Summary of the English Scene

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Summary of the English Scene

Postby Capo (Jorvik Reds) » Sat Jun 16, 2007 6:59 pm

I don’t speak for all English fans or my group but this is my personal view of the English Ultra scene. The English scene is very much in its infancy, over recent years many football fans all over the country are becoming more and more frustrated at the way the domestic game is being run.

Passion is being driven out by the authorities and the people in charge as they are so scared of anything resembling hooliganism. It has cripples the once famous atmosphere of English clubs the length and breadth of the country. Where before people would stand and chant without fear of being branded a thug, people are now bullied into sitting and keeping their mouth shut.

This has caused ripples through-out the English Leagues, the power has gone totally to the stewards and police inside the stadiums. This has led to the formation of a handful of groups that have set up to return power to the terraces and to try and make stadiums rock like they once did.

The English scene is different to the continental scene, where many overseas Ultras have free reign over their terraces and in some cases over the clubs, over here it’s almost impossible to expand a group without speaking to the club. Where overseas Ultras take power, English groups have to give and take to achieve their goals.

I’d say there are three types of Groups in England:

The Ultras
These English groups are organised more like conventional Ultras, they have leadership ladders, in house rules, an emphasis on mentality and loyalty. They choreograph displays and produce tifo on the terraces. It’s hard to exactly describe what being Ultra is, either are or you aren’t, it’s a whole set of principles and way of life.

Singing Groups
These groups aims are all based around bring noise into their stadium or their section. After the introduction of seating and removal of terrace in the top flight singing sections are popping up to try and stop the faltering atmosphere. They often stand in front of a group banner, but rarely (if at all) attempt to choreograph displays or use tifo regularly. It’s by voice alone for these guys.

Tifo Groups
In my opinion there are a lot of groups that don’t fall under the “Ultra” label. They lack the Ultra mentality and principles that go hand in hand with the Ultra way of life. Although they produce colour and atmosphere in stadiums they never really follow the unwritten Ultra codex. They follow the Ultra scene for inspiration and ideas, but I feel they never fully embrace the whole culture. They have aims of improving the colour around their club.

Baby Groups
I’ve added this section so when I try to categorise the English groups I’ll put the groups who have not yet found their place within the English Scene and/or have only just formed. Or this is for me to put groups I don’t know much about.

English Groups

I’m sure this next piece of writing will annoy some groups. But I’ll try to place the current groups into the format above.

English Ultra Groups
Holmesdale Fanatics – Crystal Palace
Jorvik Reds – York City
Red & Blue Army – Aldershot Town

English Singing Groups
Toon Ultras/Bring Back the Noise – Newcastle Utd
Ultra Whites – Leeds Utd
Swindon Ultras – Swindon Town

Tifo Groups
Angel Ultras – Middlesbrough (No Link)
Stanley Ultras – Accrington Stanley

Baby Groups
Blue & White Army – Colchester (No Link)
Crawley Devils – Crawley Town
Burton Boys – Burton Albion
Celt Clan Ultras – Farsley Celtic
The PLC & U’s Ultras - Peterborough Utd (No Link)
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Postby GrasuB » Sun Sep 09, 2007 3:58 pm

English & Welsh Hooligan Groups

Arsenal -Gooners

Aston Villa -Villa Youth

Barnsley -Inter City Tykes, Five-O

Birmingham City -Zulu Warriors

Blackburn Rovers -Blackburn Youth

Blackpool -The Bisons

Bolton Wanderers -Tonge Moor Slashers, Mongoose Cuckoo Boys;
Billy Whizz Fan Club

Bradford City
-The Ointment

Brighton -Headhunters

Burnley[u/] -SS (Suicide Squad)

[u]Cambridge United
-Cambridge Casuals

Cardiff City -Soul Crew

Carlisle United -BCF (Border City Firm)

Charlton -B'Mob

Chelsea -Headhunters

Chesterfield -CBS (Chesterfield Bastered Squad)

Coventry City -Cov Legion

Crystal Palace -Nifty Fifty

Darlington -Darlington Casuals; Bank Top 200

Derby County -DLF (Derby Lunatic Fringe)

