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Eddie_Catflap Posted on 30/3 15:07
Middlesbrough Urban Legends

I was told the other week that Terry Scott of Terry and June and Carry On fame drove his car off the Transporter bridge by accident in the early 70's*. And according to Google this is indeed true.

However I cannot confirm that Mike Neville was once head butted in Billy Pauls - can anyone shed any light on this? I also read a claim that Roger Thames was pummelled outside Ayresome by a gang singing the 'Shoot' theme tune.

Curiously snopes.com do not feature any of these stories in their top twenty five urban legends.

Yes I'm bored today (and working from home)

* with hilarious results

--- Post edited by Eddie_Catflap on 30/3 15:09 ---

Cogeur_le_Conq Posted on 30/3 15:12
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Alex Higgin's asked me to buy him a pint in the Wig and Pen and was bumming about the Boro playing pool for beer.

Fischer Posted on 30/3 15:17
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

The Terry Scott story is a belter, and absolutely true. I've had the Gazette's picture of an embarrassed-looking Terry at the Transporter on my hard drive for years, just waiting for the opportunity to use it.

And now it's here. Voila...

Link: Juuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuune!!!

Blogsworth Posted on 30/3 15:17
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Mike Neville nutted in Billy Pauls...would loved to have seen that in fact would have loved to have done it...smarmy twot.

London_Boro Posted on 30/3 15:18
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Lol, that's the funniest piccie I've seen in ages. Thanks !!

smalltime Posted on 30/3 15:29
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Wierd mate, was talking to her indoors the other day about Terry Scott falling off the transporter. Was told he was half canned when he did it, allegedly!

Funny pic mind looks like he is saying 'Where the fcuks me car?'

bandito Posted on 30/3 15:30
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Didnt Paul Frost get attacked on the tube going to Wembley by Chelsea fans?

Eddie_Catflap Posted on 30/3 15:41
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

That picture has completely made my day, thanks Fischer

Thats very odd smalltime, quite a coincidence.

The Frosty story is true I'm sure he mentioned it in his Gazette column.

gravy_boat Posted on 30/3 15:44
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

my mate saw Alex Higgins in the Arena about 7-8 years ago. He had two minders with him, and he sent one of them over to ask my mate to lend him a fag. I think he was on the pool for beer money trail at the time.

Eddie_Catflap Posted on 30/3 15:52
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Another "celeb comes to grief in Boro" story I've heard is that Bad Manners (Buster Bloodvessel et al) took a hiding after a gig at the Rock Garden, as told to me by a former regular at the Crown and Mitre. Was getting beaten up by the crowd an accepted hazard for any band playing there?

I've also heard that Higgins was living above the Dickens Inn for a while.

I know loads of useless trivia me.

boroboy75 Posted on 30/3 15:54
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

I actually put my name down to play Alex Higgins, in the Dickens Inn, when he was taking on all-comers.
Couldn't be arsed hanging around all-day, because I knew I would've beat him, anyway.

towz Posted on 30/3 15:55
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

I beat Andy Campbell at pool in the Rudds around christmas time. I took a tenner off him. He was legless like

holgate69 Posted on 30/3 16:07
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

I remember that pic of Terry Scott silly sod he was. Also do remember the story of Mike neville getting thumped in Billy Pauls.


What about the story of the two apprentices geting killed at BSC,meessing about on coveyer belts I seem to remember and went into the furnace.Not sure if that was true or not but been going around for years.

towz Posted on 30/3 16:10
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

I also heard that Shane Richie got chased round COulby Newham when attempting to do the Daz doorstep challenge.

Cobain_94 Posted on 30/3 16:11
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

"Was getting beaten up by the crowd an accepted hazard for any band playing there?"

I know Adam Ant played The Rock Garden twice and got the sht kicked out of him both times.

swordtrombonefish Posted on 30/3 16:17
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

"What about the story of the two apprentices geting killed at BSC, messing about on coveyer belts I seem to remember and went into the furnace.Not sure if that was true or not but been going around for years."

I heard a similar story in the 1970's about a winch at Smiths Dock - the legend (if such it was) was that they had to spray the remains from the unit as there was nothing much left.

Big_Shot Posted on 30/3 16:35
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Older Kray brother Charlie regularly in the Boro drinking. A mate once reckoned to have seen him in Blaises.

Eddie_Catflap Posted on 30/3 16:42
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Another story had Charlie Kray getting legged by Middlesbrough 'gangsters' after the Glen McCrory fight at Eston.

Just realised where I read the Roger Tames story! Dunno why I was on there..

Fischer Posted on 30/3 17:04
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Obligatory pointless namedrop:

I once asked Dave Vanian from The Damned if he'd heard about Adam Ant getting beaten up at the Rock Garden, and he said "No, but there's clearly some very sensible people in Middlesbrough".

Cobain_94 Posted on 30/3 17:34
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Tillerman93 Posted on 30/3 18:24
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Adam and the Ants were quite an edgy band when they were managed by Jordan 1977-1979, they could dish it out aswell as take it.

Read on...

Link: Adam Ant and Middlesbrough

Tillerman93 Posted on 30/3 18:26
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Adam and the Ants were quite an edgy band when they were managed by Jordan 1977-1979, they could dish it out aswell as take it.

Read on...

Link: Adam Ant and Middlesbrough

wilfym Posted on 30/3 18:32
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Uwe Fuchs hanging out of Jet fron gladiators?...couldnt possibly be true....could it?

borobadge Posted on 30/3 19:03
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

the adam and the ants stories are rubbish..there were no sharpened 50p or kung fu stars..and he (adamant)never ever got beat up @ middlesbrough rock garden..not a chance..

buster bloodvessel didnt get chinned either.....there were a few who got bottled off..and more than a few who had to stop playing and leave the stage whilst a fight had to finish..but thats a different thing all together....

here are few truths from the rocky...

pete wylie and wah! wouldnt play 'cos of the skinheads..so u.b.4.0 and selector played that night instead.....

o'neill the undertones guitarist..played a encore wearing Park End Macca's boro jumper and the band played "boro boys we are here"..whilst punks, skins and boro fans pogoed for ever...

sting and the police got "plastic glassed" off..for being to hippyish....

lemmy bought me a pint when i went to see motorhead on a sunday night....

a girl "no names please" from yarm slept and went off with rusty egan the drummer of former sex pistol glen matlocks new band..and they were ejected from the draganoora in the early hours following mayhem in the room...

warsaw/joy division/new order all played very early gigs there...ian curtis was particularly verbal with the few fans who were in the hall for warsaw and joy division...

in 1977 @ a pre boro match stripperama a "jack" dressed in a black and white shirt cause d a full scale riot inside and outside the club when she set the shirt on fire during the strip...

the revillos(fay fife and co) from edinburgh played a gig there and 3 of them slept on the floor at our mams in grove hill, t'others had to slum it in redcar !....

tom robinson (a teesside lad) played to a full house and he had the skins and punks singing acapella versions of "sing if your glad to be gay"..honest..

john peel played as a d.j......

there are thousands of stories to come out of that place.....

the damned, billy idol and gen x, 999, angelic upstarts, u'k subs, the only ones...theres taales of myth and mirth to be told about all of them..just remembered another..the drummer out of culture club ?..jon moss..his band were due play but they couldnt get the singer out of the acklam..cos he was amazed to find and was listening to "freda payne, band of gold"..on the duke box..over and over and over again......

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the_fresh_ponce Posted on 30/3 19:09
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Dog Meat Dawn.

Cogeur_le_Conq Posted on 30/3 19:17
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Kevin Mooney's talking out of his arse on that interview.

There was no sharpened 50 pences or kung fu stars just plastic glasses.

As if any one in the Rocky could afford to lob ten bob at someone.

Adam and the Ants were very timid each time they played there as were their fans - the Ant People.

Doug Trendle (Buster Bloodvessel) never got beat up either cos I was with him and his girlfriend all day. The black support band Headline got attacked by the NF mob from Stockton but that was outside when all of the anti-nazi skins were already inside.

Bad Manners stopped playing within a 50 mile radius of Middlesbrough because of the trouble amongst the audience everytime they visited the area.

I was talking to the guitarist 'Louie Alphonso' just after the soundcheck at Whitby Spa and he asked me if many were coming down from the Boro after I'd informed him it was only 30 odd miles away.

Just as I said "Nah, don't think so" the front doors went in and there was glass everywhere as a ruck started between the Scarborough Scooter Boys and the Rock Garden Skins/Punks outside about an hour before the doors opened.

TRANSITARMY Posted on 30/3 20:01
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

In their skinhead days, Slade (Wolves fans apparently) got beaten up after a gig at the Town Hall

mattrich Posted on 30/3 20:15
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

didn't get glen mcrory get knocked out in the madison and had to cancel a fight?

wilfym Posted on 30/3 20:23
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Think it was his opponent in the big top at tittybottle park.....caesar makitini was his name....i think.

jarazinho Posted on 30/3 23:14
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Adam Ant rock Garden 1978..my first ever gig..he was getting pelted with allsorts!!

Eddie_Catflap Posted on 30/3 23:25
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Some great debunking there by Conq and borobadge, and some good stories too.

So far we have:

Terry Scott drove off the Transporter - true, with photo evidence from Fischer
Mike Neville headbutted in Billy Pauls - not proven but probable
Roger Tames kicked to the tune of 'SHOOT' - unproven
Alex Higgins playing pool for beer money and being a bum - I'm going to say thats true
Paul Frost beaten up by Chelsea fans - true
Bad Manners beaten up outside Rock Garden - false
Adam and the Ants beaten up outside Rock Garden - false (despite that article)
Shane Ritchie legged around Coulby - unproven
Towz owning Andy Campbell at pool - true
Apprentices dying horrible death - unproven
Charlie Kray in the Boro - unproven
Uwe Fuchs / Jet - unproven
"Dog Meat Dawn" - ermm..?
Slade get kicking after Town Hall gig - unproven
Glen Mccrory or his opponent coming to grief in Maddo - unproven

Can anyone provide some proof on any of the above?

sasboro Posted on 30/3 23:28
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Alex higgins getting beat at pool in the dickens

Eddie_Catflap Posted on 30/3 23:30
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

A couple more far fetched ones before I go to bed. I've heard both of these, not strictly Middlesbrough urban legends but not too far away:

Theres a witches coven out near Crathorne and somewhere out in the countryside near there is a table that they sacrifice animals on.

Several UFO's have been spotted by people parked up on Clay Bank during the middle of the night.

Cogeur_le_Conq Posted on 30/3 23:44
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Charlie Kray was defo in the Boro as a guest of Spensley or some other spotlight grabber as a publicity stunt.

The Gazette ran a story about it.

Don't forget Jet Harris (of the Shadows) having a kid in Stockton and Englebert Humperdink having one in the Boro?????????????????

tonybiriyani Posted on 30/3 23:54
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Wasn't it Barry Faulkner? I think it backfired on him with the council licensing commitee

red_rebel Posted on 30/3 23:59
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Didn't Charlie Kray come up to show 'respect' at Lee Duffy's funeral?

Cogeur_le_Conq Posted on 31/3 0:08
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Yeah it was Faulkner.

Spensley was putting Higgins up.

Timboi Posted on 31/3 1:57
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Faulkner - that name rings a bell. Doesn't he owns (or at least did own) the Empire?

Revol_Tees Posted on 31/3 3:46
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Speaking of the Rock Garden, what a place. I've been told a few cracking stories about that place at the height of punk/post punk.

One of my favourites being the time Mark E. Smith allegedly sparked a riot between punks, skins and assorted others by dryly remarking: "I heard UK Subs played here last week. That must have been good."

I'm sure other factors were involved, but it's a great one-liner anyway.

Smog_Monster Posted on 31/3 7:54
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

When I worked at the British Steel BOS plant, this heart wrenching (and totally untrue) story was doing the rounds. A father and son were working together when the son fell into one of the ladles of molten steel. As he disintegrated from the legs up he reached up his dying hand towards his father, through a haze of tears the Father took a steel rod and pushed his dying child back down into the molten steel as he thought that dying would be more preferable to living with melted legs.
Heard a similar story at BSC Stoke and Newport. NOT A FACT

boros_moggy Posted on 31/3 8:09
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Certain aspects of the BSC apprentices story are true,there was definitely 2 lads killed after messing about on a conveyer belt though they ended up in some sort of lime container and not a furnace.One lad lived in Dormanstown in one of the roads behind the Kingfisher.

PNGfulham Posted on 31/3 8:14
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

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that guy who strapped a rocket booster onto the top of his car and
ended up burried into a cliff 20 k's down the road was from boro wasnt he/?

towz Posted on 31/3 8:29
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

I have several eyewitnesses for my thrashing ginger Andy Campbell at pool and my brother's mate told me the one about Shane Ritchie so it must be true.

mattrich Posted on 31/3 9:32
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

remeber faulkner looking after kray and then the council revoking his licence because of it, he was on the front of the papers for that one, also heard about alex higgins in the dickens, i have heard the shane richie one happened in several towns/cities so don't know how true it is!

libardi Posted on 31/3 11:19
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Barry Mooncult from Flowered Up chained to a lamp post, in full flower costume, outside Alan Fearnleys. My mate saw it but with the passage of time I say I saw it.

Eddie_Catflap Posted on 31/3 11:39
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

PNGfulham

Oddly enough he is. No not really. Wired did a piece on that particular urban legend a while back.

P.S. Whats up with your posts and the '.'?

Link: Heard the one about the rocket car?

ormesby_bank Posted on 31/3 12:10
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

not sure about all the bad manners trouble etc,,, i saw them at the kirk onetime - god knows when - and it was completely riotously peaceful.

Big_Shot Posted on 31/3 12:21
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

I remember chatting briefly to Barry Mooncult in the Empire before Flowered Up played at the Havana which both myself and Eddie_Catflap attended. A pretty unremarkable gig apart from a couple of band members nearly coming to blows on stage.

Apparently though the next day the band caused a bit of bother in the Cleveland Centre by throwing eggs and flour at people.

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Eddie_Catflap Posted on 31/3 14:44
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Heres my summary so far (otherwise known as the thinking mans hoof - this thread was plummetting faster than an end of season Boro team). If it goes now thats it - I've used up all my hoofs.

Terry Scott drove off the Transporter - true, with photo evidence from Fischer
Mike Neville headbutted in Billy Pauls - not proven but probable
Roger Tames kicked to the tune of 'SHOOT' - unproven
Alex Higgins playing pool for beer money and being a bum - I'm going to say thats true
Paul Frost beaten up by Chelsea fans - true
Bad Manners beaten up outside Rock Garden - false
Adam and the Ants beaten up outside Rock Garden - false
Shane Ritchie legged around Coulby - unproven (but deserved it)
Towz owning Andy Campbell at pool - true (never doubted it!)
Apprentices dying horrible death - seems to be some basis of truth here
Charlie Kray in the Boro - defintely up here and therefore true. No proof of the other stories though
Uwe Fuchs / Jet - unproven
"Dog Meat Dawn" - ermm..?
Slade get kicking after Town Hall gig - unproven
Glen Mccrory or his opponent coming to grief in Maddo - unproven
witches coven - unproven
you can see ufo's if you park up clay bank - unproven
Jet Harris (of the Shadows) has a kid in Stockton - unproven
Englebert Humperdink has a kid in Boro - unproven although I've heard this before and know who it refers to (I think)
Mark E. Smith provokes Rock Garden riot - unproven
Father/son molten metal mercy killing - false (but a great one nontheless)
Rocket car bloke was from boro - false
Barry Mooncult in flower costume chained to lamp post - I'm going to give this a qualified true. Big_Shot and I did see him in full costume but he was at liberty at the time.

The flowered up gig almost punch up was caused by the singer shouting 'oi, sort your faacking bass out' into his mike - true

Cogeur_le_Conq Posted on 31/3 15:38
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

A few ICI ones

1. Cancer Castle in the middle of the Wilton site.

A big concrete block the size of a two storey building half the size of a footie pitch.

A leak occured of a hazardous material (germ/virus/gas/radioactive???) that was thought to be so dangerous that they dug a big hole and buried the whole site, including the bulldozers and encased it in concrete.

I have seen the block just to right of the road as you come in from the the Grangetown gate just after the Cyclohexane tanks and before you get to the power station. It doesn't serve any apparent purpose.

2. 10x more Cyclohexane than Flixborough

Those of you old enough to remember the fatal Flixborough disaster on South Humberside were the American oil fire expert Red Adair was called in to put out the fires after a massive explosion will recall that the tanks that went up were full of Cyclohexane.

It was rumoured that ten times the amount that went up at Flixborough are stored just by the Grangetown entrance of ICI Wilton.

If this lot went up, it would take all of Grangetown and half of Teesside with it.

3. Pissed gadgie on a pushbike.

On a number of occasions security guards observed an ICI worker leaving the site at the end of the shift, riding his pedal iron in such an erratic manner that they assumed he had been drinking, but had turned a blind eye as was the norm in those days.

On one occasion he fell off and had great difficulty in picking up the bike.

It was only when the security guards went to help him that they discovered the frame was full of mercury that he'd been nicking on a regular basis.

4. Army Day

Apparently the Army were on the Wilton site one day giving a recrutemnt drive or whatever and one of their tanks went missing.

An ICI employee was supposedly stopped in it on the way to the Half Moon in Lazenby after smashing through the perimeter fence.




All the above rumours were from the period between 1978 to 1982 and could be bollox... who knows?

towz Posted on 31/3 15:43
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

My mate's a tiffy at Huntsman and he claims that as an initiation ceremony newly qualified apprentices used to be welded into a cylinder that was then filled with water with a small home left in the top to breathe through. Apparently they would be left for several hours then cut out. Wouldn't fancy that!

Shaun71 Posted on 31/3 15:47
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Cogeur - Im sat about a 400 or so yards from said concrete block. That rumour is totally true. Left everything in there, tables chairs the lot.

Ive also heard the mercury bike one but couldnt confirm it

Cogeur_le_Conq Posted on 31/3 15:50
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

My mate got put in a big cardboard box and the lads taped it up and stabbed it with screwdrivers and then left him in it for a few hours.

When they let him out they realised they'd pierced his skin a couple of times.

There's loads of stories about ICI inter-trade windups (eg. welders asking you to pass a lump of red hot metal or welding your steel toe-caps to the welding bench when you've got your welding mask on welding something else etc.)

There was loads of initiations going on when I was an apprentice but they left me alone and picked on the vvankers mostly.

borobuddah Posted on 31/3 16:05
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Worked for uncle ici in the long hot summer of 76, and again in 1978, never heard those tales.

When I left British Steel to go to ICI in 76, I got tied up, on the last day and me head wrapped round with masking tape while they went for lunch.

Feckin hurt coming off me hair.

Cogeur_le_Conq Posted on 31/3 16:14
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Stories 3 and 4 above were told to the new apprentices by the security guards on Induction Day.

ridsdale Posted on 31/3 18:06
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

The guy nicking mercury in the bike frame is true, he got jailed.

Another one I remember was when Redcar BSC was being built in
the 70's.

A guy working on site constructed a homemade cannon using pipe.

He fired it at a portalav, and the projectile went all the way
through the bog.

He got jailed as well.

borobuddah Posted on 31/3 18:09
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

I was at Redcar BSC helping build the computer room

post_edit Posted on 31/3 18:26
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

The guy nicking mercury in the bike frame is true, he got jailed.

absolutely true...he is/was my brother in laws father (remains nameless to save embarasment)

OPEO Posted on 31/3 18:45
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Swordtrombonefish, the story of the winch is maybe the one about Eddie Charville from Easterside who was on a tug boat when a whinch line snapped and decapitated him. True. I sit next to his younger brother Trev in the north west upper.

swordtrombonefish Posted on 31/3 18:49
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

OPEO - the way I heard it was that two guys got dragged in, but in true Chinese whisper fashion, it was probably a very different story that started out. Either way - a nasty event.

Cogeur_le_Conq Posted on 31/3 19:15
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Kinnel that's more of a coincidence than Gael Clichy coming from Clichy...

Eddie Charville coming from Charville

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JonSina Posted on 31/3 22:23
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Heard a rumour that some people on this board were once seen running naked around North Ormesby whilst pissed late at night!

thats a hoof!

Eddie_Catflap Posted on 31/3 22:58
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends



Well I don't know anything about that (cough).

Some great stories on here. The bike one especially.

Recently I went for a few pints at the Pudsey (Leeds) beer festival with a bloke from work. He'd arranged to meet a mate there and introduced me to him - seemed like a nice enough bloke, told me some stories about being a copper during the miners strike. What he didn't tell me and what I only found out today from the lad I work with is that he's married to Mike Nevilles cousin*. I've told my work mate that I need to find out the truth about Billy Pauls, and will let you know if I get news from the horses mouth so to speak.

* unfortunately according to the lad at work she looks like Mike Neville as well

Cogeur_le_Conq Posted on 31/3 23:07
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Roger Melly on the Telly in Viz comic is based on Mike Neville.

Apparently he's a bit of a bugger to work with and completely different to his on-screen smarmy persona.

The Canadian version is William Shatner.

tweedle Posted on 31/3 23:16
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Once, and this really is pushing the bounds of belief, Steve McClaren put out an attack minded team.

Eddie_Catflap Posted on 31/3 23:19
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Have you seen Shatner on that Bran Flakes advert, he's mutated!

Another story. Does anyone remember a bloke that used to wander around Middlesbrough, we used to know him as kids as "The Phantom Whistler". He pushed a pram or some sort of cart around collecting rubbish, whistling as he went. He once placed an advert in a shop window that said "Wanted: Wife".

And I suppose Boros famous tramp Keyo/Keough (?) is worth a mention seeing as he once told me on a bus that Joan Collins was waiting for him in a room in the Dragonara.

--- Post edited by Eddie_Catflap on 31/3 23:21 ---

tonybiriyani Posted on 31/3 23:25
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

I was going to mention Keo.The story was that one time was in a top job,intelligent bloke etc, then he got sent down for manslaughter,came out of prison and hit the bottle living on the streets.
Anyone heard this one?

Cogeur_le_Conq Posted on 31/3 23:37
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Keough has a million tales to tell but the Teasdale's auld fella (as in Jonka's dad/grandad?) was more of a serious nuisance.

He used to tour the pubs of the Boro with his secret agent 007 kit secreted in his overcoat and if you didn't believe he was James Bond he'd get their lads onto you.

I reckon the Shake Hands character in the Boys From The Black Stuff must have been based on him.

j_orourke Posted on 1/4 4:29
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Keo definitely did time for manslaughter, he was lodging at mates
and was caught rogering his wife and in the ensuing scrap Keo cracked him over the head with the open fire poker. He was also in trouble in the late 70's when he pick a 12 year old girl up by the hair on a Saturday afternoon. I sometimes drink with an old pal of my father in the Green Tree and he went to school with him he as said that he was normal at school and early adult years but pretends to be daft for an easy life. He is a effing nuisance if you ask me.

PNGfulham Posted on 1/4 4:47
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

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Eddie_Juiceflaps.....



shame about Rocketman........


what abouit tht loney fella who wanted to be a jet fiter pilot
and failed the test cos he was blind.......

then yrs later he got his mates around for a BBQ and he tied
44 red helium weather balloons to his garden chair.....strapped himself in.....and armed himself with an air rifle to pop them to aid descent + a 6 pack of budweiser (of course)....

his mates untied the ropes which were tethering him down
and off he went........not the 30 feet above his back yard which he figured on......but to 10 000 feet into the LAX airport corridor airspace.....



anyway he made it down after a while and got arrested....
and failed to make it into the darwinian awards cos he didnt die...


but then i thnk he hung himself another 10 yrs later so he made it in for trying hard..






p.s. ......dont u be so rude to knock my "."....i'm quite attached to it.....

Eddie_Catflap Posted on 1/4 9:47
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Sorry PING I don't think he was from Boro either..

Big_Shot Posted on 1/4 9:51
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

I once heard that before Keogh hit the bottle he was in the forces.

Bonus point for anyone knowing Keogh's first name.

borobadge Posted on 1/4 18:38
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

hang on..how can we have a thread like this and no ones mentions the.....

gazette sellers !.......surely a more alternative group of characters have never ever existed on the soil of zetland......

"the flyswatter"..white shirt with the sleeves rolled uo and a tank top..spent hours with a rolled up gazette swatting flys and midgies..a cross between norman collier and norman wisdom...had his pitch on the window sill of the the bank on linny road opposite triads...

"humpty dumpty" was pitched out in the gothic archway of the town hall crypt...large bloke of the 25st variety, squeezed his frame in to the doorway and never flinched a muscle for hours, possibly days.

"the assassin"..mirroered lenses over the eyes 2 days stubble and a variety of camaflage to keep a whole nest of chameleons in disguise for the whole of the 4 seasons.bullet belts, adjustable spanner and night torch were accessories...sold the daily rag from outside the great american panthouse shop opposite billy pauls....

"inky midget" worked the old bus station ....short bloke, thick glasses, loved the boro and could be seen on away days late 70s..covered from head to toe in grey clothes and ink smudges.....shouted as he sold the rag..like a foghorn exploding in the holgate during a 5th round cup run..EVENIN GAAZERT....dockers, welders and tug boat crews cowerd at the volume from the inky midget...

there were more than those 4 crazy crazy crazy cats....

Grrreds Posted on 1/4 18:46
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Keogh's first name is Ronnie.

