Johnny Rotten has bragged about his time as a football yob.

The Sex Pistols singer confessed he enjoyed the "thrill" of clashes with cops.

Arsenal fan Johnny, 64, said: "A football match was the right occasion for letting go of all of that anger and aggression because even the biggest riots were over in minutes.

"It’s frightening when it all kicks off. But usually the people to fear the most were the police themselves, especially in those early days.

"The police were steel-toe-capped, hobnailed, f*****g cruel bully f*****s. In any ground, anywhere. And everybody knew it. The police were murderous."

Former Sex Pistols frontman Johnny Rotten admitted he got a thrill from being a football yob

Johnny continued: "Some of them were in police firms.

"They’d know all the local lads in the grounds where they were particularly fond of abusing their power and they’d make beelines for it."

The Pretty Vacant star added in a personally signed limited edition hard copy of his new book I Could Be Wrong, I Could Be Right: "People would get a clip, they’d think it was a laugh. 'Look, I got a black eye.' But then it would be onto the next.

"People would make themselves feel like a little bit of a hero, but there was no real damage."

Johnny said he got a beating on a couple of occasions

"The general point and purpose was the thrill of it all."

The rocker – real name John Lydon – said supporters today are just wimps.

He said: "Some of the fans go to football games now and they act like Jack the Lad.

"They are just loudmouths and being a loudmouth wasn’t where it was at."

He also said he ended up bloodied after confrontations with gangs.

He added: "There was real edge, real danger.

"Bloody hell, yeah. But it wasn’t like the knifings that it’s degenerated into.

"It would be proper bloody hidings though, eugh. I got it a few times. Everybody got some beatings."