Doncaster Rovers -Doncaster Defence Regiment

Exeter City -Sly Crew

Fulham -Thames Valley Travellers

Grimsby Town -CBP (Cleethorpes Beach Patrol)

Huddersfield Town -HYC (Huddersfield Young Casuals)

Hull City -City Psychos

Leeds United -Service Crew

Liverpool -The Urchins

Leicester City -Baby Squad

Lincoln City -LTE (Lincoln Transit Elite)

Manchester City -Guvnors; Mayne Line Service Crew

Manchester United -Cockney Reds; Inter City Jibbers

Middlesbrough -Frontline

Millwall -Bushwackers; The Treatment

Newcastle United -Bender Crew; Newcastle Maineline Express

Nottingham Forest -FEC (Forest Executive Crew)

Oldham Athletic -Fine Young Casuals

Oxford United -SMHS (South Midland Hit Squad)

Peterborough United -PTC (Peterborough Terrace Crew)

Plymouth Argyle -Central Element

Portsmouth -657 Crew

Reading -Berkshire Boot Boys

Rotherham United -Rotherham Casuals

Sheffield United -BBC (Blades Business Crew)

Sheffield Wednesday -OCS (Owls Crime Squad)

Shrewsbury Town -EBF (Englsih Border Front)

Southampton -Inside Crew; The Uglies; Suburban Casuals

Stockport County -The Company; Hit Squad

Sunderland -Seaburn Casuals

Swansea City -Jacks Army

Tottenham Hotspur -Yids; N17's

Tranmere Rovers -TSB (Tranmere Stanley Boys)

West Bromwich Albion -Section Five

West Ham United -ICF (Inter City Firm)

Wolverhampton Wanderers -Subway Army; Bridge Boys Frontline

Wrexham -Frontline

York City -Nomads[/u]
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Postby GrasuB » Sun Sep 09, 2007 4:03 pm

Scottish Hooligan Groups

Aberdeen -ASC (Aberdeen Soccer Casuals)

Airdrie -Section B

Celtic -Celtic Casuals;

Dunfermline Athletic -CSS (Carnegie Soccer Service)

Dundee/Dundee United -Dundee Utility Crew

Heart of Midlothian -CSF (Casual Soccer Firm)

Hibernian -CCS (Capital City Service)

Montrose -Portland Bill Seaside Squad

Motherwell -SS (Saturday Service)

Partick Thistle -NGE (North Glasgow Express)

Glasgow Rangers -ICF (Inter City Firm)

St. Johnstone -FCF (Fair City Firm)

St. Mirren -LSD (Love Street Division)

Falkirk -Falkirk Fear
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Postby GrasuB » Sun Sep 09, 2007 5:21 pm

Police Operations

During the 80's, at the height of football violence, the police developed new tactics against football hooligans. This involved much more closer surveillance by the police as well as in some cases infiltration by undercover officers and dossiers began to build up on the ringleaders and gang members of various hooligan groups, this tactics eventually led the police to carry out dawn raids on suspected hooligans homes, the first of which took place in March 1986. This section gives a brief history of these raids.

Chelsea: Operation Own Goal

On the morning of the 26 March 1986, seven Chelsea fans were woken from their beds by police and arrested in front of media cameras. The arrests were carried out after months of observation and surveillance work by plain-clothes police investigating organized violence at Chelsea matches.
The operation was very high profile, hence the media cameras, and was part of the governments new high profile tactics against the hooligan. During the press conference police claimed that the men were all ringleaders of a gang known as the 'Chelsea Headhunters' , were aged between 19-34, of smart appearance, and in good well paid jobs. Police took a number of articles from each of the accused house, according to newspaper reports police took, knives, a crossbow, coshes, iron bars and other weapons as well as National Front literature. Later, after the raids, the office in charge denied that his officers had travelled to matches with the fans in plain clothes and claimed his officers had worn uniforms. Judging by the evidence given in court it appeared to be a limited operation.

Birmingham: Operation Red Card

This operation ended in January 1987 when police raided the homes of 67 young men allegedly members of a group called the 'Zulu Warriors', supporters of Birmingham City. In total 49 were, nearly all pleaded guilty to various offences ranging from violent disorder and affray; to theft and burglary; wounding and endangering life on a railway train; etc. Fifteen were jailed from between 3 months to 30 months.

