posted on May, 15 2005 @ 05:17 PM
The decrease in popularity in the 80's could well be as Hooliganism was at it's highest. But i failed to notice a big decline at the bigger clubs. In
the terraces at Upton Park, where i spent every saturday it couldn't have been better. The vocal support was like none other, it was always packed-out
and we didn't have that bad a side lol! Going back to vocal support, this has slowly been in decline since the 80's. This i see is due to the stadiums
being all seating...
It was a era of some bad times in football, the Heysel disaster, the fire at Bradford, both in 1985.. Quite a few riots in the stands at some matches
aswell. During the 80's hooliganism was at it highest, they sported tattoos on their hands/arms showing their allegiance to their local football
team-usually Millwall, West Ham, Leeds and England. The mid 80's saw the football yob undergo a renaissance. The more modern day hooligan could be
quite easily seen dressed in a sharp suit, mobile phone and holding a regular 9-5 job.
But things started to change in the late 80's. The introduction of more foriegn based players, the grounds changing to all seating and a big crackdown
on football hooligans, saw popularity on the rise again. One thing that did take a big jump from the 80's to the 90's was the television revenue, it
took a massive surge.