Andy Nicholls

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Andy Nicholls
Born 1962 (age 55–56)
Occupation Author
Genre Football hooliganism
Website
andy-nicholls.co.uk

Andy Nicholls (born 1962), is an English former football hooligan, manager, and author of a number of books on football hooliganism.[1] He has been banned from every ground in England and Wales. He was banned for life from the home ground of the team he supports but the club allowed him back in due to the amount of work he does for their charity Everton in the Community Everton, Goodison Park.[1] and has served three months in prison for football related violence.[2]

Background

When he was a boy he went to the Alun School in Flintshire. For over twenty years he was regularly involved with the violent followers of the club.[1] Nicholls was classified by the National Football Intelligence Unit (NFIU) as a Category C hooligan, the highest NFIU rating.[1] He has been arrested more than twenty times for football related offences and has been deported from Belgium, Iceland and Sweden. He created the terrace fanzine Get into Them which was closed down by authorities.

Nicholls received a new Football Banning Order (FBO) on 6 October 2003 banning him from every football ground in England and Wales for two years, apart from games where he was there as manager of Welsh Alliance League club, Holywell Town F.C. when he admitted to being involved in football hooliganism in his book, Scally: Confessions of a Category C Football Hooligan[3] and for his involvement in a pub fight between Everton and Aston Villa fans, in which he claimed he was only helping injured victims to escape.[4] He had been summoned to Liverpool Magistrates Court under the Football Disorder Act over the publication of the book, and banned for two years, with £500 costs.[3]

In April 2004, Nicholls was convicted by Flintshire magistrates for breaching the banning order, after he attended a match in Russia between Wales and Russia. Nicholls who lived in Rhosesmor in North East Wales, at the time had attended the match as part of a Holywell Town club trip. Nicholls claimed that he did not know the ban applied to Welsh games, as being an England supporter he thought the ban only applied to England.[1] Nicholls would later become chairman of Holywell Town.[5] Nicholls' ban from Everton means he has to stay a minimum of 10 miles from any match they play home or away. As part of his banning order he also had to sign in at a Police station on match days, and hand in his passport every time a British team played abroad.[6] His banning order expired in 2005.[4]

Nicholls helped publicise the Straight Red Campaign in August 2006 which introduced FBOs in Scotland. FBO had been in place in England and Wales for six years and were being expanded to include Scotland. The campaign was launched at Hampden Park in Glasgow with Nicholls saying, "A banning order hurts more than any thump or kick you get and, more importantly, hurts more than any fine. They even hurt more than getting sent to prison. The banning orders changed my life because it's taken away something from me which, even as a hooligan, I was passionate about. Taking away that part of your life hurts."[2] The same month Nicholls had also appeared on the BBC documentary programme Panorama during an undercover investigation into previously unreported violence at the 2006 World Cup. In the programme he was quoted as saying, "To stamp out hooliganism once and for all, you'd have to get every man between 14 and 40 and chop off their arms and legs."[7][8]

Nicholls' first book, Scally: Confessions of a Category C Football Hooligan dealt with the victim knife attacks perpetrated by the County Road Cutters firm, who are associated with Everton. He chronicles the bitter Manchester-Merseyside battles that left hundreds injured. He also confronts the alleged problems of racism at Goodison Park and he describes rivalries with the gangs of Aberdeen, Chelsea, Millwall, Middlesbrough and other clubs. He has also co-authored three other books with fellow former football hooligan, Cass Pennant.

Bibliography

  • Scally: Confessions of a Category C Football Hooligan (2002)
  • Hooligans: The A-L of Britain's Football Hooligan Gangs Vol 1 (2005)
  • Hooligans: M-Z of Britain's Football Gangs Vol 2' (2006)
  • 30 Years of Hurt: A History of England's Hooligan Army (2006)

References

  1. ^ a b c d e "Hooligan ignored match ban". BBC News. 2 April 2004. Retrieved 22 October 2007. 
  2. ^ a b MacDonell, Hamish (30 August 2006). "Red card for football hooligans and bigots". The Scotsman. Retrieved 22 October 2007. 
  3. ^ a b "'Hooligan' ban lifted for manager". BBC News. 7 October 2003. Retrieved 22 October 2007. 
  4. ^ a b Leapman, Ben (18 March 2006). "1,000 English hooligans to be allowed to go to World Cup after bans expire". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 22 October 2007. 
  5. ^ "Football boss in parking row fine". BBC News. 5 September 2005. Retrieved 22 October 2007. 
  6. ^ "Fall in football hooligan arrests". BBC News. 23 October 2004. Retrieved 22 October 2007. 
  7. ^ Maume, Chris (5 August 2006). "Binge-drinking thugs who kick off rather than see kick-off". The Independent. Retrieved 22 October 2007. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Panormana: Hooligans". BBC News. 1 August 2006. Retrieved 22 October 2007. 

External links

  • Andy Nicholls Official Website
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