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Service Crew: The Inside Story of Leeds United's Hooligan Gangs

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Just read last years comments ,hard to believe ,I just remember him as an out and out loonatic ,he would fit in well with this fuckin Isis crowd in Iraq, but on 2nd thoughts he is probably too violent even for them. The apex of this hooligan army was the Service Crew, who adopted their name from the service trains they used instead of the heavily policed 'specials'. A typical mechanical account from a journalist who cannot engrain themselves into the mindset of these people. Many of the most shocking incidents in British football history have involved the hooligan followers of one club: Leeds United.

Leeds Service Crew’s notoriety dates back to the 70’s when there firm was as successful off the pitch as the team was on it. The Leeds United Service Crew are a football hooligan firm linked to the English EFL Championship team, Leeds United F. This books is different from those mentioned above as it is written by Caroline Gall, a journalist, in a more documentary type style with newspaper extracts and interviews of some of the main perpetrators of the fighting and hooliganism that occurred at Leeds United matches throughout the last 50 years. The last game of the season at Brighton and Hove Albion saw the Sussex club relegated to the Third Division after Leeds beat them 1-0.

Brighton backed off and decided instead to bombard us and the pub with anything they could get their hands on – bottles, glasses and about fifty pub chairs. While he spoke he put one hand in his inside jacket pocket – shitbag – and with the other he launched his full pint at me. Finance is provided by PayPal Credit (a trading name of PayPal UK Ltd, Whittaker House, Whittaker Avenue, Richmond-Upon-Thames, Surrey, United Kingdom, TW9 1EH). Football hooligans in general only fight each other, they do not fight with passers by or the public going about their business. Some of the biggest rivals of Leeds United Service Crew are Red Army, Millwall Bushwackers, Hull City Psychos, Chelsea Headhunters and Birmingham Zulu Warriors.

There in the middle of the argy-bargy, sat on a bench, was Kenny and partner in yet another passionate embrace, with his poor son looking thoroughly bored. The only mildly interesting chapter about the undercover police investigation and court case was at page 184 and lasted only 9 pages. I don't think it was ever a gang, as such, withe members, heirarchy's etc, more a media cult , scenr type thing that the fans embraced.On 11 May 1985 (the same day as the Bradford City stadium fire) a 14-year-old boy (Ian Hambridge) A Leeds fan attending his first ever game died at St Andrew's stadium when fans were pushed by police onto a wall which subsequently collapsed following crowd violence at a match between Birmingham City and Leeds United. There was not much ten of us could do but at least it was more than the twenty inside who didn't come out. Around 10pm, about thirty of us found ourselves in the area known as the Lanes when someone said Brighton were on the phone.

By bidding on, or purchasing this item, you are agreeing to us sharing your name and address details with that 3rd party supplier to allow us to fulfil our contractual obligations to you. Leeds vastly outnumbered the home fans and police with dogs tried to keep them in check in the East Terrace but failed to stop some climbing over the fence and onto the pitch to carry Brendan Ormsby aloft. By the late 80’s the clubs reputation for hooliganism was so bad that they were drawn with non-league Telford United in an FA Cup third round tie, the Shropshire club refused to host the game at their Bucks Head ground, instead it was hosted in a neutral venue being the stadium which West Brom play.Brighton away a couple of months later was, however, a day that some Leeds lads can’t be too proud of. Modern day crackdowns on football hooliganism and the heavy use of CCTV at grounds have, as with other firms, largely curtailed the activities of the Service Crew. It could have any of 2-3 thousand lads who were only doing the same thing, namely following their team and getting in a few rucks. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. On 11th May 1985 a 14 year old boy died at St Andrew’s Stadium when fans were pushed by police onto a wall which subsequently collapsed following crowd violence at a match between Birmingham City and Leeds United.

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