Hibs Boy: The Life and Violent Times of Scotland's Most Notorious Football Hooligan

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Hibs Boy: The Life and Violent Times of Scotland's Most Notorious Football Hooligan

Hibs Boy: The Life and Violent Times of Scotland's Most Notorious Football Hooligan

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It's not a bunch of Lithuanian dafties we're talking about here, this is heavy stuff and police will be monitoring all sorts of forums - so IMHO posters should consider very carefully what they post, stirring or not. Distribution is handled by Booksource Ltd of Glasgow, one of the UK’s leaders in this specialist field. The following is a list of elements of the CCS that are recognised internally by the gang as well as outside parties. From what I have read he has only been on the losing side of a battle once from his 250'000 and that was only because the Hobos were outnumbered 10 to 1. His book Hibs Boy – with a fawning foreword written by high-profile Hibs fan and friend, Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh, catalogues his life as a soccer casual, from February 1980 when, aged 15, he was arrested for the first time after scrapping with two Morton fans after a Hibs match, to the aftermath of that brutal axe attack which led to a five-year prison sentence.

This left the area at the back of the opposition firm open to attack by the expectant Hibs mob positioned there. There were plenty irate posters on when it looked like there were casuals who went down Blackburn looking to tarnish our club and colours. There were dozens of empty bottles and cans on the hotel's beautifully-maintained lawns and flower beds. One, he claims, asked him to use his football connections to "sort out" a Scotland international whose debts to the crime lord had escalated to six figures. At an Inspiral Carpets gig played in Edinburgh some Hibs boys clashed with their roadies who were chanting the name of Manchester City's firm the Guvnors.Also, both of the shows presenters at the time, Tim Lovejoy and Helen Chamberlain, went into the room and reiterated the instructions regarding behaviour with the latter revealing the Torquay United tattoo on her posterior upon request from the still inebriated Scotsmen.

He got five years in jail in 1991 for an axe attack on a pub bouncer in Dunfermline’s Kronk nightclub. The SNF was unreservedly right wing in its political motivations, and there was media suggestions that it had been encouraged by groups such as the British National Party. The bunch at the front would act as a decoy and start causing trouble in an attempt to lure all the police officers to rush in and assist their colleagues.However, perhaps their most infamous outing, and the one that solidified their formidable reputation, came in front of shocked onlookers who ran for their lives when a petrol bomb exploded at the entrance of Waverley Station during a chaotic melee with Aberdeen’s ASC (Aberdeen Soccer Casuals) group. One of our initiatives is a fundraising evening at East End Park this Saturday, where we will have a number of ex-players and managers appearing.

An illustration of this occurred prior to a pre-season friendly at Easter Road Stadium against Leeds United in 2004. Within the space of a fortnight in December 1986 the Hibs casuals twice met and took early trains to their destination enabling them to arrive well before noon.The Hibs fans believed that the proposal was little more than a hostile takeover and they formed the Hands off Hibs group to campaign for the continued existence of the club. With more than fifty titles in print, and a growing list of e-books, Fort Publishing is one of Scotland’s leading independent publishers. In Edinburgh Hibs boys ran dance clubs like Bubble Funk or organised other musical promotion events in venues such as the Calton Studios. Often Hibs boys would leave the ground before the match had finished while avoiding police attention to try to position themselves better to launch attacks on the opposition.

The two mobs clashed on Easter Road and after some fighting the CCS ran away, but one Hibs boy got severely beaten and was in a coma for a week. In the eighties, all that stuff was part of the culture, I was at that age to get into it, so I did. Many fans realised they would miss the game if they waited in the bridge queue so,like us,headed down to Albion Rd. Glad I wasn't about during the mid 80's derbies when he was smashing up Luckies and trying to overturning buses and cars. Obviously, there are others out there who won't hesitate to use violence against a Scotland player if they are paid enough.

With carnage raging around them, it appeared the brawl had no end in sight, but what happened next changed the course of history for the CCS and solidified their status as the top boys in Scotland. On the far right I can see a small chipmunk and a large elephant on the far left with I think a bald eagle in the background. Blance also claims in the book that his links with CCS put him in association with leading Edinburgh gangland figures. Whenever possible they tried to ambush another crew and strike them at the weakest point which was usually in the middle of their mob, the perception being that this section contained few if any of their adversaries' more competent fighters.

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