The first ultras to visit Vilnius were from Dynamo Kyiv. They were cruelly beaten, one even dropped from the Green
Bridge (Zaliasis tiltas) into River Neris. As any similar movement in the initial stages, Green & White fans were
fundamentalists: who's against Zalgiris, is against us. This fundamentalism was further reinforced by the nationalistic
idea of the movemnet, as all the opposing fanas were Russian-speaking groups, symbolising the Soviet occupants.
This fight against Dynamo Kyiv fans was after the match. The first arrival of rival fans spurred the Lithuanian "punks"
to gather near the stadium before the match. This gathering time was becoming earlier and earlier, and after some time,
you could find "punks" around the stadium of Zalgiris from the morning of the match day. The Green & Whites gathered in
the stadium itself and started their chants more than an hour before the kick-off.
Apart from Dynamo Kyiv, Vilnius was visited by the ultras of CSKA, Spartak, Dinamo Moscow and Zenit. All of these
groups were attacked and defeated without significant resistance. The big group of Belorussian fans lost to the locals,
even though the visitors had big numeric advantage. The total number of Belorussian visitors was a bit less than half
the stadium - 7 thousand. 2 thousand of that were Dinamo ultras. These records of visiting fans have not been beaten
The post-football processions of 1983 were a parody of the official demonstrations of 1982 (65 anniversary of October
Revolution). Constant harrassment by Soviet institutions made them weaker and weaker, but they still were pain in the
arse for the authorities.
The support in the stands was still based on the same chants and national songs. The supporters were still dispersed around the various stands of the stadium, the cheapest ones. Everything was still spontaneous and not organised to a large extent. Despite that, the support was the best in the whole USSR, with no competition. To some extent, it was due to a laxer attitude of the autohrities in Lithuania, compared to other parts of the Soviet Union. And probably, the nationalistic factor played its part.
The "fundamentalist tradition" was broken for the first time in 1984. In that year, the ultras of Dynamo Kyiv were not touched in Vilnius -- for the first time ever. They escaped by buying some beer for the locals and chanting some anti-Russian slogans. The local "punks" were very surprised, when Dynamo fans offered them assistance in their perennial fight against the so-called "montanas" (name coming from a jeans brand -- Skroblas), the "urlagans" (really hard to explain, might be "rednecks" or similar in English, but carries a lot of different social sense in it -- Skroblasd) of that time -- mostly local Slavic minotiries or Lithuanians having lost their roots and ethnicity.
All the other fan groups in Vilnius were simply crashed again. The ultras of Dinamo Minks came this time with no significant support of "simple fans". Belorussian fans filled the Southern sectors 4 and part of 3.
The support was similar to that of 1983. Processions after the matches became less numerous and shorter.
1985 was very important for the movement. This was a crucial year -- the Green & Whites finally occupied their own sector in the stadium, started to get organised, and made their first organised away trip.
Before 1985, the "punks" wandered from one sector to another. In 1985, the "active" sector was changed every game. This brought its pluses -- the militia never knew where the hardcore fans would be, they could react only around the second half, therefore the support could be freer and much better. This also planted the seeds for a kernel of supporters, who had to take the strategic decision before every game, which sector to occupy. The minus was that not every fan could get to know the location of the hardcore group. Therefore, large troups of supporters were dispersed around the stadium.
At the end of that year, the "punks" settled in Southern Sector 4. At the beginning, it seemed like a temporary location -- just like so many locations before. However, just at that time the ideas of having a steady location grew ripe, and Southern Sector 4 just stuck. Despite numerous tries to change the location, Pietu 4 stuck with the fans, and they've always been their for 19 years.
At the end of that year, the core of supporters also made their first trips to away matches -- to Minsk and Moscow.
It was in 1985, that the first mega-enemy of Green & Whites was established -- it was CSKA Moscow. This animosity was influenced very much by the basketball super-final fights between national symbol Zalgiris Kaunas and the Soviet collection of stars under the banner of CSKA Moscow.
The opponents of the other teams were not greeted heartily in Vilnius either. National fundemantalism was still the unifying idea.
In 1986, the movement took the organised shape. It already had its stable sector (Pietu 4), leader, hardcore group. The term "punk" was being displaced by "fan". The chanting became more inventive, non-regular visits to away matches were being organised. Instead of fundamentalist battle against everything and everyone, the origins of peaceful relations began to emerge with some other groups -- meaning the start of activities of a more or less organised group.
The first try to establish friendly relations came to nothing. The initial efforts came from Zenit fans. During the match of youth teams in Vilnius, two Zenit supporters split from the main group, came to the Green & Whites and addresed them in Lithuanian: "Labas, broli lietuvi" ("Hello, my Lithuanian brother"). These words were not simply a joke -- they were taught to Zenit by a Dinamo Minsk fan Vanya, who had recently relocated to live in Vilnius. Zenit proposed to make peace and to stage a football match on that occasion. After long initial debates, this proposal was accepted by the Green & Whites.
