BBC Documentary On Chelsea Headhunters, Football Hooligans [VIDEO]

In 1999, the BBC aired a documentary about the Chelsea Headhunters, a gang of football hooligans. Irish investigative reporter Donal MacIntyre went undercover and infiltrated the gang, wearing a concealed camera and pretending to be a Chelsea hooligan — even to the point of getting a Chelsea tattoo to convince the hooligans that he was a lifetime supporter.

The following is the video that takes you undercover. Note: Fast forward past the first two minutes to skip past the introduction in a foreign language.

After the video aired, according to Wikipedia, “In 2000, Jason Marriner, a member of the Chelsea Headhunters was sentenced to six years in prison for his part in organizing a fight with supporters of a rival team, based on evidence captured by Donal MacIntyre and his team. MacIntyre was placed under Police protection during the trial. It was the first significant victory against the hooligan fraternity since the flawed attempts at undercover work by the Police ten years previously, in the ill-fated own goal trials. MacIntyre also secured convictions against members of Combat 18.”


5 thoughts on “BBC Documentary On Chelsea Headhunters, Football Hooligans [VIDEO]”

  1. When people like Steven Cohen, try to make their own alternate history, with supporters at Anfield, being assigned the role - ambassadors of 80's British hooliganism; the world must be reminded, that if clubs like Chelsea were fractionally as good then, to play in Europe, things would have been 10x worse.

    1. Chelsea did actually qualify for the UEFA Cup in 1985/86. You may want to remind us why they weren't allowed to participate?

  2. CFC is a rotten club, from the hooligans back in the day to the new Mafia owner, manager that has actually assaulted opposition management and engaged in lying about officials integrity (Barca UCL). Racist players, and have a skin head theme as their anthem.

    Rotten from top to bottom

  3. Let's see. Russia was a communist country. Which is to say everything was 'state owned'. After it dissolved, Mr. Putin's friend Roman, is suddenly called an oil billionaire. Now how did Roman earn his billions? Did he earn them by starting a business, or just because he was Vladimir's friend?


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