He has more stories than any other Middlesbrough character (including Bam Bam).

He used to regularly impress the magistrates with his tales of why he was drunk and disorderly and would usually be fined 1p less than the amount of money he had in his pocket.

Magistrate, "Mr Keogh we find you guilty".
Ronnie, "Right"
Magistrate, "how much money have you got "
Ronnie "29p"
Magistrate, "fined 28p"

He would like to tell the court to hurry up because he was on the first tee with the Chief Constable at 2.30pm (in his poshest voice) and he even turned up at court once in red silk ladies hot pants.

A Boro legend.

(anyone remember Tommy McLeneghan - home address Ladbrokes Doorway, Borough Road, Middlesbrough).

Shaun71 Posted on 1/4 18:50
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Didnt Keogh pass away not so long back?

tonybiriyani Posted on 1/4 18:54
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

I think Keo must have died about 10 times.

littleboro Posted on 1/4 20:17
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

well remembered borobadge. certainly had forgotton about them.

they alway used to bring a smile to my face. when life has been a barstard watching them made life seem not too bad. naturally no conversation with them.

"the flyswatters" pitch was where the TS1 bar is now on linny road.

you are certainly correct about his mannerisms, but he had a few more strings to his bow, mannerism wise.

the heat used to get to him during the summer months. he always seamed to be forever mopping his brow with the largest handkey ever seen. in fact its size would put to shame some of the recent boro banners.

when not mopping his brow, the brow would be leaning on his arms that in turn would be leaning on the window sill of the bank for hours. people would pick up the gazette, leave the money and go. nobody ever used to nick the cash.

when not doing any of the above, he simply wouldn't be there. AWOL i think the call it. again people pick up the gazeete, leave the money and it was never knicked.

"inky midget" was another strange creature.

i was once behind him in a queue for leeds away tickets that went on sale after a home match. he was wearing a white beanie hat with pen boro slogans on it. "boro rule ok", "cum on boro", etc. however there was one slogan that drew my attention in particular.

"bernie is slaven". wished i'd asked him what it meant.

does anybody know which gazette seller used to shout "gazette gazette, get it."?

does anybody know what happened to "flyswatter" and "inky" ?

mattrich Posted on 1/4 20:35
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Suprised the old bloke who used to sell hot dogs outside what is now dixons hasn't had a mention yet, is he dead or is that just the people who eat his food????

tonybiriyani Posted on 1/4 20:41
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

You mean the snot-dogs and bogeyburgers from outside the Madhouse?

mattrich Posted on 1/4 20:42
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

thats the same guy, he used to put some hours in!

Grrreds Posted on 1/4 20:43
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

"Salmonella Sam" in his white coat and greay hair. Push bike with a box on the front.

We've all eaten them when hungry at 2.30 in the morning.

tonybiriyani Posted on 1/4 20:46
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Yeah the good old days!! After leaving a night club you had a choice between him or the Boro Fish Bar.

stocko_mfc Posted on 1/4 20:48
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

MORE MORE MORE!!!!! come on this thread is quality.

ccole Posted on 1/4 20:51
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

How about a former well known “gangster” going to Libya to see Colonel Gadiffi and Mr H seeing a mans severed head in the fridge?

Or had I drunk too many snakebites in Blazes that night?

littleboro Posted on 1/4 20:51
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

"salamonia sam of madison,".

yep he had the hot dog/burger cycle er booth er van thing. it was difinately on a bike, unless i was always that pissed and always missed the van and thought it was a bike. is possible.

if memory is correct he was a bit bad tempered and who wouldn't be at 2am serving pissed people giving verbals about food poisoning. "onions?"

always had white jacket on. part and parcel of hygiene regulations.

hair well greased DA.

mattrich Posted on 1/4 20:53
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

he had a right attitude problem, did you ever eat in the madison's upmarket diner? think it was called madison garden(?) as you walked in you turned right, or the downstairs part where the used to play elvis, four topps etc etc?

littleboro Posted on 1/4 20:59
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

oh yes oh yes. the boro fish bar.

pictures on the wall of a boro match at home in the big match against portsmouth. score unknown.

picture of alan foggan, hair combed before match, going up for rare header.

remembered "a night with brian clough". somebody asked cloughie if he had ever been interested in signing foggan. he said he had been very interested, but after a few discreate inquires found out that he was strickly a "beer and chips man."

foggan must be one of the few players to be signed by man utd and then sold a week later.

makes foggans legend even better.

now where is he now?

littleboro Posted on 1/4 21:06
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

can remember a pizza place they had as you turned left on enterance just before the steps that went to the downstairs bit.
pizza tops there were not, probably straight from kwik saves freezer cabinets a few hours earlier.

if i remember the stairs to the downstairs bit were a bit dodgy as you had to take a sharp right half way down. any drunken slip and it would be down the next flight of steps ending up with head lodged against fire doors, until the cleaners arrived in the morning.

somebody must have done that.

jk1311 Posted on 1/4 21:14
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

mattrich....Maddo's upmarket diner was 'The Square Garden'..

the burger on a bike fella can be seen selling cheap tack toys and christmas wrap in linny road pedestrian area near debenhams

littleboro Posted on 1/4 21:17
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

didn't he try and sell his burger bike on ebay recently?

mattrich Posted on 1/4 21:29
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

can't belive the burger bloke can use a computer!! spoke to my mam (who is from easterside) about eddie charville, she said he was the same age as her, he worked with his dad but she thought they never found his body???

Grrreds Posted on 1/4 21:31
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

I take it Eddie Charville is related to Freddie Charville, who used to have The Contessa ?

littleboro Posted on 1/4 21:31
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

sunday league referees.

small, thin ball headed referee that looked in his 50's during the early 90's. apparently worked on the railways

the manager "oh god no. he plays to the crowd"
the players "?"
the manager "you'll see."

anyway half way though the 1st half there is a foul.
the referee comes running up to the defender.

"do you like pop music?"
"what?"
"take that" as he flashes the yellow card.

carlosthebiscuit Posted on 1/4 21:43
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

can't see no "cancer castle"

Link: Anyone?

mattrich Posted on 1/4 21:44
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

isn't that enron?

carlosthebiscuit Posted on 1/4 21:46
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

"I have seen the block just to right of the road as you come in from the the Grangetown gate just after the Cyclohexane tanks and before you get to the power station"

mattrich Posted on 1/4 21:55
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

nope can't see it, but then i don't really know what i am looking for!

Eddie_Catflap Posted on 1/4 21:56
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

I thought the (Westlers?) hotdog bloke was called Salmonella Bob, although it's easy to see how he would have several names. As for his bike, a mate of mine bought a shop/house off Princess Road near old Psyche and told me he discovered said bike complete with cooking facility in the garage at the back. This is the mid nineties. He told me he'd given it to a friend (I don't know who - Faulkner again?) who was going to hang it in one of the pub windows in town. I guess it vanished. A mystery indeed, where is it today? It's almost like the car that Franz Ferdinand got shot in or something.

littleboro Posted on 1/4 22:06
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

the location of princess road and his living abode i can sort of comfirm.

one day, mid afternoon he nearly knocked me over, as i crossed princess road at the junction of linthorpe road, opposite where the TS1 bar is or bank was. he was riding the previously mentioned cooker bike but, alas no white jacket.

so i presumed that he lived in that area of town.

i must have been consentrating on looking at the antics "flyswatter" the gazette seller by the bank across the road and forgot my green cross code.

Shaun71 Posted on 1/4 22:06
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

One hundreeeeeedddddd up!!!

Grrreds Posted on 1/4 22:07
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Middlesbrough pedantry moment here.....

Its Princes Road chaps, not Princess.

Shaun71 Posted on 1/4 22:08
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

The cancer castle is indeed very true. AS I speak Im working not that far from it and have to drive past it every day to go home.

If your not on the Wilton site you wont see it!!

ThePrisoner Posted on 1/4 22:13
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

So where and what is this cancer castle? Never heard of it.

Eddie_Catflap Posted on 1/4 22:13
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Correct Grrreds, I was just about to edit

As for Geeeeezzzzeeet sellers there was a particularly ill looking one used to pitch outside Macdonalds, anyone claim to know/be him on here? He was often talking to another couple of Boro Legends, Andy X and Rockin' Robin, both of whom I'll cover in a bit.

Also down Princes Road was a blues, is that still on the go?

Shaun71 Posted on 1/4 22:14
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Shamelessly nicked from Cogeur_Le_Conq earlier. Hope you dont mind.

A few ICI ones

1. Cancer Castle in the middle of the Wilton site.

A big concrete block the size of a two storey building half the size of a footie pitch.

A leak occured of a hazardous material (germ/virus/gas/radioactive???) that was thought to be so dangerous that they dug a big hole and buried the whole site, including the bulldozers and encased it in concrete.

I have seen the block just to right of the road as you come in from the the Grangetown gate just after the Cyclohexane tanks and before you get to the power station. It doesn't serve any apparent purpose.

2. 10x more Cyclohexane than Flixborough

Those of you old enough to remember the fatal Flixborough disaster on South Humberside were the American oil fire expert Red Adair was called in to put out the fires after a massive explosion will recall that the tanks that went up were full of Cyclohexane.

It was rumoured that ten times the amount that went up at Flixborough are stored just by the Grangetown entrance of ICI Wilton.

If this lot went up, it would take all of Grangetown and half of Teesside with it.

3. Pissed gadgie on a pushbike.

On a number of occasions security guards observed an ICI worker leaving the site at the end of the shift, riding his pedal iron in such an erratic manner that they assumed he had been drinking, but had turned a blind eye as was the norm in those days.

On one occasion he fell off and had great difficulty in picking up the bike.

It was only when the security guards went to help him that they discovered the frame was full of mercury that he'd been nicking on a regular basis.

4. Army Day

Apparently the Army were on the Wilton site one day giving a recrutemnt drive or whatever and one of their tanks went missing.

An ICI employee was supposedly stopped in it on the way to the Half Moon in Lazenby after smashing through the perimeter fence.




All the above rumours were from the period between 1978 to 1982 and could be bollox... who knows?

Grrreds Posted on 1/4 22:17
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

I remember the blues' on Kensington Road, but not Princes Road !

littleboro Posted on 1/4 22:21
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

princes road i was informed that there was indeed a blues in the road in the early 90's.

please note spelling.

ThePrisoner Posted on 1/4 22:23
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Most of those ICI ones sound like bollox but there is enough cyclohexane, naphtha, ethylene etc etc to put most of Teesside on the moon.

What about the bloke who allegedly got a splash of cyanide solution on his boots at Cassel works but didn't realise. Then he went and sat in a warm mess-room and hydrogen cyanide gas was given off and he died where he sat.

Cogeur_le_Conq Posted on 1/4 22:23
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Ramsey's Blues used to move about more than something that moves about a lot.

Kenny Road, Princes Road, Woodlands Road, The Jamaican Cafe at the Longlands and Duffy's resting place at the Afro-Carobean Centre on Marton Road.

Sensi and curry.. mmmmmn.

Grrreds Posted on 1/4 22:24
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

littleboro.

Although it's not a spelling thing, more a 'more than one Prince' rather than 'one Princess' thing.

10pintsB4Parmo Posted on 1/4 22:24
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Roger took a good shoeing from the lads more than once as he took the walk to that gantry at Ayresome " Come On Roger Walk The Walk You Mackem B-astard " ha ha ha ' Shoot ' ha ha ha !! if any plod are reading i heard the above in a transit van going to Hull !!!! eddie put me down for a " Im sure this is true says our kid "

Shaun71 Posted on 1/4 22:25
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

The Prisoner - The Cancer castle and the mercury bike are totally true

Eddie_Catflap Posted on 1/4 23:32
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

10Pints you have made my day. I know it's wrong, and I've never been in a fight at the match ever - but theres something about the thought of that happening and some Neanderthal wag deciding to sing "der-de-de de-der-der der-der-der" at the same time that brings a smile to my face. No wonder we never got any Tyne Tees coverage despite being the first North East team in the Premiership.

mad_frankie Posted on 1/4 23:49
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

A workmate of mine claims to have seen a punk band(i think it was the damned) at the old rock garden - now the arena.He claims that during the gig the bass player took a crap on the stage and announced to the audience that anyone who could outdo him for the level of filth would get his guitar and amp as a prize.At which point somebody climbed out of the audience,on to the stage and eat the aforementioned turd.Claimed his prize as well. Can anybody else confirm this story ?

bill_ingham Posted on 1/4 23:57
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Andy X - True legend - Come on get the X mans stories on here.
I used to play gigs with him occasionally in Stockton and Boro - Used to sing "Gordon the Goldfish".
I've lived in London for 8 years now but he spotted me at a gig a few years ago and made a beeline for me.....some of his gags - what a guy.
I think he used to valet cars when he wasn't penning classic acoustic songs

Eddie_Catflap Posted on 2/4 0:00
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Is this true - Andy X is also known as the Linthorpe Road man, and was given a name check by Spit the Pips on their 'never crib a boggy ep' - I think thats what it was called anyway. Got record of the week in Melody Maker.

Cogeur_le_Conq Posted on 2/4 0:03
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Another Rock Garden story gone wild.

I seem to remember either Rat Scabies or the Captain puking into a plastic pint glass and Dave Vanian getting the crowd to get him to neck it by saying into the the mike "He drinks it you know".

This caused the audience to encourage him to neck it in one.

Which he did to everyones disgust.

I've since heard the story that it was a pint of gob but it's the first time I've heard the eating turd version.



Don't forget to mention Mensi from the Angelic Upstarts chopping up a pigs head on stage at the Rocky with an axe but I always felt that that stage prop was there more for his own protection.

Eddie_Catflap Posted on 2/4 0:05
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Rockin' Robin, one of the band box kings of Boro. Odd looking lad but never afraid to belt out a rock and roll classic. I was once at the Broadway at Palladium shops when Robin was on - did a beaut version of Blue Suede Shoes complete with dance moves etc. He was wearing these massive clod hopping boots. At the end of the song the compere comes on the mike - "Call for Robin in the bar, Frankenstein's here and wants his shoes back"

You had to be there I guess.

Eddie_Catflap Posted on 2/4 0:07
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

I'm amazed reading this Rock Garden stuff that no-one has ever come out with a book about it - it's got a very famous moment after all (the Pistols gig) as well as many others. Cog you could be the man, some of the stuff you've posted is class!

Big_Shot Posted on 2/4 0:09
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Yep, its Ronnie Keogh.

Eddie_Catflap Posted on 2/4 0:13
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Got your message Big_Shot, yes definitely up for that. I was just thinking I need a Boro night out.

Big_Shot Posted on 2/4 0:14
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Okay mate, thinking about the weekend after next, Friday or Saturday.

Gillandi Posted on 2/4 0:15
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Told the story a few times on here now but I saw Ronnie Keough sat on a bench in Albert Park once with his feet placed neatly on a square foot of carpet he'd found somewhere. He was smoking and drinking and looking pleased with himself as usual and I asked him how he was. He said "I'll be a lot better when my furniture arrives."

Cogeur_le_Conq Posted on 2/4 0:16
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Me and Borobadge have been talking for years about building a webshite dedicated to the Rock Garden but the yagbo get's in the way.

I've got the webspace and the badge has all the contacts.

One day it may happen.

Smog_Monster Posted on 2/4 5:13
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

I worked all over ICI, in fact most of teesside, seal sands, hartlepool etc as a contractor in the late 80's and 90's, heard the one about the cancer castle loads of times, never really believed it. I also heard one (which stinks of myth) about a guy who drank some of the sh|t from the cancer castle to kill himself. Allegedly, when he was found his insides had completely melted.
The worst, and never mentioned, plant in Teesside is Chrome Nose at Urlay Nook. FACT. Seen that movie with Julia Roberts (name escapes me) where she works as lawyer for wretched suffering families who are dying as a result of the Chrome plant they lived near. Well you have the same thing on your door step. I worked there, but I got transferred away because of nose bleeds. After 2 weeks there the sh|t was atacking the inside of my nose.
They said it was unconnected to working at the plant, but that I'd better not come back. 100% true.
Also, Armstrong floors at Thornaby, not allowed to build it in America.

Shaun71 Posted on 2/4 5:20
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Smog_Monster - The castle is true. Im sat in Wilton site now having passed the block hundreds of times over the past 17 years. My old fella was working on the site (Aniline plant) when the 'cancer castle' was hastily filled with concrete.

It still stands there gathering moss as they say

Smog_Monster Posted on 2/4 5:29
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Shaun, I don't doubt it now. But at the time I was just dismissed it, like most of the stories you hear working in them places. I have seen the block myself.

I'm struggling with the one about Ronnie Keogh being a relative of Jonka's. I used to know him pretty well when he was a scaff, I can not see the family resemblance. I wouldn't ask him either.

RedJohnnie Posted on 2/4 5:55
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

The Wilton Cancer one is right, heard about that when doing my apprenticeship.

It was Scabies drinking the vomit and the Captain naked and slashing on the crowd. Got some photos somewhere from that night.

OPEO Posted on 2/4 6:12
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Sean Arkless, of Easterside, (lot of charachters emanate from there) died of food poisoning after allegedly dining out at the aforementioned wheelbarrow outside Maddogs. His elder sister is married to the REAL Joe Laidlaw. Frankie Bam bam lives across the road.

darmok Posted on 2/4 7:45
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Cog, the puke drinking incident at the Garden was during a concert by The Doomed. It was Henry Badowski who actually did the deed. Almost a full pint of the stuff as well. (ugh)

littleboro Posted on 2/4 8:00
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

mad frankie.

about the dammed at the rock garden. the following incident did definately happen.

the eating of cr.ap etc was actually frank zapper or possibiliy an urban myth from another era and another country, the us of a.

apparently, zapper once said on stage that he was the most revolting man alive and challenged the audience to disprove him. somebody from the crowd got up on stage and sh.at on the satge.

impressive you would have thought.

not to zapper who called for a spoon and eat the sh.at. thus proving that indeed he was the most revolting man alive.

back to the damned at the rocky.

they had been banned by most local councils especially in the north east and i presume the boro council allowed them to play the boro rocky.

during a rest bite. the captain sensible started thanking the council.

"i would like to fcuking thank the fcuking middlesbrough fcuking council for letting us fcuking play.them fcuking barstards in fcuking newcastle are ar.seholes..."

being pissed he repeated this about three times before walking off stage. upon his return about 20 seconds later he was wearing his er, birthday suit only and proceeded to start pi.ssing on the audience.

there was a massive surge of the audience away from the stage. this is itself was a massive achievement since the rock garden was packed liked the holgate when fully filled. we were like sardines.

as the sensible one was finishing his toiletory duties rat scrabbies the dammed drummer posed the question.

"you may be wondering why we have been banned from most towns?"

anyway the event continued with sensible playing a al fresco, so to speak for the remainder.

to finish on a sexist note. there was a lass sat on the stage with large tits. today jordan wouldn't get a look in. the dammed used to do a cover of "the ballroom blitz" by the sweet.

dave vanian the singer changed the lyrics of the chorus, while pointing at her, from

"its, its a ballroom blitz,its, its a ballroom blitz"

to

"she's the girl with the fcuking big tits."

i hope this may have cleared up some misunderstaning about the dammed. while with frank zapper not using HP brown sauce. truely a revolting man.

Cogeur_le_Conq Posted on 2/4 10:32
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Darmo.

The Doomed yeah you're right.

The Damned actually split up in 1978 and reformed as the Doomed cos Brian James nicked the Damned name.

Smog_Monster

I never said Keogh was a relative of Jonka's. I said there was an another auld fella who thought he was James Bond who called the Teasdale's 'his boys'.

He used to pester us young'uns in the Acklam Hotel showing us his 007 ID badge and secret weapons that he had concealed under his mac.

When we used to rib him, he'd say that he was going to get their Jonka on to us at which we laughed cos we thought he was joking.

Then some weeks later we saw the auld fella boozing with the Teasdales in the Acklam and Marimba.

guyb Posted on 2/4 10:42
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

This thread is mint.

Has anybody got any stories about Stockton or Stockton Characters?

The only ones I can impart are the Keymaster (who was a dead ringer for the bloke in Ghostbusters) who used to hang around outside the Castle Centre in the same grey jacket, always holding a pasty

and the original "Old Man" who was about 90 in the late 80s early 90s and was always out on the lash on a saturday night in the high street and wore a sherlock holmes coat. We saw him kicked out of the Royal Exchange one night with a roll yer own paper stuck to his bottom lip.

Smog_Monster Posted on 2/4 10:48
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Cog
So you did (Doh), sorry. I'll try reading the threads before responding in future.
Anyway, I think Jonka has a garden nursery now.

gibson Posted on 2/4 12:03
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

How about Sinbad's Tattoo Parlour.Truly rubbish tattoo's I seem to remember.However, a story I heard, was that a lad went in to get his name tattooed inside his bottom lip, and on his way home, took out the 'packing' and sucked out all the ink, went back to Sinbad, and he re-did the tattoo,and told him UNDER NO circumstances remove the packing until the next day.On looking in the mirror the following day, his tattoo read 'T**T'....As in T**ty vagitus....A la Avid Merrion...Urban Myth ???

--- Post edited by gibson on 2/4 12:05 ---

mattrich Posted on 2/4 12:06
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

OPEO: once again consulted the family elders (from easterside) who reckon sean arkless died after eating food from the burger bloke bike, he was ill for a long time then died, he knew my uncle, and his sisters marriage to joe laidlaw didn't last long (although one of the elders disputes this)!

KEN_M Posted on 2/4 12:15
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

With the exception of the Rock Garden I can confirm most of the stories on here.

Especially the ICI ones,

There is a plant buried in concrete, it was knocked down and inwards into the plant space. The bulldozer, truck, forklift and all of the plant equipment were left inside. It was then shuttered and concrete poured day and night, the shuttering was raised 2.0 metres at a time. Plant was called Alpha Nap, for those who remember Wilton it was located as you drive passed the main Power Station between the Station and the Aniline Plant, set back between the two. I was working in one of the maintenance workshops closeby at the time, I remember it well.

The bike story is true.

The tank story is also (partially) true. The army display was outside the Medical Centre, a lad took it for a spin (for a bet) on the back night shift. He drove it down passed the Power Station then towards the Dormanstown Gate, he panicked and ran it into a pipe trench.

Another true story is about the guy that wanted a piece of metal mesh to cover a window at home that kept being broken. He found a piece, got a "scrap chit" went and paid ten pence for it. It was later found out that it was a piece of Platinum mesh, worth about £2,500.00 (in the seventies). ICI wanted it back, he reckoned that he owned it legit. They compromised, ICI built him a double garage, he returned the mesh.

The Chrome Chemicals at Urlay Nook is also true. I used to work with a bloke at British Titan near Billigham. He had worked at Chrome Chemicals, bas_tad used to wait until dinner time on shifts, stand in the canteen queue push a drinking straw up one nostril and bring it back down the other so that he could push - pull the straw up and down his nose. He also used to push a marble up one nostril and out the other. Sickening in the canteen queue.

Ken

Cogeur_le_Conq Posted on 2/4 12:46
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

A few more Boro characters:

1. Ginger George

I've mentioned him on here before.

He was a 6 foot odd beanpole and looked about 40 but had a gang of kids knocking about with him in their early teens.

He used to work on Crow's fair and went to the matches.

He was bald on top of his napper but had a shock of ginger clowns hair like her out of Mary, Mungo and Midge and a ginner zapata tash.

He kicked his heel like he was giving a ball a back heel every fifth pace when he was walking.

2. Golden Goal gadge

Just inside the turnstiles at the Bootboy Alley entrance of the Holgate End.

His bottom jaw protruded a couple of inches more than his upper jaw and must have been the person that the phrase 'looked like a bulldog licking piss off a thistle' was based on.

Goldennnnnn Goallllllll!
Tennnnnnnnn Pennnnnnnce!

3. Polpetti man

Took over the chippy on Clarrie Road and started serving curries in there for the first time.

The place was manky but was open between dinner time and tea time when all the other chippies were shut.

Every single time you went in he tried to sell you Polpettis.

You want polpetti??
No thanks.
You tried polpetti?
Yeah I have.
You sure? You try my polpetti.
No thanks, just a bag of chips and scraps.
I'll put a polpetti in there for you there only 15p
No I don't want a fêcking polpetti.
I'll put one in for you to try.....

4. Mr WHADDOYAWAAAANNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNT?

The gazette shop on Clarrie Road just near Polpetti's chippy.

He used to scream at you in a foul mood always...

Whaddddaaaaaayou wannnnnnnnnnnt?

It put the shits up you as an 11 year old.

Smog_Monster Posted on 2/4 13:34
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Polpetti man, I wonder if he's still there.
He even scrawled Delicous Polpetti on his door in felt tip.
He gave me a free one once, but I can't remember what it was like as I was pissed, but my mate reckoned they were alright.
wtf is a Polpetti anyway?

Big_Shot Posted on 2/4 13:36
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Cog, we knew Ginger George as Chicken George.

tonybiriyani Posted on 2/4 13:45
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

What about the Angelic Upstarts gig that was called off at Gaskins at the time of the riots. The rumour going round was that there was a coach load of NF skins coming down from Geordieland and the locals were going to ambush them on arrival using this to start confrontation with the coppers. Apparently the police got word of it and cancelled the gig.

