Here at Casual Ultra we’ve selected five movies of which we think are the best representatives of the fanatic football supporter! Tell us what you think about it, or tell us which one we missed!
The movie who everyone knows, Green Street or Green Street Hooligans. Back in 2005 when director Lexi Alexander decided to make a movie about the legendary firm of West Ham United, The Intercity Firm.
In the movie the American college student transforms in to a hooligan and leaves singing ‘Forever Blowing Bubbles’.
The movie follows Matt Buckner, a college student who is expelled from Harvard after cocaine is discovered in his room. The drugs isn’t his but from his roommate, who offers him $10.000 to take the blame for the drugs. He uses this money to visit his sister who is living in England and she is the wife of Steve Dunham. Steve’s brother, Pete Dunham, is the topboy of the firm. In the movie the American college student transforms in to a hooligan and leaves singing ‘Forever Blowing Bubbles’.
The newest movie in this article is Okolofutbola, it was released back in 2013. The story is about the Skullhead Crew, a firm from Spartak Moscow. The movie looks a lot more realistic compared to the scene nowadays. You will see arranged fights in the woods, ambushes but also the private lives of the hooligans. The movie turns bad when everytime there are cops when the Skullhead Crew arranged a fight, so they start the suspect someone is a mole for the police. In the end they find out who it is, and two rival firms united to fight the police.
The Football Factory
“The Football Factory” focuses on two different groups of English football supportersthe Headhunters, who support Chelsea, and the Bushwhackers, who support Millwall. Throughout the movie, the Headhunters fight with other English groups such as those supporting Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool, and Stoke City. The film follows Tommy Johnson (Danny Dyer), a football hooligan in his late 20s who has begun to question his morals and the morals of those around him. Tommy’s major conflict in the film stems from his inevitable aging. Although he loves his weekend ‘meets’, he knows he cannot possibly play forever.
While enjoying a night out with his pal Rod, they meet a couple of young women in a bar and both end up back at one of the girls’ house. In the morning, Tommy wakes find the girl’s brother holding a knife to his throat. Rod creeps up and hits the man over the head with a cricket bat, and they both are able to escape. It then emerges that the girl’s other brother is Fred (Tamer Hassan), leader of their rival firm Millwall. The remainder of the film focuses on Tommy trying to evade the Millwall gang seeking retribution for the attack, while trying to understand the strange dreams that plague him throughout the film.
In the end, it is revealed the mysterious figure in his dreams is Zeberdee (Roland Manookian). In the final battle, Tommy’s true identity is revealed to have been known by Fred, who violently assaults Tommy with a brick.
John, an ambitious young copper, is sent undercover into the hardcore football gangs to track down the ‘generals’ – the shadowy figures who orchestrate the violence. Gradually, the hard drinking, hard fighting macho world – where Saturday’s match and Saturday’s rumble are all that matters – proves irresistible and John slowly finds himself turning into one of the thugs he has been sent to destroy.
The movie Cass is based on a true story about the life of Cass Pennant. He was adopted in 1958 by a elderly couple and was brought up in a all-white area of London. He had to endure racist bullying on a daily basis from the local children in his neighbourhood. His adoptive father starts taking him to see West Ham United on a regular basis, and he becomes involved in hooliganism aged 14 after helping the Inter City Firm, the West Ham hooligan firm, fight Wolverhampton Wanderers supporters in 1972.
Cass climbs the ranks of the ICF to become the leader in the early 1980s. Cass finds through violence the respect he never had and becomes addicted to the buzz of fighting. Cass leads the ICF to victories against large hooligan firms, such as Leeds in 1980, but becomes frustrated with the lack of publicity the ICF are receiving. So he creates cards with the infamous slogan, “Congratulations, you have just met the famous ICF”, and gives a TV interview, increasing the firm’s notoriety for humiliation, their speciality. However, the government under Margaret Thatcher begins to come down hard on hooliganism, and after an organised attack on a group of Newcastle United supporters, Cass is imprisoned for four years.
In the end Cass gets shot three times by old enemies from Arsenal, he survives but does he leave his firm and his violent life behind?