Football Firms

Hooligan firms (also known as football firms) are groups that participate in football hooliganism.

Football hooligan firms are slowly starting to decline at UK football matches.

In our guide to Football Firms, we provide information on all the hooligan organisations connected to the football clubs.

What is a firm in football?

A firm in football is a group of hooligans that participate in football hooliganism in the UK and European countries.

A group of criminals or hooligans is sometimes referred to as a firm.

Football firms are the starters of football hooliganism, also known as soccer hooliganism, football rioting, or soccer rioting.

Football hooliganism constitutes violence and other destructive behaviors perpetrated by spectators at association football events.

What is Football Hooliganism?

Football Hooliganism typically involves some form of conflict between gangs formed for the specific purpose of intimidating and physically attack supporters of other teams.

The conflict can take place before, during or after matches.

Certain clubs have long standing rivalries with other clubs and hooliganism associated with matches between them, an example of this would be a local derby, would involve a severe riot or fight beforehand.

Biggest Hooligan Clubs in English Football

The biggest English football firms are:

  1. Millwall Bushwackers (Millwall)
  2. Inter City Firm (West Ham)
  3. Service Crew (Leeds United)
  4. The Zulu Warriors (Birmingham City)
  5. Chelsea Headhunters (Chelsea)
  6. Red Army (Manchester United)
  7. Naughty Forty – N40 (Stoke City)
  8. 6.57 Crew (Portsmouth)
  9. Soul Crew (Cardiff City)
  10. The Herd (Arsenal)

List of English Football Hooligan Firms

Here is a list of all the football hooligan firms in England.

  • AFC Bournemouth – Bournemouth Casual Element
  • Aldershot Town – A Company
  • Arsenal – The Gooners, The Edecaws
  • Aston Villa – Villa Youth, Steamers, Villa Hardcore, C-Crew
  • Birmingham City – Zulu Warriors
  • Blackburn Rovers – Blackburn Youth,[36] Darwen Mob, H Division, Mill Hill Mob[37]
  • Blackpool – The Muckers[36]
  • Bolton Wanderers – Cuckoo Boys, Boltons Service Youth[38]
  • Bradford City – The Ointment[39][40]
  • Brentford – Ealing Road Army, Brentford Youth Element, Brentford Hooligan Firm
  • Bristol City – City Service Firm, Family Stand Ointment[42]
  • Bristol Rovers – Gas Hit Squad[42]
  • Burnley – Suicide Squad[43]
  • Bury – Interchange Riot Squad[44]
  • Carlisle United – Border City Firm
  • Charlton Athletic – Cockney Firestarters, B Mob Charlton Youth Casuals[46]
  • Chelsea – Headhunters[47]
  • Chester – 125’s[48]
  • Coventry City – The Legion[49]
  • Crystal Palace – Dirty 30,[50] Holmesdale Fanatics.
  • Derby County – Derby Lunatic Fringe[51]
  • Everton – County Road Cutters[52]
  • F.C. Halifax Town – Halifax Youth[53]
  • Grimsby Town – Cleethorpes Beach Patrol, Grimsby Hit Squad[54]
  • Huddersfield Town – Huddersfield Young Casuals[55]
  • Hull City – Hull City Psychos[56]
  • Ipswich Town – Ipswich Punishment Squad[57]
  • Leeds United – Leeds United Service Crew[58]
  • Leicester City – Baby Squad[59]
  • Lincoln City – Lincoln Transit Elite[60]
  • Liverpool – The Urchins, R.R.S. Runcorn Riot Squad[61]
  • Luton Town – The MIGs, Lutonistan, Lutonlees Bury Park Boys[62]
  • Manchester City – Blazing Squad,[63] Cool Cats,[64] Guvnors,[65] Mayne Line Service Crew[66]
  • Manchester United – The Red Army,[67] Men In Black,[68] Inter City Jibbers[69]
  • Mansfield Town – Mansfield Shady Express[70]
  • Middlesbrough – The Frontline[71]
  • Millwall – Bushwackers[72]
  • Newcastle United – Newcastle Gremlins[73] The New Batch
  • Nottingham Forest – Forest Executive Crew[74]
  • Norwich City – Norwich Hit Squad, Under 5’s[75]
  • Oldham Athletic – Fine Young Casuals[76]
  • Oxford United – South Midlands Hit Squad[77]
  • Peterborough United – Blue Division[78]
  • Plymouth Argyle – The Central Element[79]
  • Portsmouth – 6.57 Crew[80]
  • Preston North End – Preston Para Squad[81]
  • Queens Park Rangers – Bushbabies[82]
  • Reading FC – Berkshire Boot Boys[82]
  • Shrewsbury Town – English Border Front[82]
  • Sheffield United – Blades Business Crew[83][84]
  • Sheffield Wednesday – Owls Crime Squad (OCS), Is That It (ITI)[85]
  • Southampton – The Uglies, Inside Crew, Scum Army[86][87]
  • Southend United – CS Crew[88]
  • Stockport County — EVF (Edgeley Volunteer Force)[82]
  • Stoke City —Naughty Forty[89]
  • Sunderland – The Seaburn Casuals[90]
  • Swindon Town – The Aggro Boys; Swindon Active Service (SAS)[91]
  • Tottenham Hotspur – Yid Army, Tottenham Massive, Spurs N17[63][92]
  • Tranmere Rovers – TSB (Tranmere Stanley Boys)[93]
  • Port Vale – Vale Lunatic Fringe[94]
  • West Bromwich Albion – Section Five[95]
  • Watford – Watford Risk Squad[96]
  • West Ham United – Inter City Firm I.C.F[97]
  • Wolverhampton Wanderers – Subway Army 1981–1984, The Bridge Boys 1987–1988, Yam Yam Army mid 2000s–present[98]
  • York City – York Nomad Society (YNS)[99]

