Rise Of The Footsoldier

Synopsis: Rise of the Footsoldier follows the inexorable rise of Carlton Leach from one of the most feared generals of the football terraces to becoming a member of a notorious gang of criminals who rampaged their way through London and Essex in the late eighties and early nineties. It is three decades of his life following him from football hooliganism, through to his burgeoning career as a bouncer, his involvement in the criminal aspects of the early 'rave' scene and subsequently to his rise to power as one of the most feared and respected criminals in the country.
Director(s): Julian Gilbey
Production: Carnaby International
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119 min

Hello, mate. It's me again.

Listen, mate, can you

give me a call back, please?

Well, I'm just getting

a bit worried.

So just give me a call back

as soon as you get this message.

All right, mate. Ta.

It was the end of an era.

But before the murders,

the torture,

the beatings and the Ecstasy...

before all of that

there was football.

You see, football was

where the spites

and the hatred first came from.

On those terraces...

well, it's where it all began for me.

I just turned 16, and I was

already a naughty little fucker,

working my way up

through the ranks.

I was West Ham, and for us,

football, fighting and fucking

was our way of life.

And if you came down our manor,

well, you're gonna get a slap.

And if we went over to you,

well, we'd fucking turn you over,

'cause for us it was

all about respect.

It was the same

all over the place.

But you know what?

We weren't trying to change the world.

We were just looking

for a fucking tear-up.

Ladies and gentlemen...

Bill Gardner.

He was West Ham's top boy,

an inspiration to us all.

There's your Bovril, Bill...

nice and hot.

Come on then, Gardner!

I've waited all fucking year

for you, you cunt!

Come o... ah!

Gonna need another one

of those, lad.

Get us a meat pie and all.

Even though I was

wrapped around violence,

I always had time for the ladies.

So I waltzed up to this bird

and I just put it on her...

"You all right, darling?

Where you been all my life?"

And that was how I met Karen.

Beautiful Karen.

We got married two days after

I came out of Tottenham

magistrate's court.

I had been up on a threatening

behavior charge.

And I'd also gotten in a fight

at my stag do the night before

so, yeah, I looked

a right fucking state.

So I was a married man,

but football was my mistress,

and I played away

every weekend.

First round of the Cup

when we played Fulham

and believe it or not,

it kicks off,

and like fucking clockwork

the Old Bill comes steaming in.

But behave yourself

and what are you going to do, eh?

It's fucking war on the streets.

We were all over

the papers the next day,

and they were going on

about how we were

the biggest menace

since the IRA.

But I mean what

the f*ck did we care?

We was just having a laugh.

Oh, Carlton, she is beautiful.

Yeah, of course she is...

just like me.

Do you hear that?

Just like your dad.

I'll fucking kill you!

I'll fucking do you in!

# There's gonna be

a Borstal breakout #

# There's gonna be a Borstal breakout #

# There's gonna be

a Borstal breakout #

# There's gonna be a Borstal breakout. #

We started calling

ourselves the ICF...

the InterCity Firm.

and that's because we took

the InterCity trains

to all the away matches rather than

jumping on the old football specials.

And we dressed up smart,

looked a little bit respectable.

You see, that way

the Old Blue don't spot you.

Man U-fucking-nited

and the bloody coach breaks down.

And to be fair to the driver,

he did try and offer up an explanation,

but Paul wasn't having none of it.

We just about get there in time

for the second half,

and then we go down 4-0

without fucking fighting.

- Screw you.

- Speak English, you cunts.

F*ck off back

to your campsite, you little cunts.

You saucy Northern cunts!

Let's fucking do the bastards.

Hey, come back here,

you little punk!

I'll fucking kill you!


And there we go. F*ck me!

Just fallen

for the oldest trick in the book.

Light it.

Come on!

Come on!



All right, darling?

You look a state, Carlton.

Red Army?

Don't make me laugh.

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