Fischer Posted on 2/4 13:49
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

"Roger Melly on the Telly in Viz comic is based on Mike Neville"

Not true Cog - I've just read Rude Kids, the autobiography of Viz's main man Chris Donald. Roger was based on 70s Tyne Tees presenter Rod Griffiths, who the Viz boys overheard swearing in the studio canteen after one of their early TV appearances. There's even a picture of Rod in the book, posing with a huge Roger Mellie cardboard cut-out.

This thread is gold dust, by the way. One day I'll rip you all off wholesale and turn this into a best-selling book.

Cogeur_le_Conq Posted on 2/4 13:57
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

tonybiriyani

That was when there was loads of copy cat riots after Brixton like Toxteth.

There was loads of different gangs of kids playing cat and mouse with the coppers all night. The coppers successfully managed to keep them all from forming one large unruly riot mob.

There was always rumours of Upstarts fans supposedly coming to cause trouble but it never happened. The rumours were started by that gangster manager of theirs who hated my brothers band No Way and saw them as rivals.

Smog_Monster Posted on 2/4 14:03
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

I remember vaguely another old pisshead who used to wear a weird leather rock climbing/cycling helmet thing. He used to go into the Empire, most likely the only place he could get served, one time he had his face spray painted blue by someone, never seemed too bothered by it. Ronnie Keogh used to come in now and then, probably when he had a bit of cash. I remeber him carrying a leather doctors bag with Keogh for PM written on it. I also saw him one time with a dressing gown and hospital band on his wrist. He used to sit with a couple of like minded people who were known as the Brown bottle, Cider woman and the Green midget.

jam_the_parmo Posted on 2/4 14:09
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

im a teesside legend

darmok Posted on 2/4 14:27
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Cog The Doomed were The Damned in all but name

Dave Vanian - Vocals
Captain Sensible - Guitar
Henry Badowski - Bass
Rat Scabies - Drums

Another Damned/Rocky story can't remember if it was before or after the vomit drinking incident (as by 1979 they were The Damned again)

Rat Scabies sprayed "The Damned" in silver paint on the wooden panels in front of the stage and got caught by one of the bouncers who proceeded to throw him out, despite protests that the gig wouldn't be too good without a drummer. Ian Lister finally rescued him just near the bar.

This was about the time that a Boro lad (Paddy) toured with them and the Captain once said of him in an interview "he's like a toilet, you only miss him when he's not there"

Captain Sensible also nicked Sav's fluffy jumper.

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Cogeur_le_Conq Posted on 2/4 14:32
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Another Teesside Urban Legend Paddy Durnan getting done by the RSPCA for bleaching and dyeing his dog fluorescent lime green.

It was Benny Fuscia's fluffy jumper the Capt nicked.

Big_Shot Posted on 2/4 14:32
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Could be a bit of a dodgy one this. Anyway I was once told that the guy who got locked up for murdering Dr David Burkett didn't actually do it. He was the guy who was taunting the police claiming to be the murderer.

Mind you I've never heard anything about appeals so he was obviously guilty but someone I used to know claimed his mate knew the bloke who actually did it.

OPEO Posted on 2/4 15:22
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Mattrich! You can't leave it like that! I lived at Easterside from the age of 3 till 21. We got the first 4 bedroom house opposite the club which was built on the site of my old mans allottment. Question is, who are the elders?

MontagueWithnail Posted on 2/4 15:30
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

For years there was a 'tramp' type character on Stockton Hight Street, he was black and had dreadlocks, he always had a biro and a piece of paper and would hold the pen up at you as if he were and artist and then pretend to write some notes down. Rumour was he used to be lawyer! I think he must have been put away as I haven't seen him for ages.

OPEO Posted on 2/4 15:35
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Also there was a big lad with a bushy beard who just went to the dogs after his mother died and he found comfort visiting the nuns at the convent in Normanby. Always dressed very scruffily with his toes sticking out of his boots. And there was nature boy who I think lived in Normanby but walked everywhere with his shirt wide open and resplendant gold pendant hanging round his neck. Face was always full of sun.

Eddie_Catflap Posted on 2/4 16:28
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Whilst listening to the game I've been trawling the dark world of eastenders fan sites (shudder) trying to track down the official Shane Ritchie website (which is www.shaneritchie.biz). Thought I'd ask the man himself about him being pursued around the mean streets of Coulby. He's got a forum on there - the members look a fearsome lot so I posted the following which I thought was suitably crawling and therefore might not get deleted by their admins. I also dropped a couple of SMacisms in there as well . Didn't mention fmttm, we might have been invaded.

"Hi everyone

I wonder if anyone can help. Is anyone aware of the Shane Ritchie urban legend from his Daz doorstep challenge days? The story goes that the wrong estate was picked to do the challenge on and Shane and his crew were chased by an angry mob of residents (or more likely a crowd of admirers!).

Is there any truth in this rumour? I've heard it several times - I'm from Middlesbrough and it was supposed to have happened here. I've also heard the same story with different towns/cities involved.

Can anyone tell me if this is true?

Magnificent site by the way and I think it's tremendous that the man himself takes time to drop in.

Regards

EddieCatflap"

stocko_mfc Posted on 2/4 18:04
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

HOOF! We have to keep this at the top.

mad_frankie Posted on 2/4 18:09
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Cheers for that littleboro,thats mint to have it confirmed.Didn't believe it myself until reading your thread.Fantastic stuff!!!

j_orourke Posted on 2/4 18:48
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Chicken George is alive and well collecting glasses in the Garden City Club. He looks the same as he did thirty years ago.

sasboro Posted on 2/4 19:06
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

once keough told me he was throwing for the javelin, whith a toilet seat round his neck at the time.

anyone rememebr the old bloke in the old empire pub that used to come in on his own? used to see him all the time walking down linthorpe road.

I always remember the dodgy geezers stood near the door or back room

RedJohnnie Posted on 2/4 20:19
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

used to be an old gadge kicking about the town and in the pubs who would whip out a plastic comb and bit of paper and start humming songs on it. remember him also being in the wetsminster before games on a saturday (remember them?)

had a mate at the time we named wavey davey, and took the P out of him saying it was his dad as the were very similar (except davey could not play the paper and comb)!!!!!!!!

Cogeur_le_Conq Posted on 2/4 22:04
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

"anyone rememebr the old bloke in the old empire pub that used to come in on his own? used to see him all the time walking down linthorpe road."

That describes me, my dad, my grandad, my best mate, my best mate's dad, his grandad, etc.

Cogeur_le_Conq Posted on 2/4 22:06
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

"I always remember the dodgy geezers stood near the door or back room"

That was defo my dad.

The first crack dealer in the Boro

Leedsclive Posted on 2/4 22:10
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Surprised no-ones mentioned the guy in Grangetown who was arrested for shagging his dog. Silly bugger forgot to close the curtains one night. But that one's true, not an urban legend.

banbridge_boro Posted on 2/4 22:19
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

what about the old boro song

"harry roberts is my friend is my friend he kills copppers "

who fck was harry roberts?

Cogeur_le_Conq Posted on 2/4 22:22
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Harry Roberts had nowt to do with the Boro.

red_rebel Posted on 2/4 22:27
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

I'll throw another name in here: Anth Sowerby, the Wolfman. Mental goofy death obsessed cartoonist and ginger spikey haired punk with a distinctive bouncy walk. He looked like the Sid Vicious cartoon character on Rock And Roll Swindle

He drew weird alien/sci-fi/porn comic strips while under the influence of substances and was always waffling about morbid things. He went to Borneo to collect shrukne heads.

I think he opened a "second hand shop" behind the police station that was more like a freak show and a believe he got involved in some bizarre legal battle with a foreign governement over the rightful ownership of a human skelton in his possesion.

Cogeur_le_Conq Posted on 2/4 22:34
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Anth reminded me of Whispering Bob Harris's estranged son to a 6Os mama.

He was harmless and hardly qualifys as an urban legend.

heine Posted on 2/4 22:35
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

tom robinson from boro?
nah

Link: linky

Eddie_Catflap Posted on 3/4 0:01
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Was the bloke with the comb called Speedy or something like that - I'm talking mid nineties, used to go in the Empire/Hogs Head. He allegedly played for the Boro too. He'd walk into the takeaways down Linthorpe road at kicking out time and burst into song. I was in Gigi's once when he did some stirring rendition of 'My Way' or somehing and Abdul (who's Libyan) shouted 'Dad! I've told you before about doing this!'

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Eddie_Catflap Posted on 3/4 0:08
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

I've been giving some thought to preserving some of these stories and allowing for others to be posted on a dedicated site. Theres too much Teesside folklore and too many characters that deserve to be saved for posterity. Cog / borobadge would you seriously be interested, I can think of a couple of very quick ways (possibly using a wiki, or I know a great bit of dedicated sotfware designed for a site like I describe) of doing this. Not trying to steal anything away from fmttm like (and it would never ever turn a profit) but theres some great stuff above, and theres tons more no doubt. I dunno, it just seems like it should be saved.

Anyway off to bed now.

--- Post edited by Eddie_Catflap on 3/4 0:08 ---

ridsdale Posted on 3/4 0:14
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Not a person, but a place.


Who remembers Paddy's Cafe?

littleboro Posted on 3/4 0:21
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

bainbridge

harry roberts was a "villian" who was involved in shooting three coppers outside wermwood shrubs in the 60's.

just in from palace match, hurrah, so will try and fill in more details tomorrow.

coq is right nothing to do with the boro. but still a story to tell.

ridsdale Posted on 3/4 0:24
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Another one from the early 70's. The bloke who sold his council
house to a Pakistani bus driver. Got four years in jail.

Not PC I know, but very funny.

Another thing you do not see these days are the hawkers. Better
off ones had a horse and cart. Many just pushed a hand cart.

And all the old alkies. Used to have a little bit of ground on
Victoria Road.

Also the proper prossies under the bridge. Nothing like the
young smackheads of today. Drove a hard bargain these ladies.

What about the Jimi Hendrix lookalike that done the rounds of the
pubs in the 70's. He was quite good.

Where is Franni Michna? Brother Joe is a counciller.

And all the bent coppers? Oh, they are still with us.

Smog_Monster Posted on 3/4 0:47
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Anth's skeleton was nicked from Kirby College.
He found out the guy was coming to check it out with a UV lamp, so he took it to his mates house and put it on a sunbed to find the id marks and then filed them off. Didn't realise he was a boro legend, I've still got a few things I got from Anth. I remeber one time he tried to make a THC patch, a bit like a Nicotine patch, he boiled up some ganj and soaked an elastoplast in the foul green froth, then cut his arm and stuck it on. When I enquired what it was like he said "It's alright, but it's giving me palpatations" I expect he's still doing the same kind of thing now.

Smog_Monster Posted on 3/4 0:55
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Remeber the guy from the Linthorpe (Miff?) used to look like Lemmy, he wore nothing but a pair of denim hot pants from spring until autumn. He killed himself a few years ago. Also,christ on a bike with his bag of second hand records and the guy who used to draw pictures and claim they were by poor African students. He was an alcoholic and used to draw them himself (my mates mother was his parole officer)

ridsdale Posted on 3/4 1:03
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

"and the guy who used to draw pictures and claim they were by poor African students. He was an alcoholic and used to draw them himself (my mates mother was his parole officer)"

He was a bit of a mate of mine. From S. Africa. Rumour was he
came from quite a well of family.

I still have (somewhere) one of his pictures. Nice enough guy.

As far as I know he went back home. His son and wife are still
over here. His piccies were a bit cartoonish, and all looked the same.

Joe Mitchna was a mate of his as well. And Paul Barker.

All Empire drinkers at one time or another.

Smog_Monster Posted on 3/4 2:02
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

I liked his pictures, but they were all quite small. A big one would have been excellent.
I bought one once, but I don't think it made it home.

Beerwulf Posted on 3/4 2:06
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Re; 'christ on a bike with his bag of second hand records'
That is Tony day, who, as far as I know is still peddlin' his wares to this day.
He was the feature of a thread on this site not long ago.

Grrreds Posted on 3/4 8:41
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

OPEO,

You are talking about Nipper Harris, he spent his nights asleep on the field near the resevoir up behind Eston Equestrian centre.

and spent his days wandering around Eston Square and Normanby Top.

borobadge Posted on 3/4 9:32
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

to keep the thread running, the mention of mr michna...

you have to run a thread/stories on "The Barbarians"..

enter the cog !..

Cogeur_le_Conq Posted on 3/4 10:18
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Haverton Hill
Haverton Hill
The Transporter's knackered
I'm in Haverton Hill

gadgemasterfunk Posted on 3/4 10:20
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Anyone got any urban myth stories about duffy

Eddie_Catflap Posted on 3/4 10:26
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Is Paul Barker the same Paul Barker who was a whiz with electronics and a sometime drummer. had a TV repair shop off Parly Road? Mate of a mate of a mate. Small town if it is him!

Cogeur_le_Conq Posted on 3/4 10:30
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Yeah

That's Paul Barker

I was there when he almost got killed off some kid in the back room of the Empire because Paul had accused him of being a pedo or something.

Colin Conners saved Paul's life by dragging the lad off him.

How many people on this thread went to Colin Conners' 40th at the Hollywood. That one one hellava hash party?

borobadge Posted on 3/4 10:33
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

coggeur..do some more lyrics from "The Barbarians" songs...

binns corner
binns corner...

Cogeur_le_Conq Posted on 3/4 10:45
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

I don't know any more lyrics just some song titles/choruses.

What Ever Happened To The Clean Air Bus?


Binns Corner was a beaut.

With a pocket full of action....

I won't go Ohhhhohhhhh
To Binns' Corner Ohhhhnnnohhhhh


Mebbees Rob Nichols has some Barbarian info/lyrics/tapes etc. cos I know in one in kahoots with Dave Babarian organising music nights upstairs at the Empire before Dave's untimely departure.



Dave Robbo from borobadge's and my band must qualify as a Boro legend. he used to please the crowds with his one man punk takeover of gigs.

He would start pogoing at an Abba concert would Robbo and his party piece was sticking a dirty big nappy pin through his cheek.

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littleboro Posted on 3/4 11:47
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

dave robbo used to work at british steel in the eighties for a brief spell. the sinter plant at redcar.

he'd got taken on as a relief worker.

while he was there he told me that they were going to finish him as they no longer required a load of people services. the union told the management that they couldn't lay him off as he'd worked there for more than a year and therefore was part of the work force. the rest got laid off.

about a year later, he told me he'd put in for his redundo as he wanted to do a electronics course.

he got the redundo and this paid for his electronics course at tesside uni. he used to mend tv's or something so was really interested in electronics. good luck to him.

strange that if the union hadn't been there he would have lost the oppertunity.

good bloke and dead friendy.

Cogeur_le_Conq Posted on 3/4 12:03
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

But the shyt's at electronics.

He studied HND IT at Uni years later but electronics used to be his hobby in the late 70s.

I'd actually studied electronics as part of my TEC at Longlands college so I could see through all his bullshyte about mosfets and diodes etc and always corrected him when he was boring the arse of everyone in the Linny or somewhere.

He wired up a load of LEDs along the neck of his bass guitar so that he could see which fret he was playing in the dark and the solder joints were always cracking loose and he never understood the concept of the electronic noise being picked up by the guitars pickups and amlpified along with the signal.

He'd spend most of the gig fëcking about with the bass instead of playing it.

Smashing lad like.

littleboro Posted on 3/4 12:10
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

harry roberts song was always sung at boro matches and appeared to make a brief come back in vallencia.

i watched, from a safe distance, about 20 young boro fans (?) singing it to the spainish police at about 2am on the day of the match. i presume it was the same lads who'd been swimming in the fountain some 4 hours earlier when we wandered past.

harry roberts was stopped outside wormwood scrubs by the police on a routine stop. he was wanted at the time for questioning into a armed robbery. he then proceeded to shoot the three coppers dead, some of which were begging him not to shot. hence the songs lyrics.

you have to remember that this happened in the 60's and the death penalty had just been outlawed. in todays media there would certainly be an outcry if a policeman is murdered on duty, but three.

another problem was that you would get an automatic life sentance for armed robbery, but would also get a life sentance for killing somebody and especially the police. presume he thought had nothing to lose.

anyway he got caught and serviced 30 years before his release a couple of years back.

so the only connection with the boro was that the holgate used to sing the song.

there is a book losely based on these events called "he kills coppers" by jake arnott. very good book as it discribes the dress codes and music styles of the day, reggae, ska, hippy music etc.

Big_Shot Posted on 3/4 12:18
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Harry Roberts is still in prison

littleboro Posted on 3/4 12:29
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

big-shot

ops, your right.

it must have been the press coverage a couple of years ago and i thought he been released.

have just a site with full info on him.

cheers

Link: roberts

borobadge Posted on 3/4 13:56
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

when the coppers used to stand in front of the holgate...being a complete nuisance the Holgate would start to sing it....

harry roberts is our friend..this made the coppers go mad so they used to come in to the holgate to get the ringleaders who started the song off..this in turn started a lot of pushing and pulling..then a fight between boro fans on the holgate and the local cops...it usually finished with a few coppers hats flying in the air and a few arrests...

then one season some wag started it and then just as it was about to finish..without the cops coming in...

some one else started a new 2nd verse...

there was absolute fu-king hell on..it was crazy....must a been around 1977..

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Cogeur_le_Conq Posted on 3/4 14:08
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Who's that copper with the big red knob?

borobadge Posted on 3/4 14:10
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

no that was a different song...

the 2nd verse started....Let him out to Kill some more.

Cogeur_le_Conq Posted on 3/4 14:13
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

That must have been the 3rd verse cos the 2nd verse was...

Shoot's the bastads with a gun

littleboro Posted on 3/4 14:15
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

there were other songs that were sung from the holgate every match, that always brought laughter.

at about 10 past 4, two lasses would always walk past the front of the holgate, with two bags of money.

spontaneous chorus's of "get yer tits out for the lads..."

why they didn't just walk around the back of the holgate only god knows. maybe the lasses liked it, which is probably nearer the thruth.

20 minutes later at about 4.30 the coppers would form a line and march off in front of the holgate before stopping and facing the holgate.

spontaneous chorus of "the laurel and hardy" theme tune, and mackie, from porridge, neck renching from the boys in blue, no doubt thinking what purpose does this have every home match, oh sod it we get paid for it.

oh what clever wags we were.

borobadge Posted on 3/4 14:16
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

as usual..your not wrong.....new 3rd verse then..what i was getting at was it was NEW to us on The Holgate..

can we mention Ernie Ragbo on this thread..he was a middlesbrough legend..i remember when he threw your lad in the albert park pond.

Cogeur_le_Conq Posted on 3/4 16:16
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

There's a picture of him behind the bar in the side room of the Cleveland in the village.

Ernie Ragbo that is.

borobadge Posted on 3/4 16:24
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

that wasnt his local bar....so why?

Grrreds Posted on 3/4 16:27
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

I take it you lads will know Tommo (Cut Price Wallpaper variety) well then, if you use / used The Acklam ?

borobadge Posted on 3/4 16:27
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

in response to a reply earlier "tom robinson"..i dont care what his official web site says...tom told me he was from stokesley.

or was he just trying to become a urban legend....

miss bramms..she's from the boro...honest.

The_Gatekeeper Posted on 3/4 16:50
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

I've always thought Tom Robinson was from Stokesely too. On his website that was linked earlier on this thread, although it says he was born in Cambridge, there is a pic of him receiving an honorary degree at Teesside Uni which suggests a connetction to this area. My guess is he was actually born in Stokesely and moved down south as a child.

darmok Posted on 3/4 16:53
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

I've told dozens of people over the years that Tom Robinson was from Stokesley.

Cogeur_le_Conq Posted on 3/4 17:16
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

He came on the stage at the Town Hall with a Boro scarf when he played there.

guyb Posted on 3/4 18:19
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

What has Ernie Ragbo done?

I've heard his name before but don't know why

OPEO Posted on 3/4 18:22
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Ernie Robinson to be precise. First met him when my year younger brother twatted him in the playground at Bertram Ramsey.

roswell Posted on 3/4 18:24
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Talking of Holgate coppers, remember the one who looked like Mickey Quinn?

borobadge Posted on 3/4 18:28
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

opeo..eric robinson.."ernie ragbo"..became his nick-name following the release of ..clockwork orange....

Cogeur_le_Conq Posted on 3/4 18:37
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

They were all dressed as Clockwork Orange skins when they shot our kid in Albert Park lake.

Where you there badge?

Was Jonah (Peter) there?

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littleboro Posted on 3/4 19:49
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

shop keepers.

ah yes, the all singing boro fans that were robinson's on brough road, next to the old abc on the corner. they sold fruit and veg and would always have a chalked up sign willing the boro on, on match days.

it was always worth going in as they always seemed to be signing boro songs, obviously not harry roberts etc songs.

they've gone now, sadly.

dean of the record shop that used to be in the cleveland centre was always a top gadge. saw him in the princess alice about a year ago having a couple of pints and listening to a live band. the strange thing was that he looked exactly the same as he looked about 30 years ago, either that or the me franck Queudrue guinness was having a more fuller effect than i expected.

there must be stores about hamiltons, fearnleys, and austins.

mind you austins was so keen on music that he'd get other records out that were sort of linked and play them for you. you had to go in when you'd got plenty of time on your hands.

Gingerpig1 Posted on 3/4 20:46
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Who was the bloke who brought the gazettes around the Holgate

GEEEEEEZET........ALL THE HALF TIME SCOWERS!
Bloke used to give people tinitus.

The dreadlocked bloke in Stockton years ago was known as "Eddie Grant" to most, he was always decent enough and harmless enough on and off the rails constantly,but when he got himself tidy he scrubbed up well.........Only to fall off again!!!!

bill_ingham Posted on 3/4 23:11
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Just thought of another one..
The old fella who without a tooth in his head who sold the sports gazette after the match.....he always wore a muffler. Surely dead by now but it'd be nice if he wasn't?

red_rebel Posted on 3/4 23:37
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

The Record Shop (prop Dean Wytcherley). My man says Dean had been big on the club circuit all over the North and a dashing singer of some reknown before his stroke. He "could have been as big as Tommy Steel" she says.

The posh South African gadge was called Charles (Mazebulu?). He briefly crashed at my house in the town in the early eighties after a dispute with his landlord.

He was a refugee. Or a political exile as they were know in those days before they were demonisd. His dad had been high up in the ANC and was a top communist lawyer before the family had been forced to leg it to London.

He was at Teesside Poly doing something technical, avionics or something. Nice bloke but mad as a hatter. He drew a massive ANC Spear of the Nation mural on our living room wall. Class.

Cogeur_le_Conq Posted on 4/4 0:04
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

That posh South African guy Charles can't have been much of an alkie.

He only ever stayed around for half a pint even if you offered to buy him a pint.

red_rebel Posted on 4/4 0:12
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

No Cog, but he liked a smoke.

Cogeur_le_Conq Posted on 4/4 0:17
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

That's why he stopped around for a half

forza_boro Posted on 4/4 0:52
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

As a fireman's son i grew up with some of these legedns and i can tell you about things that officially didn't happen that i know did.

One was the tanker leak in stockton town centre about 10 years ago, i know that the fire brigade didn't have a clue what was leaked or how to handle it despite what the press said, that was a very nasty leak.

The same plant that killed thousands in Bhopal has a sister plant on seal sands (union Carbide)

There is a hydrogen plant on seal sands that if it ever went up would take half of teesside with it (and it almost blew in the 1980's).

There was a plant that blew up in the US that took half a town with it that is also based on seal sands.

I asked my dad and he has never heard of cancer castle though (though he was based more in stockton and billingham.

I also know about british chrome as i went to college with a lad from allens west and he told me about the nose party trick his mates dad's could do.

mad_frankie Posted on 4/4 0:58
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

True about the h2 plant,i used to work there.

KEN_M Posted on 4/4 2:01
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Another plant on Wilton was built to the highest possible standards, Quality Assurance/Control Standards were still a fairly new concept, but they were used to the full. It was near the transport maintenance depot, close to Nylon.

A mate was part of the site fire brigade (long dead now), he was on duty when they decided to give it a trial on a Sunday morning. They used a talcum powder derivative as a trial compound because it was the closest in particle size to the real stuff.

Result – 10 minutes after start up, Trunk road covered for miles in white powder, looked like it had been snowing in the middle of summer. They reckoned that it spread over a 15-20 mile radius.

Plant was never commissioned, later scrapped totally.

Mate later told me that the chemical intended for production was lethal, the same as a plant that had had been given 24 hours to be closed down in USA. The US owners tried to re build in other locations but governments in South America, Pakistan and India had all refused, Teesside council give the go ahead. He reckoned that if the Sunday morning trial had been the real stuff it would have been the biggest peace time problem the UK had ever faced.

mad_frankie Posted on 4/4 2:20
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Plant that blew up in the states was an ethylene oxide plant,and there was(is?) one on wilton,and also used to be an etylene oxide derivative plant at billingham,which was the first one i was ever on.Before my first day at work(a 7-2),put the late night news on to see footage of the ethylene plant exploding in a fireball approx 2hours before i was due to start work on the billingham one - v.scary!

mad_frankie Posted on 4/4 2:23
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

"in response to a reply earlier "tom robinson"..i dont care what his official web site says...tom told me he was from stokesley."

True,boro badge he is.I know one of the other band members from 'cafe society' who told me about how he used to go to Tom's house in stokesley for jamming sessions.

