GlescaPal stories from our past
Neds standing at the street corners and gang fights
Running at each other with blades, slashing faces and kicking lumps
out each other.
We spent many an
evening (1960s), hinging oot oor two-storey windae, cushion on the ledge,
watching these mindless
morons chase each
other up and down Baltic Street.
Spur ya bass...aye ah met a few o' they bampots wan night.
Ah wis never a member o'a gang, the nearest ah got tae gangs wis watchin
them frae ma bedroom two storey windae, knockin' lumps oot each other!
Ma gang wis the BB...sure & stedfast!
In the sixties my Fairbairn St BB, the 175th amalgamated wi the Church Hoose
BB and wi changed oor number tae the 154th. We then used tae meet in
Barrowfield School a nightmare walk for us Fairbairn St guys fur the Spur
didnae like us! And unlike todays kids who get taken everywhere in
Dad's car we had nae cars...we jist walked.
One dark Friday night walking hame fae the BB, ah wis stoaped and surrounded
by four eejits oot the spur gang.
"Who ur ye! an where dae ye stey!" screamed wan o'them. Ah
couldnae tell them they would have killed me!
He then pulled oot an open razor, the kind the barbers used,ah wiz sh****n
massel'..and held it against ma face!
"Ah wiz at the BB in Barrowfield school ahm no in any gang" ah
yelped! They looked at me and told tae f' off...nearly scarred fur life fur
nothing! Ma memories are these neds in the gangs were bampots! Terrorising
neighbourhoods and destroying lives
Evening Times 17 June 1931 'The
spear of a swordfish and a wicked looking Gurkha knife
were among the number of weapons taken possession by the police following an
fight in Kerr Street, Bridgeton, yesterday afternoon.
'battlefield' was strewn with weapons after the fight......a piece of copper
tubing....a brass poker
.....a cudgel two foot long with a knob of wood as thick as the head of a
baton....an axe weighing one and a half pounds....a steel file 2ft long....a
bayonet type knife.....
iron rod three 3ft long with a hook at each end.'
Glasgow Daily Record 17 Dec.1930 'The
of the Billy Boys, John R----, age 22, known as razor king,
was sent to prison for 18
months at the High Court yesterday for assault & causing serious
Evening Times 14 Mar.1930 letters page 'Sir,
it is depressing nowadays to take up ones paper
and read the daily catalogue
of assaults and murders with knives, razors and other lethal weapons.
Indeed razor slashing and
stabbing are becoming so common that they appear to be accepted as part
of our modern youth's
recreation etc, etc
Sunday Mail 12 Feb.1935 'During
the past ten years, in Glasgow alone, Gangsterdom has been
responsible for at
least four slayings and serious injury and maiming of many others who have
incurred the savage wrath
of the different cliques of young hooligans who terrorise the poorer
districts of the city
from messageboard, 31st Dec.2002, Charlie McDonald, Glasgow
Webmaster...please understand that my posting was not an attempt to glorify
or praise some of these so called 'hard men ' who were members of gangs. I
was just trying to recall names of various gangs and where they were located
in Bridgeton. Some might say that we in Bridgeton still have the biggest
gang in the world...well if you tune into the fitba' every week you'll
always hear 50,000 nutters at Ibrox singing the praises of the Bridgeton
Derry Boys!! Makes you wonder where they all live in Bridgeton when you
consider that they all claim to be part of that one particular gang from the
east end. They must all live in the railway tunnels down in the wee Bully!!
from messageboard, June 2003, Betty Murphy, New Zealand
I lived in Govan my friend and I were going to the steamie, all of a sudden
these two guys ran across the road, and they hit one of 2 guys who were
walking along , the guy fell down and when his mate took his arm to help him
up the other one slashed him straight down his face, the first hit
was with an short handled axe. I'll tell you we couldn't do our washing that
day. anyway just thought to say when you hear the stories YES it was not all
good times back then, and good on Wull the webmaister for adding it to the
Graffiti and gang slogans sprayed on the tenement walls.....Spur ya bass,
Ferryland, Young Toi, The Nunny,
Billy Boys, Baltic Fleet, Tongs ya bass
23 April, 2013