Nah bgCasper that whole mod/rocker/teddyboy thing is LONG GONE!
Contrary to popular belief the origional skinheads were not racist. The skinhead fashion, ie tight jeans, boots, shirts and shaved heads etc. was brought to England by Jamaican people and was popular amongst white and black youths in the poorest multicultural areas of East London in areas like West Ham, Bow and Barking. Indeed, UK reggae star Max Romeo gave thanks to skinheads in a recent interview with him for sticking up for him when he was gerring attacked by the racists of Guilford, where he grew up. One reggea group even made a song called 'skinhead moonstomp' and is on the GTA:UK game soundtrack.
Eventually the fashion became hugely popular with poor white people all over london and naturally some of the people were racists. When others moved over to other fashions in the early 70s the more racist people kept the style. Since then (except for a brief period in the early 80s) the only people to ware traditional skinhead gear are either racists or gays.
The whole football (soccer) hooligan culture is another story.
In Europe, we all take sports much more seriously than you lot do in america. In Italy, football is very much a political thing as well. Compared to some European countries, England's problem is almost non-existant, but there's still a problem...
The hooligans started out in the late 60s, and because of this wore skinhead gear.
A good film to watch about football hooligans in the hard to find british film 'the firm' which stars Gary Oldman.
The recent relegation of West Ham United (my team!) has signalled a huge rebirth in the 'terrace culture'. Contrary to popular belief, most hooligan gangs were not racist. One of the former leaders of West Ham's 'firm', the notorious ICF was a black man called Cass Pennant. His books can be found on Amazon.
Most of the football problems can be found in the lower divisions rather than the Premiership. The most teams with the most notoriouse hooligan gangs are:
Stoke City: Has a firm of about 50 and are known to be very proffessional and only fight with other hooligans. Known to be the most 'honarable'
West Ham: Gangs are the ICF (inter city firm) for away games and West Side Boyz for home games. Can always be picked out at games because they sing the club anthem 'I'm forever blowing bubbles' to the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang tune rather than the traditional way. Leaders have been Bill Gardner and Cass Pennant.
Millwall: West Ham's archrival. Their hooligan gangs the Bushwackers and F-troop are extremily racist and agressive and are known to fight with innocent people more than other gangs. Former leader was Harry the Dog.
Cardiff: Gang is the Soul Crew. Unlike most other hooligan groups, the gang actually has alot to do with the running of the team and regulaly drink with the Chaiman, arab buissinessman Sam Hamman.
Burnley: Crew is the SS (suicide squad). Follow on with the town's reputation for being very racist.
Chelsea: gang is the headhunters. Also rivals with West Ham. many members are also members of C-18 (racist paramilitary organisation) or NF gangs. Often fight alongside Millwall gangs.
Interesting link: http://www.terracelinks.cjb.net/
Miochelldope you are SO F***ING WRONG!!!!
I would say that Brixton is about as multicultural and racially harmonious as you can get. It's probably only 50% black, and I have atleast 5 white mates from there, and they get on fine with the black guys. Brixton is becoming a gentrified area, and will soon be full of trendy's/yuppies etc.. Brixton has always been over egsagerated as a ghetto where theres all this crime.
One of the top boys in the Dirty Dozen Crew from Brixton was called Able, and he was white.
Maybe only in pikey little shitholes in the Lancashier or Yorkshier like Rotherham or Preston or Burnley would you actally get 'no-go' zones.
Iv'e lived in Peckham all my life and I'm white and I've had hardly any problems. England is not like America. It don't have a history of segregation or anything. Maybe a few estates in Leyton you wouldn't go in if your white, but not WHOLE AREAS like Brixton!