West Ham and Millwall: Operation Full-Time

At around the same time as operation Red Card came operation Full-Time aimed at fans of West Ham and Millwall and there respective groups, the 'Inter City Firm' and Bushwhackers'. This time a total of 25 alleged hooligans were arrested in a dawn swoop by over 250 officers after a 5 month police operation. About 6 months later 7 Millwall fans had their charges dropped and when the fans finally came to court the prosecution offered no evidence and the case was dropped.

Leeds: Operation Wild Boar

Operation Wild Boar was the culmination of 5 months infiltration work by 4 police officers and resulted in the arrest of 11 young men aged between 17-30 and all were charged with conspiracy to cause an affray. It was alleged in court that officers travelled with the fans who were supposedly members of a gang called the 'Leeds Service Crew' and a leader known as the 'General'. The Crown Court trial lasted nine weeks, resulting in 6 of the accused being jailed, 3 for four years, 2 for two and half years and 1 for eight months. Another youth received fifteen months Youth Custody order and another was ordered to carry out a 150 hours Community Service. The man who was nicknamed the 'General' was an ex-para, hence his nickname, was jailed for four years and found to be suffering Post Traumatic Street Syndrome after serving in the Falklands War, resulting in the judge recommending some form of psychiatric treatment.

West Ham and Crystal Palace: Operation White Horse and Back Yard

April 27 1987, saw the arrest of 46 young men from the south-east of England. They were mainly supporters of West Ham (10) and Crystal Palace (32). Eventually all the accused had their charges dropped due to 'unsafe' evidence.

Millwall: Operation Dirty Den

April 1988 saw the arrest of six Millwall supporters, alleged members of the 'Bushwhackers'. Four were cleared after a 3 month trial but the other two were convicted of conspiracy to cause an affray.

Luton: Operation Spoonbill

March 1988 saw the arrest of 8 fans during dawn raids on 17 homes by police. The 8 arrested were aged between 24 and 38 and were accused of belonging to a gang called the 'MIGS'. All were charged with Conspiracy to commit acts of disorder. Eventually all 8 had the conspiracy charged dropped, though 5 were charged with lesser public order offences.

Wolves: Operation Growth

March 1988 saw the biggest raid yet and the one which produced the most convictions. A total of 250 officers arrested 67 men and further arrests raised the figure to 77. The raids again were again the result of an undercover operation by police. The accused were all aged between 17 and 36, charges against the fans ranged from conspiracy to riot, violent disorder and criminal damage, to theft. By December 1988 65 had pleaded guilty to various charges, 40 received immediate or suspended jail term and all received 5 year exclusion orders from football stadiums.

Manchester City: Operation Omega

April 1988 and this time 25 Manchester City fans were arrested in dawn raids after a 6 month undercover operation. The group targeted were name 'The Guvnors', calling cards, knives, coshes and other weapons were all taken from the homes of the accused.

Bolton Wanderers: Operation Gamma

This raid was carried out on the homes of fans of Bolton Wanderers. By May 1990, 34 fans had plead guilty to various charges, nine were jailed the heaviest sentence being three years.

Manchester United:

A further dawn raid was carried out by Greater Manchester Police in November 1990, this time on the homes of 33 Manchester United fans.
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Postby gooner775 » Tue Jan 03, 2012 2:11 pm

GrasuB wrote:English & Welsh Hooligan Groups

Arsenal -Gooners


arsenals hooligan group are more known as the herd. Gooners are the fans nickname now
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Re: Summary of the English Scene

Postby Ultras1312 » Thu Jan 05, 2012 10:25 pm

And from Aston Villa? I thought there groupname was Villa Hardcore.
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Re: Summary of the English Scene

Postby LoveBigBoobs » Sun Mar 31, 2013 10:32 am

Ultras1312 wrote:And from Aston Villa? I thought there groupname was Villa Hardcore.

Yes, Aston Villa Hardcore and Villa Youth. In early 2000's, some of their boys came in Racing Genk, not an alliance just personnal contact between lads.
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Re: Summary of the English Scene

Postby Feyenoord-Boys » Mon May 27, 2013 2:18 pm

I thought Celtic casuals/hools where known as the Celtic Soccer Crew?
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