ESPN – Hooliganism in England: The enduring cultural legacy of football violence

Once a blight on English football, hooliganism has been all but eradicated at football grounds in the Premier League era. Yet a pop culture fascination with football violence endures. It's September 2014 and West Ham United are holding a press launch for Club London, a corporate hospitality programme for the move into the Olympic Stadium in summer 2016. As is customary at such events, first-team players are wheeled out to speak to the media. New striker Enner Valencia, fresh from scoring against Liverpool in a 3-1 victory, has a huddle of reporters around him, and he gives his reasons for choosing to become a Hammer. “I knew about West Ham mainly from watching films,” he says…