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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For the film adaptation of The Acid House in 1998 directed by Paul McGuigan a Hibs boy was involved in assisting on wardrobe and providing some bona fida Hibs casuals as extras for the final scene in the pub. Some clothing suggested for the scene and also the use of club colours were rejected by the Hibs boys as they would deem the portrayal of casuals as being non-authentic. During filming the director requested that the Hibs boys sing some CCS songs and chants and they complied much to his approval. [45] [111] The story of the Capital City Service, the Hibs casuals who became the most notorious gang in Scotland. Its offices were allegedly smashed up by casuals while its boss, body builder Chris Sneddon, was threatened and several bouncers assaulted.

Ex-football thug has no regrets for trouble on the terraces

Kevin Murray (27 June 2010). "Casuals planning Dutch violence?". Vital Football. Archived from the original on 16 October 2013 . Retrieved 15 May 2013. Scotlands most notorious firmHorrified women and children looked on as violence erupted at Central station after a Scottish Cup-tie between Ayr and Hibs last March. It was organised via text messages between yobs with links to Chelsea, Hibs and Rangers. Lassie Soccer Trendies (LST) - Females who were either girlfriends or groupies of CCS members. The older or more male only gang purists amongst the CCS were often embarrassed by the existence of this set of wanna-be gang members. Despite these reservations this group flourished and was never really dropped completely until 1988, though by then the women involved in it had taken on a more jocular approach to what they had participated in. [45] Edinburgh at that time had become known as the AIDS capital of Europe due to the rampant heroin use that existed there. [43] Coupled with the ongoing poor economic climate throughout the country, for young men who wished to maintain pride in themselves as well as a sense of belonging to something the new casual hooligan culture was an alternative route to embark upon. [42] EVIL!; The rude the bad and the ugly... return of the scum that tried to shame all of Scotland. - Free Online Library". www.thefreelibrary.com.

The Edinburgh Hibs casuals brawl in the 1980s that ended with a

He added: “Aberdeen lit a flame that day, one that has never been extinguished. We swore there and then that we would take revenge on Aberdeen.” If practicable, the venue for the brawl to take place had to be sufficiently far away from the anticipated area of police surveillance on the day. For example, during the 1994/95 season, for a visit of Dundee hooligans, it was a public house in a quiet white collar part of the New Town area [53] and against the Rangers mob it was at a suburban railway station in Slateford, which was regarded as deep within Hearts fans territory. For the 1996 Euro Championship game between England and Scotland a pub with a suitably sized car park for a mob fight was opted for in the London area of High Barnet, ten miles away from the usual battleground of Trafalgar Square. [41] This mode of confrontation was still evident in 2011 for a match against Celtic in Edinburgh but with the added twist of taking place while the game was being played three miles away from the fight. [60] After mismanagement during the late 1980s, Hibernian were on the brink of financial ruin in 1990 and in June of that year, Wallace Mercer, the chairman of Edinburgh derby rivals Hearts, proposed a merger of the two clubs. [84] 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.However, the congeniality was not a constant throughout the rest of the Hibs support who, in the main, still wore team colours at matches. Referred to as scarfers, or more playfully as cavemen by the Hibs boys, a popular chant at the time that was adopted by some Hibs scarfers was Oh it's magic, you know, Hi-bees and casuals don't go and this dislike between the CCS and other sections of the Hibs crowd was tangible at home matches. [2] McDougal, Dan (28 January 2002). "The curse of the casuals". The Scotsman . Retrieved 24 August 2011. Pre-season friendlies that were played against English clubs such as Newcastle United, Oldham Athletic, Burnley, Aston Villa, Millwall, Leeds United, Preston North End, Sunderland, Bolton Wanderers and Nottingham Forest have also led to hooligan incidents. One friendly at home that had been arranged with Chelsea in the early 1990s had potentially serious trouble averted by police action against a travelling group of well known Chelsea hooligans. [71] [72] [73] [74] [ full citation needed] Blance also blows away the myth that the CCS and other casuals were just boys out for a fight at the football or adherents of an innocent youth cult. In fact, as he explains, the CCS was a serious criminal gang heavily involved in drug dealing, extortion, shoplifting, punishment beatings and street robberies.

Blance AXEMAN BOSS OF HIBEES CASUALS; Notorious gang led by bouncer

Walker, Andrew (5 May 2003). "Axeman boss of Hibees casuals". Daily Record . Retrieved 24 August 2011. A source said: “It was essentially a jolly. Although there were current CCS members among them, most were older men with families. Sharpe, Allan (Director) Bean, Sean (Narrator) (1994). Trouble on the Terraces (VHS Cassette). Castle Home Video. In the early 1980s, Hibs away fixtures were regularly attended by fans travelling on supporters' buses from amongst areas in Edinburgh such as Leith, Niddrie, Tollcross and Granton. This afforded the opportunity for bonds to be forged through the shared experiences of following the team and responding to the actions of opposing fans. An away match in November 1983 against Airdrie resulted in a clash with the well-known local hooligans, Section B, which further strengthened these connections and helped bolster the young Hibs boys confidence into forming a casual-style hooligan firm. This new friendship of youths from different areas of the city was a contrast to the existing area gang ethos that had been a feature of the capital since the 1950s. The camaraderie branched out from match days as the gang members also hung about with each other during the week. [41] Word soon got round and the basis of the first known unified Edinburgh gang was in place. [42]

Members were accused of grabbing part of the city’s market for Ecstasy pills as rave culture exploded in the 90s. He said: “I am not saying we would have killed him but we had contingency plans to do him serious harm.”

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