Inside Out

The Gangs of Manchester is to be featured on BBC1 on Wednesday 18 February in the North-West edition of Inside Out.

Presenter Nigel Pivaro talks to author Andy Davies about the research that formed the basis of the book. Duncan Broady of Greater Manchester Police Museum describes the difficulties faced by police officers in attempting to quell scuttling affrays, and Leslie Holmes of Salford Lads’ and Girls’ Club discusses the role of the early lads’ clubs in combatting street violence.

The programme will include excerpts from films by Paul Cliff depicting scuttles in Angel Meadow. Appearing in the films are members of the MaD Theatre Company and junior supporters of FC United of Manchester. The final versions of these films will be shown in Angels with Manky Faces. The actors also appear in two historical reconstructions filmed by the BBC.

More from the Guardian on The Gangs of Manchester

Alfred Hickling reviews The Gangs of Manchester for the Guardian here.

For a link to a lengthy extract from the book published yesterday in the Daily Mail, see the Extracts page above.

Forthcoming talk at Salford Lads’ Club

Andrew Davies is giving a talk on scuttling and the origins of the lads’ club movement as part of an open day at Salford Lads’ Club on Sunday 1 February. The talk is scheduled for two o’clock; the club will be open from noon till four.salfordladsclub
Leslie Holmes of Salford Lads’ Club found this image in the club’s extensive archive of photographs. He sometimes refers to these four lads as “the original Smiths”. Morrissey, Johnny Marr, Andy Rourke and Mike Joyce famously posed in the club’s doorway in 1985 for a gatefold portrait for their album “The Queen Is Dead”.

Jon Savage on The Gangs of Manchester

Jon Savage, author of England’s Dreaming and Teenage, reviews The Gangs of Manchester for the Daily Telegraph here.

Gangs of Manchester on Radio 4

Click here to listen to a discussion of The Gangs of Manchester on “Thinking Allowed” on BBC Radio 4, hosted by Laurie Taylor.

Let them eat cake?

Scuttler cakes

Scuttler cakes

There has been plenty of discussion of the Gangs of Manchester on the various Manchester football message boards, not least on Blue Moon (thanks, Ric) and Red Issue. An extract has already appeared in United We Stand, and hopefully the King of the Kippax will be following suit.
On Saturday, I was invited to speak at a pre-match social at FC United of Manchester, ahead of the game against Hednesford Town. It was quite a do: the turns included a singer-songwriter, a poet, and the Halle choir.
These fantastic Scuttler cakes were sold in aid of club funds, and a new flag was on display courtesy of FCUM followers Voxra and Mike Duff. It reads:
ANGEL MEADOW
SCUTTLERS
FC UNITED

Thanks to Andy Barker for the photo.

Gangs of Manchester in the Guardian

Martin Wainwright, the Guardian‘s Northern correspondent, discusses The Gangs of Manchester here. Many of the stories in the book were first reported in the same newspaper in its original incarnation as the Manchester Guardian.

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