from Anderlecht tried to give a name to the Charleroi fans, with no success.

At the beginning of that season, after a meeting, the major part of these young boys decided to change their situation in the stadium of Mambour (now recalled "Stade du Pays de Charleroi"), just behind one of the goals.
Half way through that season, in a away game in Lokeren, the first flag with a name on it saw the light: Wallon's Boys were born! This first game already saw some incidents occuring with the cops, with 3 arrests and especially interesting was the astonishment of the local newspapers and our own club! Some weeks after, for an away game in Mechelen, the Wallon's Boys tried to attack the Bulldogs (the local firm) but they ran away because of the lack of experience. During the same season other incidents occured (this time with physical contact) so astonished at Antwerp where the X-siders that they invaded the pitch and entered our terrace where the cops intervened. The olders lads remember that special fight!

The season after, incidents occured more frequently in away games as well as in our home games. Wallon's Boys fought against Hell-Side (their biggest enemy, because they are also walloons) - at half-time some members of the Liège hardcore tried to steal the official WBC flag, after the game, some boys fought against each other; East-Side in cup when the 2 groups threw some missiles ateach other before an attack from CH-hooligans - we must notice that 2 East-siders were wounded by knives but not from members of our group; O-Side, also in the cup - riots between the 2 crews gained big publicity on radio and newspapers... This violence didn't stop the group continuing to support their team. Some little shows were made up, with balloons, torchs...

Season 93/94 was important for the walloon group. For many things. In fact, at the end of the season, everybody agreed that this little crew (from 50 to 200 guys) was just behind the hools from Antwerp, Bruges, Anderlecht and Standard, who have more members. For some reason, the CH-hardcore split in 2 parts: the youngest (some of them are there since the beginning of the WBC) took another name with the aim to make something new: Charleroi Casual Crew was born. Their first flag was made for the away cup-game in Ekeren where about 40 hooligans fought with local police. Some arrests took place but one of the lads escaped from the jail (we don't know how!!!) and crossed the pitch. During the first months of this group, there were some tensions with the WBC but in fact the 2 groups had the same aims, especially during the riots (with some exceptions).

During 2 seasons these boys were more present than the Wallon's Boys but unfortunetely with a bad control of provocation. Despite some great fights the group has been declining since 1996 because of the bad results of the team, the small number of members and the problems with police, who would like to make a "town cleaning" in Charleroi for Euro2000.
The White Army (WBC and CCC united) has now a 40 boys hardcore who are not there at each game (!) but who accept any contact (last example is the game of this season against FC Bruges where only 10-15 hooligans stayed in front of Bruges Casual Firm).

For our friendships, the hardcore has for many years really good contacts with the PSV Eindhoven Oostfront. This friendship is not only for football or hooliganism! Before them, we had contacts with Wolf-siders from La Louvière (belgian 2nd division) who stopped after the death of their leader; with the DVE from Lille (France), stopped because french ultras showed nothing ! Nowadays, some PERSONAL links exist with Paris SG lads (France) and Namur Firm (belgian 3rd division).

Finally, we were extremely grateful to the Oostfront for their presence at the burial of one of our lads. Approaching our 10 years of existence our biggest sadness is to have lost some friends close to the group... in you memories Mike (thanks to FC Bruges lads for their comprehension and respect), Fabian, Claudine...

Article written by Droopy of WAC
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Postby 13 » Fri Sep 14, 2007 9:19 am

The first Belgian hooligan group was founded in Antwerp.
After the European match Antwerp Fc -Aston Villa in 1975, the Antwerp supporters were attacked by the English Hooligans, so they had to defend theirselves. The fanatic group from Antwerp then called themselves X-side.
After them other teames in Belgium followed their exemple, first the big teams Anderlecht and Club Brugge, later Standard and after them Beerschot.
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