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foxondarox Posted on 29/07/2020 14:12
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Saw your recent mention of this and got hold of a copy. Very decent read, got through it in a morning.
First part childhood memories of Brum, second part is real focus of interest - his time in Leicester as a manager at the Palais. A pretty good picture of Leicester in the '60s, including some mention of City (and yet another reason Ken Leek was left out of the '61 final!)
A couple of things surprised me. He writes about 'hard man Eric Beaton,known as Big Eca'. I always thought it was Eric Beighton, known as Ecky. The book is not well edited and spelling/grammar mistakes have been left in - I guess it might be down to that, or perhaps I've had it wrong all this time.
The other one is that there is plenty of mention of Alex Barrow; I always thought there'd been a fatal shooting at his club.Although the club is mentioned in the book, no mention of the shooting. Perhaps I've had that one wrong as well.
Anyway, the book is certainly a very decent read about life in Leicester at that time, (pictures of clock tower,Palais and Alex Barrow on the covers!) so thanks for raising it in your post.
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mickyhoss Posted on 29/07/2020 14:32
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I used to work for steve beighton
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bnet Posted on 29/07/2020 15:02
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Yeh, l brought and only managed to have a flick through so far. I noticed the Eca bit, definately Ecky as he he was freinds with my father in law and l know young Eric.

Its qute interesting as from when we where 15/16 and first going in pubs in town we all knew of Ecky, Lammy and Teddy Black. I'm freinds with Lammys son as well. He (the author) doesn't like Moose much but i've always found him ok. Look forward to reading it, cheers.

Funny thing is years ago l saw a book about street fighters in Waterstones because it had a paragraph about Lammy. I opened the book and there was a photo of my grandad, l checked the name and he had our surname. This was the author, an ex pitt fighter from Merthyr. Check around and hes a second cousin. It obviously wasn't my grandad but hes a ringer which is possible as we all have the same blood.

There was a big old fella on the door when we where 15/16 ish again and we'd just had a load of trouble with the Highields lads up Blackfriars. Anyway it ended up me being chased by about 100 black lads up Humb gate, l just got to the door and he pulled me in as all the black faces had their heads against the door windows, he goes "wheres you tie ", l s h i t for a second as l thought he was gonna sling me out again. He was winding me up thank fukc.
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mickyhoss Posted on 29/07/2020 15:07
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Was there a hard fella in the sixties/seventies called Moose?
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bnet Posted on 29/07/2020 15:56
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Moose Stanger, usd to have a few doors. Always found him ok but the auther didn't. He used to have the Invince door, but a firm from Derby had the Pimp. All that Derby lot about 20 of them came down the Invince early doors when there wasn't many in and kick off and bullied a few lads. Obviously trying to get the door. Next night Mosse and a few of his mob went down the Pimp, had a word and thisDerby lot wasn't seen again on the estate. Moose goes down the City, was big pals with Glover.
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scoops Posted on 29/07/2020 22:54
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He mentions the Crazy gang

Any one here have any dealings?

They used to drink in the Glenny social which was ran by Jack West who lived on Station Road.

Big Wal was Jacks minder and regulars at the dog track.
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bnet Posted on 29/07/2020 23:03
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l knew a few of them as they were my dads mates, or my mates dads. Certainly some bullies amongst them, work with a few as well in the building trade when l was in my teens, and used to hear their stories. XXXXXXting in womens handbags was a bit of a thing with some of em. The ones l knew were from the Monsell and Saff.
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foxondarox Posted on 30/07/2020 00:28
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Happy days - cheers![^]
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fowlpenlooney Posted on 30/07/2020 15:30
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Some good photos on Leicester Old School,firat time ive seen pictures of Lammy ,Ecky .Ralph Knight and others ,Ive done quite a bit of work regarding the beginnings of rock and roll in Coalville and gangs of Leicester lads (Teds) frequenly made their way across to Coalville , they were led by a lad called Johnny ,unfortunately I can find very little about him ,The Leicester lads by the way didn't fare very well ,they were accommodated by the pit lads who saw them off
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bnet Posted on 30/07/2020 22:17
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l remember hearing that Ecky and another big name who i've forgotten along with the rest of them went up to Coalville in one of them old gangster style cars with the running boards on and ended up unexpectedly getting done by the locals. Loved these stories on the sites when l was a teenager. I don't think theres a funnier place than the old building sites back then, completely full of characters and loons. Also remember the old uns telling us about he racecourse gangs at Leicester. We were in the Aperative restaurant (think Wellerson might have been with us) when Ralph Knight came in and he'd been slashed by Jimmy Boyles brother, or so we were told, we actually went all quiet to be honest.
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