KEN_M Posted on 4/4 4:39
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

mad_frankie

The one in the states that I reffered to did not blow up, it was given 24 hours to close down by US OHS.

mad_frankie Posted on 4/4 6:15
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

There was one that went up big style in the states apart from the one you mentioned then,i watched it go up on the news the day before i was due to start work on the billingham ethylene oxide derivative plant - scared the shat out of me!

PNGfulham Posted on 4/4 6:20
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

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Keogh doesnt have a brother named Trevor does he?

boros_moggy Posted on 4/4 9:32
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Forza - leaking road tanker in Stockton was carrying Cresol (creysilic acid). The emergency services blew it out of all proportion,the leak was very minor -we had to offload the tanker after it was escorted back to our site at Seal Sands.The main problem was that it was Christmas Eve and the police evacuated all of Stockton town centre leaving traders and pub owners rather miffed.The product is not that dangerous compared to some of the dodgy chemicals we store at work.
Was 20 yards away when a 60 foot storage tank blew up a few years back,that wasn't a good shift!

green_beret20 Posted on 4/4 9:40
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Not so much Middlesbrough (although you would have seen a very large fireball on the northern horizon) but about two months ago half of Peterlee nearly ceased to exist.

mattrich Posted on 4/4 10:31
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

sorry OPEO been away from the computer for a few days, mothers family are called mohan, moved to easterside when it was built from cannon street.

borobadge Posted on 4/4 14:33
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

coggeur..i wasnt there and as far as i know niether was jonah..

smiffy the dustman was there as was leggy collins,bluesey, northern soul dave,barney brannigan,squinter sam,baby bob and stuttering trev,..amongst others......

Cogeur_le_Conq Posted on 4/4 14:57
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Kinnel

It sounds like the Bash Street Kids.

Yeah Grreds, I knew Tommo. Used to be a wrong un but turned out alright. Didn't he used to knock about with Fatty Clarkson

A few names that used to fly about the back room of the Empire:

John the Windowcleaner (alias Scare The Kids)
Dave the Baker
Eric the Red
Steve the Taxi

And everyone must know Tex at the Linny.

Cogeur_le_Conq Posted on 4/4 17:34
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

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Eddie_Catflap Posted on 4/4 17:41
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Bloody hell, I've got some reading to do here to catch up with this thread.

Official word from the Shane Richie site admin is that the story about him being legged round Coulby is false. They offered me some story about him catching a woman cheating on her husband instead but I haven't followed it up.

borobadge Posted on 4/4 17:47
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

flat-top tex ?...

Cogeur_le_Conq Posted on 4/4 17:53
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

No mucky ginner/blonde long haired sound engineer from the Little Theatre

wilfym Posted on 4/4 18:29
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

With regard to ethylene oxide,the little place near the riverside used to process that and had an atomic bomb style map in the offices....everything in a 3 mile radius levelled if a tank of this stuff exploded,3 to 8 miles seriously damaged,8 to 10 miles lightly toasted!

AtomicLoonybin Posted on 4/4 20:44
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

On the Frank Zappa eating poop story....it's false.

Link: Snopes

littleboro Posted on 4/4 21:11
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

atomic.

oh, you've ruined my evening.

that bloke that said "You're fantastic. When I heard about you eating that sh.t on stage, I thought, 'That guy is way, way out there.'"

bloody hippies.

borobadge Posted on 4/4 21:19
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

what about the so called curse on ayresome park ?..
what's the background and story about that ?...

ccole Posted on 4/4 21:23
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

I think the story is that they scattered some Gypos to build the ground. As they were leaving, an old woman put a curse on the ground.

Was they really a workhouse called the holgate?

Cogeur_le_Conq Posted on 4/4 21:31
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Old Gate according to old maps.

mattrich Posted on 4/4 21:33
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

thought that was st marys?

tonybiriyani Posted on 4/4 21:34
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Yes, according to this...

Link: link

littleboro Posted on 4/4 21:35
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

borobadge

oh bloody hell. thats a good one. i'm expecting some good theories on this one.

all i know, or think i know, is that its something to do with gypsies? or was it witches?

i've never believed that it was the ghosts of gazette sellers past. mind you a suppose a collective name for gazette sellers would be "gadgiegazetties".

what ever the reasons for the curse there was no need to give us Mr Burns as chairman. that was against the pale. long live gibbo.

littleboro Posted on 4/4 21:41
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

just put in the following on google

"gipsies curses middlesbrough"

got this

Medicine "oop North"... First off, the last time Hull played Middlesbrough there was massive crowd trouble, ... So there you go, our patient was stolen by gypsies - we were, ...
www.medschoolguide.co.uk/ forum/archive/index.php/t-105.html - 252k - Cached - Similar pages

tonybiriyani Posted on 4/4 21:50
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

littleboro,

type in'gypsy curse on ayresome park' , that gives a few links.

Cogeur_le_Conq Posted on 4/4 21:55
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Here's Uri Geller's slant:

BORO'S GYPSY CURSE

If you've seen my work you'll realise my biggest interest in life is the human condition, and what goes on in the greatest supercomputer of all - the mind.

I believe that much of what we perceive as strange or paranormal comes from within. It fascinates me if a sportsman talks about a 'jinx team' or says their performance suffers because of a 'bad atmosphere'.

That's how I got caught up with the Boro story. On a charity visit to the area I was told that a gypsy curse from Ayresome Park had followed the club to their new ground, I was intrigued by tales of builders consulting charts to determine the positions at which the sun would rise and fall over the stadium. To me that's a belief in other forces, although judging by the panels in the roof that allow extra light as the season wanes, there might be a more down-to-earth reason.

Having spoken to fans who have visited both grounds. I gathered that Middlesbrough has a 'feel' they can't explain. A curse? Well, who knows - but don't rule out the power of collective thought, in both positive and negative ways How many times has the crowd turned an impossible situation with a goal out of the blue? How many times have teams been two up at home with 10 minutes to go, the crowd has gone quiet and then the visitors hove a scoring spree and take three points home with them. It happens, but you just can't put your finger on the reason, can you?

Ask Gerry Francis about the mysterious Black Cat of Loftus Road. Its appearance always seemed to prompt victory, and the fans come to rely on a last-minute feline appearance to salvage problem fixtures. Luck made real? Or a prompt for the faithful to use their collective thoughts to empower the players?
I'd love to see if we could use the power of positive thought to fire up a team who are down on their 'luck'. Which brings me back to Boro!

Uri Geller is consultant editor to Uri Geller's Encounters magazine. Visit his web site on www.urigeller.com

--- Post edited by Cogeur_le_Conq on 4/4 21:56 ---

Link: Uri Geller

littleboro Posted on 4/4 22:06
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

tony.

cheers.

typical bloody the mail commemts, though.

its a bit boring on other sites bar that they got thrown off the site.

nearly 100 years on, same old story.

must be more to it than that.

Link: the gypsy mail

OPEO Posted on 4/4 22:37
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Mattrich, Mary and Frank ring any bells?

mattrich Posted on 4/4 22:43
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

nana and grandad were called mary and frank.

OPEO Posted on 4/4 22:44
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

What about Colin and Alan?

mattrich Posted on 4/4 23:22
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

uncles, guess you know them then?

outoftowner Posted on 4/4 23:46
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

how about "elaine boksic" as a legend...rain hail or shine head to foot in boro kit,trainers, bag etc wandering around town.
I worked in a hostel a few years ago which dealt mainly with those from out of area.. and managed to convince one of the clients she was frontline.
Maybe a little in bad taste, but funny all the same

mattrich Posted on 4/4 23:54
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

is that the one who is always with her dad who dresses the same? think they sit in the east stand, have seen them in the concourse and around town during the day!

outoftowner Posted on 5/4 0:01
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

could't tell you pal, not my stand..but worth sitting there to see it ! only the once mind.
She's always alone when I've seen her in town. And must be rolling in it too.. would be cheaper to shop solely in triads than buy every item you own from the club shop

OPEO Posted on 5/4 6:25
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Mattrich, Is Sheila yer mam or auntie

borobadge Posted on 5/4 8:08
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

theres a ghost in my house - r. dean taylor.

boksic Posted on 5/4 8:14
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Has anyone ever heard of "Paddy's wood"? My old fella used to go on about this, sure it's a myth. A piece of wood stuck in a narrow gap between 2 buildings that could not be retrieved, somewhere near top end of Marton Road/Royal Exchange.

mattrich Posted on 5/4 9:22
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

sheila is my mam.

Muppet_Hi_Fi Posted on 5/4 22:37
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

1.I can confirm the damned at the rock garden legend, Henry Badowski did puke into a beer glass and drink it with the Doomed in '78. The Captain did appear for the encore in his birthday suit and relieve himself on the front row with the Damned in '79.
2. Sadly the story of the BSC apprentices is true they did take a ride on the conveyor and end up in the lime bunkers.
3. Kevin mooney out of the Antz was game for a scrap with a few of the garden faithfull he had his bass off ready to smack a few but things calmed down, Adam ant also called the rock garden 'The biggest toilet he'd ever played in'.
4. I thought the Angelic upstarts gig at gaskins did go ahead with only the support band playing, King crab they were called and Jimmy 'big nose' Nail was supposed to be singing for them?
5. The bloke in the white coat selling those lovely pink wessler burgers must have used the fat from them to style his hair it was dripping in it.
6. Who can forget Keogh busking with that guitar with no strings.
7. Nipper the Eston square tramp a lovely site in the summer basking in the sun with his knackers hanging out.
Alice Bun
Nit Noo anyone remember them.

Muppet_Hi_Fi Posted on 5/4 22:44
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

This one was kicking around years ago some lad got off with one of the lovely ladies of the night at the Bongo, on getting down to buisness some bloke burst out of the wardrobe in a Batman suit and give the lad a very sore bottom!

mattrich Posted on 7/4 11:26
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

not strictly middlesbrough but anyone heard the one about the viking ship buried beneath the hill near lockwood beck on the way to whitby?

RedJohnnie Posted on 7/4 12:17
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Nit Noo and Alice were regulars around G/town in the 70's
Wasn't that round hill near Whitby supposed to of been a Roman burial site

sandancer Posted on 7/4 12:20
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Who was that jock who used to hang around Linthorpe shops trying to sell cheap perfume?

Is Paul Clifford still inside after the Sarfraz Najeeb affair?. Bowyer and Woodgate should of joined him.

mattrich Posted on 7/4 20:47
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

no, he will be out by now.

think we are on about the same hill mate!

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Smog_Monster Posted on 8/4 6:32
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Not a viking ship or burial ground. It was formed during the last ice age, a crack in the ice allowed debris to fall through causing the mound below, like an egg timer.

borobadge Posted on 8/4 13:41
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

when we were kids for a day out in the summer we'd go to "fairy dell"...

or try and dodge the farmer and his legendary supply of "salt pellets" that he'd fire at yer arse as you crossed his field trying to get to "the blue lagoon"..

or as we called it as kids in grove hill "the blula'"..

these were places of intrigue and fun, of dares and scrapes...

Goal_Scrounger Posted on 8/4 15:58
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Those adult-authority figures were scary weren't they borobadge?

I remember legging it several times from Parkie and Frenchie in Smith's Dock Park because, as every self-respecting schoolboy knew...if they caught you, they'd lock you in the cricket score hut and you'd be there until the next cricket match. A scary thought if it was November!

Talikng of bands, a more recent story is of The Libertines. An article in the NME a couple of years ago mentions the band saying that they would never be able to play Middlesbrough again after an incident following their Cornerhouse appearance. Apparently, one of the band was trying to cop off with a barmaid and the security were none too impressed by this for some reason. The incident ended with the band helping themselves to as much of the bar's top shlef as they could carry before doing a runner.

Goal_Scrounger Posted on 8/4 16:02
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Anyone know the origins of the "Spies For Peace" grafitti that was written on the wall of a brick building next to Gillbrook School in 3 feet high white letters in the late 70's/early 80's?

The building was a dark red brick changing room (I think) on the field further down Normanby Road from Gillbrook's sports hall (behind which many schoolboy/girl "liaisions" took place after school!!)

Goal_Scrounger Posted on 8/4 19:15
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Hoof to the top.

mattrich Posted on 11/4 20:30
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

there was supposed to be a grey lady at kings manor school library, think it is part of middlesbrough college now.

borobuddah Posted on 11/4 21:04
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

That mound (near Jolly Sailors) has as much to do with the hobs, which I'm surprised haven't had a mention, too rural rather than urban.

GS I'm sure "Yankees go home" or summat similar was on the same wall?

boro74 Posted on 11/4 21:26
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Is it true that The Sex Pistols once did a gig in Boro under the psuedonym of Acne Rabble?

Muppet_Hi_Fi Posted on 11/4 23:33
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Yeah the Pistols played at the rock garden now the arena under the name acne rabble on fri 26th august 1977 they also played the town hall crypt supporting the doctors of madness on 21st may 1976.

Cogeur_le_Conq Posted on 11/4 23:45
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

What's all this S.P.O.T.S

Link: bollox

Big_Shot Posted on 12/4 23:17
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

I was told the other day about a place called Pansies(sp). Apparently it was somewhere to go drinking on a Sunday afternoon when all the pubs shut. I'm assuming it was 70's/80's, and possibly over the border. Anybody remember it?

apl1970 Posted on 13/4 0:20
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

The BSC apprentice one is true. There were actually 3 lads on the conveyor but one managed to get off.

For anyone who doesn`t know. Lime is a bleeding `orrible substance that burns mucous glands (eye ducts, mouth, sweat pores etc) and has the same consistancy as talcum powder. Once they were in that bunker they had no chance.


Death by drowning in Lime. I can think of nothing worse.


On a lighter note urban legends, can we not put Bam Bam and Kio down as these?

ridsdale Posted on 13/4 0:31
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Big_Shot, it was Paddies Cafe. And was on the rivers estate.
Just as you go over the flyover to North Ormesby.

A terraced house that sold cans of beer between pub opening hours.

I lived nearby. In Lune St. I think Paddies was on Clyde St.

A proper place for plonkies.

apl1970 Posted on 13/4 0:40
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

And I`ve thought of another. How about Rhea`s cafe between the Bus Station and Jack Hatfields I think on Newport Road. It was a hang out for our ladies of the night, salt of the earth call them what you will.

Big_Shot Posted on 13/4 8:33
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

That'll be it Paddies. A mate said he went once and that was enough, he said it was a cafe that sold cans when the pubs shut.

borobadge Posted on 13/4 9:23
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

the miniature railway in albert park and bell hill the fenced off area behind it..the scene of a girls murder ?...

Muppet_Hi_Fi Posted on 13/4 19:27
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Southgate and Parnaby On Tour Secretly.
le Conq where did you dig that flyer up from?

Redbrian Posted on 13/4 20:51
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

The story about the two BSC lads getting killed was indeed true. There was actually three of them on the conveyor but one jumped off and the other two went into the lime bunkers in the BOS plant. The one who survived still works there. Everyone on the plant knows him. He was a very lucky lad. He's about 44 now.

mattrich Posted on 13/4 21:30
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

is it true that there used to be a topless fish and chip shop in redcar?????

Muppet_Hi_Fi Posted on 13/4 23:18
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Topless chippy seems to ring a bell wasn't it the one behind the sandpiper now the aruba?

Eddie_Catflap Posted on 13/4 23:33
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

I'm pretty sure the Albert Park murder story is right borobadge, although I can't find anything with a quick google search. I was definitely told it when I was younger anyway.

boros_moggy Posted on 14/4 8:07
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

mattrich/muppet - you are both correct,the chip shop was indeed behind Aruba ( the Sandpiper in them days)though the lady serving topless was not young and not shall we say a real looker.

mattrich Posted on 14/4 21:02
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

ouch, the fat must have burnt!

Muppet_Hi_Fi Posted on 16/4 9:57
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Talking to someone last night who actually went to the topless chippy after a session in the sandpiper only to be confronted by a topless bloke dishing the chips out. Depends which side you like your bread buttered put they left dissapointed.

Cogeur_le_Conq Posted on 3/9 8:23
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Hoof

Goal_Scrounger Posted on 3/9 9:24
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Bloody hell coga, I can only assume you either a)had it bookmarked or b)have a lot of patience to be able to ressurrect this one!!

The_Commisar Posted on 3/9 9:29
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Without doubt the boards finest hour

The Linny - who was the bloke who wore cut off jeans as shorts ? he looked like Iggy Pop ?
"Albert" frank at the far end of the bar near the snug, used a tankard which was NEVER washed ?

The burger bloke off Linny roard, once lept off his bike to thump my mate Kev who complained about the quality !

Why did it ALWAYS rain when the cleveland show was on ?

What ever happened to the HMM - Hemlington Mau Mau's ? and their arch enemies the NPT ?

The day that we played Celtic and 1 million jocks invaded, being in the off licence on Linny road to here the owner say "no we havn't got any ***kin' heavy or Irn ***kin' Brew !" to yet another sweaty sock.

Cogeur_le_Conq Posted on 3/9 9:40
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Miff was the bloke who wore cut off jeans as shorts. He topped himself. The mother of his kid was living with my mate at the time. He's already mentioned above as is Salmonela Sam the Burger Man.

The NPT is actually the NTP (Netherfields, Thorntree, Pally Park) or Joeys and there is a new hoolie book coming out called the Brick by Paul Debrick which chronicles a lot of their exploits apparently.

The_Commisar Posted on 3/9 9:51
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Paul Bebrick ?
Bloody hell, theres a name from the past !
Yeah I heard he had topped himself, but not sure if that was a myth itself.
You an ex linny man ?

hells_bells83 Posted on 3/9 9:54
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

the first post was on my birthday!

tonybiriyani Posted on 3/9 9:55
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

I think nearly everyone from the boro, of a certain age is 'ex linny'.

mattrich Posted on 3/9 10:05
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

sadly the linny is a shadow of its former self.

tonybiriyani Posted on 3/9 10:06
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Do many get in there now?

Cogeur_le_Conq Posted on 3/9 10:15
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

The last time I went in in was like Miami Vice.

Free lines of coke on top of the bog (disabled bog that is, for those invited).

I've never really been into coke and everyone was fidgiting like there was no tommorow.

It used to be great in the late 70s/early 80s.

The_Commisar Posted on 3/9 10:38
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

I used to frequent the Linny before it was done out for the first time, I gad a bike so that was OK!
I remember satans slaves holding a wake in there, that was "interesting"

Sez_Les_Boro Posted on 3/9 10:42
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Bloody Hell !!

I remember 'Candles' outside the Maddo, every now and then there'd be a sudden sizzle as a bit more mucous dropped onto his hot plate.

Anyone remember the lad who used to constantly orbit the old Ayresome Park carrying a Brixton Brick and towing along an old rajjie dog on a piece of hairy string? I think some on here know him.

The_Commisar Posted on 3/9 10:45
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

I know the lad your on about, he used to orbit ayresome with his radio, I spotted him outside the Riverside the other week. Bless him, he's a cheery soul who has never offended anyone and just gets on with his life.

Andy X - I used to be at Kirby and the lads from the Students Union sed to pay Andy to do a lunchtime gig. That goldfish song had them bouncing.
He's now a JAAAACKPOT seller at the riverside.
Still has a grin like the jokers.

Eddie_Catflap Posted on 3/9 12:45
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Cheers Coga - I never thought I'd see this thread again. The Terry Scott picture Fischer dug up still makes me laugh.

Cogeur_le_Conq Posted on 3/9 13:09
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Here's Paul Debrick's book on

Link: Amazon

jonny_giles Posted on 3/9 13:12
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

is there a ghost town on eston hills?
or was there one?

Cogeur_le_Conq Posted on 3/9 13:14
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

That'll be S.S. Castle. As featured in A Century of Stone.

An old iron ore mine entrance.

I think they may have built a false town up their during WWII to confuse the German Bombers.

comfortable_shoes Posted on 3/9 13:22
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

I was told a story about Dorman Long Steel Works by my Dad years ago, as they all went in to work on the bus one day, one of the old blokes (Jimmy) who worked one of the cranes was found dead.

Now back then it was union rules that if someone died at work, everyone got the rest of the day off. So, they got this dead bloke walked him into the changing rooms, got his overalls on him, carried him to his crane and then all went to work....after about five minutes someone shouts out, "hey gaffer, I think there is something wrong with Jimmy in crane 6" the nurse came, then a Doctor, then an ambulance and took poor Jimmy away. They all got knocked off and went on the piss all day!!!

Piquet2 Posted on 3/9 13:40
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Charlie Kray was a regular visitor to the Inn off the Park, my dad's best mate is Barry Faulkners cousin, my dad said you could cut the atmosphere with a knife when he turned up. Definitely Princes Road, lived there long enough, and Keogh once dropped his pants and did one outside our tea room window, Tom Robinson is definitely from Stokesley.

borobadge Posted on 3/9 13:59
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

is that debrick on the front ..or an actor?..

last time i saw him (in real life) he had a deep deep suntan and a head of blonde quiffed/spikey hair...

as a too infrequent visitor to the boro, i see great changes each time i come back, cant say that theyre all for the better..are there still characters kicking around in town these days..or has the place been completely sanitised?....

Grrreds Posted on 3/9 14:16
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

>>Anyone remember the lad who used to constantly orbit the old Ayresome Park carrying a Brixton Brick and towing along an old rajjie dog on a piece of hairy string? I think some on here know him.<<

eric is his name.

borobadge Posted on 3/9 14:45
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

marvellous..he named his dog after Mcmordie....

AyresomeMark Posted on 3/9 15:15
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

opeo - was the natureboy about 60 with white hair and perma tan

tonybiriyani Posted on 3/9 15:51
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

borobadge - yes that is him not an actor.

As for the characters around the town,i don't think there are any these days,but that might be a sign of me turning into an old git!

PhillyMac Posted on 3/9 16:54
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

New urban myth:

"Hark now hear!
The Boro sing.
United ran away.
And we will fight for evermore,
because of Boxing Day".

I know this used to be sang by just about every club going in the 80's.

But what happened on Boxing Day? Which United?

Is there any substance behind the lyrics at all?

j_orourke Posted on 3/9 16:56
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Leeds

79-80 Season, now I have consulted my Boro library!



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Jonny_Greenings_sock Posted on 3/9 17:12
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Lived next door to one of the Gazette sellers mentioned above in Thornaby, the one who looked like Onslow out of Keeping Up Appearances and always wore tank tops.

He only had one record, I Am The Music Man, and every Saturday morning he'd play it twice through at an earth-shattering volume. "What can you plaaaaaay?"

borobadge Posted on 4/9 17:00
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

traditionally st stephens day "boxing day" was the day of lots of local derby's.....hence a punch up, thats in relation to the song, not a explaination for why its called "boxing day"....

dirty leeds or the jawdees.....

'cos when ever we played manu..the holgate sang "theres only one united..an' thats a bus".....

anyone recall a lad who was always in albert park..he was called "monkey alan"...

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tonybiriyani Posted on 4/9 17:08
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Did he used to hang about in the trees?

mattrich Posted on 5/9 10:31
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

how long ago did this monkey alan hang around trees? hoof!

borobadge Posted on 5/9 10:34
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

both of you clearly dont know the lad..

he was a big large lump and he used to bite his fisted hands and grunt "like a chimp"..hence the name " monkey alan..he was as strong as a ox and had great bursts of power and energy...

i know it all sounds rather odd..but believe me he was a character..circa 1972/73/74

mattrich Posted on 5/9 10:37
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

before my time mate.

gravy173 Posted on 5/9 14:30
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

This must be the best thread written on fmttm, was laughing in my office reading some of keogh's witicisms, i remember the auld duffer well, is he still doddering about

Grove_Hill_Red Posted on 5/9 15:51
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Cancer Castle - definately true, I used to work out the back of it.

Anyone remember the old bloke in the Green Tree who used to use bootpolish on his head? Talking late 70's here?

Sex Pistols at the Rock Garden had an associated ruck, mate of mine had his jaws broken (top and bottom both sides by a punk with 2 bricks. Was wired up for several months having it set.

Some great nights out down there though, and several drunken sprints to Ayresome Park after Pre match strips.

Cogeur_le_Conq Posted on 27/10 16:08
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Some threads shouldn't be allowed to fall off the end the web.

Hoof

blotonthelandscape Posted on 27/10 16:10
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

My dad was known as the bloke who kicked a nun.

starbecksmoggy2 Posted on 27/10 19:44
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

My dad who is from south bank ( or was he's dead now ) would of loved this and he'd probably of joined in with loads of stuff,so for him. HOOF

boro74 Posted on 27/10 20:32
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

It's true about Urlay Nook and nose bleeds. I was working for Clarence Erection in the mid 70s over at some site near Teesport. One of the lads got sent over to Urlay Nook for the day. When he came back they gave him a big pack of paper towels for his nose. He left a trail all the way back to Boro as he kept throwing the blood filled towels out of the work's bus window.

Come_On_Boro_the_1st Posted on 27/10 21:20
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

I've just read this whole thread and I'm worn out !

The Spies for Peace sign was allegedly written by my Brother in Law. I can't remember why he said he did it. He was too intellectual for Normanby that's for certain.

I knew someone who went to school with Nipper Harris. Nipper was your archetypal tramp in his latter years: String round his coat and big beard. They used to drag him in every now and then, give him a wash and a delouse, but he always went back to the streets. My mate used to chat with him and asked him why he lived like he did. Nipper would just say he liked being out in the open. He often slept on Eston Hills.

