You're Gonna Get Your Fucking Head Kicked In

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"You're Gonna Get Your Fucking Head Kicked In", sometimes pluralised to "You're Gonna Get Your Fucking Heads Kicked In", is a football chant originating in England. It is also used as a case study in psychology and sociology.[1]


There are two theories as to the origins of the chant. One holds that it was invented in the 1960s by Oxford United football hooligans to threaten visiting fans,[2] while the other holds that it was invented more generally and slightly later in the 1970s on the terraces of football grounds.[3] The chant is often used as an intimidatory chant towards the opposing fans rather than as an actual threat of violence, but there have been a number of occasions when it has led to a fight between fans.[1] The chant is sometimes used after the opposition have scored. It is now considered to be a dated chant with little current usage in English football culture.[4]

The chant also started being used in 2006 by professional wrestling fans in insulting the opponents before the matches of former Ring of Honor and active WWE American wrestler, Daniel Bryan.[5] The chant was mainly used for Bryan when he was wrestling in Ring of Honor under his real name of Bryan Danielson, although fans sometimes used alternatives such as "You're gonna get your fucking head kicked off." and "He's gonna get his fucking head kicked in".[6] It was first used by wrestling fans in reference to the power of Bryan's kicks. It is also used by fans during Bryan's entrances.[7]

In popular culture[edit]

The chant was used in the 1995 British film I.D. by fans of the fictional team Shadwell Town.[8]


  1. ^ a b Gordon W Russell (2008). Aggression in the Sports World: A Social Psychological Perspective. Oxford University Press. p. 32. ISBN 0195189590. 
  2. ^ Richard Holt (1990). Sport and the British: A Modern History. Oxford University Press. p. 336. ISBN 0192852299. 
  3. ^ Gerry P. T. Finn and Richard Giulianotti (2000). Football Culture: Local Contests, Global Visions. Routledge. p. 190. ISBN 0714650412. 
  4. ^ Turnbull, Simon (2011-04-10). "The Last Word: How the once beautiful game can get rid of its snarling face". The Independent. Retrieved 2012-06-13. 
  5. ^ "ROH Respect Is Earned Report". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 2012-06-13. 
  6. ^ "ROH Glory By Honor V Results (9/26)". Wrestling Inc. 2009-09-27. Retrieved 2012-06-13. 
  7. ^ "EVOLVE 5 RESULTS FROM RAHWAY, NJ WITH DANIEL BRYAN". PWInsider. 2010-09-11. Retrieved 2012-06-13. 
  8. ^ Philip Davis (Director) (5 May 1995). I.D. (Film). United Kingdom: BBC Films.