THE owners of a Burnley pub, which was once featured in a football hooligan documentary, have shown the red card to its notorious reputation.
The Forester’s Arms, in Todmorden Road, Burnley, has undergone a £40,000 revamp in a bid to attract new customers.
It became notorious for all the wrong reasons in 2006 when previous owners allowed it to be featured on Danny Dyer’s Real Football Factories.
In one episode, Danny was seen taking part in a meeting between members of the infamous Burnley Suicide Squad.
The pub is also mentioned in gang leader, Andrew Porter’s famous Suicide Squad book.
Landlady Maureen Cardwell, 65, who runs the pub with husband Ian, 58, said the pub was now trouble-free with a more family-friendly atmosphere.
She said: “It has taken me a long time to get through to the away supporters and the troublemakers that there’s no violence in here any more.
“People will say ‘don’t go in that pub, it’s rough’. It has cost us hundreds in advertising, and we have worked hard to build up a good reputation.
“It’s funny how the reputation sticks. It was terrible.
“We would often get raided during all hours. The troublemakers weren’t even coming in any more and we were still getting the brunt of it.”
The overhaul has included new signage, and re-painting and decorating throughout the Admiral Taverns-owned pub.
Away fans are not allowed in the pub on match days, and the new owners said they will work with police on match-days as Burnley FC fans enjoy their pre and post-match drinks in the modern surroundings.