The Subway Army were a Hooligan firm associated with Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. (Wolves) during the 1970s and 1980s. The firm rose to fame during the 1970s by ambushing rival fans in subways leading to Wolves home ground, Molineux, a tactic which earned them their Subway Army tag.[1] The firm eventually disbanded and were replaced with the Bridge Boys[источник?].yoyoyoyou


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Many of the firm were arrested in dawn raids, under the code names "Operation Growth" or "Get Rid Of Wolves Troublesome Hooligans".[2]

The Subway Army have been known to clash with supporters of rival clubs including West Bromwich Albion, Walsall, Aston Villa and Birmingham City, although they have also fought with the fans of other clubs, including Millwall.

On 15 August 1987, the opening day of the Fourth Division season, Wolves visited Scarborough for the North Yorkshire club's very first game as a Football League side. The match, which ended in a 2-2 draw, was marred by the violent behaviour of some Wolves fans. One spectator even fell through a roof at the Scarborough stadium in the chaos.[3] Two days later, the Football Association told the club that all of its away matches that season would be all-ticket. In June 1988, 18 men were jailed after being convicted of taking part in the violence.

In August 2000, Wolves were listed as one of the most violent football clubs in England and Wales.

On 31 October 2001, members of the Subway Army were in the Feathers pub, near Molineux, in Wolverhampton before a home game against Millwall, when a group of up to 250 Millwall Bushwackers burst through the police lines at Wolverhampton railway station. They attacked the Feathers pub, and two Wolves fans were slashed in the face with stanley knives. The groups were split up before the rest of the Wolves hooligans could get there.

On 5 April 2002, in the return fixture, the Subway Army arrived in Paddington trying to get revenge. However, they were spotted by two police officers, and their coach was escorted to The Den. A policing operation of over 300 police officers prevented the Millwall and Wolves groups from clashing. Police were though pelted with bricks, bottles and fireworks by Millwall fans attempting to get to the Wolves fans.[4]

On 21 April 2002, Wolves were playing away at Sheffield Wednesday - a game which ended in a 2-2 draw and resulted in Wolves missing out on the second automatic promotion place in Division one, which went to their local rivals West Bromwich Albion instead. Before the game, members of the Sheffield United hooligan firm, the Blades Business Crew attempted to ambush Wolves fans at the railway station. 14 people were arrested. During the game about 500 Wolves fans who had got into a section of home seating at Hillsborough were moved into an empty corner of the stadium. After the match the trouble continued with the three rival groups of fans roaming Sheffield city centre looking for trouble. Two police officers and a steward were injured during clashes.[5]

Albion fans found themselves on the receiving end of further violence from Wolves hooligans on 20 February 2011, when a smoke bomb was thrown into an area of The Hawthorns occupied by Albion fans after a late West Brom equalizer. Albion fans retaliated and coins were thrown between the two sets of fans.[6]


  • Shaw, Gilly; Martin King (2005). Gilly: Running with a Pack of Wolves , Head-Hunter Books, ISBN 0954854217


  2. Giulianotti, Richard; Norman Bonney, Mike Hepworth (1994). Football, Violence and Social Identity. Routledge. p. 208. ISBN 0415098386.
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