August 26, 2009

Green Street mayhem

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

It may be kept under wraps in North American the majority of the time, but hooliganism in soccer is still out there and yesterday’s second round English Cup match was the perfect demonstration of it. In case you didn’t know, the folks who support West Ham and the folks who support Millwall don’t like each other very much. In fact, there’s even a movie based around their hatred for each other that would get quite the positive review if I were to write one.

Millwall’s firm is one of the toughest firms out there and West Ham’s crew are no slouches either, rivalling the best in top-flight football. So, when the two teams clashed in their tie yesterday, there should have been surprise as to what would ensue. There were fans crashing the field, players walking off the field, more colourful than usual chants, a riot outside the stadium and, sadly, a stabbing.

With these Cup games, often teams from different leagues are matched up, creating potential powder keg scenarios, like Millwall-West Ham. The two areas in London are essentially a 10-minute drive apart and since the team clubs rarely meet, games between the two are special occasions – for the teams and the firms.

And for those who are interested, West Ham won the game 3-1.

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