Section 5

Section 5 is a football firm associated with West Bromwich Albion Football Club, the Albion had firms before Section 5 but none anywhere near as popular. In the 1960s firms such as Clubhouse and Smethwick Mob, however Section 5 has been the largest, with activity peaking in the 80s and 90s.

The well renowned Battle of Bramall Lane between West Bromwich Albion and Sheffield United Football Club saw large amounts of violence both on the pitch and off it, there was also fighting on the pitch between both sets of players. The match was abandoned after Sheffield United were left with only six players on the pitch.


During a game with Cardiff City’s Soul Crew a massive brawl broke out in Cardiff as the West Brom fans were being escorted to the stadium, several members broke out of the police line and charged at the Soul Crew.

During 2011 Black Country Derby Premier League game between West Brom and Wolves, trouble started when a smoke bomb was thrown from the visiting fans into a volatile section of the home crowd. The Albion supporters responded in a timely fashion hurling objects back towards the away fans. Following the end of the game 7 people were jailed after another brawl broke out at a pub in Great Bridge.

Around 30 or so fans of West Brom, Aston Villa and Wolves engaged is a massive brawl at Birmingham New Street Station on a train departing for Foregate Street in September 2015, it is stated that the flare up saw members were using belts as weapons.


Section 5 was formed in the late 1970s in West Bromwich and is believed to have a membership count of anywhere between 70-120.

The firm are well known for their clashes with Wolverhampton Wanderers, Birmingham City and Aston Villa.


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