This information is only being shared so that should you someday need to defend yourself and have no weapons on hand, you always have an alternative. Newspapers are always available in urban settings, and one just might save you from a beating someday.
Although we still have football hooligans here in the UK, it was incredibly bad back in the late 1960s. So much so that football fans were having everything confiscated that could be used as a weapon including combs, beer mats and even their boots.
The thing was, football fans were still allowed to enter the stadiums with newspapers so as you can probably guess, it wasn’t long until this was getting used as a weapon at the football matches.
A Millwall brick is a devastating weapon that is constructed from one or more newspaper sheets rolled and folded tightly to create a handle and a rounded head at the fold. The sheets of newspaper can be wetted first to add weight. The more newspaper sheets that are used, the harder the resultant ‘brick’ becomes.
To make the Millwall brick even more dangerous, the blunt end can be wrapped with a shoelace or leather. The ends can be taped together and a string attached to the handle, enabling the user to swing the brick. A pencil, pen, or large nail can be driven from the first interior side near the middle perpendicularly through the first end so that that head of the nail rests against the first interior side. The nail may be secured in place by bringing the ends towards and adjacent to each other, effectively forming a crude nail bat.
Millwall fans today deny that there is any link between their club and the tool. Indeed, many conveniently ‘can’t remember‘ the club’s troubled hooligan past, or that fateful day on 13th March 1985, when Millwall travelled to Kenilworth Road, Luton, to play an FA Cup Quarter Final match.
Play had to be stopped only 14 minutes into the match as both sets of fans invaded the football pitch to battle it out with each other. Police got the fans under control, play continued, and the fight erupted again when the match was over.
700 stadium seats were ripped out and used as missiles, as police on horses struggled to regain control, and, of course, it was all captured by the TV cameras for posterity, and for Millwall fans with amnesia. I apologize about the video quality but it the best we got for 1985.
There were, according to eyewitnesses, many Millwall Bricks in evidence that night, as there were after that date, though the recent downturn in domestic football violence, has led to Brick-making becoming almost a forgotten art.
Don’t let this simple weapon deceive you. It is powerful and used correctly, can thwart any attack and do some serious damage, more so than a fist. Check out the video below but read the text after the video so you don’t make the same mistake they did.
Now, there is one thing that this video got wrong. The guys here open the newspaper out which is not how we make them and they would never be used like a baseball bat. The correct way is to roll it from top to bottom (without opening the paper out) as tightly as possible. You would strike with the spine end in a stabbing motion, never a swinging motion.
Try it that way and they will most definately feel the pain. but remember, stab, don’t swing.