Matchday menace: The Midland mobs from the 70s and 80s
Above: It's still going on! Helicopter footage of violence between Blues and Villa fans in 2009
They had yet to make the family – mum, dad and kids – part of top-flight football in the 1970s and early 80s.
It was a standing-only era for soccer. A tarnished time of suffocating stands, racism, foul language and violence. The only women who dared to attend grounds wore St John Ambulance uniforms and endured a barrage of lewd remarks as they walked self-consciously around the perimeter of pitches.
It was also a time when hooliganism gravitated from an “issue” to a social disease, with... read more
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