6.57 Crew

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6.57 Crew
Founding locationPortsmouth
Years active1979–present
TerritoryPortsmouth area
EthnicityMostly White British
Membership (est.)1980s - 200-500 2000 - present - 50-150
Criminal activitiesFootball hooliganism, riots and fighting

The 6.57 Crew is an English football hooligan firm linked to Portsmouth F.C..[1][2][3][4] The name, 6.57 Crew is taken from the time that the Portsmouth to London Waterloo train left Portsmouth and Southsea station.[5] The firm were one of the most active firms in the 1980s and caused chaos wherever they went.[6]


On 22 September 2001, the 6.57 Crew fought with Coventry City fans both at the match and in Coventry city centre. Before the match hooligans from both clubs clashed in the city centre. During the match, some Portsmouth hooligans ripped up seats and threw missiles at Coventry fans. After fighting broke out in the stand, riot police were called in and restored order. Following the match, further violence broke out in Coventry again.[1] Ninety-three people were arrested for their involvement in riots involving over 300 people before and after a match with South coast rivals Southampton F.C. on 21 March 2004.[7] The police were attacked, shops were looted, and cars were vandalised.[8] Of those arrested, 64 were given banning orders, and some were jailed.[7] One of the arrests included a ten-year-old boy who became the youngest-ever convicted football hooligan in the United Kingdom, when he was found guilty of violent disorder.[8] In August that year, 54 Portsmouth hooligans were banned for life by club chairman Milan Mandarić for their involvement in the riots at the Southampton game.[9]

In popular culture[edit]

The 6.57 Crew were featured in an episode of the Bravo documentary series Britain's Toughest Towns, which focused on Portsmouth hooligans.[10] They have also been the subject of three books, Rolling with the 6.57 Crew, Playing Up with Pompey: The Story of the Portsmouth 6.57 Crew and 6.57 The Story of Pompey's Hooligan Crew.[5]

Travel ban[edit]

In May 2006, 130 Portsmouth hooligans had to give up their passports so they could not travel to the 2006 World Cup in Germany because of their convictions for football-related crime.[11]

A Home Office report in October 2007 listed all football banning orders by club. Statistics showed that Portsmouth had 95 banning orders in place against who are termed "risk supporters", the most in the Premier League. However, there had been just one banning order, the second lowest in the Premier League, between 10 October 2006 and the date of the report, 9 August 2007.[12]

Further reading[edit]

  • Pennant, Cass; Silvester Rob (2004).Rolling with the 6.57 Crew, Blake Publishing, ISBN 978-1-84454-072-3
  • Payne John (2007). 6.57 The Story of Pompey's Hooligan Crew, Head Hunter Books, ISBN 1-906085-07-2
  • Beech, Bob (2007). Playing Up with Pompey: The Story of the Portsmouth 6.57 Crew, Head Hunter Books, ISBN 1-906085-02-1


  1. ^ a b "Hooligans troublespots - Portsmouth". BBC News. Retrieved 2008-03-07.
  2. ^ Pennant, Cass; Silvester, Rob (2004). Rolling with the 6.57 Crew. Blake Publishing. ISBN 978-1-84454-072-3.
  3. ^ Payne, John (2007-04-10). 6.57 The Story of Pompey's Hooligan Crew. Head Hunter Books. p. 140. ISBN 1-906085-07-2.
  4. ^ Beech, Bob (2007-08-16). Playing Up with Pompey: The Story of the Portsmouth 6.57 Crew. Head Hunter Books. p. 240. ISBN 1-906085-02-1.
  5. ^ a b "Book glorifies hooligans say Pompey bosses". Portsmouth News. 2002-11-18. Retrieved 2008-03-07.
  6. ^ Portsmouth nowadays still have a very chaotic firm with them pulling numbers from anything from 50 to 150, the current youth firm are very capable of pulling in the numbers as well as the older firm Nicholls, Andy; Nick Lowles (2006). HOOLIGANS VOL.2: M-Z of Britain's Football Hooligan Gangs. London: Milo Books. ISBN 1-903854-64-4.
  7. ^ a b "Hooligans warned ahead of derby". BBC News. 2004-11-10. Retrieved 2008-04-03.
  8. ^ a b "10-year-old is youngest hooligan". CBBC Newsround. 2004-06-23. Retrieved 2008-04-03.
  9. ^ "Life ban on Fratton hooligans". Portsmouth News. 2004-08-19. Retrieved 2008-03-07.
  10. ^ "Britains Toughest Towns". Bravo. Archived from the original on 2008-02-05. Retrieved 2008-03-07.
  11. ^ "Pledge to hunt down Pompey hooligans". Portsmouth News. 2006-05-31. Retrieved 2008-03-08.
  12. ^ "Statistics on Football-related arrests & banning orders 2006-7" (PDF). Home Office. October 2007. Retrieved 2008-04-02.