A Millwall brick
is an improvised weapon made of a manipulated newspaper
. It was named for supporters of Millwall F.C.
, who had a stereotyped
reputation for football hooliganism
. The Millwall brick was allegedly used as a stealth weapon at football
matches in England
during the 1960s and 1970s. The weapon's popularity appears to have been due to the wide availability of newspapers, and due to the ease of its construction.
In the late 1960s — in response to football hooliganism
at matches in England
— police began confiscating any objects that could be used as weapons. These items included steel combs, pens, beermats
, Polo mints
and boots.Marshall, George. (1991) Spirit of '69: A Skinhead Bible
Publisher: S.T. Publishing. ISBN 0-9518497-0-0 However, fans were still permitted to bring in newspapers. Larger newspapers such as The Guardian
or The Financial Times
work best for a Millwall brick, and the police looked with suspicion at working class
football fans who carried such newspapers. Because of their more innocent appearance, tabloid
newspapers became the newspapers of choice for Millwall bricks.Knight, Nick. (Oct. 1982) Skinhead.
Publisher: Omnibus Press. . ISBN 0-7119-0052-3 The book Spirit of '69: A Skinhead Bible
describes the use of Millwall bricks by British football hooligans in the late 1960s: "Newspapers were rolled up tightly to form the so-called Millwall Brick and another trick was... Read More