Wasn't there a dodgy burger van outside Madison in the 1970's called Duffy's Diner ?

littleboro Posted on 27/10 21:33
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

there was a character of interest, well an interest, that was best kept at a listening distance.

the era would be 1970's and early 1980's.

he roomed the linthorpe area pubs, the linthorpe, the roses and cleveland.

a tall gangly gadgey, who if mind remembers well, used to wear a suit, minus tie. when he talked he would always chump his lips, almost spitting. winter wear was the same, expect he had a long black overcoat that the bunneymen would have killed for.

you would listen to him talking to bar maids about his recent sexual conquests. these would always turn out to be prostitutes.

his real talent lay in this brilliant ability to play the ivories. he was regarded by all the locals as being a great pianist and even used to have a yellow rose residency for a few Christmases, with his "double pint glass" on top of the piano, in the then old mans bar.

his name was Basil.

during the early 1980's seamed to disappear. i did hear that he had been sent to a asylum. whether or not this is true i dont know.

does anybody else rememeber this legend.

borobadge Posted on 27/10 21:54
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Sir Steve Gibson...

i heard he was a labour councillor in park end!!

littleboro Posted on 27/10 22:30
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

amazing what a change of hair style, suit and name change can do?

mind you, how did he manage to lose the height?

JoeLaidlaw Posted on 27/10 22:33
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Nipper Harris is all cleaned up and lives behind St Andrtews Church on Fabian Road, Eston.


I’ve mentioned before that I once bumped into Rodger Tames outside the South Stand at Ayersome Park many moons ago but there was no singing or dancing going on, just Roger banging on the door screaming for help. He even mentioned why he was sporting a black eye on Mid Week Sports Special with my dad saying 'their nothing but bloody animals.'

That was in my dark days and I have repented since then.

Sorry Roger.

It might have happened again.

erimus11 Posted on 27/10 23:32
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Littleboro - Remember that gadgt Basil - he was a cracking piano player and would do a sppot on the ivorys in any pub with a joanna e.g. The Trooper

Eddie_Catflap Posted on 27/10 23:39
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Did you sing the theme tune from 'Shoot' though Joe, thats the big question

blotonthelandscape, you can't leave that story about the nun hanging like that, did he really boot a holy sister?

Not really a Boro urban legend but I live out at Sedgefield now (since moving back from Leeds). I live on a new estate just outside of the village, used to be the site of the old psychiatric hospital. The other week I was getting taxi back home and got chatting to the driver - "You used to hear some tales coming out of that hospital" he said, "Oh aye," says I, imagining some kind of Michael Myers style mass murderer on the loose and ghosts of the victims wandering round my garden shed. "Er, yeah" he said. "Apparently there was a bloke in there with a massive cock, used to fook all the women".

So there you have it, the legendary King Dong of the Sedgefield looney bin.

harryboro Posted on 28/10 9:13
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Amazing Thread...Deserves to be allocated a link on its own


ROB - Please sort?????

The_COAT Posted on 28/10 9:26
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Alright, not Boro, but...my Dad told me of a bloke in the 60’s, who would spend his whole day walking around Stockton, with his head bent over looking for the spanner that hit him on the neck when he was working at Dorman Long Steel Works. He would walk across Victoria Bridge and turn around before setting foot in Thornaby and he would then go back. If he wasn’t walking, he could be found in the pub near what was the ‘Employment Exchange’ was situated just off the bridge opposite what is now DFS or similar. My Dad went on to say, the spanner had actually hit this bloke square on the head, nearly killing him...hence his problem!!

Note - I signed on at said ‘Employment Exchange’ for one week in the early 70’s...I was so ashamed, I was waiting to start a career in the forces, but had to wait two months, so took a job labouring on a building site instead.

PumpingGnome Posted on 28/10 10:48
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Bloke I knew was quite well known around Billingham - married a German girl who in her youth looked like Brigit Barodot but by the time she was 20 she looked like Cushy Butterfield (a big sack o' taties tied round with a string). Parties at their house were always entertaining, often including things like bottle fights, the weapon of choice being the old fashioned Lowcocks Lemonade Bottles.

One true story about this guy - he was in the Catholic Club bragging about his new dog (Great Dane) and one of the locals (related to Corcaigh of this list) told him that the way to stamp your authority on a dog is to do as dogs do and give it a little bite on the ear.

Next time he came in he had bite marks all over his face. He'd gone home pissed, bit his dog on the ear and she'd gone for him big style. Apparently the ear bitey thing only works with pups. The Great Dane was 3.

Another Billingham character I know well decided that the ornamental koi carp pond in the Town Centre (now gone) could do with a bit of livening up and he put a pike in it. Only one fish left in it by the time they managed to get it out and it wasn't a carp.

The concrete-encased chemical plant you refer to used to make alpha naphthylamine, one of the most dangerous carcinogens ever made. Very, very dangerous stuff, and I remember somebody telling me that 100% of the people who worked in the final stage at a plant somewhere else in the country had died of bladder cancer.

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extratomato Posted on 28/10 12:11
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Red book holders get first choice on home and away cup matches !!


Sorry couldnt resist.


Im not bitter honest................ ill get my coat.

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Come_On_Boro_the_1st Posted on 28/10 19:24
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Re : The Spies for Peace sign on the wall at Eston Rec [ near the sports centre]

My brother in law has confirmed his involvement with another two lads from Keswick Road, Normanby. They took a dark sheet and held it up between the wall and Normanby road so that the white paint wouldn't be seen until they'd finished. Part way through they realised there was a mistake so it looked a bit odd.

It's a while since I've been past there. Is it still on the wall or has it been painted over ? Or has the wall disappeared ?

Glad to hear that Nipper Harris has sorted himself out a bit. He was part of the Eston scene for a long time. I felt proud that we had our own bona fide tramp. People would buy him food from the shops on Eston Square, but whenever folk gave him dosh he was in pretty smartish for a bottle of cider or whatever.

On the Holgate hooliganism era, I often remember coppers helmets flying around above the crowd. Who'd have been a policeman in those days ! If they were stood in the Holgate they went home with their coats covered in gob.

jimmyrav Posted on 28/10 19:41
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

I once saw Natalie Imbruglia in the Star and Garter! You may have been there Catflap.

Rumours she went home with one of the lads (or all of them) have never been proven!

Come_On_Boro_the_1st Posted on 28/10 22:54
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

For anyone [ like me] who always wondered what the sign 'Spies for Peace' was all about, click on this link for an interesting article about the history.

Shocking tale of 1960's Government....

Link: Spies for Peace

MontagueLongfellow Posted on 28/10 23:40
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

I remember Nipper and reckon he only used to doss about so the nuns at Normanby convent would take him in for a good scrub

JoeLaidlaw Posted on 29/10 0:02
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

No

soxy Posted on 29/10 0:22
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Great to read stories that bring back memories, as a teesville scally from the 80's, the stories of the 'sportsie' and Nippa Harris bring back great childhood memories. Thanks FMTTM peeps for a great thread.

rocky10 Posted on 29/10 8:45
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Smogmonster Teesside chromium as it was then was listed as the 8th on the polution list in the screws of the world in the eighties, they have big settlement lagoons were they hold the water used in the production stage before reprocessing it. They turned the bird scarers down one day and 40 birds died as a result of wading and feeding in the water. I supervised the construction of a lagoon that holds a million gallons of water circa 87/88, scary as I only live 2 miles away and go past everyday on my way to work.

NorthDownSouth Posted on 29/10 10:42
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

One story I heard about Lee Duffy was that someone poured petrol all over him but couldn't get his lighter to work, which was bad news for him as Duffy promptly broke his back. Can anyone confirm this?

j_orourke Posted on 29/10 11:00
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

It was 2 brothers in the Commercial Pub in South Bank and it was a jaw not a back!

Cogeur_le_Conq Posted on 29/10 12:52
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Duffy went up to Newcastle looking for the gangster Viv Graham, who was boss of all the jawdee bouncers.

He was dropped off on his own at one end of the Bigg Market and went from one pub to the next, knocking all the doormen out.

According to the book 'Viv Graham and Lee Duffy's Parallel Lives' he said 'Go and tell your boss I'm here!'.

mattrich Posted on 30/10 19:59
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

worthy of another hoof!

JoeLaidlaw Posted on 30/10 20:18
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

The petrol story about Duffy is true and it happened in the Commercial in South Bank. The lad got a good kicking not his back broken for his troubles. If he had of managed to ignite the lighter then the whole pub would of gone up because everyone was covered in petrol and fumes. Apparently Duffy managed to scramble to the toilets, ripped his clothes off and then went outside and give the lad a good kicking.

The story goes that the lad who did it had been paid by other local drug dealers in the South Bank area to do it because Duffy was taxing them.

mattrich Posted on 30/10 20:27
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

there must be an easier way to "do" someone than throw petrol over someone, whats wrong with a gun?

trev_seniior Posted on 30/10 21:52
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

I was told Nipper Harris died earlier this year. Don't know if this is true, but he had sorted himself out and was working at one of the hospitals(possibly st lukes!)

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Come_On_Boro_the_1st Posted on 31/10 11:12
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

The Spies for Peace sign. A quote from one of the perpetrators :

"It was all over the news back then and people painted the slogan on all kinds of buildings to show support for the "spies" and to protest at the government's plans to take care of
their own in the event of nuclear attack and leave the rest of us
unprotected. We chose that building because it had an unbroken flat wall facing the road. Nobody knew what the building was for anyway - we tried to find out but couldn't so I guess that fuelled speculation that it might be sinister. I don't think anyone actually believed it and personally I think it was probably to do with one of the utilities."

What was that building for ? A storeroom for the Rec ?

green_beret20 Posted on 31/10 11:53
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Yes jonny_giles, there was once a little village on Eston hills where everyone got trapped from one really bad winter and was deserted ever since or so the story goes.

Quite suprised Nippers gotten such a large mention.
I'd have thought he'd have been long dead by now although I suppose the long beard and all probably made him look thirty year older than he actually was.

BoroE17 Posted on 31/10 12:40
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

In the early 70s, Dave Coverdale of Whitesnake and Deep Purple worked in a clothes shop on Coatham Road in Redcar called Gentry and my mam bought our dad a leather waist coat from him.

MGinKSA Posted on 31/10 15:21
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Speaking of famous graffiti - does anybody remember the old railway bridge in Normanby that as you drove in from the Ormesby direction had the legend "ALEC THE DUMMY" painted on it?
People were unsure whether it meant Alec Douglas-Hume or Alec the parky from Smiths Dock Park

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Come_On_Boro_the_1st Posted on 2/11 23:31
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

MGinKSA

I'd forgotten all about that sign, but now you've said that I do remember 'Alec the Dummy'. I always assumed it was Alec D Home, but does anyone know who did that one ?

This time, my brother in law wasn't involved.

Cogeur_le_Conq Posted on 4/11 20:55
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

.

Link: Duffy

Buddy Posted on 27/12 21:57
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

I'll hoof this one then....

Come_On_Boro_the_1st Posted on 27/12 22:56
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

I never did get a reply on 'Alec the Dummy' in Normanby.

mattrich Posted on 3/1 20:13
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

well worth another hoof. welcome to 2006!

borobadge Posted on 23/1 16:18
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

riggott can speak and understand portuguese..

gilberto silva told me....

mattrich Posted on 28/2 0:04
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

giving this another hoof!

neiltrodden Posted on 19/3 18:19
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

This needs hoofing once a month otherwise rivals will delete threads with last posts on them that are over a certain age...

sjorrel Posted on 19/3 19:20
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Could somebody use this google maps link to show where the 'cancer castle' is?

Link: Hope I've got the right part of teesside

Maccarone_Is_Me Posted on 19/3 20:30
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

"Eddie Grant" - Stockton Tramp

Me and our kid used to call him Jimmy Hendrix, he must have been the first black fella in Stockton.

Maccarone_Is_Me Posted on 19/3 20:39
re: Middlesbrough/Stockton Urban Legends

The Smiths got refused entry to Madisons after they played Middlesbrough Town Hall in 1986 - Can anyone confirm this?

The Chinese takeaway on Norton Road opp The Fiesta/Black Cats or whatever it was called at the time once got caught with cats and dogs in the freezer - Was it true?

Can anyone remember the scruffy guy from Swainby Road in Norton who used to push around fridges and other white goods while wearing high heels - He really used to disturb me!

bertiefrontline Posted on 19/3 21:27
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Coga i remember you once got arrested twice in one day...!
Swansea away in the fa cup bout 81'..

the_righteous_one Posted on 20/3 2:05
re: Middlesbrough/Stockton Urban Legends

took me over two hours to read this brilliant

anyone remember a bloke called marty farty rubberlips

used to go to nazereth house i seem to remember

borobadge Posted on 20/3 6:40
re: Middlesbrough/Stockton Urban Legends

as mentioned earlier..but worth another mention after the latest news..

B.J.McQuade.

boro_fan_in_China Posted on 20/3 8:36
re: Middlesbrough/Stockton Urban Legends

Like many other users, i've spent a long time reading this great thread. what prompted me to write was the mention of Ernie Ragbo. i used to work in No 9 Mill, at Cleveland. Ernie would come in pissed more often than not! I was also present when he almost killed his mate in an accident one night. (can't remember the exact details) Ernie cried his eyes out that night......

bertiefrontline Posted on 20/3 14:02
re: Middlesbrough/Stockton Urban Legends

some more boro legends...?

Keogh - the tramp
Bob the bucket
Sweaty Betty.

holgate69 Posted on 20/3 14:28
re: Middlesbrough/Stockton Urban Legends

The_righteous_one, yeah i remeber him I used to live on Abingdon Rd near Nazereeth House. The poor old sod used get get tortured by all the kids around there.

holgate69 Posted on 20/3 14:48
re: Middlesbrough/Stockton Urban Legends

Anyone remember "Dennis The Menace", he used to live/lodge in the street next to Victoria Rd school. I am sure the lad had a learning disability or something. But he was great fun to be around and used to keep all the kids amused by telling daft jokes and dancing around the school.

the_righteous_one Posted on 20/3 15:01
re: Middlesbrough/Stockton Urban Legends

think he used to go to nazerath house for his meals holgate69, remember the kids used to follow him shouting marty farty rubberlips, i lived on waterloo rd as a kid opposite the launderette

holgate69 Posted on 20/3 18:06
re: Middlesbrough/Stockton Urban Legends

I think we probably know each other then I lived in Abingdon Rd for about 17 years. Nextdoor but one to what was "Wiggins Wet fish shop "There was a big family of us 8 kids in all if thats any help. My mam worked at the Odeon.

borobadge Posted on 20/3 19:50
re: Middlesbrough/Stockton Urban Legends

"Ernie Ragbo"..was his clockwork orange moniker..droog!

his real name was eric robinson...

Maccarone_Is_Me Posted on 21/3 0:55
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Someone told me this one tonight:-

Two lads, working at Jennings on Yarm Road drank what they thought was a bottle of Lowcocks Cherryade, it turned out to be antifreeze, I don't know what their fate was, doesn't it make you go blind?

borobadge Posted on 21/3 0:58
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

no mate..its wanking that makes you do that....

borobadge Posted on 21/3 0:59
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

chris the goat.............legend.

jarazinho Posted on 21/3 2:02
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

HOLGATE 69.
Did u know the "Mangans" from Abingdon Rd????????????

freethenorton7 Posted on 21/3 5:53
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Geggy Moon Stockton, I think he is still alive and now 175 years old.

Kenny Harrison - Stockton/Billingham/Port Clarence legend.

Cogeur_le_Conq Posted on 21/3 7:53
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

I knew Keith Mangan until he got kidnapped in Kashmir.

A great lad.

the_righteous_one Posted on 21/3 13:17
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

yep i know who you are holgate69, remember your mam used to work in the odeon aswell, remember ther was about four brothers and your sister used to knock about with my eldest sister when she was young, she worked romer parish if thats any help

rkangel Posted on 21/3 14:28
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Fantastic thread. Wasted a bluddy big portion of my day mind. But oh the romantic memories... Alice Bunn used to terrify me, I used to sit next to Lee Duffy at Beech Grove, my mam helped get Nipper Harris into accommodation, and he came to offer his condolences when he heard she'd died, Barnaby Moor was the ghost town on Eston Hills. You could still make out the patterns of the foundations of the houses when it snowed. Mental places to go and see bands, Killing Joke (Ithink) at the Empire, Alex Harvey at the Coatham Bowl, 9 below Zero at Thornaby Cons club. It seems so strange now to think that there were so many places with live acts on.

holgate69 Posted on 21/3 20:06
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Jarazinho, yeah i knew them mate Keith the lad who was kidnapped was a good mate of one of my brothers.

The_righteous_one, yeah think i have sussed who you are as well mate how you doing what you up too these days?.


I can put my email up for you if you wish to get in touch?

XboroX Posted on 28/3 21:19
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

HOOF

holgate69 Posted on 29/3 15:38
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Get up there!

the_righteous_one Posted on 29/3 15:41
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

holgate69 just spotted it, yeah i'll have your e mail address

borojam Posted on 29/3 15:55
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

borobadge, what years did you hang out round fairy dell. DOes blue tarzee mountain ring any bells with you?

Archie_StephensElbow Posted on 30/3 9:37
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

This thread is one year old today!

happy birthday

the_righteous_one Posted on 30/3 11:26
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

doesn't time fly

South_Stand_Steward Posted on 30/3 12:33
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

What a great thread,
Possibly how the Father son legend started. At BSC Lackenby in the late 70's. A young apprentice went to turn the boiler on and put tins of food in small oven (didnt had microwaves in them days) for fellow workers. Anyhow when everyone went for their breakfast the young apprentice was no where to be found. A large metal door was noticed to be laid on the floor, when they picked it up found the young apprentice under it crushed to death by the heavy door. One of the blokes who was lifting the door was the Dad of the young apprentice. This is fact as my Dad was also there lifting the door.

Ronnie Keogh's granddaughter works at st Lukes

The Grey lady at Kings Manor lived in the Libary, also was
supposed be a secret tunnel behind the firplace in the libary if you pulled one of the niches on the fireplace it opened. However had been painted that many times it wouldnt budge. (did try it once for a dare)

A girl was killed in Albert park near to train, remember riding my bike to my Nanna's one Sunday morning and the middle of the park being blocked off with crime scene tape.

One that would like confirming is the big hill on the way to Whitby (a171 road) is a cholera burial ground and full of bodies. My Grandad told me it but think he was winding me up.

boroboroboro Posted on 30/3 12:35
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

I was told the Transporter story - but I was told that it was the actor Ian Carmichael who drove into the river! He has always lived near Whitby apparently.

the_righteous_one Posted on 30/3 12:38
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

i remember a story about a teenager hanging himself off the bridge accross the beck in albert park and the fireman that came and cut him down was his dad, he apparently lived above the diy shop on waterloo rd

The_DiasBoro Posted on 30/3 14:08
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Boro's sectarian heritage (myth?). Rumour last heard aired in the 70's, that Boro fans had a 'permit' to sing the Celtic song, and that this could actually be found in the boardroom at Ayresome. I guess it expired before anyone learned the words.

holgate69 Posted on 30/3 15:02
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Cheers the_righteous_one, look forward to hearing from you.

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the_righteous_one Posted on 30/3 15:19
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cheers got it, i'll e mail you tomorrow, going to be a bit busy today

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wiganbo_ro Posted on 30/3 15:34
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

South-Stand, I was always told the big hill (Freeborough hill??) was a Viking burial ground and that in the middle was a viking longboat.
Does anyone remember around 10 years ago all of the funny poles appearing on top of the hill in the middle of the night. No-one saw anything and I dont think I ever heard of a resonable story as to why/how they appeared. Could anyone shed any light?

the_righteous_one Posted on 30/3 15:36
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

could these poles be illegal imigrants?

wiganbo_ro Posted on 30/3 15:39
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AwesomeSwells Posted on 31/3 20:15
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

A Hoof, plus:

After a Sunday morning footy game, we had a pint in a Thornaby club. Just outside the door was that Kenny Harrison Guy; always on the cadge.

He was slumped on the deck with his hoppo shouting: 'Pound to see the dying man, Pound to se the dying man!'

That was the Seventies; as far as I know he's still kicking around Stockton.

By the way- wh're the Norton 7?

Boro_lyzzy Posted on 5/4 12:29
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

HOOF!

boredreceptionist Posted on 5/4 15:11
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

bob the bucket! first name on this i actually recognized. shares his birthday with my grandma would always bring her a bunch of flowers on the day. she would always take them off him and tell him she was on her way out despite going back in the house with all of us inside. she knew him from the longlands club.

also does anyone know of the helium brothers, bit slow, used to sit in north terrace at ayresome always shouting for the opposition as a joke? they sound like the vic and bob characters who do 'this is your life'. last time i saw them was queing for the subway, trying to start conversations with people as a hush fell over the crowd, everyone avoiding eye contact.

Chutney Posted on 5/4 16:12
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Gotta be worth a nudge down towards third man to bring up the quadruple ton...

Butters1406 Posted on 5/4 16:18
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

bored, the helium brothers sit in the west lower now, they must be the same ones your on about

blotonthelandscape Posted on 5/4 16:47
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Someone mentioned Nipper of South Bank above, but who was the woman with the wig, always walking always in the pub, havn't seen her for at least 15 years.

guyb Posted on 5/4 16:58
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

The Helium brothers are called Stotty and Kingy - I know this because I was behind them after the Hednesford match and a Hednesford fan was trying to wind them up about how close they had run us, not realising who or what they were.

One of them turns round and says: "Do Ya Wanna Punch?" in his trade mark voice, the other says: "Yeah, hit him Stotty! He'll give ya a punch" in the same voice.

Everyone cracks up and the Hednesford fan had that look on his face when you think your being wound up but aren't sure enough to retaliate.

I've just clicked - Stotty = David and Donald Stott. Mortimer must know them.

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Come_On_Boro_the_1st Posted on 5/4 17:14
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Strike a light - Alice Bunn. She was scary - cheeks redder than a ripe tomato. Was she really a 'Lady of the Night'? I can't imagine anyone wanting to get within five feet of her, never mind....well.....let's move on shall we.

I'm still awaiting a reply on 'Alec the Dummy' on the old bridge at Normanby - someone must know who painted that ?

blotonthelandscape Posted on 5/4 17:18
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Thats the lady(?). I should of read all the responses, the good lady has been mentioned already.

Anyone mentioned Mattie Innis the Barber/club comedian, he did a turn at our wedding night, great bloke.

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bertiefrontline Posted on 5/4 17:20
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How about Wilie Wigham on and off the pitch(a bit of a sad story really), or does he qualify....?(with them lips im sure he was related to Marty Farty...!

Come_On_Boro_the_1st Posted on 5/4 22:16
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Yeah top bloke Matty [ Actually Innes]. I worked with one of his sons.

I must ask my brother about Alice Bunn - he'll know more.

neiltrodden Posted on 20/4 0:27
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Monthly hoof to avoid the rivals cull...

ReidyDog Posted on 20/4 3:16
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Anyone remember Wendy Woo, the mad flasher lady from Hemlington?? Got some good un's about her.

BoroInNC Posted on 20/4 4:55
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Hoof to this magic thread and oh yes. She ended up out the back of where I lived (and where my parents still live) in Coulby Newham. Lots of 'Wendy Woo will get you' stories at school.

Cogeur_le_Conq Posted on 20/4 9:03
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

I'm not sure how many people will remember Cowboy Joe from Mexico.

He was the night watchman on the site of the Doggy flyover when they were building it.

He used to wear a Stetson or Ten Gallon Hat with cowboy boots.

We used to have his life with Dead Shot gatties and he'd never sussed out our den in the cavern under the flyover which was only accessible via the beck tunnel.

******************************************

Does anyone rememer that dozy dog that sat on the bend of Ingram Road near Bradhope waiting for buses?

Everytime one passed it would belt round in circles trying to catch it's tail.

ReidyDog Posted on 20/4 10:40
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Wendy Woo went through a phase of waiting outside my school and attacking unsuspecting girls for no reason. Also my friend was dared to go into her flat. He did, she locked the door and promptly stripped naked and demanded satisfaction, que sharp exit out of the window

BOROinNC.... when were you at Coulby? I was there 82 - 87.

BoroInNC Posted on 21/4 7:22
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Moved to Coulby from sunny Thorntree in 79 (when it was three estates and a lot of shiny plans) and didn't leave till college in 92. Here now, in fact, staying with the parents while back from the States to catch up and take in the matches. No sightings of Wendy Woo, though.

ReidyDog Posted on 21/4 9:40
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Moved to Coulby Newham (Tollesby Bridge) in 1980. Joined the Army from school in 87. Back to same house in 97 until I moved in 2003.

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sambaDTR Posted on 21/4 13:10
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Just thought I add a few (from local clubland)...

1) Harry Morgan from South Bank St Peters. Used to play snooker for the club. Always used to play with his coat on. Even when he was on 'Invitation Snooker' (ITV).

2) Alfie Cooke from Redcar. Always played in a flat cap. Remember him making a 100 billiards break in the Redcar League when he was in his 80s against Micky Fiddes.

3) The Masseys from South Bank Albion (Wilf, Billy, Tony etc). Could have had a table team of their own.

