Casual (subculture)

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The casual subculture is a subsection of football culture that is typified by hooliganism and the wearing of expensive designer clothing[1][2][3][4][5] (known as "clobber"). The subculture originated in the United Kingdom in the early 1980s when many hooligans started wearing designer clothing labels and expensive sportswear such as Stone Island, CP Company, Lacoste, Sergio Tacchini, Fila, Hackett & Fred Perry in order to avoid the attention of police and to intimidate rivals.[citation needed] They did not wear club colours, so it was easier to infiltrate rival groups and to enter pubs. Some casuals have worn clothing items similar to those worn by mods.[citation needed] Casuals have been portrayed in films and television programmes such as ID, The Firm, The Football Factory, and Green Street.[citation needed] The documentary Casuals: The Story of the Legendary Terrace Fashion featuring Pat Nevin, Peter Hooton and Gary Bushell amongst others is about the fashion that started in the late 70s and into the 1980s.[6][7]


The designer clothing and fashion aspect of the casual subculture began in the mid-to-late 1970s. One well documented precursor was the trend of Liverpool youths starting to dress differently from other football fans — in Peter Storm jackets, straight-leg jeans and Adidas trainers.[8] Liverpool F.C. fans were the first British football fans to wear continental European fashions, which they picked up while following their teams at matches in Europe.[9]

The other documented precursor, according to Colin Blaney, was a subculture known as Perry Boys, which originated in the mid-1970s as a precursor to the casuals. The Perry Boys subculture consisted of Manchester football hooligans styling their hair into a flick and wearing sportswear, Fred Perry shirts and Dunlop Green Flash trainers.[10]

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  1. ^ Barry Didcock (8 May 2005). "Casuals: The Lost Tribe of Britain: They dressed, andf still dress, cool and fought". The Sunday Herald. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  2. ^ Steve Redhead (Autumn 2004). "Hit and Tell: a Review Essay on the Soccer Hooligan Memoir" (PDF). Soccer and Society. 5 (3): 392–403. doi:10.1080/1466097042000279625. S2CID 162546263. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 April 2009. Retrieved 3 April 2009.
  3. ^ Juliet Ash, Lee Wright (chapter author: Deborah Lloyd) (1988). "Assemblage and subculture: the Casuals and their clothing". In Routledge (ed.). Components of dress: design, manufacturing, and image-making in the fashion industry (illustrated ed.). pp. 100–106. ISBN 0-415-00647-3. {{cite book}}: |author= has generic name (help)
  4. ^ James Hamilton (8 May 2005). "Pundit says: 'learn to love the casuals'". The Sunday Herald 2005-05-08.
  5. ^ Ken Gelder (chapter author: Phil Cohen) (2005). "Subcultural conflict". In Routledge (ed.). The Subcultures Reader. p. 91. ISBN 978-0-415-34416-6. Retrieved 15 August 2008. {{cite book}}: |author= has generic name (help)
  6. ^ "The Casuals film page".
  7. ^ "The Casuals: The Story of the Legendary Terrace Fashion". 24 August 2017.
  8. ^ Allt, Nicholas (2004). The Boys from the Mersey (first ed.). MILO. pp. 39–54. ISBN 1-903854-39-3.
  9. ^ "British Style Genius". 19 August 2013. Retrieved 19 August 2013.
  10. ^ Blaney, Colin (2014). Undesirables. John Blake. p. 7. ISBN 978-1782198970.

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