Football Hooligans by Jai and Martyn

In our English class, we read the book, ‘Divided City’ by Theresa Breslin which discussed football hooligans and hooliganism in general so we decided it would be a good idea to research it and find out more about football hooligans. i

What is Hooliganism?

Hooliganism is a term used to describe disorderly, violent behaviour portrayed by fans at a certain football match. In the UK, hooligans are almost always associated to football.

Hooliganism in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.

Football hooligans only really began in the 1960’s but no major problems happened then. In the 1970’s and 80’s is when most football hooligan groups started to emerge. Football hooligan groups called firms’ or ‘casuals in the 1980’s were really dangerous and caused numerous deaths which meant the police and government had to intervene. In Scotland they enforced the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act in  2012 which means any football fan who portrays offensive behavior will be removed from the stadium and could face a life ban by the club and may not be able to go to a football match involving that team or that stadium for a long time.

Hooliganism Today

Hooliganism nowadays isn’t as bad as it was in the 80’s thanks to tough security measures and police all around the stadiums on match-day to protect the fans. Football hooligans also try to sneak pyro, flares and smoke-bombs into the stadium for big games like cup quarter-finals, semi-finals and cup finals even though it is illegal if you are under eighteen and could go to jail for attempting to enter a football stadium with a pyrotechnic device.

Galatasaray-Hamburger SV 2009 UEFA football match by Qwl [Licence: CC BY-SA 3.0]

Supporters Red Bull Salzburg by Werner100359 [Licence: CC BY 3.0]

The Offensive Behaviour at Football Act

The Offensive Behaviour at Football Act was an act that was put into place by the Scottish Government to try to cut down on hooliganism. However people haven’t agreed with this act being put into place. An idea to scrap The Offensive Behaviour at Football Act has been approved by parliament members in its first proper vote in Holyrood. MSPs voted by 65 to 61 to back the idea so it will now be passed on to committee members for further consideration.


We learned that football hooligans in the 1970’s – 1980’s caused a lot of trouble at football matches and they even killed a few people. Jai and I would like to thank anyone who takes the time to read our blog about football hooligans and hope you learned a lot from it.


BBC, (2018). MSPs recommend repeal of Offensive Behaviour at Football Act [online]. Available from;, [accessed 26/02/2018].

 Daily Mail, (2018). Football Hooliganism is on the increase [online]. Available from, [accessed] 16/02/2018.


Knife Crime by Rebecca , Kiara and Sophie


We have decided to write about knife crime because of our class novel Divided City by Theresa Breslin. In a scene, a character called Kyoul got stabbed by a gang in Glasgow. We wanted to find out more about knife crime in Scotland and how to prevent this from happening. In our blog we are going to write about knife crime in Glasgow, what happens if you carry a knife, the statistics of knife crime and how to stop knife crime.

Glasgow Knife Crime

Duke of Wellington by Finlay McWalter [Licence: CC BY-SA 3.0]

In Scotland, Glasgow used to have one of the highest murder rates in 2005. The police set up a VRU which stands for violence reduction unit for a problem that is happening. In Glasgow 2006-2011, 15 children and teenagers were stabbed and killed. Then from 2011-2016 there were no more young adults stabbed.


What happens if you get caught with a knife ?

Carrying a knife is very dangerous. There are so many possibilities that can happen that can result in someone dying. The police are legally allowed to search anyone who they suspect is carrying a knife. It is breaking the law to carry an offensive weapon and it is also illegal to carry a knife in a public place. If you are under the age of 18 you are not allowed to buy or sell knives. If your job has something to do with knives, like a fisherman or carpet fitter, you are allowed to carry a knife. Fisherman or carpet fitters are not allowed to carry a knife when they are not at work. You could get a jail sentence for up to 5 years even if you don’t use the knife. If you kill someone, you could get up to a life sentence.

Police car by Arpingstone [Public domain]


The number of  people that were convicted for stabbing people has dropped dramatically from 35 deaths to 8. The recording of handling an offensive weapon is at the lowest in about 31 years since 1984. Also the number of young teenagers convicted of having a weapon on them has dropped by 82%. From April 2006-April 2011, 40 children/teenagers died in Scotland because of homicide. Then it dropped to 8 between 2011-2016.

How To Stop Knife Crime

The police in Glasgow set up a violence reduction unit to help the situation with knives and with the amount of people that are getting stabbed. This got set up in 2005. This situation has been going on since 1984 and since it hasn’t went away yet, then it’s not going to go away by itself anymore.


In conclusion, knife crime is a very serious matter that can affect anyone at any point in life. Knife crime has killed hundreds of people in Scotland, specifically Glasgow. Knife crime has dropped dramatically over the last couple of years which has resulted in fewer deaths and injuries in Scotland.

Flag of Scotland [Public domain]


The Guardian (December 3rd 2017). The Guardian Online. Available from :                                                                  knife-deaths-among-young-people (accessed 19th February 2018)

No Knives Better Lifes [online]. Available at:                              (accessed 19th February 2018)

Christmas by Kacper



圣诞快乐,新年快乐 Shèngdàn kuàilè, xīnnián kuàilè

கிருஸ்துமஸ் மற்றும் புத்தாண்டு வாழ்த்துகள்

Kirustumas maṟṟum puttāṇṭu vāḻttukaḷ


Did you know all donkeys have the shape of a cross on their back?  Here is a picture to prove it!