List of Scottish Football Hooligan Firms

Here is a list of all the football hooligan firms in Scotland.

  • Aberdeen – Aberdeen Soccer Casuals,[166] Under 5s[167]
  • Airdrie – Section B,[168] Red Army Firm[169]
  • Alloa – Alloa Defense Unit[170]
  • Arbroath – Arbroath Soccer Crew,[169] Arbroath Soccer Society[171]
  • Ayr – Ayr Service Crew[172]
  • Celtic – Celtic Soccer Crew,[173] Roman Catholic Casuals,[174] Style Mile Vandals[175]
  • Dundee – Dundee Soccer Crew,[169] Hilltown Huns[176]
  • Dundee United – Tannadice Trendies,[169] The Shimmy[177]
  • Dundee & Dundee United – The Utility,[166][178] Alliance Under Fives[169]
  • Dunfermline – Carnegie Soccer Service[169]
  • Falkirk – Falkirk Fear, Falkirk yoof[179]
  • Greenock Morton – Morton Soccer Crew,[180] Morton Youth[181]
  • Heart of Midlothian – Casual Soccer Firm,[182] Gorgie Boot Boys,[183] Gorgie Aggro,[184] Shed Boys,[185] Hearts Service Crew.[186]
  • Hibernian – Capital City Service,[182] Blackleys Baby Crew,[187] The Family,[188] Hibs Baby Crew,[189] Inter City Fleet[190]
  • Inverness Caledonian Thistle – North Stand Boys.
  • Kilmarnock – Paninaro[172]
  • Meadowbank Thistle – Thistle Soccer Boys[171]
  • Montrose – Portland Bill Seaside Squad,[191] Montrose Soccer Unit[171]
  • Motherwell – Saturday Service,[166] Tufty Club, Soccer Shorties, Nu-Kru[169]
  • Partick Thistle – North Glasgow Express[192]
  • Queen of the South – Casuals Internal Division[192]
  • Raith Rovers – Kirkcaldy Soccer Casuals, Kirkcaldy Baby Crew[169]
  • Rangers – Inter City Firm,[173] Her Majesty’s Service,[169] Rangers Soccer Babes, Section Red[193]
  • St Johnstone – Fair City Firm, Mainline Baby Squad,[169] Perth Pack,[192] BenJDavo Renegades
  • St Mirren – Love Street Division[173]
  • Scotland – Scottish National Firm[193]

Do English football firms still exist?

Football firms still exist, although hooliganism is said to be declining in England.

In other parts of the Globe, the act of football hooliganism has grown and is not always involved with the timing of the game itself.

Many ‘generals’ of the old hooligan firms are still attending English football matches, but many have retired.


The list includes some of the most violent football fans in the UK.

If you are looking for specific information on a specific football firm in the UK, be sure to head over to our specific page for that football firm for a deep dive.

Football should be a source of joy and it is the responsibility of all stakeholders to ensure that the dark side of the beautiful game does not get overshadowed by the dark side of the game.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who Were the First Football Firm?

It is hard to pinpoint who the first ever football firm was, however during the 1880s there was a notable clash between Aston Villa and Preston North End in 1885 where individuals we’re referred to as roughs. Roughs were the first iteration of a football hooligan.

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