The Football Lads Alliance (FLA)
Initially the group billed themselves as an anti terrorism protest group with no affiliation to hard right or hard left politics.
However the agenda of the group soon became associated with anti Islam marches and Islamophobia.
The Democratic Football Lads Alliance (DFLA)
As with most far right organisations the FLA fell foul of the usual infighting within a year, partly as a result of financial irregularities, with leader John Meighan allegedly taking all the money from merchandise sales. The group split into the FLA and the DFLA (Democratic Football Lads Alliance.). This is their Facebook page.
The split led to a fractured approach with the FLA following Meighan and the DFLA dissatisfied with his leadership and forming a splinter organisation. Bizarrely this led to a situation with both groups attending protests and marches under separate umbrellas with separate organisation and leadership.
At Resisting Hate we are interested to see just how many members of the DFLA have a criminal conviction and a violent past. For a self promoted peaceful organisation this bunch of thugs, yobs and ruffians show exactly the kind of person who is attracted to the street brawling antics of the DFLA.
Criminals of the DFLA
Mark Turnball (DFLA ADMIN and Leader of Newcastle DFLA)
Paul Martin (Leader of Leicester DFLA)
Paul was convicted of violent disorder, sentenced to 6 months prison and given an eight year banning order.
Simon Howlett (Tottenham DFLA)
Simon received a sentence of eight months in 2011 after inciting violence at a 2009 football match. He was also banned from Tottenham games for 6 years and from travelling abroad to matches. He may also be the same Simon Howlett charged with cocaine smuggling in 2004 after half a tonne of cocaine was found in a shipment of coconuts.
Jon Roe (Millwall/Rangers DFLA)
in 2016 Jon was jailed for eight months after pleading guilty to affray, and received an 8 year Football Banning Order, which is still in force.
Harry Childs (QPR DFLA)
Harry was sentenced to 8 months in prison for violent disorder and given a 6 year banning order.
Karl Court (Aston Villa DFLA)
In 2005 Karl was sentenced for fighting at a football march. He was banned from all matches for 5 years. Despite this he kept his position as General Secretary of the charity Aston Villa Former Players Association.
Martin Smith (Aston Villa DFLA)
Martin was sentenced to eight months imprisonment for kicking a man who had already fallen to the ground.
Darren Brindley (EDL, Newcastle DFLA)
Darren has a record of violence. He was jailed for 26 months for affray and breaching a suspended sentence and was also given a Football Banning Order.
Bryan Heron (Newcastle DFLA)
Bryan was given a 52 week jail sentence, suspended for 2 years, for violent disorder, along with a curfew order.
Greg Buchanan (DFLA Rangers)
Greg was sentenced to 100 days jail for violent disorder and also received a three year football banning order.
Ian Crossland (Sheffield Wednesday DLFA and Leader of the EDL)
We should send them back to the sandpit they all came from, and then turn that sandpit into glass
Graham Wallace (Chelsea Headhunters and Chelsea DFLA)
Graham was sentenced to eight months in jail for affray and also received a six year Football Banning Order.
David Emsie (Leader of Coventry DFLA)
No criminal record found for Emsie but he likes to dress as a Nazi and visit Auschwitz.
Roy Price (West Ham DFLA)
Anthony Bamford – in video below – (Rangers DFLA)
Keith Lions (AKA Keith Kerwick) DFLA Millwall. Allegedly Twitter admin for DFLA
The not so Magnificent Seven
John D Newey (Regional co-ordinator of DFLA and Leader of West Brom DFLA)
Keith Amos (42) (West Bromich Albion DFLA)
Stephen Bailey (West Bromich Albion DFLA)
Matt Bolton (West Bromich Albion DFLA)
Mathew Brittle (West Bromich Albion DFLA)
Darren Clarke (West Bromich Albion DFLA)
Micheal Hayes (West Bromich Albion DFLA)
Jack Hutchins (QPR DFLA)
Sentenced to 1 year in prison for violent disorder and given 6 years banning order.
Bradley Pack (QPR DFLA)
Sentenced to 30 weeks in prison and given 6 years banning order .
Kieran Colletta (General of the Tottenham DFLA)
Jailed for 2 years in 2009 for organizing violent brawl and given 6 years banning order. Also has four previous convictions for blackmail possesing stolen goods, possesion of an offensive weapon and obstructing police.
Robert Simpson (Rangers DFLA also affiliated with Birmingham City DFLA)
Ex BNP and Member of the National Front
Although Resisting Hate have had some involvement in gathering this information there has been a good deal more work completed by our friends and associates behind the scenes. This has been very much a team effort and the hard work of all the antifascists who have contributed is very much appreciated.
Roanna is one of the founder members of Resisting Hate. She is the author of many of our articles, and also publishes a blog on Huffington Post UK