Directors: Julian Gilbey
Cast: Jack Whomes: Frank Harper; Pat Tate: Craig Fairbrass; Mickey Steele: Billy Murray; Ricky: Kieran Bew; Tony Tucker: Terry Stone; Officer: George Calil; Jimmy Gerenuk: Ian Virgo; Craig Rolfe: Roland Manookian; Darren Nicholls: Neil Maskell; Carlton Leach: Ricci Harnett; Denny: Coralie Rose; Big John: Dave Legeno; Roger Spooner: Mark Rudland; Jason: Brendan Carr; Police Hitman #2: Greg Corke
Storyline: Rise of the Footsoldier follows the inexorable rise of Carlton Leach from one of the most feared generals of the football terraces to becoming a member of a notorious gang of criminals who rampaged their way through London and Essex in the late eighties and early nineties. It is three decades of his life following him from football hooliganism, through to his burgeoning career as a bouncer, his involvement in the criminal aspects of the early ‘rave’ scene and subsequently to his rise to power as one of the most feared and respected criminals in the country. The story concludes with three members of his firm being brutally murdered in the infamous shot-gun slaying at Rettenden.