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The Football Factory

Danny Dyer at event of The Football FactoryNick Love at event of The Football FactoryDanny Dyer at event of The Football FactoryThe Football Factory


The Football Factory is more than just a study of the English obsession with football violence, its about men looking for armies to join…

Release Year: 2004

Rating: 6.8/10 (13,940 voted)

Nick Love

Stars: Danny Dyer, Frank Harper, Tamer Hassan

The Football Factory is more than just a study of the English obsession with football violence, its about men looking for armies to join, wars to fight and places to belong. A forgotten culture of Anglo Saxon males fed up with being told they're not good enough and using thier fists as a drug they describe as being more potent than sex and drugs put together. Shot in documentery style with the energy and vibrancy of handheld, The Football Factory is frightingly real yet full of painful humour as the four characters extreme thoughts and actions unfold before us.

Writers: Nick Love, John King


Danny Dyer

Tommy Johnson

Frank Harper

Billy Bright

Tamer Hassan


Roland Manookian


Neil Maskell


Dudley Sutton

Bill Farrell

Jamie Foreman


Tony Denham


(as Anthony Denham)

Calum MacNab


John Junkin

Albert Moss

Sophie Linfield


Kara Tointon


Michele Hallak


Daniel Naylor


Alison Egan


What else you gonna do on a Saturday?


Official Website:
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Release Date: 14 May 2004

Filming Locations: Earl's Court, London, England, UK

Opening Weekend: £207,683
(16 May 2004)
(159 Screens)

Gross: £623,138
(30 May 2004)

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Did You Know?


The Chelsea/Union Flag you can see hung up on the rear window of the coach when the firm is traveling "Up North", is in fact, a real Chelsea Headhunters flag given to the project by one of the original Headhunters. Also, the specific skull and cross bone (Deads Head/Totenkopf) symbol on the flag are symbols first used by the Prussian army under Frederick the Great and later used by the Stabswache, which turned into the Nazi Schutzstaffel, and is commonly used worldwide by Neo-Nazi and White Supremacy organizations.


When Tommy Johnson's grandfather has a heart attack on the bus, he stumbles off with jacket in hand. In the next shot, Zebedee throws the jacket at him from the back of the bus.


Billy Bright:
We'll get the beers safe and then we'll outflank 'em, yeah?

User Review

Was it all worth it?…'course it f***ing was!

Rating: 9/10

Being German I'm not really into the Hooligan way of life. I'm just
fond of the Brit way of making films and this one is just brilliant. Of
course you can argue about whether the director Nick Love is showing
the life of some football thugs too positive and without the "never do
this, kids" attitude, but…this is just a great piece of film. It has
terrific acting (especially Frank Harper does a great job), splendid
camera and editing and a more than suiting soundtrack. Watched it with
some pals and it was just great fun. The scene where Rod tells his
girlfriend's parents about his inner thoughts is a highlight. So if
you're able to shut out all thoughts of moral and you're just
interested in 90 minutes of quality film-making of today…watch this.
It's definitely all worth it!