NK Široki Brijeg is a Bosnia-Herzegovinan football team from the town of Široki Brijeg that currently plays in the Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Considering the size of the town, NK Široki Brijeg had a great deal of success and has started to expand that success to European Cups as well in recent years.
The club was established in 1948, but due to many circumstances, some of them including unfavourable conditions towards the town of Široki Brijeg during the communist rule, NK Široki Brijeg has experienced its greatest successes in the 1990s and onward. They play on Pecara Stadium, with a capacity of about 10,000. The stadium itself meets all UEFA criteria.
The name for the fan club as it exists today was given in 1996. At that time (from the year 1993/1994 onwards, reaching a peak in 1998), Škripari were the only real supporters in Herzegovina, aside from a small faction of supporters in Ljubuški, as well as Torcida Kiseljak and Torcida Mostar who where only really active in home matches of teams that they supported.
The very name Škripari (or križari to be more precise, which means crusaders) is in tribute to those originally known by that name, who resisted communist rule in Yugoslavia for several years after World War II and presented an unsolveable enigma to the communist authorities of that time. They would often hide in caves (local term being the so called škripine) and thus the name Škripari.
An earlier idea for the fan club's name was Broadly Hill Boys dating from the year 1989, more specifically when supporters came up with that name during a basketball match of the Republic league of Bosnia and Herzegovina between KK Mladost (at the time) and KK Borac Čapljina. It was accepted almost immediately and from that day on all up until the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina a blue banner with the words Broadly Hill Boys written in white could be seen in all matches where the local clubs of Široki Brijeg played. This was a play on Dinamo Zagreb's Bad Blue Boys, as well as a play on the name of their own club (Široki Brijeg means wide, or broad, hill).
Škripari support the Croatian national football team primarily, as well as other Croatian national teams and Croatian players. The official song of the Škripari is Igraj, igraj Široki (Play Široki, Play). They also made a new song with the Croatian Hip-Hop group Berette called U mom srcu rijeci te.. (These words in my heart..). Both songs can be downloaded from the Škripari official website.