4) The 'payed lads from Horden'. Used to get payed "Travel Expenses". Bernie Jones, Bobby Honour, Arthur Price, Kevin Sumpton. The best player was Billy Clarkson who "could have made it but was a ladys' man". When there was a money match after the games he always used to win for himself and his backers.

5) Remember the 'Clarence Club' (now Dickens Inn). One of the lads went into lounge. There was a sack in the corner. He looked in and it was full with gas meters!

Row_7 Posted on 21/4 13:52
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

After the small loss of the Tuxedo yesterday, does anyone remember Teesside's first floating nightclub?

Think it was called the Bonaventure and was a ramshackle affair moored to the riverside near where the Princess Di Bridge is now. Used to attract the cream of Stocktons 'cafe' society and was notorious for illict goings-on in dark corners.

I remember it being closed down on public health grounds sometime in the mid-'80's but what happened after that - did it sink or was it scraped?

johnhicktonsrunup Posted on 21/4 14:40
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Bob the Bucket..
The Longlands Club car park...
1984....

About 20 odd years ago, my mate let Bob clean his brand new 2 litre Ford, insisting that a thorough job be done or Bob would miss out on the agreed sum of £2.

It was a scorching day and my mate had left the drivers window open and Bob, with pound signs in his eyes, somewhat predictably emptied the contents of his bucket straight thru' the aforementioned open window.
The scene ended with Bob legging it towards Albert Park but still gallantly keeping a firm grip on his beloved bucket.

Also, we would sometimes suggest to Bob (usually in Blaises) that 'that girl over there fancies you Bob, it's obvious' whereupon he would either rugby tackle or dive-bomb the startled/terrified lass.

Lastly, Keough. Simply THE Boro legend.

spiderbaby Posted on 21/4 14:54
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

fanstastic thread just spent an hour reading it.........

I've got a picture of Jack Hatfield!?

The Uri Geller bit below about the Curse of Ayresome Park seems quite pertinent at the moment just think of the Basel Game

"Having spoken to fans who have visited both grounds. I gathered that Middlesbrough has a 'feel' they can't explain. A curse? Well, who knows - but don't rule out the power of collective thought, in both positive and negative ways How many times has the crowd turned an impossible situation with a goal out of the blue? How many times have teams been two up at home with 10 minutes to go, the crowd has gone quiet and then the visitors hove a scoring spree and take three points home with them. It happens, but you just can't put your finger on the reason, can you?'

Keep the positive 'curse' going for another week..........I say and of course this thread although some of the things in it are a bit scary like the ICI stories.......

ospreyheights Posted on 21/4 15:10
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red rebel you posted a bit about anthony sowerby (mad cartoonist went to borneo etc) i can tell you that its all true, i know his brother Jack also an artist and he verified all these stories as true, by the way the family are from easterside.

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boro74 Posted on 21/4 22:43
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Reading about the sack full of gas meters reminds me of a story from 97. This gadgie I knew couldn't pay his gas bill coz he'd spent all his money following the Boro (3 finals, 4 semis and so on). Anyway, he had to get a pay-as-you-use meter installed or they were gonna cut his gas off. The bloke that came round to do it told him he´d been run off his feet. He'd never had so much work. He was on overtime trying to fit all these meters. It seemed like half Middlesbrough hadn't paid their gas bill. They were all skint from following the Boro! I think it was at hillsborough were the fans started chanting "stand up if you're fooking skint" .

mendymagic Posted on 22/4 0:25
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I also left Thorntree in 79 (remember the Binger Picker)
and moved to Coulby where I was introduced to Wendy Woo,who always lurked outside our school.Scary.

gibson Posted on 22/4 0:32
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Row-7 I used to frequent the Bonaventure in Stockton.
One memory was a very drunk Norwegian sailor who kept dropping his keks on the dance floor.DJ said ' anyone want a Viking to take home ?anyone? ' after he passed out on the dance floor, and all the punters just continued dancing around him.

bertiefrontline Posted on 22/4 10:45
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How about the legendary if not unsurpassable "Rendovous" restaurant on linny road ,where for my money the best parmos of all time were served, had my first one there in 1980 on recomendation(actually not really knowing what to order)but in my opinion far better than the Europa .the rendovous is now sadly closed but have some fond delicious and gut bursting times there .

guyr Posted on 22/4 14:00
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

the mechanics at Jennings drank the anti freeze as it was in a spirits bottle I think they thought it was cherry brandy or similar, either 2 or 3 died one seriously ill in hospital.

great thread

freethenorton7 Posted on 22/4 14:04
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Tug boat annies, she/he was a strange one, the original boat in stockton, best place for punk/ska music in the town, but you had to take a broken bottle or a baseball bat to get in.

Come_On_Boro_the_1st Posted on 25/4 22:07
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No luck with my elder brother and sister in getting details on Alice Bunn. They both remember her and her lipstick, but neither knew her background or what became of her.

For any slaggy islanders, here's a link with some interesting stuff about South Bank.

Link: Slaggy Island

delgrapos Posted on 30/4 20:45
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

I'm new on here but the phantom whistler! Whatever happened to him? The last time I saw him he was walking over the white bridge with a budgie in a cage! And the hot dog man, we used to call him salmonella bob, always had loads of hair coming out of his ears and nostrils. Davey bought his old shop on Princes road and that bike was in the garage, I saw it, the kitchen was manky but it did have a no smoking sign on the wall, next to the ashtray! Davey gave it to Faulkners bar and Paul Zuk rode it down there on a Friday night!

the_righteous_one Posted on 30/4 21:02
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

the Rendovous on linthorpe road certainly did a very good parmo
remember the owner a big greek bloke called steve got all his veg from a shop on waterloo rd
heard he went to prison in the late 80's for tax evasion

Cogeur_le_Conq Posted on 1/5 15:11
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Does anybody have any evidence or direct quotes from Viv Anderson when he came back from Kiev after being sent to check out on Shevchenko by Robson?

It was reported that Anderson said that he's no better than what we already have at the club.

Apparently we could have had him for a million. Spurs got the other fella.

I have a shed load of newspaper articles from that period filling two sports bags. It'll take me ages to sort through them but it'll be worth it cos they are from when Robbo 1st took over and the papers were getting excited about us buying Bolivian's etc.

OPEO Posted on 1/5 15:39
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Hearing about that lad who died in a crash under the bridge at Ormesby after the West Ham semi reminds me that someone I went to school with also died in a crash under the same bridge a few years ago. Apparently his head was severed from his body. I can't remember his name but he was from Berwick hills. Gary?

jono_feds Posted on 1/5 19:40
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Did a bus get trapped under Albert Bridge?

Link: Yes it did!

flabby66 Posted on 1/5 21:23
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

can this thread be turned into a book so can be read at leisure!

delgrapos Posted on 2/5 0:36
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Bibi's apparantly did a mean parmo, and the Asteria used to be good. The problem now is finding a good pork one. Most of the takeaways are owned by muslims so they only do chicken, which for me isn't a proper parmo. The first one I had was veal. I've heard they were invented by a chef in what used to be Fatsos.

delgrapos Posted on 2/5 0:41
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

The old guy who used to come in the Empire, whip his comb out and sing New York New York was known as speedy because of the way he used to whizz around the pub. His real name was Billy, haven't seen him for years, I'm sure he never recognised me one night from the next but when I said "now then Billy" he ALWAYS replied "BY, YOU GET ABOUT!"

delgrapos Posted on 2/5 0:51
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For Eddie Catflap,
About the witches coven. About 16 year ago some lads I used to knock about with told me about the table in the woods and we went. It was between Hutton Rudby and Seamer, we went to a derelict farm, through the woods and there was a table there with some drinking vessels, whether it was put there by someone to wind people up I don't know but it was there. Also 4 of my mates swore they saw a ufo up clay bank, whether that was something to do with mush or not i don't know either but they all swore they saw it...

delgrapos Posted on 2/5 1:01
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Cogeur le conk, I remember that dog, used to chase it's tail whenever a bus passed. It was like a border collie if I remember rightly

neiltrodden Posted on 2/5 1:09
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I remember Speedy Eddie! Used to croon the night away if I remember too.

Does anyone remember Damage? (I think it was Mr Damage Control)

Bit of a goth-type, used to bomb around onto a skateboard and, later, in-line skates?

neiltrodden Posted on 2/5 1:12
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

PS: I do save this thread regularly and I agree it needs putting into a book! Or maybe on-line somewhere else if rivals delete it. A bit like the Snopes Urban Legends page.

delgrapos Posted on 2/5 12:27
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Yeah I know that Damage who you mean! He's still about, often seen shouting at invisible people. Proper strange lad him. Not the type you'd invite round for a bit of cake and some tea!

delgrapos Posted on 2/5 12:33
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I once met Chris Quinten (Brian Tilsley) in the Empire and I told him it was an honour to meet him cos I was half pissed but he seemed a nice enough chap. I said I reckon he'd easy knock Martin Platt out

Smog_Monster Posted on 2/5 12:56
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

I used to know damage, not really a bad lad, just all image. He used to sit outside his flat playing his guitar for the local kids, the door of his flat propped open with a chainsaw.
I haven't seen him for about 10 years, but I wouldn't be surprised to hear that he had gone down the shouting at invisible people route.

Cogeur_le_Conq Posted on 2/5 13:29
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

The bus getting stuck under the Ferodo bridge on Albert Road is part of Boro folklore.

Apparently they had a team of Engineers scratching their heads wondering how best to get it from under the bridge and some schoolkid asked them if they'd thought about letting the tyres down.

It became a Boro piss take in the way the monkey hanging was for the poolies.

A pisstake of Sunlan was when they supposedly hung nets offa the Monkwearmouth bridge to stop the plague coming up the river.

Another pisstake of the Boro was the new fire station for Boro's first ever fire engine.

They built the station before they took delivery of the Engine and when it turned up they couldn't fit the bastad in.

They'd built it too small.

CliveRdCorner Posted on 2/5 14:56
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Mid 70's - local nutter who ended up drug addict had the idea of sending 3 newcastle brown ale bottles with a molotov cocktail inside them into the away end from the clive road outside the ground ten mins into the match against the geordies. He ended up setting fire to himself and what could have been a major disaster was averted.

Penny leechman used to travel around the estates on a monday morning selling leeches to treat black eyes - there would be a queue of women waiting patiently after every payday.

Nunthorpe school riots around 78 ? The nunthorpe wan ker, who used to flash in the early 70's until gangs of lads used to roam around singing ''oh when the lights are flashing were going wan ker hunting''.

The gamekeeper at Pool lake that was found with his eyes scratched out in the early 60's, also the hells angels that used to hang out there in the 70's.

Roger Thames getting robbed in the late seventies outside the main entrance. Robbo and viv on the lash from the night before when nick barmby comes down to breakfast...

borobadge Posted on 3/5 19:59
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

anyone recall Frankie Dees supermarket on linny road, near the empire..

who the phuq was "frankie dee" ?....


during the early 70s there were three great teenage "disco's/youth clubs in town..1 was on woodlands road, opposite the origional ayresome angels club, that was the first teenage club that i ever heard David Bowie...the 2nd was the sacred heart club on linny road and the 3rd was st oswalds in the centre of grove hill.....

there must have been others out on the estates but if you lived central they were the places for early doors groooving, party 7s and teenage gropes..

mr_r_soles Posted on 3/5 20:23
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

this time last year i had been shopping on my birthday in york, waiting at the train station for the train home i met gareth southgate, he was a really sound bloke and gave me his autograph and got my photo taken with him.

borobadge Posted on 3/5 20:35
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

mr arse ole...i think that was gareth gates.....

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kirky35 Posted on 3/5 20:36
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Every single time you went in he tried to sell you Polpettis.

You want polpetti??
No thanks.
You tried polpetti?
Yeah I have.
You sure? You try my polpetti.
No thanks, just a bag of chips and scraps.
I'll put a polpetti in there for you there only 15p
No I don't want a fêcking polpetti.
I'll put one in for you to try.....

that would be tony..the little bloke with the tache..he moved the shop to princes rd a good few years ago

kirky35 Posted on 3/5 20:42
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Bibi's apparantly did a mean parmo, and the Asteria used to be good. The problem now is finding a good pork one. Most of the takeaways are owned by muslims so they only do chicken, which for me isn't a proper parmo. The first one I had was veal. I've heard they were invented by a chef in what used to be Fatsos.


pavs do a nice pork parmo..hartington rd i believe...ps is that you mr walton...boot hill boy ; ) soon to be married

Jastie Posted on 3/5 20:49
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

As a young man I worked for a while at Redcar Ore Terminal and had to share an office with the ladies of the night, notably 'Redcar Lil' (I'm sure a few of you will remember her). One day I heard on the car radio that her taxi had parked too close to the dock and a load of pellets had landed on top of it with her and the driver in it. There was a rumour that they would have been killed if she hadn't had her legs open.

longpig Posted on 3/5 21:01
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i used to know Damage quite well, but haven't seen him for a few years. always stood like a statue on his skaterboard, no expression whatsoever, god knows how he got round corners.
real name was gareth if i remember rightly, once smashed up a zx81 computer so he could glue the keyboard to the sleeve of his leather jacket. ended up in his flat after a night out once. very dungeonesque, he was dead keen to show off his sword swallowing skills but he only got it halfway down before everyone started to baulk on his behalf.

anyone still see the other one, Morbid, knocking about, local poet/pisshead?

borobadge Posted on 3/5 21:12
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

damage !..morbid !....makes me laugh..

anyway i have a idea that a reference to one of my earlier posts about "monkey alan"..is also the same guy quoted here as "marty farty rubberlips"....

mattrich Posted on 4/5 0:33
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

frankie dees is now linthorpe beds, got a feeling it might have closed due to fire damage from gaskins night club above when it burnt down.

delgrapos Posted on 4/5 20:23
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Yes it's me Mr Walton, who dat?
By the way, Tony Trumfio who had the polpetti paradise on Princes Road, I used to work with his son Joe (Giuseppe) and he told me his dad used to charge him for the use of the iron! I also once had a polpetti. Ther was a sign on the wall saying POLPETTI ARE IS DELISCOUS and someone had written in marker pen underneath "BIG KING KONG BALLS" I actually thought they tasted alright

delgrapos Posted on 4/5 20:28
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

CHICKEN

jonny_giles Posted on 18/5 11:10
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

I was sat outside Tony's the barbers this morning and i thought to my self "why is the trunk road called the trunk road"?
Any answers?

borosown Posted on 18/5 12:15
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

what a Coincidence,I was driving down the trunk road yesterday on the way back from redcar and my stepdaughter asked me the same thing. Can't help with the answer though, but I think there are plenty of trunk roads across the country.

deganya Posted on 18/5 12:43
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Two characters from Billingham/Stockton - one has already been mentioned. Kenny Harrison and Snibsey. You wont see much of snibsy these days as he is always in prison but kenny is still about. Both of them were always on the cadge, and were amatuer theifs (crap ones). Ask snibsey for a new TV and he would put on a brown overall coat so he looked like a warehouse man and just walk into a major store and walk out with it.

The pair of them were always willing to do anything for money and once snibsey walked into the smiths arms billingham with just his shirt and tie on, with his tackle hanging out. he talked to the landlord who was unaware of his attire while the rest of the pub wet themselves laughing.

Once saw the both of them in a doctors waiting room, which as usual was very quiet so they both got up and did a couple of deep purple numbers, complete with air guitar to the waiting patients.

the_broken_fridge Posted on 8/6 11:50
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

this probably deserves a robert.

deganya Posted on 8/6 12:12
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Brilliant thread - someone should write a book on our legends.
Come on you budding writers make a name for yourselves, all this material should be made available in written form for our children to know what characters made Teesside what it is.

borobadge Posted on 8/6 12:23
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

a very unusual one for this thread...

a goofy southerner, not a cockney mind or a mockney but a surrey boy......not been around that long, but apparently he is.

go's by the name of..... Southgate:Gareth....

stimo Posted on 8/6 12:30
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

A large ammount of copper piping kept disapearing from ICI many years ago. The wilton security raided an employees garage and found several hundredweight ready for the scrap yard. It was all bent into small square lumps. They then were told that it has all been sneaked out inside a lunch box one bit at a time.

neiltrodden Posted on 10/6 23:18
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Just so rivals don't delete it..

deganya Posted on 11/6 8:44
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

i Heard a story of some blokes nicking a train and driving it into ICI Billingham, filled it up with scrap and drove out again. now who would think of stopping a train eh?

There is also a story of some guys who went in to ICI on a bank holiday and when there was a shut down on, they nicked the platinum plates out of some tower but I think they got caught.

Another was of a bloke who made some 'adjustments' to his bike and managed to cycle home each night out of ICI with a load of mercury in the bike Frame.

Big_Shot Posted on 11/6 12:00
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

First time I've looked at this thread for a while and find Morbid has been mentioned. I used to know him quite well. Always looked odd with the way he dressed and cutting his own arms and stuff but he's actually a decent bloke. Used to be always in the Empire/Hogshead whatever its called now. Not seen him for a few years now but I don't drink down there very much anymore so he might well still drink in there. Real name is Michael Johnson.

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Cogeur_le_Conq Posted on 11/6 12:21
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

The 1st catholic to play for Glasgow Rangers wasn't Mo Johnston as many believe.

It was a Boro gadgie called Tom Murray who went to St Patrick's School on Cannon Street.

He became the 1st Englishman to play for Rangers when they signed him from Aberdeen back in 1907.

Smog_Monster Posted on 11/6 12:40
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

The little Bikie, Satans Slaves guy with the bulging cross/Marty Feldman eyes and spider tatt on the side of his head.
I heard he was pretty normal until he went out pinching copper from ICI and put his hack saw into a 11KV cable. Needs a pace maker and shakes a bit now.

smogbynumbers Posted on 11/6 12:52
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

deganya, the mercury story (and others) are covered at the top of the thread.

i wonder if anyone has a picture of the big mural (of a man with a guitar) that used to be on linny road, near where riley's pool hall is now. not really urban legend but i'd sure like to see that again.

si_cun Posted on 11/6 12:52
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Remember the grey lady at Acklam college (formerley Kings Manor School)used to scare the crap out of all of us.
Apparentley it is/was the ghost of Charlotte Hustler, lady of Acklam Hall as it was then.
Her grave is at the back of St Marys church near what we used to call Ivy Wall and the Secret Garden (err...basically a walled off area with a pond in the middle!)

towz Posted on 11/6 13:45
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Phil Stamp threatened to knock my mate out at Redcar amusements coz he was laughing at Stampy playing on the 2p slot machines.

boro_daley Posted on 11/6 16:58
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someone mentioned "the blue lagoon" wondered if thats the one near roseberry topping?

borobadge Posted on 11/6 17:30
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

i was a regular at the bluela in the mid 70s, but i had and still have no idea were its near...but i was told that the reason its so blue is because of the cobalt in the ground..it made the water go blue....

there was one of the lagoons that you had to go underwater and swin for about 25 metres and it brought you up in a different "lagoon" that you coulnt reach from earth, infact you couldnt even see it .....

thing is, how did someone find and work that out ?...

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bored_at_work Posted on 11/6 17:47
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

this thread is fantasic first time reading has made my day at work enjoyable. I agree with many others this should be turned into a book.
got a few to add to this evergrowing list

from norton
"hairy mary" the old women who lives in albany wonding the streets allday long scaring the kids with her amazing facail hair. Commly linked to "penny pick nick" the old bloke who walks around albany shops at dinner time picking up pennys of the floor or perving on the kids. legened has it that nick was seen taking mary from behind under albany break at dinner time around 98. The unlucky pupil was said to have recived conceling to deal with this.
can anyone confim this

also anyone drink in the central after the game and seen the bloke think he is called "dougie" who sings win lose or draw at the top of his voice. also has a habit of getting on the karrokee.

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Cogeur_le_Conq Posted on 11/6 18:39
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

The Blue Lagoon was near the caravan park just before you get to Great Aston.

The best ones were Big Fern Deep and Little Fern Deep up Gribdale between Rosebery Topping and Captain Cooks Monument.

There's supposed to be a horse and cart at the bottom of one and they're interconnected by whinstone mines.

Link: The Blue Lagoon

boro_daley Posted on 11/6 22:07
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

ye ive been there a few times, would have been good on a day like today

Steaknife Posted on 11/6 22:25
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

The blues on Princes Road? Is that the one Duffy managed to avoid getting shot outside by some blokes from Handsworth?

James Dorothy I believe was the name of the guy who drew the same picture over and over again. Was always saving up to get back to South Africa yet never got past the Star and Garter.

The ghost of Charlotte Hustler was supposed to haunt the library and staircase at Acklam Hall (Kings Manor). Ususal story, spurned lover/tragic suicide. As she's buried in St Mary's cemetry next door aged 72, its unlikely to be her.

Last time I saw Damage he was spraying anarchy signs on bins on Corporation Rd. He used to go to stick fighting and insist on wearing a black karate suit. Got upitty if anyone called him Gareth. Morbid used to slash his arms a bit (I remember seeing him after in Kwik Save with them all bandaged), but he did give the world Dwolma 19 and the delightfully named Killydogbox.

I remember a Carless chemicals tanker making the national news after threatening to explode. It'll been about 1983 and the fire brigade were training hoses.

The Frank(ie)Dee was below Gaskins. I first shoplifted in there (a boiled sweet). Gaskins burned down in 1983 taking the Dee with it. Gaskins was rebuilt but lay empty and was accidentally torched again in 1989.

It was great fun watching Keough molesting unsuspecting students; not so good when he caught you for 50p. I remember seeing him near the Trooper. He had a small tree over his shoulder and was explaining that he was the new man in the Duchess of York's life. He was sometimes in the Empire/Hogs with an unsually shaped women in a green leotard.

Regarding the bus under the bridge there was also the Low Grange bus that hit a piling drill on the Portrack Roundabout in about 1974 and killed a few people. Some more died when a Bee-Line overturned on the roundabout a few years later. Me old man used to tell me about 4 or 5 apprentices who got killed at Oxygen Corner at Haverton Hill after the trench they were digging got filled with oxygen during a leak and someone lit a fag. On a happier note, does anyone remember the learning disabled bloke with the impossibly large ghetto blaster who used to wander up and down Linthorpe Road?

Big_Shot Posted on 11/6 23:29
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Dwomla 19, that was his band wasn't it. Branny was in it too. It took me a few minutes to work that out there, the name instantly rang a bell. Never saw them play and have no idea what it meant, although it was explained to me a few times and I just can't remember.

mattrich Posted on 12/6 10:16
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remember hearing a story at school that one of jack hatfield's sons drowned at the blue lagoon????

glippy Posted on 12/6 10:46
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Does anyone remember Uncle Bernie who used to be the manager at the Odeon in Stockton in the 60's. He used to march up and down terrorising the kids when we were queuing up for Saturday morning pictures. He regularly used to stop the films and get up on the stage hurling abuse if we were making too much noise, dropping things on other kids from the balcony etc.

Bazooka_that_Viduka Posted on 12/6 10:53
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

I left Acklam Grange school in 1989. Towards the end of the 80's a group of us would camp out during summer holidays. The favoured location was near to Fox's wood where the two becks meet.

This sounds a bit Blair Witch but honestly it's absolutely true.

One night (it must have been around 2am)we all are awoken by childrens voices outside. Now bearing in mind their are about 10 of us in three tents we all hear the same thing. Laughter and then talking as though the kids are speaking to an adult.

A few of us stick our heads out to have a look but cannot see anything. The sound appears only to be metres away.

We all are absolutely scard stiff. After about 10 minutes the noise sttops. Nobody leaves the tent until next morning when it's light.

One of us nips of to have a pee. He walks back holding a kids teddy bear. Not one of the modern type but a really old (fur rubbed of type)but it had no dirt on it. By know we are thinking ghosts. Not knowing what Not knowing what to do we started up the camp fire again and burnt the teddy.

Looking back it still sends a shiver down my back.

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wishin_well Posted on 12/6 21:38
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No mention yet of 'mucky maureen' or the two twins (i think they were called wilson) who used to sneak in the pubs in the town supping everyones dregs, forever getting chased out of the back door of the shakey!!.......

Class acts

longpig Posted on 12/6 22:22
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

morbids band dwolma 19, saw them play on the teesside princess up and down to yarm, damage joined them on stage for a bit and possibly played violin, branny who should've been playing bass just sat watching them saying they were shyte and drinking pils.
i think everyone on the boat had had a good dose of mushrooms, i remember getting barred out of blaises afterwards that night for not stealing a bottle of jack daniels off the bar(it was skinny pete)

also remember a time dwolma or killydogbox played in dr browns, morbid screamed this song at some poor old fella just sat having a quiet pint, smashed his bottle of brown, and cut his arms open, had to go to the general to get stiched up.

wishin_well Posted on 15/6 0:55
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Gilkes St Baths

That attendant,

think he was Scottish,

sheep’s head,

“RED BAND OUT!.........

