The Zulu Warriors are a football hooligan firm associated with Birmingham City Football Club.
The Zulu Warriors have many members from different ethnic backgrounds, this is a unique case for most hooligan firms which began at a similar time.
During 1999 after a match between Birmingham City and Wolverhampton Wanderers the Zulu Warriors were the main focus on an investigation known at Operation Red Card, upon further investigation nine football fans were charged, seven of those with public order offences.
In May 1989, during a clash with Crystal Palace, 20 Birmingham fans were arrested and five police officers were injured when fans invaded the pitch at Selhurst Park. It took seven mounted police officers to clear the hundreds of Birmingham City fans off the pitch.
In September 2007 five Birmingham hooligans were jailed for up to eight months and one given a suspended sentence for their part in violence at a match where a steward lost the sight in one eye.
Zulu Warriors debuted in the late 1980s and the name came from a chant of “Zulu, Zulu” which Manchester City fans aimed at Birmingham in 1982, due to their multicultural following.
The Zulus maintain that they are defending their city from invading firms.
Documentary Series The Real Football Factories captures moments of the Zulu Warriors throughout the years.
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