13 February 1909


Gangs of young men attaching themselves to a particular football club is not just a phenomenon that emerged in the 1960s. Going back 100 years Aston Villa were affected by crowd behaviour problems, as this report from Birmingham’s Sporting Mail for 13 February 1909 explains:

By the way, I have received several complaints about the behaviour at Aston of a gang of blackguards, about twenty strong, who seem to have christened themselves “The Nuts.” They appear to have made themselves particularly obnoxious to a great many people who patronise the popular side. Their language is described as filthy. Mr G. B. Ramsay is the man to complain to. The Villa directors will soon take steps to put an end to any nuisance if they find the complaints well founded.


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