You could hear him underwater

STOP RUNIN’

Wash ye feet

delgrapos Posted on 15/6 10:06
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

I know a couple of lads who used to be right rogues and they broke into Kings Manor about 16 years ago about 3 in the morning with the intention of thieving. They're in the library when one noticed a phone and said to the other "here, why don't you ring your mam?" as he said that the phone started ringing! They were out of there like a shot and ended up getting caught! They swore this was true!

delgrapos Posted on 15/6 22:21
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I heard a few times off people that the old Borough Hotel (now Dr Browns) was haunted and it's supposed to be the reason why it's ended up called Dr Browns. A mate of mine used to work there and an old geezer came in one day reckoned his dad new the landlord, Herbert or Horatio Brown I think, who was a surgeon, and in the first world war there was an air raid one night and the cellar was used as a makeshift morgue. Dr Brown is said to ignored everyones screams to get to the shelter because he'd left his woodbines in the cellar where he was wrapping corpses and slipped down the cellar hatch breaking his neck. Allegedly he was found slumped over a naked corpse with his trousers round his ankles, but some people reckoned there was a conspiracy theory as he had previously been arrested on suspicion of being a necrophiliac.
The same lad resigned only days later as he swore when he was down there rolling barrels through he heard someone whisper "have you got any faaags"
He won't even go in there now

delgrapos Posted on 15/6 22:30
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

....and Andy X is definately the king of Linthorpe Road and I have had the pleasure of his company for Christmas dinner the last 2 year and hopefully every year. He still rocks, he used to have a wicked cowboy shirt for gigs and his chest was that hairy it used to stick out the top even with his top button done!

bumble_beeee Posted on 4/7 14:32
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

roll up roll up, anymore for anymore!

neiltrodden Posted on 6/7 23:20
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Occasional rivals-thread-deletion-avoidance hoof.

DrBuck Posted on 7/7 0:21
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Apparently there used to be a ghost that wandered the seventh floor of Billingham House (ex. ICI) offices.

There are also supposed to mines that run under Billingham and out to the North Sea in which there are still old lorries because the cost of bringing them out was too high back in the old days.

There used to be a ghost called the White Lady haunting Kia Ora Hall in Roseworth too.

neiltrodden Posted on 7/7 0:30
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Was morbid the one who had a crow nailed to the wall of his bedroom?

the_righteous_one Posted on 7/7 0:33
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was it still alive

Rondo_1 Posted on 7/7 0:58
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That'll be the old salt mines which they wanted to fill with nuclear waste.

Speed walker in Billingham is a legend, she could walk faster than a car can drive.

We also have the old bloke who walks about with a rucksack and talks to everyone.

jax_1 Posted on 7/7 1:20
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Did anyone else have Colin the window cleaner come to their houses?
He used to do Grandmas regularly ( every fortnight I think it was ) and he would bring his guitar on his rounds with him. So after he'd done the windows, he'd be given a cup of tea and he'd play a few choons. Anyway, he must have done that for a couple of years, when all of a sudden, he stopped appearing. No explanations or anything. Ages later i saw him cycling along Linny Road all done up like a woman from make up to mini skirt. I thought at first that maybe he had been going to a fancy dress party or something but I saw him a few times after that and he was always dressed in womens clothes

Rondo_1 Posted on 7/7 1:22
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Might of been to a few fancy dress parties.

OPEO Posted on 7/7 7:18
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Rag'n'bone! Our mam lost some of her sunday best in exchange for a bow and arrow in the days when Easterside had a mere 10 houses complete.

longpig Posted on 13/7 20:20
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neiltrodden - that rings a bell about the dead bird, he definately had a bit of string across his window with a row of used tampons dangling from it. he and a few mates shared a house on clifton street for a while and it was the most disgusting place i have ever seen. always good for a party though.

Big_Shot Posted on 13/7 23:54
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

The dead birds were supposed to be at Morbids. I never saw them myself but only ever went round a couple of times, but I'd definitely of heard of both the birds and tampons. That was the house on Clifton Street.

wishin_well Posted on 14/7 4:59
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

The Central, Friday afternoon Bandbox,
Dennis Cordell and the ‘Dream team’, give the flaming flames a run for their money any day. The drummer looked like a pissed Les Battersby.
The Danimac girls fighting to get up and sing on payday.
The Bloke who looked like, and thought he was Dean Martin
Beats Karaoke any day,

No sound check
Real ‘live’ Instruments too………

borobadge Posted on 14/7 11:28
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The Danimac Girls..now they were legendary....

erimus11 Posted on 14/7 12:42
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I married a Dannimac girl.
Told me she was a stiffener - bloody liar!

guyb Posted on 19/7 12:07
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500 up!

woo hoo

Cogeur_le_Conq Posted on 19/7 12:21
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Did you know there's two ICI tunnels running under the river Tees?

I've worked down there.

The gadgie that used to sign you in and out had a little hut at the top of the south entrance to one of them.

His name was Wilf Mannion and he was the greatest player to play for the Boro.

clag01 Posted on 19/7 17:19
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

I know Morbid. He used to have a rabbit called Alan when he lived in Clifton St. It used to have the run of the house. It was also mad. It hated me and atacked me on several occasions. The house was truly bad. He lives on Parli Rd now and has cleaned up his act.

AtomicLoonybin Posted on 26/7 9:49
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Bump.

Also to bring up that Billog now has it's very own tramp. We call him 'Bag Man' because he has an enormous rucksack on his back that seems to be entirely full of plastic bags - so many that they are overflowing. He seems a creature of habit; the story is that he wa sa high ranking gadgie in ICI, his wife died suddenly, and since then he's been a gentleman of the road. He lives somewhere near the Horse and Jockey, and every day walks up to Castle Eden / Thorpe Thewles, then along the Wynyard Hall road, past Northfields school and into Billingham, where he hangs round the town, occasionally going into shops, stinking the place out, while looking intently at the goods on offer. Then presumably, walks home the same route. He does this on Sundays as well, when there's nothing open. Seems awfully sad.

Rondo_1 Posted on 26/7 10:29
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

ALB, he walks up Whitehouse road most days.
He's seems quite a nice chap, always says good morning or hello.
We even spoke to him outside the Wynyard pub when we were drinking.

Anyway, whatever happened to Speedwalker from Billingham? Remember the thin (probably anorexic) woman who sped everywhere on foot.

borobadge Posted on 11/8 20:27
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

i heard a sory about a woman in billingham in the 70s ..

who was reported for having sex in front of her neighbours, they could see through the curtains and with lights on, silhouettes..

the police were called..but they didnt stop it, they just set up a roster and a shift system so they could watch..every tuesday and thurday evenings it was .........


the cause of such intermittent interest ?....her alsation dog!

but i'm more than sure it was just an Urban Myth that we told each other in Middlesbrough, about our neighbours from the north...

unless of course someone on here knows differently !!!

acklam_lad Posted on 11/8 21:27
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Just using mates login at work, but as i am originally from Grangetown thought i'd add a bit about a few things
(1) The bloke caught shagging his dog is TRUE, called him pissy george, RSPCA were called as neighbours heard the carry on from the dog, turned up to find the dog with it's back legs tied together and Pissy George givin it one, he lived on Broadway at the time
(2) As the story goes Nipper the Eston Tramp had a breakdown after lending his old dear 50p for the gas meter, going out to return to his Mum with Head in the Oven...had gassed herself
(3) Guy that tried to incinerate Duffy was one of the Tappen family, Pauly or Wally or summit
last but not least anyone remember the old bird from Grangetown Nit Noo.....all the kids used to torture her and she'd shoot if i get ya i'll nit noo (obviously short tongued!)

Corcaigh_the_Cat Posted on 11/8 21:53
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

I pass the Billingham tramp most nights on the Wynyard Road. He did live in the woods just off Castle Eden Walkway, not sure where now but can't be far away. My father in law followed his tracks through the snow one day and found his camp.

Anybody know this fella from the Boro, don't know whether he's had a mention before or not on here?

Link: this is brilliant!

Eddie_Catflap Posted on 11/8 22:51
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

I pass that Billingham tramp too, all the time. Must be fit as a fiddle doing that trek every day. Think I'll buy him a bottle of whisky for Xmas.

the_woolyback Posted on 12/8 7:52
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Wonder if it's the same Richie Sowa that went to St Thomases in the sixties? Had a sister called Katherine, I think.

delgrapos Posted on 18/8 0:50
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Does anyone remember Catwoman from Doggy?

Bessie Posted on 19/8 1:53
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A brilliant thread and bringing back some memories.I've just sent 2 hours reading it. I remember Nipper very well and the fact he used to sleep rough up the hills and get cleaned up by the nuns now and again. Also, remember Alice Bunn who roamed the streets of Southbank. I vaguely recall her actually buying me a glass of milk one day. My dad used to own a 'niknak' shop in southbank and I think there must have been a cafe close by?? This must have been in the early to mid 70's.
The story about the ici man with his bike of mercury is true. My ex worked at ici for over 20 yrs and told me that one. Not heard about the cancer castle but wouldnt surprise me. Judging by the amount of cancer in the area i wonder if they dug it deep enough?

Some one mentioned the satan slaves. The man with the spidery tattoo on his head is stil around and drinks in the Station in Redcar every now and then. Quite a few of the 'old' satan slaves go in there.

AtomicLoonybin Posted on 5/9 11:00
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Huth.

norfolkred1 Posted on 5/9 11:30
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Did we get to the bottom of the 2 lads getting killed at the BOS plant. I can confirm 1 was called Dave Metcalf from Dormanstown. He was on my JPT course at Cargo Fleet Lane. I also went to his cremation at Acklam road Cem. I have dates to prove it.

zappa909 Posted on 5/9 12:47
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norfolkred, I remember this well as my brother was good mates with both lads, dave metcalf and the other lad was calle eric but his nickname was eza also from dormo... tragic at the time like. they both lived near the kingfisher i believe. i was about 8 at the time...also it made front page of gazette im sure.

PumpingGnome Posted on 5/9 12:55
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I used to know Richard Sowa - his cousin was my best mate. He had two sisters and a brother if memory serves me right. He's built himself an island of 100000 plastic bottles off Yucatan in Mexico, where he lives. He went through a lot of phases - was a Jehovah's Witness for a time.

I also knew one of the lads who drank the anti-freeze, the one that survived. The antifreeze was in a cherry brandy bottle. He said it was nice and they just thought they were pist. Woke up on intensive care with liver damage, kidney damage, all sorts. Haven't seen him for a lot of years.

--- Post edited by PumpingGnome on 5/9 12:55 ---

Link: Richard Sowa's island

norfolkred1 Posted on 5/9 13:24
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Zappa909 I used to keep a diary and looked it up when this was brought up recently. Still have the date in some dark cupboard. Rumour was that 1 had gone over the top and the other tried to grab him, obviously no body else there to cinfirm it. Thing was were all under 18 at the time working all hours inc nights to keep the unemployed figures down. My son now ca'nt find a job at 16 because of insurance, how times have changed

zappa909 Posted on 5/9 13:38
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now then norfolkred1, the story I heard, and remember this must be about 25-26 yrs ago, was that they were messin on a conveyer belt, one did try to save the other, I mentioned the incident to our kidda when I read about it on this post and apparently there was another lad there or in the proximity, and he still works for BSC ahem sorry Corus and is now in his 40's, I dare say health and safety them days isnt the beast it is today...not a bad thing when we look back on stuff like this mate.

norfolkred1 Posted on 5/9 13:48
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Zappa it was before the 16 week strike in 1980 about 1978/9 I will dig the dates out a bit later but I think it was Dec 78. There was loads of near deaths at BSC when I was there but the Unions ran the place and were OUT,OUT,OUT at the drop of a hat, now have a haterd for them. Where did your kid work, I hung out in the Rod Mill...

zappa909 Posted on 5/9 13:58
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now then norfolk, nah mate our kidda knocked around with them socially round dormo and redcar like...(i think he was fresh outta borstal/approve school)shhhh!

norfolkred1 Posted on 5/9 14:01
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No probs Zappa, gotta dash work calls. C U later fella

zappa909 Posted on 5/9 14:13
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oh that's a shame norfolk cos he's a lovely lad our kidda, he wanted to come round your house to see ya like!!!! only joking nice talking mate c ya laters!

Sadza Posted on 5/9 15:52
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A bouncer at the Redcar Jazz Club once stopped a bloke walking to the front of the queue. "Don't you know who I am?" the bloke asked. "I'm Long John Baldry" he said.
"I don't care if you're Long John F'kin Silver, get to the back of the queue!" was the response - happy days!

norfolkred1 Posted on 5/9 19:13
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Just to finish this rumour off it was 13 Dec 78 when the 2 trainees died at BSC BOS plant

smalltime Posted on 5/9 20:15
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Can't remember Catwoman from Doggy?

Along the lines of tramp threads, I remember 'Blind' Bob and his wife Pattie from Doggy who spent their days getting blitzed and knocking fu_ck out of each other. Very early '80's

zappa909 Posted on 5/9 21:06
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Leedsclive... about that gadgie caught shagging his dog in grangetown, yeh its true alreet, but that's not how it happened, the feller, lets just call him ronnie, cos thats his name, had been a naughty boy earlier in the day, and when the police went to his house to arrest him, their lass said he's in the shed with the dogs (2 german shepherds i believe) police open shed door embarresment all round, oh dear....when questioned about doggy gang bang police said "Ronnie how low can you get" Ronnie replied "oh i dunno maybe a Chihauhau" ....ok i made that last bit up but the rest is true X my heart......

harryboro Posted on 6/9 14:13
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Hoof

borobadge Posted on 4/10 20:57
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

ping !..so it dont get lost in the ether...

delgrapos Posted on 10/10 23:01
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Has anyone got any new thread, or have I missed out on something cos it all seems to have gone quiet on the boards! Does anyone recall King Prawn Collitte? The seafood queen of south bank? Old man wilky or any of the Venises from south bank?

Sez_Les_Boro Posted on 16/10 13:52
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Huf

madlad Posted on 16/10 15:15
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I cannot believe nobody has mentioned the ubiquitous supply teacher who seemed to just turn up randomly at your school throughout the late 70's/80's.
Chain smoked, always smelling of booze, clueless but byfuck he was funny.
Ladies and gentlemen of the time when the Rec had Stapylton, Sarah Metcalfe and Gillbrook, (I was Gilly) I give you...


Mr Arnie Arker!!!!!!

Now that my friends, is a true legend!

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B_Hills Posted on 16/10 16:26
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

And......... Just exactly who was Joe Walton, I was a member when it was in the road where the Boro Police station is now. Non stop five a sides in Bell Vue playground every night for members of JWs

drinkingbob Posted on 18/10 19:17
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

what about tonibell ice cream vans?

BarryBlagger Posted on 30/10 21:50
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

i rember blind bob and mad mad Pattie of doggy, heard of the catwoman but never seen her.

BarryBlagger Posted on 30/10 21:50
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i rember blind bob and mad mad Pattie of doggy, heard of the catwoman but never seen her.

cookiemonster159 Posted on 11/12 19:34
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mega thread! big huth!

ThePrisoner Posted on 11/12 19:43
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

"the story I heard, and remember this must be about 25-26 yrs ago, was that they were messin on a conveyer belt, one did try to save the other, I mentioned the incident to our kidda when I read about it on this post and apparently there was another lad there or in the proximity, and he still works for BSC ahem sorry Corus and is now in his 40's, I dare say health and safety them days isnt the beast it is today...not a bad thing when we look back on stuff like this mate."

Safety at Corus is still in the dark ages. I kow someone who has been brought in to do some consulting and he was shocked at just how bad things are there. Management's attitude to any injury is a) he shouldn't have been there in the first place or b) cover it up.

JillyJ Posted on 17/12 13:24
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Just found this site, me and the hubby have never laffed so much in ages thanks guys/gals. Yeah Snotty Johnny we called him. I remember him selling toffee apples and toffee dabs outside the ABC flicks,on a sat morning, that was back in the late 60s.He also rode that bike round the estates selling his toffee dabs, one kid would kick the back of his bike when he chased him the other kids would nick everything. Hubby just told me, when he was out with his mates thumbing a lift to stockton, snotty johnny just happened to ride past. So they all chased after him, he jumped off his bike and did a runner, the lads were riding his bike round newport roundabout, they never quite made it to stockton as the bobbies were soon in hot pursuit and sent them home LMAO. EEEE them were the good old days. I loved the 70s we used to go out with £1-50, 20 fags, beer all night , fish n chips, busfare home and still had change in your pocket.16p a pint, 26p for 20 fags, cant remember how much the fish n chips were like. I wish we could turn back the clock just for one last christmas, back room in the shakey, everyone singing, it didn't matter if yer had no dosh like , anyone would buy you a drink back then. Anyway thats all for now,Hubby said i could talk a glass eye to sleep. Merry Christmas All

Stepper_T Posted on 22/12 15:04
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Quality stuff. Best thread ever.

Dick_J Posted on 7/2 19:44
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Whats wrong with you people, if your not careful this thread will fall into the internet black hole! Never to be seen again!

Cogeur_le_Conq Posted on 8/2 12:01
Crabsticks

Does that gadgie still go from pub to pub with his white coat selling seafood from a tray?

I bet he got fed up of the same jokes every night such as: "Got any crabs on ya? cock!"

My favourite was was:

Pisshead: "Have you got any muscles mate?"

Crabstickman: "Yes"

Pisshead: "Well give us a hand with this piano"

BOOM TISH

smoggyramone Posted on 8/2 18:55
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Surprised no-one has mentioned Eric, who could always be seen either outside Ayresome, at the Speedway, or walking down Linthorpe Road with his dog, and listening to his radio. I know he lived with his nanna and when she died Eric went somewhere else. Anyone seen him lately?

Anyone from Whinney Banks remember seeing 'PC FAIRY GODMOTHER BARKER' being written on the fence outside Grimes coalyard?

Another Whinney Banks legend was Tommy Wellies, AKA Tommy the Hammer. Always wore a red and white benny hat,, a donkey jacket with an orange yoke,, national health specs and wellies 3 sizes too big. He lived in someones washouse on Bruce Avenue and they charged him rent!! Is he still about???

Also 'the Swinger'. Wierd looking, specky, trenchcoat wearing freak who used to frequent Foxes Wood. We used to go looking for him after school for a dare.

JimmyMFC1 Posted on 8/2 19:19
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He (Eric) has been mentioned further up somewhere, although not by name I don't think. He lived with my great grandma and his dog was called skipper.

signal Posted on 9/2 19:34
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the helium brothers used to site near me when i was in the west - long since moved now like.
I saw one of them a few years ago during SMac's first season after a match in Game. I asked him where his brother was and he said that he doesnt go anymore - he was chucked out for fighting... is this true - or was he winding me up? I could never tell with them.

onthemap Posted on 9/2 19:42
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Anyone ever go tatie picking with Harkers, get picked up from Doggy about 4 in the morning - getting on the wagons was like them Yanks trying to get on the choppers to get out of Hanoi before it all kicked off.

norfolkred1 Posted on 9/2 19:47
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Did anyone mention the gadgie outside the BoB End shouting Goldoen Goal Ten Pence, face like a ballon

wool_skull Posted on 9/2 22:49
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Anyone remember Mrs Wells who had the cobblers shop in Doggie?Used to scare the living bejabers out of us kids cos she had this scaryass speech impediment that made her scream out like Fred Ippytittymus halfway thro' soling and heeling your best winklepickers. I also played footy for Wilton Juniors with w
Wilf's son,also unfortunately called Wilf Mannion.Useful left winger but had far too much to live up to.Canny lad like.......anyone know if he's still around ?

wishin_well Posted on 10/2 2:37
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Eric the wireless is a pure legend, you want up to date scores, he will tell you there and then, boro scores, speedway the lot, this guy was before sky sports and mobile phones, and he’s the man.
Always on a shity little transistor
Roberts should look him up……

The digital age eh………

Dennis Cordell and the flaming flames are the best central bandbox live band ever,
Period..

smoggyramone Posted on 10/2 11:17
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

I was always a fann of 'Welcome to the sound of Las Vegas, ladies and gentlemen, Mr Alan 'Bubbles' Robson!!!!@

goughla Posted on 10/2 12:20
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"Also 'the Swinger'. Wierd looking, specky, trenchcoat wearing freak who used to frequent Foxes Wood. We used to go looking for him after school for a dare."

is he still about as he fits the bill of someone I pass down Mandale Road when I'm driving to work

smoggyramone Posted on 10/2 14:00
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Bulbous bald head, straggly hair, 'tache, glasses. trenchcat. Used have a satchel across his body.

zappa909 Posted on 10/2 14:12
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I remember as a kid me and the brothers on our many trips between Grangetown to Redcar and vica versa thumbing a lift on the trunk road and guarunteed every time he went past a gadgie in a small red van who only had one arm and one of them special knobs (phnarr) on the steering wheel would always pick us up. Nice fella never said a lot does anyone remember 'The One Armed Bandit'

I'd go ballistic if i knew my kids were doing the same thing now.

XboroX Posted on 10/2 16:54
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

"Another Whinney Banks legend was Tommy Wellies, AKA Tommy the Hammer. Always wore a red and white benny hat,, a donkey jacket with an orange yoke,, national health specs and wellies 3 sizes too big. He lived in someones washouse on Bruce Avenue and they charged him rent!! Is he still about???""

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I remember tommy the hammer still hanging round bruce avenue and sprinfield road when our dad lived there. I still live round that way and havent seen him or heard any of the younger kids mentioon him, maybe he is dead?

As far as Eric the wireless goes, he is still alive and well, he has a season ticket in the west lower. I saw him a few weeks ago in billingham. He still looks exactly the same as he always has.

smoggyramone Posted on 10/2 17:13
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

More from Whinney Banks:

Talky - running messages and collecting glasses for free beer in the Roseberry.

Den Grayson telling everyone he'd been nutted by the Yorkshire Ripper outside the paper shop on Burlam road

Someone flicking dog$_hît vin the fryer in Nellie Bells fish shop and then having '$_hît shop' written on the door.

When the houses started to get modernised in the 80's, everybody all of a sudden had brick fireplaces!

Happy Days...

Eddie_Catflap Posted on 11/2 1:28
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

I do remember Mrs Wells, although I really was just a bairn. I was told she had shell shock, no idea if this was true or not.

wool_skull Posted on 12/2 0:36
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Huuuuuuuuuuuuttttthhhhh

B_Hills Posted on 12/2 12:06
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Mrs Wells did suffer from Shell Shock, and she did scare the life out you, Has Harry Bindorf the Doggy club foot barber had a mention on here ??

squiffypants Posted on 12/2 13:41
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When I was a kid I went to school on the Acklam Road school complex - Boynton, Hustler, Kings Manor and St Georges as it was back then.

Back in the mid to late 70's I remember a lad/bloke who everyone was pretty much in fear of called Billy Conners (I think)

He was a few years older than the rest of us and I think knocked about with the Hemlington crowd. Or maybe Whinney Banks. You would see him hanging around the trees between the schools all the time.

Anyone remember him? He's probably mid to late 40's now. God I'm getting so old :(

collo1875 Posted on 12/2 15:19
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

just spent 2 1/2 hours reading this and although i dont know a lot of the mentioned urban legends its still a great read
ESTON and NORMANBY
any one remember scotch ernie, used to drink in the royal and the miners (think he was born in leicester) but always started speaking like a jock the more he had to drink, by the end of the night he was that broad you could hardly understand him
he also went upto everyone (trying to get a free drink) with the same crap "jesus, how ya doin i used to work with your dad and he was one of the best blokes i ever met.

and jimmy tierny, always pulled is own cider when a fight broke out

Row_7 Posted on 13/2 11:07
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

I remember Billy Conners, nice lad (if you knew him).
He was built like a barn door even when he was 17 or 18 and was a bit easily led - if one of his mates said "Billy - go and tw@t him" - he probably would.

Think he was a year or two older than me so he'll be about 43 or 44 now. He's still in the area - saw him in the Chinese in Doggy a couple of months ago.

Got a couple of kids too I think, last I heard he was working as a scaffy.

smoggyramone Posted on 13/2 18:17
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Yes Billy Connors. Think he belonged off Levick Crescent.

BillinghamForehead Posted on 14/2 10:38
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

According to my dad (if you want to ask him he still lives at 43b Kings Road), Barbara Argument is Nipper Harris dressed up. Apparently Nipper always had a shapely leg on account of his massive walking.

borobadge Posted on 8/3 21:15
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...'bob huth'..

kazzaxxx Posted on 8/3 21:22
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take it middlesbrough urban legends have all been mentioned

boro74 Posted on 20/3 20:40
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Hoof for Ancoatsred

wool_skull Posted on 20/3 21:32
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Harry Bindoff....I'd forgotten him.Hungarian, club-footed barber had a shop near the Market Tavern on Doggie market.Ran off with his brother's wife if I remember right.

fatknackerlardarse Posted on 20/3 21:39
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Its where the haircut came from,

"The Bindoff Alloff"

Pope_Gregory_IX Posted on 20/3 21:39
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I'm sure I saw Tommy Wellies last year dressed in camoflage and wearing a beret.

ReidyDog Posted on 28/3 15:02
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Been a year, worth a hoof!!

smoggyramone Posted on 28/3 15:10
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Charlie Ezzard the Acklam Rd barber. Only knew how to do one haircut 'the threepenny all-off'

VodkaByName Posted on 28/3 15:23
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Not sure if this has previously been mentioned but anybody remember that woman that used to wander around the town and then appear in the Raglan, Shakey or the like and dance with the blokes whilst nicking fags and booze etc. off the tables!!?!?

She was a bit slow and always seemed to be pregnant.....

neilteesside Posted on 28/3 15:27
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

the raglan! shakey! remeber the masham.........youre taking me back to the days when i sold boro programmes on the corner of parly road!

she was a but dippy.......she used to try the trooper, but everyone knew her in their!! good old days!!!

