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People: Property Manager and Team Rivalries

people: They would be people like himself, fans with a passion for their teams and, in many cases, a fondness for a fight, according to The Chronicle Herald. He would cajole them to set aside team rivalries, put down their fists and march through London as an expression of anger and defiance against zealotry. A property manager and fan of the soccer team Tottenham Hotspur, he envisioned a group bringing together working-class people who felt excluded from political influence to stand up in opposition, not to Muslims or Islam, but to extremism. At the first demonstration of Meighan's Football Lads Alliance, 10,000 people marched to protest several bloody weeks in which Islamic extremists had attacked British cities with vehicles, knives and a bomb the deadliest assaults on the nation in more than a decade. But several months later, a second Football Lads march swelled to 50,000 demonstrators, and Tommy Robinson was among them. The FLA drew little notice. ( As reported in the news.