The Football Factory
The movie follows the main character Tommy Johnsson (Danny Dyer) through his years as a member of the Chelsea Headhunters, a group that consist of Chelseas most violent supporters. Other important persons in the movie is Tommys hooligan friends Rod, Billy, Zeberdee and Raf. They are all unemployed and spend their days smoking, drinking, fighting and doing drugs. Every weekend they got a football match to attend. They follow Chelsea wherever they play, home or away does not matter. After every match they fight the rival teams firm. And this is pretty much how the movie goes on but sometimes we get to see short clips from a nightmare Tommy have where he is laying on the ground bleeding and a kid looking like a ghost covered in bandages appears. Tommy allways wakes up sweating and with his heart beating loud but the dream allways continues the next night.
Chelsea gets drawn against local rival Millwall in the FA Cup and Tommy know he is going to face a really big and violent fight. But the nightmare he had really scares him and the night before the match he get too see the kids face and sees that the kid is himself. So he starts to think about maybe skipping the fight due to fear that he might die, But his friends force him to tag along to the match and in a violent fight he gets knocked unconscious and nearly dies.
When he wakes up his uncle tries everything to convince him to leave the firm, but just like many english boys and men he feels at home in the firm. He grew up with a father who was a member of the firm and he got all his friends there, so he decides to stay in the firm.
The movie is based on the novell The football factory written by former Chelsea Hooligan John King.
I really like this movie because in my opinion this is the hooligan film who is closest to showing the true life as a football hooligan. All the actors are brittish and the writer and producer too. And I think that is really good because they know what football hooliganism is about. I have a big interest about this subject and read a lot about it. I really like this movie so if you are interested about football hooliganism you should watch this film.
History Of Football Hooliganism
Football hooliganism was first documented during the 19th century when supporters of different english working class clubs started fighting during one of the earliest football cups in England. And after that it really started to grow. Big english firms had thousands of members and almost every club in the country had a firm even upper class clubs. But the biggest firms is today and have allways been working class.
After world war 2 hooliganism also spread to other countries such as France, Spain, Germany and Eastern Europe. In these countries hooliganism was called the english disease.
Football was started by working class englishmen as a sport for the working class. But it became really popular also in the upper class societys. They started there own clubs and football became a part of the upper class social life too. But still to this very day many working class englishmen see it as their sport and a part of the social life for people with working class background. Anyway football is a very big part of many englishmens life. England have a high rate of unemployement especially in working class town where everyone used to go work in the factorys so since they do not have anything to do they often go to the pub with their mates and talk about football.
Football hooliganism have always been a pretty big part of english culture. Especially working class culture. Their kids grow up in rough areas and are often involved in crimes and even violent crimes from a young age (England have high crime rates) and since football is so important in England many youths are dragged into football hooliganism.
Hooliganism In England Today
Hooliganism around football games has dropped a lot last 10 years atleast in the highest division. The english police have been very tough against hooligans and also the ticket prices is now so high that most hooligans can not afford it anymore, but never the less all big firms are still active with arranged fights outside the arenas.
But most of Englands hooliganism today take place in the lower divisions in poor working class towns where they still can afford tickets. And an english division 3 team can have like 20.000 in the crowd. So that is where most hooligans are today.