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Thursday, 2 May, 2002, 17:19 GMT 18:19 UK
No one likes us
The police near Millwall FC
It is a common belief that football hooliganism in England and Wales, so rampant during the Seventies and Eighties, has all but disappeared. But the first programme in the series, "No one likes us" rapidly destroys that myth.

During the past season secret cameras have followed hooligan gangs attached to a number of English clubs and the England national team.

They show the extraordinary scenes which take place, before and after matches, but which are rarely reported.

All-seater stadia may have solved the problem of violence within football grounds.

But this major undercover investigation shows how thugs have merely changed the venue, with trouble now taking place in the streets around the grounds.

The multi-billion pound football industry tries to present only the glamorous image of the beautiful game, but there is an ugly side to the picture - a picture which the football authorities would rather was kept hidden.

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Jason Williams describes the dangers he faced in the making of BBC Two's Hooligans programme.
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