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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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. Linked to capital side Hibs, CCS thugs earned a sickening reputation for violence at a time when hooliganism shamed the national sport. Brawls in England with the likes of Leeds United, Manchester United and Millwall’s firms saw dozens arrested while a Uefa Cup meeting between the Hibees and Belgian outfit Anderlecht resulted in pubs being turned into battlegrounds in both Amsterdam and Brussels.

The only time I ever say the word is to warn my Son about the "Hearts" on the pavement: that is the dog ****. 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. 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.An illustration of this occurred prior to a pre-season friendly at Easter Road Stadium against Leeds United in 2004. Your never going to hear one of these idiots saying "aye we went down to Brockville in Febuary 87 and every one of us got our teeth to play with" Obviously they are going to make themselves sound like the hardest thing known to man. One group of Hibs casuals went to Mercer's Edinburgh suburban home with the intention to confront him directly but upon realising he wasn't there they painted slogans on his house such as 'Mercer is dead' and 'Long Live Hibs'. This father-to-son tradition also occurred with other mobs as was exampled in action when sons from the CCS and CSF were involved in an altercation outside an entertainment complex in Edinburgh. 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.

From the mid 1990s onwards police intelligence efforts and the effective use of closed-circuit television cameras impinged upon these methods of initiating gang fights so meetings via mobile phones became the preferred means to make arrangements with rival mobs. Although football-related violence waned from its worst days, Hibs casuals continued to be involved into the 21st century.Humiliated by the beating doled out to one of their number, Blance and his cohorts set about plotting revenge for their next Edinburgh meeting in October that year.

He claims to be a passionate Hibs fan, but it appears what happened off the pitch was often more exciting for him than events on. The Hibs boys travelled to London on the Friday and their evening was spent drinking, while some were smoking cannabis as well, as they recounted hooligan tales from the past which ran into the wee small hours. Marabou Stork Nightmares is a tale related through the perspective of Roy Strang who is in a comatose state. 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.If the opposing gang were in a police escort then a group of Hibs boys made their way to the front of it while another group would hang around at the back.



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