Better to be a grafter, than a grifter! -J Allday
Better to be a grafter, than a grifter! -J Allday
"Around that time West Ham supporters and I mean proper your every day working class lads used to wear donkey jackets, Levi jeans and Dr Martins boots. I was at a game at Manchester city, must’ve been October ‘75; there must’ve been only 30 of us in a coach going to the game. Upon arrival it was like that film Zulu with Michael Caine; there were 100"s of them, they came at us from everywhere. Working class, red eyed, teeth gritting, foaming at the mouth northerners. We got over run. It wasn’t difficult to understand why, they wanted to kill us and being such a small visiting crowd the home fans wanted nothing less than to really give it to us. I mingled in with the city fans, then somebody shouted, “He’s West Ham, he’s got a donkey jacket!” Before I knew it, a bloke tried to put a carving knife in me. I got away. Needless to say I stopped wearing a donkey jacket after that, and it had fuck all to do with smart jackets and a new pair of trainers"
The Casual subculture is a subsection of football culture that is typified by hooliganism and the wearing of expensive designer clothing (known sometimes as "clobber"). The subculture gained main stream exposure in the United Kingdom in the early 1980’s when many hooligans started wearing designer clothing labels and expensive sportswear such as Stone Island, CP Company, Lacoste, Paul And Shark, Sergio Tacchinio, Fila and Ellesse. Some have suggested in order to avoid the attention of police and to intimidate rivals, others have said it was simply their way of showing them ‘getting ahead’. The same fans did not wear club colours, so it was allegedly easier to infiltrate rival groups and to enter pubs. Some casuals have worn clothing items similar to those worn by Mods. Casuals have been portrayed in films and television programs such as ID, The Firm and The Football Factory.
Casuals. More than a single generation
Main Stream taking note in the '80's / '90's of the expense
Lads at football
Classic Nouveau - popular amongst some London clubs
C.P clothing - for the casual conoisseur
Stone Island - Standard issue for the home grown hooligans
First came the Teds, the the Mods, Rockers, Hippies, Skinheads, Suedeheads and Punks. But by the late Seventies, a new youth fashion had appeared in Britain. Its adherents were often linked to violent football gangs, wore designer sportswear and made the bootboys of previous years look like the dinosaurs they were. They were known as scallies, Perry Booys, trendies and dressers. But the name that stuck was Casuals. And this grassroots phenomenon, largely ignored by the media, was to change the face of both British fashion and international style. Casuals recounts how the working-class fascination with sharp dressing and sartorial one-upmanship crystallized the often bitter rivalries of the hooligan crews and how their culture spread across the terraces, clubs and beyond. It is the definitive book for football, music and fashion obsessives alike.
Bill Gardner has featured in many of the most respected books on the great football firms and this is the first time he has told his own story.
The memoirs of a Scottish football hooligan. one of the first documented accounts of a football hooligan
The Cardiff Soul Crew. Two men closely involved with the gang tell its history from its origins through to the present day.
Hoolifan is the story of one man, Martin King, and his experiences spanning three decades with Chelsea
The story of the Portsmouth 6:57 Crew, Portsmouth's hooligan fan base during the 1980's and 1990
An account of life on the terraces in the 1970s and 80s. Colin Ward relates experiences at Arsenal, home and abroad.
The Firm is a 1989 British made-for-television drama film directed by Alan Clarke and written by Al Hunter Ashton for the BBC. It stars Gary Oldman, Lesley Manville, Phil Davis, Charles Lawson and Steve McFadden in his acting debut. The film is based on the activities of the Inter City Firm (billed as the "Inter City Crew") football firm of West Ham United during the 1970s and 1980s
1980's archive footage of a large scale disturbance involving West Ham's Inter City Firm (amongst others) during an away game to/ around Millwall's ground.
A short exploring a working class cultural movement, typified by hooliganism and the wearing of expensive designer gear which started in the 70’s and is still influential today in England - Casuals.
1987: Police crack down on soccer hooligans Police have carried out a series of dawn raids and made 26 arrests in their biggest operation so far against soccer hooliganism in England.
One shocked fan described the scene as a "war zone". Another said it was the worst football violence he had seen in 30 years.
Inside the East London stadium there was a pitch invasion when the home side equalised. Fans also broke through the barriers to taunt rival Millwall supporters when West Ham scored in extra time.
Arsenal fans arriving at WHL to the usual reception from their North London neighbours. 2015
Celtic & Rangers 1980 Cup Final riot with fans on pitch. The police try to gain the upper hand with police on horseback.
STUTTGART, Germany -- Five hundred England supporters have been detained in Stuttgart in the two days leading up to the second-round match with Ecuador for mostly drunken and aggressive behavior, police have said.
Slaven Bilic "Football is sport for the masses … it's a working-class sport and it should be affordable for everybody!".
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work·ing class/ˈwərkiing ˈˌklas/
noun: The socioeconomic group consisting of people who are employed in manual or industrial work.
adjective: relating to people belonging to the working class."a working-class community"