However, after those initial peace deals, Zenit came to Vilnius once again. It was not a League match, just a game of the Federation Cup. About 300 elite Zenit troopers came to such a meaningless event. From the early morning, they occupied the surroundings of the Vilnius Railway Station. The Green & Whites, still in the peaceful mood, were gathering one by one near the stadium, and were shocked by the aggressive ways of the visitors. Global mobilisation was announced, and an ambiguous victory was achieved before the match. After the match, the hostilities relocated to the square of the railway station, where the sudden attack by Zenit caused a panical massive fleeing of the Lithuanian fans... This was the first loss of Zalgiris ultras on the home soil
Not long after that, Dynamo Kyiv came to Vilnius. The representatives of their fans tried once again to sign a peace deal with the Lithuanians. There were serious disagreements within the ranks of Green & Whites, as the unexpected aggression of Zenit fans had ignited lots of the locals, and many of them were not ready to trust the peace proposals from opposing supporters. However, the peace fraction prevailed, and there were no significant conflicts in the city. During the match, the Dynamo ultras kept chanting anti-CSKA slogans, which made the good relations with Zalgiris even easier.
The Ukrainians didn't not repeat the treason done by Zenit. In the match Dynamo Kyiv - Zalgiris, the Lithuanian supporters were safe. This was really the end of the primitive fundamentalist tradition, and the nationalist urge to fight everyone had to put up with the idea of common enemy -- Moscow.
The last match of 1986 took place in Minsk. Zalgiris had a chance to get to the UEFA Cup. Thus, out of 4 thousand spectators of the stadium, around 2.5 thousans were Lithuanians. There were about 300 fans from Pietu 4. Before the match, some minor clashes took place, mostly won be the visitors. After the match, most of the hardcore supporters boarded the buses of the "simple" football fans -- only about a 100 ultras were coming home by train. Near the Minks railway station, a furious crowd confronted them -- but only about 300 fans stepped up to take the fight. The Lithuanians used the "Zenit tactic", attacking the first and very suddenly. The local opponents fled to all directions. This was the first victory of the Green & Whites away from home, and this has driven a "Zalgiris complex" into the Belorussian supporters. The fans of Dinamo Minsk were then losing battles to Vilnius everytime, be it on home or away soil, whatever the numbers of opposing fans involved.
This away visit to Minsk in 1986 raised the Belorussians into the spot of enemy number one, even above Zenit.
The year 1987 started with some lax negligence by the Vilnius militia, when several Dnepr Dnepropetrovsk fans ended up in the sector Pietu 4. During the match, the overwhelming presence of militia forces was enough, and there was only some throwing of snow balls between the opposing camps. However, after the game, despite heavey guarding by the militia, several Dnerp fans were beaten up.
In Kyiv, the Green & Whites were accepted in a friendly way. Thus, Dynamo Kyiv were considered friends. In relation to all the other ultra groups, there was still war.
In July of that year, a serious battled occurred near the bank of River Neris. About 100 fans of Spartak, using excellent battle tactics, totally smashed local Zalgiris forces about twice as numerous. After the match, all the surroundings of the train station were green and white, but militia managed to cram safely the Red & Whites into the trains and to disperse Zalgiris supporters from the area. Spartak became top enemy of Green & Whites.
During this match (Zalgiris - Spartak), the first big flag, covering the whole stand in green and white, appeared. This was first introduced by the Green & Whites, as well as the squibs, flashes and other novelties, later spreading around the whole Soviet Union.
In 1987, the support chants were becoming more and more varied, some Western pieces were introduced.
In opposition to the Soviet repression, the Green & Whites started to support their team always standing up. This was not as easy as it might seam today. For about a year, this always caused problems with the militia -- but afer some time, they had to give up. The tradition to keep standing through all the match lives on to this day.
In October, Zalgiris-CSKA match took place in Vilnius. The Russians were already on their way to the lower league. However, this had no influence on the numbers of Russians arriving. Since the summer, when Spartak group attained a victory in Vilnius, CSKA supporters had been organising a crusade to Lithuania. About 400 elite men were gathered for it from the camps of CSKA, Spartak, other Moscow clubs and allies. There were even some visitors from Latvia -- several ethnic Russian, supporting Daugava Riga. The Belorussian fans of Dinamo Minsk could not miss such an opportunity to join in and to settle scores with the hated Green & Whites, since they were losing all the battles on their own, home and away. Lithuanians received some support by a small expeditionary corps from Kyiv. Before the match, numerous small clashes around the city were mostly won by the Green & Whites. Several hours before the match, both the armies gathered in the city centre. Both of the groups threw insults at each other, but none dared to launch a serious assault. Several half-hearted attempts to attack by small groups from both sides were easily liquidated by the militia. About half an hour before the match, the Green & Whites drew toward the stadium. Afterwards, when the majority of Zalgiris supporters had departed, the allies made their progress towards the stadium, sweeping out of their way all the civilians and a couple of Green & Whites, who were foolish enough to split away and remain on their way. According to the Russian sources, they tried to storm Pietu 4 itself, but were beaten off by the militia. Lithuanian sources don't confirm such reports, however... On the whole, the crusade by CSKA ended rather as a loss to stubborn Lithuanians, than a victory by the pilgrims.