Street Fighting Man: The Quality Street Gang and MePaperback
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- Publisher: Mainstream Publishing
- Format: Paperback | 272 pages
- Dimensions: 153mm x 234mm
- Publication date: 1 July 2010
- Publication City/Country: Edinburgh
- ISBN 10: 1845966201
- ISBN 13: 9781845966201
- Illustrations note: 1 x 8pp colour
In "Street Fighting Man", former gangster and unlicensed boxer Jimmy Swords breaks his long silence to reveal the eventful story of his life as the head of the Quality Street Gang, the biggest and most feared crime syndicate in Britain. Amongst the many revelations, Swords comes clean on how: He chased the Krays' henchman out of the city after they tried to take it over; He saved legendary footballer George Best from being tortured and killed after Best was kidnapped by a rival gang for sleeping with one of their wives; and He was offered big money to break another leading Manchester United player's legs. He also reveals: No street fighter was prepared to take him on, including Roy 'Pretty Boy' Shaw, who turned down the chance to fight him for GBP55,000; He was implicated in the Stalker Affair, in which it was claimed top cop John Stalker had links to the gang, forcing Swords to hide out in Spain; and He came back to a city that was rife with drugs gangs battling it out and had to fight to regain his rightful place as 'king of the streets'. "Street Fighting Man" is a story of both violence and sadness, as Swords reflects upon how he was devastated by the death of two of his newborn children. It documents one man's remarkable rise from the slums and reveals how he took on the system and won.
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Jimmy Swords led the Quality Street Gang for 40 years and is seen by many as Manchester's protector after fighting to reclaim the streets when drugs gangs were terrorising the city. Now aged 67, he has decided to retire to Switzerland. Paul Carter is an experienced writer who has worked on autobiographies by Eric Bristow and Frank 'El Ingles' Evans, as well as the widely publicised Behind Palace Doors with Major Colin Burgess.