HOOLIGAN: CHELSEA HEADHUNTERS PART 1 OF 4
Hooliganism was on full display when the BBC broadcast a documentary about the notorious Chelsea Headhunters football hooligans. Over the whole of the last football season, BBC journalist Donal McIntyre
spent time in the company of some of Britain's most violent hooligans.
McIntyre, and several other BBC journalists, secretly filmed football violence, the organising of fights and the boasting afterwards. More importantly perhaps, the programme gave the viewers an insight into the minds and mentally of English hooligans.
McIntyre befriended Jason Marriner, 32, a long-time hooligan and loyalist. Through Marriner, he was to meet some of the most violent hooligans around: Andy Frain, nickmaned Nightmare, who boasted while on the way up to Scotland of cutting up an off-duty policeman; the twins, David and Ian Sim, who were later to be sent to prison for attacking Spurs fans; Stuart Glass, who was filmed on camera snorting cocaine off a pub table; and Tony Covele, one of the country's best known hooligans.
While most of the Chelsea hooligans
McIntyre met were in their thirties, he also crossed paths with the Reading Youth Firm, a younger group of hooligans in their late teens and early twenties who follow Reading. They too were involved in drug-dealing, violence and nazi politics.
It was, therefore, unsurprising that his journey brought him into contact with some of Britain's most extreme nazis.