Christmas Stuff by Jason

Merry Christmas and a happy new year in Basque:

– Gabonak eta zoriontsu urte berri bat

One of my favourite christmas  carols are silent night. Heres the words

Silent night, holy night!
All is calm, all is bright.
Round yon Virgin, Mother and Child.
Holy infant so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace,
Sleep in heavenly peace

Silent night, holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight.
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia,
Christ the Savior is born!
Christ the Savior is born

Silent night, holy night!
Son of God love’s pure light.
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus Lord, at Thy birth
Jesus Lord, at Thy birth


Christmas by ER

How to say Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in German:

Frohe Weihnachten und ein glückliches neues Jahr und allah akbar

The Wassail Song

The Wassail Song : Lyrics

Here we come a-wassailing
Among the leaves so green,
Here we come a-wand’ring
So fair to be seen.
Love and joy come to you,
And to you your wassail, too,
And God bless you, and send you
A Happy New Year,
And God send you a Happy New Year.

We are not daily beggers
That beg from door to door,
But we are neighbors’ children
Whom you have seen before
Love and joy come to you,
And to you your wassail, too,
And God bless you, and send you
A Happy New Year,
And God send you a Happy New Year.

Good master and good mistress,
As you sit beside the fire,
Pray think of us poor children
Who wander in the mire.
Love and joy come to you,
And to you your wassail, too,
And God bless you, and send you
A Happy New Year,
And God send you a Happy New Year

We have a little purse
Made of ratching leather skin;
We want some of your small change
To line it well within.
Love and joy come to you,
And to you your wassail, too,
And God bless you, and send you
A Happy New Year,
And God send you a Happy New Year.

Bring us out a table
And spread it with a cloth;
Bring us out a cheese,
And of your Christmas loaf.
Love and joy come to you,
And to you your wassail, too,
And God bless you, and send you
A Happy New Year,
And God send you a Happy New Year.

God bless the master of this house,
Likewise the mistress too;
And all the little children
That round the table go.
Love and joy come to you,
And to you your wassail, too,
And God bless you, and send you
A Happy New Year,
And God send you a Happy New Year.

Christmas by Elle

Away in a Manger  Lyrics

Away in a manger, no crib for His bed
The little Lord Jesus laid down His sweet head
The stars in the bright sky Looked down where He lay
The little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay

The cattle are lowing the Baby awakes
But little Lord Jesus no crying He makes
I love Thee, Lord Jesus, look down from the sky
And stay by my side, til morning is nigh.

Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask Thee to stay
Close by me forever and love me I pray
Bless all the dear children in Thy tender care
And take us to Heaven to live with Thee there

William J. Kirkpatrick in 1895.

Christmas stuff from Brian

How to say Merry Christmas in Hungarian

boldog Karácsonyt



My favourite carol is Silent Night. composed in 1818.

Silent night, holy night,
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon virgin mother and child.
Holy infant, so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace,
Sleep in heavenly peace.

Silent night, holy night,
Shepherds quake at the sight;
Glories stream from heaven afar,
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia!
Christ the Savior is born,
Christ the Savior is born!

Silent night, holy night,
Son of God, love’s pure light;
Radiant beams from thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord, at thy birth,
Jesus, Lord, at thy birth.

Christmas stuff from Skye

Welcome to my blog it is about christmas

Merry Christmas in Gaelic is Nollaig Chridhe

Here is a Christmas song by Ariana Grande

Silent Night is an old song still sung at Christmas.  Herr are the words

Silent night! holy night!
All is calm all is bright
round yon virgin mother and child
Holy infant so tender and mild
sleep in heavenly peace!

Silent night! holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight
glories stream from heaven afar
heavenly hosts sing Alleluia
Christ the Saviour is born!

Silent night! holy night!
Son of God love’s pure light
radiant beams from thy holy face
with the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord at thy birth.

Did you known that donkeys have a shadow cross on there back? Here is why.

Roma vs Lazio | By Ben and Andrew


Recently in English we read a book called Divided City and we are interested in Rangers and Celtic’s rivalry  so we decided to study another rivalry. We chose Roma vs Lazio . Fans have recently stopped going to the games in protest against security measures and the separating of  the ultras.


Roma were founded in 1927. This is when the first game took place. They share the same stadium. The stadium is called the Stadio Olympico. The fact that these two clubs share a stadium is surprising given the hatred between them.


In the last game Roma won 4-1 in a half empty stadium because of all of the protests . The next game is on the 4th December in Calacio  A. Lazio’s average attendance last season was 35,500. Roma’s was 40,000. Roma are currently second in the table. Lazio are currently 4th. Lazio have 25 points. Roma have 26 points.


SS. Lazio Facts,, accessed 2/11/16

AS Roma Facts,, accessed 2/11/16