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

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Missed the first 15 mins waiting to get in,getting to our spot just as Eddie May scored the only goal of the game. Blance, a one-time nightclub bouncer whose more recent business interests include running a suntan parlour and internet cafe, is slightly bemused that even now, when he insists he's left his hooligan days behind, his notoriety precedes him. 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. The majority of the cretins were nothing but cowards who gathered in large mobs and picked on smaller mobs than their own.

Twenty-two were arrested during incidents on the High Street, Rose Street and outside Waverley Station while a Leeds fan was hospitalised with head injuries. On match days in Edinburgh a favoured gathering place would be the Penny Black pub on West Register Street situated near to Waverley station just off the east end of Princes Street. Over the years casuals from Hearts and sometimes Old Firm fans who lived in Edinburgh were integrated into the mob. I went to my first derby at ER in 1982 (East of Scotland Shield, 0-1 loss) and for the next twenty years I rarely missed a game there.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. Distribution is handled by Booksource Ltd of Glasgow, one of the UK’s leaders in this specialist field. In The Acid House Coco Bryce is a Hibs boy who while tripping on LSD is struck by lightning which also strikes an ambulance containing a woman in the process of giving birth.

Andy Blance, another member of the CCS elite who later wrote about his experiences in the 2009 book ‘Hibs Boy,’ described the incident as “madness,” admitting the group’s behaviour overstepped the mark.There was definitely one well-known (but very talented) Hibs player back then who moved to "one of the big Glasgow clubs" (shall we politely say) and was supposed to be on pocket money wages there when his new club had to pay off some "colourful Glasgow business characters" (shall we also politely say) to prevent him getting malkied over unpaid gambling debts. 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 of the original members of the Hibs Capital City Service he has been at the heart of every CCS encounter, apart from those he missed while in prison. He first performed this at the Gilded Balloon during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe of 2012 and is currently adapting the stage script of it for a radio and film production. The Capital City Service (CCS) held running battles with similar groups from Celtic, Hearts and Rangers before later branching out to fight across the UK and Europe, sparking mass police incidents in the process.

Blance also claims in the book that his links with CCS put him in association with leading Edinburgh gangland figures. I loved the derby in the 80s and 90s and as Chad said, there was nowt better than walking up ER after a win with 9,000 other Hearts fans. Likewise, after games had finished the city centre bars were sometimes used as the last opportunity to engage with their rivals as they made their way back to the railway station.Blance also claims his gang plotted against the late Hearts chairman Wallace Mercer after he tried to take over Hibs in 1989. Blackley’s Baby Crew (BBC) were formed around 1985, principally by siblings and associates of original members. Not that I suggest turning a blind eye to such stuff, but to me there's a lot of possible problems can arise from either someone in the know trying to direct the topic or alternatively, someone who has no idea just joining in for the sake of it with some made-up ideas of those involved.

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