Right, well, i'm bored so i thought i'd do some research into arrest figures for football violence in this decade.
2000-2001 - 3,391 arrests (worth noting that this was the year 945 english fans were nicked during the Euro 2000 riots)
2001-2002 - 4,035 arrests
2002-2003 - 4,413 arrests
2003-2004 - 3,982 arrests
2004-2005 - 3,628 arrests
2005-2006 - 3,462 arrests
2006-2007 - 3,788 arrests
2007-2008 - 3,842 arrests
All these statistics are taken off the home office website, with the exception of the figures for 2000-2001 which are from
What does this say? Well to me, it looks that whilst the visible threat of football violence has disipated over the last 20 years, the arrest figures
are still pretty consistent. We must remember that not ALL the arrests here are for hooliganism. Racist chanting, drink/drug related offences are also
included in the final figure.
It would not surprise me if the figures were up again for the 2008-2009 season.
I may get round to doing the statistics for banning orders as well if i can be bothered. I'm fairly sure there would be a large rise in banning
orders as the decade progresses, but at the moment that is mere conjecture.