chapter  8
From the teds and the skins to the ICF
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The skinheads not only brought higher levels of solidarity and organization to the football ends and increased their sense of territorial identification and proprietorship. They also contributed to the spread of football hooliganism, not only to railway stations and the immediate vicinity of grounds, but also to city centres and beyond. In September 1969, for example, following their riotous return from a defeat at Derby, 500 Tottenham supporters were unceremoniously 'dumped' by British Rail 40 minutes before their train reached London. Undeterred, the North Londoners set to work on the Bedfordshire village of Flitwick, to destructive effect. Damage was widespread as villagers rushed away from a local function to protect their homes. 34 The repercussions of Flitwick in terms of the control of supporters travelling to and from football matches in England were considerable. However, the major significance of the Flitwick affair probably lay in its message for the general public; hooliganism was quite capable of moving into anyone's back garden.