When not spending his time practising to be a boy racer, Howard Spooner or Spoward Hooner, as he was undoubtedly called at school was something of a player way back then. He had his hand in both the Clapham Grand and the Hammersmith Palais, and in went on to open the momentarily successful Leopard Lounge in a warehouse behind Fulham Broadway station, now a part of the new Broadway retail and entertainment complex. Four years after the untimely demise of this colossal venue in , it has now re-emerged or changed its spots, perhaps in considerably smaller premises in deepest Fulham.
Two interconnecting retail units now make up a non-smoking cafe-bar for sandwiches and snacks in one section, and a full bar offering in the other. Both have a clinically clean modern look, with brown leather furnishings and are decorated in hues of brown and ochre.
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Leopard skin prints adorn the walls. Yes indeedy. Mister Spooner seems to have become every inch the family man since the naughty Nineties. Drinks in the bar include draught Guinness, John Smith's smoothpour, Fosters and Kronenbourg - Beck's is the only bottled beer.
A new vodka, 42 Below, from the great vodka-producing nation of New Zealand yeah, right has an intent presence behind the bar. The rest of the spirit collection is relatively mainstream stuff. Interestingly, the Leopard Lounge is also an outlet for Boizel champagne, which very few people outside of a prison cell would thank you for. Drinks don't seem to be the point of this place, just as they weren't in the warehouses of old when we considered it a bit of a result to come across a can of cider served from a wheelie bin filled with ice. The point, then, of this 21st-century all-things-toall-people venue is all but lost on me it's not even any fun and it will presumably be lost on every Fulhamite who doesn't have a buggy to push all day.
Spooner might argue that the fun haunts of yesteryear needed to grow up. I would argue that fun should never be taken off the menu.
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Area guides. Going Out in London Discover Latest. Things to do. This weekend. Afternoon tea. Henderson is a novel about Scottish criminals set in the rave music scene of the early s. It touches upon the football hooliganism around that time and the Hibs casuals make an appearance as they attack Houlihans bar in Dundee to take on the Utility. The Scots actor-writer Ruaraidh Murray based his one-man show Big Sean, Mikey and me around his life in Edinburgh during the s and s, his close friendship with a renowned Hibs casual and includes their encounters with other casual gangs.
He first performed this at the Gilded Balloon during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe of and is currently adapting the stage script of it for a radio and film production. The Trouble on the Terraces documentary released in on VHS format looked at football hooliganism in the UK and on the European continent prior to the Euro 96 tournament. Some Hibs boys were among the interviewees while they were in Amsterdam before the friendly international fixture between the Netherlands and Scotland. Sky Sports Soccer AM team unwittingly accepted a request from one of the CCS for a chance to represent Hibernian in the shows Fans of the week feature and seven of them were invited to appear on the 2 September broadcast.
The Hibs boys travelled to London on the Friday and their evening was spent drinking, while some were smoking cannabis as well, as they recounted hooligan tales from the past which ran into the wee small hours. So it was a shabby looking bunch that were mostly still blatantly in an alcoholic haze who shuffled onto the mini-bus bound for the studios at 6 a.
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.
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Also, both of the shows presenters at the time, Tim Lovejoy and Helen Chamberlain , went into the room and reiterated the instructions regarding behaviour with the latter revealing the Torquay United tattoo on her posterior upon request from the still inebriated Scotsmen. BBC Scotland's investigative current affairs programme Frontline Scotland broadcast in its report Policing the casuals on the rise of football hooliganism in the country and the legislation proposed by Scottish police forces dealing with it.
Included in the show was coverage of how the police dealt with a Category A match involving Hibernian away to Hearts in October of that year and the casual gangs associated with both clubs. The episode that focused on Scottish hooligans included a segment on the CCS and there were interviews with two of its former members as well as a journalist who had reported on them during the emergence of Scottish casuals in the mid s. Rave music , Madchester and baggy scenes were all touched upon by CCS in some way.
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In Edinburgh Hibs boys ran dance clubs like Bubble Funk or organised other musical promotion events in venues such as the Calton Studios. Another band from Greater Manchester Northside played at the Calton Studios to a crowd mainly of Hibs casuals and students. The Shamen also performed at this venue and towards the end of their set a Hibs boy climbed onto the stage and started dancing, As the security went to remove him Will Synott of the band stopped them by saying just let the guy dance.
The intoxicated casual then commandeered a microphone and while holding his Burberry scarf aloft he burst into a rendition of Move Any Mountain. Will Synott fell over as he now went to intervene and as the security tried to assist he fell off the stage and the concert ended prematurely. Influenced by these music scenes a local Edinburgh band was formed called the Guitar Casuals, one of whom was a Hibs boy.
Trouble frequently occurred wherever they played and they were ultimately banned from most of the live venues in the city.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Main article: Football-related activity of the CCS. See also: List of recorded incidents involving the CCS. The Daily Record.