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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While in the dressing room as one of the production assistants was handing out the white Hibernian away jerseys provided by the club they noticed that the Hibs casuals were wearing t-shirts with hooligan slogans on them and instructed them that during the show not to make any noise until prompted and on no account should they reveal their CCS shirts while on air. During the interval there was more trouble on the terracing and fans again encroached onto the touchlines which delayed the start of the second half of the match. The first match to be played between the clubs after the failed takeover bid was at Easter Road the following September and in anticipation of trouble the police cancelled weekend leave and drafted in extra officers from outside Edinburgh.

So all the young lads who wanted a mob in Edinburgh went to Hibs including a lot of Hearts casuals and other boys who either supported other teams or supported no teams at all and just wanted to be part of a huge mob. with Andy Blance and Bobby Lipscombe lifting their Hibs jerseys to reveal their CCS mottoes and other casual-related slogans - much to the horror of the show's execs, who finally realised who they had booked on. But the Hibs-supporting hooligan says it would have been "madness" to try to attack the star player he had known for years. Clearly none of this was on the mind of Soccer AM showrunners when they accepted a request from seven CCS members, including Bobby Lipscombe, Andy Blance and Derek Dykes to appear on the show.The difference was always that a great number of the Hibs support back then quite liked having these ars*holes in tow, it made them feel that they had something to get over on us. When the casual presence at Scottish football was eventually acknowledged by the authorities the hooligans travelling in this manner became easier targets for the police to intercept and contain. Although football-related violence waned from its worst days, Hibs casuals continued to be involved into the 21st century. I didn't read the book but I read the chapter on Hearts that says they were a disgraceful mob blah blah and how hibs were the greatest mob ever. Members of the Capital City Service earned a reputation for violence and fought running battles with other rival casual gangs across Scotland.

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. This back-street public house, and the convenience of a café and betting office below it, kept the Hibs boys out of the eyes of police in the days before adequate CCTV coverage of the city centre. Andy Blance was one of the first football casuals, and as a leading light of Hibs Capital City Service (CSS) he was right at the heart of the mayhem that swept through the Scottish game in the 1980s and 90s. During the latter part of the 1990s, a split in their ranks caused by the formation of a nationwide hooligan firm made up of casuals from different teams and a general decline in football hooliganism in Scotland saw activity of the gang diminish. The Trouble on the Terraces documentary released in 1994 on VHS format looked at football hooliganism in the UK and on the European continent prior to the Euro 96 tournament.Similarly, as with games at Easter Road the CCS would gain entry to the opposition's end whenever possible, although this time it meant entering the part of the ground designated for the home supporters, such as against Celtic [41] and St. 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. 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. On the pitch, the 1980s were a decade to forget for the Hibernian faithful as the club flitted between mid-table finishes and occasional flirts with relegation.

By the late 1990s a split within the gang led to some members creating a Scottish National Firm (SNF), made up of hooligans from other clubs in the country and also included hooligans from traditionally hated clubs such as Hearts, Airdrie and Rangers. As the CCS evolved an informal hierarchy appeared but there was no singular leader or 'top boy' as was usual for other crews. The book has details of fights with Hearts, Rangers, Celtic, Aberdeen, Dundee Utility, Motherwell and many English and foreign mobs. the CCS were just about to take Aberdeen's title as top dogs in the country for the rest of the 1980s", "the CCS were in the mid to late 1980s the team to beat no doubt about it. Instead, the man dubbed "Scotland's most notorious football hooligan" is sitting in the living room of his second-floor flat on a Fife council estate – a room dominated, bizarrely, by the largest grandfather clock imaginable, a chunky wooden chess set and a mock antique-style writing bureau.For the best part of three decades, Soccer AM has been a Saturday morning ritual for football fans up and down the country, known for its mix of informal footy chat, celeb appearances and fun-packed competitions and games.

I find a lot of these books a bit copy and paste they just change the names of the people and teams involved.I could see the point if I was shouting names from the roof tops, but I didn't To be fair, your description narrowed it down a fair bit - to like one person ! The Hands off Hibs committee quickly disassociated themselves from the vandalism and threatening behaviour. As the segregation techniques used by the police to escort fans to the game became more effective whenever the opportunity arose for the Hibs casuals they would enter into the section of the ground allocated for away fans. 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. And then there is the raid on the Kronk, by some distance the bloodiest and most daring attack ever perpetrated by a group of casuals.

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