August 26, 2009
Real Life Green Street Hooligans
The drama from today’s second round Carling Cup ties extended from the pitch to the fans, most notably with the riot that broke out at Upton Park. Who was involved? Well it was the fans from Millwall and West Ham of course. Proving exactly why the producers of Green Street Hooligans chose those teams instead of, say, Tottenham and Arsenal.
The Football Association has already launched an investigation into the rioting that lead to the suspension of play at one point during the match, the first meeting between these two rivals in over four years. Hundreds of fans were involved in the uprising while police removed fifty from the pitch before play was allowed to resume. A forty-four year old fan was also hospitalized with a stab wound. The Hammers game back from 1-0 to eventually prove victorious 3-1 after extra time. So while the FA sorts out the mess in East London, the fictive story behind Green Street Hooligans has become a little more real.