SmogontheThames Posted on 28/3 15:44
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Roy - ex landlord of the Linny. Might not be a legend as such...but taught me the value of "respect thy landlord and though shall have a stoppy back"

Yeah I remember Billy Connors...used to climb on the whinney banks school roof with him as a nipper

neilteesside Posted on 28/3 15:48
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

in those days the brambles farm hotel would ave a satdy boxing match...the more the merrier......the last one out had a pint on the house!

smoggyramone Posted on 28/3 15:49
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Anyone know Toya Barnes? Or Fatty Clarkson?

SmogontheThames Posted on 28/3 16:06
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Yeah I know Toya and fatty. Was in the same class with Toya at Frannies and then the same year at Micks. Fatty was not a bad lad when you knew him but he could be a bit wild

borobadge Posted on 29/3 0:17
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

johnny 'hutch' hutchinson...

Archie_StephensElbow Posted on 30/3 16:26
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

2 years old today

POOT Posted on 30/3 16:44
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i heard three football rumours which hopefully some people can back up:

1. Emerson actually left Boro as he had got a 14 year old up the duff.
2. Barmbys wive was "exchanging" more blokes that pints in the Royal exchange. (As a regular goer to that club, I can say i wasn't one of them).
3. Junino used to use Central Park cafe as a knocking shop, doing escort girls upstairs.

delier1908 Posted on 30/3 17:19
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

What a thread! First time I've seen it.

Aaaah the Masham. My sisiter Maria used to always say she knew I was in the Masham when she passed as 'Say it aint so Joe' by Murray Head would be playing (nearly all the time then!)

Anyone remember it? Allegedly about Joe DiMaggio.
Lyric:

say it ain't so,joe please, say it ain't so
thats not what I want to hear Joe
ain't I got a right to know
say it ain't so, joe please, say it ain't so
i'm sure they're telling us lies joe
please tell us it ain't so

they told us our hero has played his trump card
he doesn't know how to go on
we're clinging to his charm and determined smile
but the good old days are gone,

the image and the empire may be falling apart
the money has goten scarce
one mans word held the country together
but the truth is getting fierce

say it ain't so, joe please, say it ain't so
we pinned our hopes on you joe
and they're ruining our show

wool_skull Posted on 31/3 0:58
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Not true urban legends but I used to book Dave Coverdale's band Denver Mule before he sent in his tape to Deep Purple...the rest is history.A lad called Mick Martin played lead for 'em and ended up in a band called Juicy Lucy(think he did some gigs with Thin Lizzy as well).

cookiemonster159 Posted on 2/4 19:26
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what a thread BIG HUTH

MartinManor Posted on 3/4 11:58
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

That hill on the Whitby road near Lockwood beck is called Freeborough Hill:

Cut and paste from the attached link.

About a mile south of Moorsholm is Freeborough Hill, a curious mount, rising cone-like out of the plain to a height of about 400 feet. On the summit are the faint traces of a British village, and on the east side a tumulus or ancient sepulchral mound, 45 yards in circumference. When opened about a century ago there was found a large earthern vessel full of calcined bones. Mr. J. Hall Stephenson, the author of "Crazy Tales," calls it "Freebro's huge mount, immortal Arthur's tomb;" but its connection with the illustrious and mythical Arthur exists only in the imagination of the poet. Its name, though evidently Saxon, is of doubtful import. By some it is said to be derived from Friga or Frea, the northern goddess of love, and beorh, a hill; and, like our Friday, was dedicated to the worship of the Saxon Venus; whilst others suppose it was the place where the Fridboch or Frithbock (from frid or frith, peace) was held - a court or assembly of ten men, for the settlement of disputes and litigations.



Also, as kids we used to get the train from the station at the bottom of the Grove in Marton and go towards Whitby. We would get off at Grosmont (I think) and walk about a mile down the tracks and then cut across fields to a lake that had formed in a mine entrance or something and go swimming in that. Brilliant on a hot summer's day, bobming off the sides - must have been a 10 or 15 foot drop into the water. Deep as hell.

Happy days.

Link: Linky thing

molten1 Posted on 3/4 13:57
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

the swinger you are on about was also known as daft dave or dave the swinger, he used t live round the corner from me, he used to hang bags of piss in a tree outside his dads house

Billy Conners big lad indeed

also remember damage and morbid from the Linny and the empire

brings back memories this does

OurLassesMerkin Posted on 3/4 16:46
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

I remember me and my mates always used to walk up Ormesby Bank and along towards Great Ayton, through the caravan park on its outskirts and off swimming in "The Blue Lagoon", got filled in about 15 years ago I think, it was an old mine shaft/quarry and legend had it that there was a dead horse attached to a cart drowned in it but never got to touch the bottom as it was well deep

Link: Blue Lagoon gets a mention here

Piquet2 Posted on 3/4 16:54
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

We get 'Now and Then' delivered through our letterbox.....now and then.....used to go fishing in the Blue Lagoon, it was filled in when Whinstone View started to become popular, with more children using the campsite.

OurLassesMerkin Posted on 3/4 17:15
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

yeah thats the place and the name of the caravan park
nice one

emadgin Posted on 6/4 17:54
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fatty clarkson , he got done for police assult , a police dog bit him so he bit back , this happend at manchester , he got three month in strangeways , that must 25 plus yrs ago , i always got on with the lad i havent seen him for years .

emadgin Posted on 6/4 18:02
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eric nicolson and dave metcafle , the two lads who were killed in BSC , these lads were two good friends of mine , i didnt know the other lad who was there , both were only kids at the time , it hit the famliys hard , i remeber them well .

smoggyramone Posted on 6/4 18:03
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

I saw Fatty last year in the Cambridge having sunday dinner with their lass and the kids.

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norfolkred1 Posted on 6/4 20:09
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

emagin: I was on Dave's course at Cargo Fleet before we let loose in the adult world of BSC. Their deaths caused a bit of hasle due to being under 18 and working nights, like we all were. He had another mate, think he was called Dave as well, on the same course, also from Dormanstown any ideas?

emadgin Posted on 6/4 20:35
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Red, dont recall anyone else called Dave , i knocked about with them in late in the seventys , we all knocked about together in a gang in dormanstown , so i knew both familys as well .

zappa909 Posted on 8/4 8:51
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Easter Huuuttthhh!

ayresomeangel365 Posted on 8/4 9:15
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

can remember going to see the bus station opened by Corras one and only Elsie Tanner who done a tour of the town on an open top bus

ayresomeangel365 Posted on 8/4 9:20
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giggy moon...brother of doris and raymond...portrack lane legends

Link: giggy

emadgin Posted on 8/4 17:13
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zappa , i remember the one arm bandit , and ronnie the dog lover , lol .
howz it hanging
gin

emadgin Posted on 8/4 17:16
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heres one for ya , boc beck benny , i think is real name was freddy taylor , he had a shack over the works for years , always drinking meths , i think he was from south bank .

AtomicLoonybin Posted on 19/4 10:12
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Huth.

Eric the Wireless walks past me every home game as I'm selling FMTTM. His mate goes into the Good Food Joint, and Eric waits for him outside. He hasn't changed a bit since the Ayresome days.

Non- Boro, but Say it ain't so Joe is about 'Shoeless' Joe Jackson, not Joe di Maggio. He was a baseball player who helped his team (the Chicago White Sox) throw a world series back in 1919 for a bookie. When he was being tried, some kid stopped him on the court steps and cried 'say it ain't so Joe' - i.e. that he hadn't done it. Got banned for life.

Link: The Black Sox scandal

smoggyramone Posted on 5/5 11:17
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Surely Sinbad the tattooist deserves a mention. 30 odd years of profesionally done 'tasteful' tattoos, all done in his hygenic, spotless salon situated in th arcade off Grange Rd.

Sez_Les_Boro Posted on 14/5 5:27
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Hoof. This thread must not die!!

bigdave85 Posted on 14/5 5:58
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600

OPEO Posted on 14/5 7:22
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John Rodgers. Has he had a mention? Gazeeeeeeeeeeeettttte!
He sold the sports from being a young nipper till........ is he still around? Sold them all over the place. In fact he was probably cloned by some mad scientist at Gazette towers cos he seemed to be everywhere.

Stepper_T Posted on 16/5 23:13
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Best thread ever. Would love it to be put into print.

AyresomeMark Posted on 17/5 10:04
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

can anyone remember Jimmy Saville driving through the town in a convertable car, must be around 1980 ish. it was part of a tour of britain i think

delgrapos Posted on 23/5 22:19
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

I once knew a woman who had "Jean" tattooed on her arm, and I asked her if it was her mam's name or sister and she said "No, I got it at Sinbads, it was supposed to be Gene Pitney", and she had Arther or Aurthur on the other and there was a big indian ink blue block underneath which had scrubbed the original one out and he'd spelt it wrong again and she still didn't realise til somebody spelled it out! But she was a good lass mucky Maureen

delgrapos Posted on 23/5 22:29
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Also another Sinbad special was "MILD" and "BITTER" on a pair of jugs I happened to come across once! Or should I say happened to come by. Sorry thats even worse...
I remember a story about Jimmy Saville cutting through Ashfield Avenue in Grove Hill in a soft top Cadillac or something and some lad up the road was cattying his Datsun and said "Can you fix this F***** Jim?

acklam_lad Posted on 24/5 0:16
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Ahhh Tommy The Hammer of Whinney Banks, When i was a kid round there, rumour had it he killed his wife using a hammer, hence the name, dunno if this is true.

When we were playing footy on the bit of green at end of East Cresent and he walked past we used to shout 'tommy the hammer!' and he used to chase us every time. Heehee

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Cogeur_le_Conq Posted on 24/5 0:54
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Sinbad started tatooing MC under my mate's Boro lion which is astonishing considering he must done the same tattoo over a 1000 times.

He had to convert the C to an F and the letters are all the wrong size.

Doesn't Danny Boone have Dan tattoed on his neck written the wrong way round cos the dozy get did it himself in a mirror?

LIDDLE_TOWERS Posted on 21/6 20:46
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Gram Seed - in the gazette tonight

another bad lad seen the light and turned the other cheek


I need to find God

burydweller Posted on 21/6 21:12
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Sinbad butchered me in 1982, several awful tatts that would look good on popeye. His "made in england" around my belly button nearly required a blood transfusion. I then got a couple on from a bloke with a shop oppo the old odeon. Also had my first tatts put on by a smeely drunk in hartlepool who had a 'shop' in his upstairs bedroom. I hate tattoos me.

burydweller Posted on 21/6 21:23
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

for me personally, Boro was legandry for having a brilliant youth club culture during the 70s and early 80s. I loved the northern soul dancing at the sacred heart in the late 70s, saint barns, Grove hill youth club, thorntree youthy, and the best, beechwood youthclub, great venue, great music. Does anyone remember little norman who was a great dancer and went to wigan casino? would love to know what happened to his record collection, he lived off cumberland road was was a great dancer during the mid to late 70s upstairs in the sacred heart

wool_skull Posted on 21/6 22:47
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Didn't Chris Quentin(real name Bell) do a northern soul dance routine with Georgie Kamara(brother of the local celeb, Chris?)round all the clubs and pubs ?
Vague memories of my childhood

norfolkred1 Posted on 21/6 22:55
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Youth Club discos, anyone remember Brian De Bear, used to run Boro Mobile Disco, did a weekly at Whinney Banks Youth Club

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Cogeur_le_Conq Posted on 21/6 23:16
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

burydweller

The tatooist near the Odeon was called Dinky. The gadge in Hartlepool was called Duke Webb.

I used to go to the Northern Soul youth clubs like Grove Hill and Beechwood, and even Kader (somewhere in the posh suberbs????).

Me mam let me go to my first all nighter at Doggie YM (sponsored dance marathon) when I was about 13 about 75ish.

collo1875 Posted on 21/6 23:51
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

im almost certain brian de bear done the royal in eston on a sunday night an used go through 3 chinese meals a night

burydweller Posted on 22/6 7:24
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Cheers for that, well then, I was Dinkys first victim in Middlesbrough, he put a tattoo on me the day before he openend his shop, it is the worst tattoo in the world. A friend of his set it up. Its true, chris and kamera guy did NS at beechwood in the mid 1970s, who could forget whinney banks youth club as well, I think done by wally black and his mobile disco

burydweller Posted on 22/6 7:26
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Le Conk, Kader was in acklam I think

smoggyramone Posted on 22/6 7:38
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Acklam Lad - Tommy The Hammer's name comes from the 60's song 'Lily The Pink' by scouse band Scaffold.

'Johnny Hammer had a terrible s-stammer'

Don't think the poor bloke's ever had a shag let alone be married.

Disco's - the name escapes me of the mobile disco that seemed to be everywhere in the 80's. Every 18th/21st/engagement/wedding seemed to have the same one...was it Tramps???????


Re Eric the Wireless. I was reunited with Eric at the Speedway a couple of weeks ago when I came over for a weeks holiday. Someone's put blond streaks (none of this highlights poncy shyte, they're called streaks!) in his hair. He looked genuinely pleased to see me which was nice, seeing I haven't seen him for about 10 years.

--- Post edited by smoggyramone on 22/6 7:43 ---

MarlonD Posted on 22/6 9:10
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Best thread ever been on here.

Billy Conners, wasn't he supposedly the 1st Boro fan on the pitch at The Battle of Stamford Bridge. I also used to live next door to Little Billy his cousin.

I have had many a happy pint listening to stories from Big Billy from Pally Park.

XboroX Posted on 22/6 9:27
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

when i worked in forbidden planet i remember someone telling me a regular customer had convictions for rodgering seals down at seal sands..

XboroX Posted on 22/6 9:32
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Jesus, i have millions of Brian DeBear stories, our mam and dad used to do the discos with him in the 70s. He is a good friend of our family. My all time favourite though involves him and our grandad.

Me grandad used to work down the docks at british steel and as result they always used to go on board the ships to speak to the crew etc..

Brian DeBear who went on with me grandad on board a Filipino boat, dressed up in a gorrrila costume as a joke to scare the chef. The chef chased him off the boat and round the dock for a good 30 mins with a massive knife before he realised it was a guy in a suit.

He now runs Boro Bikes on borough road, dunno if he still does the discos.

borobadge Posted on 18/7 23:01
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Dinky had his first tattoo shop down near the transporter bridge (gosforth road ?)....

he tattooed Middlesbrough F.C. on my arm in 1977...

norfolkred1 Posted on 18/7 23:13
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Brian run for 30 minutes, this was not your average sized bear, he only took me and his nephew to to help out with Boro Mobile Disco to keep the Blue van on all fours

ElvisRamone Posted on 18/7 23:32
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

There are a couple on here I don't think have been mentioned.

Link: link

Borobarmy Posted on 19/7 8:19
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Cant remember whether ive asked this before on here but does anyone remember Jonah the whale appearing on Claireville common in the 70's .
Also does anyone remember the parky in Albert Park who used to scream at the kids with a speech impediment back in the 70's .
I also remember the northern soul nights in YMCA , Beechwood and church of ascension in Berwick Hills where we all used to get chased back over the longlands by the .....NTP .

Borobarmy Posted on 19/7 8:20
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Cant remember whether ive asked this before on here but does anyone remember Jonah the whale appearing on Claireville common in the 70's .
Also does anyone remember the parky in Albert Park who used to scream at the kids with a speech impediment back in the 70's .
I also remember the northern soul nights in YMCA , Beechwood and church of ascension in Berwick Hills where we all used to get chased back over the longlands by the .....NTP .

borolad259 Posted on 19/7 8:41
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

I seem to recall the whale too. There were all sorts of things turned up at Clairville....I remember a spitroast Ox...spit roast meant something different then.
Reading this thread took me back a bit...St Barnabus youth club Northern Soul nights..,good Lord!!!
That Terry Scott pic is mint.

kazzaxxx Posted on 19/7 8:45
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

coguer_le_conq i was talking to paddy durnin not so long ago, he said he didnt dye his dog lime green

borobadge Posted on 20/7 15:27
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

yep, i can confirm the whale..it came on the back of a large flat bed lorry..

the roasted ox was part of the queens silver jubilee in 1977..


and on another occassion i had to wheel barrow elephant dung from clairville to our back garden, so the old feller could use it as manure on his plants !!!real genuine elephant shyte, not everyone can have use of such exotic gardening assists ....

hicktonspenaltyrunup Posted on 20/7 15:59
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

I remember the parky from Albert park well. He banned me 'for life' when I was 12 for soaking everyone who was waiting for a rowing boat. I was quite upset (He was a bit weird) My old man pis88ed his pants laughing.

Does anyone remember 'Dirty Dick' a horrendous looking bloke who used to walk around all the back allys around Lovaine St, Union St, Wentworth St in the late 60's? Frightened us kids to death.

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HolgateWall Posted on 20/7 20:39
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Catwoman rom North Ormesby lived Fredrick Street i think

spectrum Posted on 20/7 20:50
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Remember it well , he was sat behind us (directors box) wearing a big fur coat at a night match , I was only a kid and used to go to the match with my cousins , season ticket in the lower north stand at Ayresome , rumour has it he was a BORO fan but was probably doing panto or something so he thought he would get some tips watching us.

borolad259 Posted on 20/7 20:50
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Badgie, re. elephant dung...I can remember the odd circus coming to Clairville. Sort of seems bizarre really thinking of tigers in cages just sitting there on the common to drum up business. Now, tiger dung, that would keep the local moggies out the yard.

JuininhoForever Posted on 21/7 13:23
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Hoof.

Anyone got any memories from 'over the border'.

littleboro Posted on 21/7 13:46
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

still makes me smile about this one.

remember walking through albert park in the late 70's during a sun blessed summer.

as we got to the gates by linthorpe road heard the parky using his megaphone from the skating ring.

"stop that now son. yes you in the red top."

littleboro Posted on 21/7 13:53
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

there are some brilliant other treads that should be included here as cogeur-le-cog suggests.

the twins one certainly made me LOL last week.

Link: the twins

FraudManager Posted on 22/7 22:37
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

just to keep this one going

Cogeur_le_Conq Posted on 22/7 22:46
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

I mentioned on that thread that the squeaky voiced twins had already been mentioned on this thread.

borolad259 Posted on 23/7 8:14
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

I can remember in Albert Park one day, and I only saw them once, a gang of young blokes all dressed as Droogs laid on the grass by the skating rink.
Also, with no relevance to anything at all, wasn't there a Curling track out the back of the skating rink? What the heck was that all about?

boredreceptionist Posted on 23/7 9:01
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

go back to 5/4 last year and i think you'll find it was me who mentioned them first!

borobadge Posted on 23/7 22:04
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

hoof!..not letting the 'block 17' refurb' take this one away...

guyb Posted on 27/7 10:57
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Weekly Huth for the best ever thread.

I wish we could have stickies like other boards to keep this at the top.

ERIMUS63 Posted on 5/8 17:59
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

hoof

the_rightious_one Posted on 8/8 4:38
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

hoof

ERIMUS63 Posted on 26/8 0:25
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

hoof
can't lose this thread

slaven Posted on 26/8 11:47
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Gram - I remember him

What was in the gazette about him?

Borobarmy Posted on 26/8 12:05
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Not sure if Maureen Gill has had a mention . She has legendary status for constantly being knocked up by er...........different fellas . Shes like a wee dwarf who appears to not know how to say no ! When i was a nipper we used to see her parading the streets round Southfield Rd .

zappa909 Posted on 26/8 12:21
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Gram is it the same lad, was he a piisshead, big fair hair, few tats. I met him a few times when I was working down wilson st way, always friendly but quite intimadating due to his size and the fact he was piissed

couldnt beleive it when I was watching tv a few years later and there he was clean as a whistle sensible specs preaching about his new found love of all things Christian.....!

It just goes to show all the religion knockers out there that it does have a positive effect on some neh many.

Good luck to the lad I say cos he was a mess.

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ERIMUS63 Posted on 13/9 0:41
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

hoof
mcclaren=bellend

Jastie Posted on 13/9 9:34
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Does anyone know what happened to a lad called Mushy Pease who I worked with at BSC Lackenby in the 70s? I think his first name was Ken. He'd be in his mid-fifties now I suppose, and he was one of the first hang gliders in the country. He got into the British team after some trials at Saltburn when he lost control and was the first man ever to do a triple loop.

delgrapos Posted on 14/9 16:13
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Whatever happened to that massive boat that bloke built in his back garden in grove hill behind the library, heard he got it finished but not what happened after that?

TMG501 Posted on 14/9 17:44
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

delgrapos... He did get it finished eventually and it actually saw water as far as I'm aware.
How many years was it in his garden? Seems like it was there forever. I used to go passed it on me Chopper on the way to Devils Bridge at Saltersgill.
Great summers they were

Eddie_Catflap Posted on 14/9 17:54
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

The devils bridge, why was it called that? Remember going like.

gravy173 Posted on 14/9 19:53
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

it had a hoof print in one of the bricks underneath supposedly, i had a look when i was 10 and theres a few holes there but never really looked like a hoof

Ima_Curnt Posted on 14/9 21:19
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

I lived on Ashfield Avenue all the way through the 80's. I don't remember Jimmy Saville driving down there.

The boat that was built in the back of that garden on Sycamore Road was eventually finished and was put in the Tees at Stockton. Not sure if it's still there though.

neilteesside Posted on 15/9 11:20
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

i once had a pee in the holgate.........am i a leg end?

swedish_meatball Posted on 15/9 13:16
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Top thread

i remember tommy the hammer who lived in a wash house.
also TONGUE DOG who lived in whinney banks,
he was a dog whose tongue was disabled and was
always flapping about.

delgrapos Posted on 17/9 16:10
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Havent heard from you in ages Eddie Catflap! There is a "footprint" on devils bridge but it is actually something to do with ordnance survey maps or something. I think it indicates the height above seawater or beckwater in this case. Someone is supposed to have sold his soul to the devil there for a bottle of white lightning or somat. There was "888" carved on there aswell long before Boro's sponsorship by the same.

nathan007 Posted on 19/9 18:00
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Where did the old church from Eston cemetary go to?

borobadge Posted on 10/10 19:47
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

shoorly ..the yak is a leg-end...£11.25M...!!!

collo1875 Posted on 10/10 23:05
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

neilteesside
you baastad
i had a wet leg end that day

church from eston was taken down brick by brick and rebuilt at beamish (why it went there ive no idea)

SteveGoldby Posted on 14/10 21:42
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Remember Ray who used to have The Empire in it's red and chrome days. He's a donkey farmer in Hartlepool now, no kidding.

Cogeur_le_Conq Posted on 14/10 22:43
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

I had plenty of Stoppybacks with Gay Ray (he wasn't gay).

He had his work cut out stopping us smoking "Wackie Backie" in the back room and I witnessed him getting tvvated on many an occassion.


He'll be better of with the donkeys.

SteveGoldby Posted on 14/10 23:02
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Was it World In Action who parked in a flat over the road and filmed the dealing going on?

d_robinson1970 Posted on 16/10 1:11
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

there's apparently still a load of mining vehicles down the billingham mines

boro365 Posted on 16/10 9:53
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Was stood at the bus stop outside the Empire years ago when the Wilson twins ( mentioned earlier) started going through the bin,looked like they really enjoyed sranning someone left over kentucky..... dirty baastards

LTS_3 Posted on 16/10 16:20
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Haven't touched this thread in a good few months, just read it from start to finish (whilst trying to avoid my boss seeing me), been absolutely p_55ing myself at some of the stories/characters

Being from Eston I remember P1ssy George and a couple of the other things on here

We used to go to Eston Baths with the school in the late 1980's, I'm sure I heard once that there used to be diving boards in there but a lad broke his back/neck on the bottom of the pool so they got taken out??

One graffiti I always remembered was at the top of Jubilee Bank on a fence that belonged to nobody near the alotments that said ENRON KILLS

Anyone remember Alistair who used to run Teesside Athletic?!? Haha think he got jailed or ran away for laundering money from kids/parents??

hicktonspenaltyrunup Posted on 16/10 18:53
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Remember the boards well at Eston baths

A top board which seemed about 300ft high when I was a nipper, and two lower springboards (I think) the lower one definitely was sprung. Great for somersaults and almost splitting your back open.
Most of the local baths had high boards when I was a lad, apart from Middlesbrough old and new baths

Dolan_ov_Marton Posted on 16/10 21:22
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

We used to go to Berwick Hills baths, they has 3 boards their and I remeber the top one being really high (not as high as Stockton baths though), also remember going in to the kids pool to look through the windows at all the birds swimming. Happy Days

SteveGoldby Posted on 22/10 23:47
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

hoooofff.....

ElvisRamone Posted on 23/10 13:21
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

I went on the top board at Stockton baths years ago. I was like Mr Bean was.

The_lawmaker Posted on 26/10 19:51
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Anyone else remember when Ayresome Gardens was a cemetery? I remember them moving all the gravestones up against the walls.

ElvisRamone Posted on 26/10 20:28
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Anyone remember the lad from Hemo/Coulby who thought he was a reincarnation of a German Pilot? Apparently used to come out in fluent German all the time. His story was in the Gazette.

nathan007 Posted on 26/10 20:53
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Can anyone remember the cooling tower at ICI Wilton being demolished. What year was it and has anyone got a link to the film i've looked everywhere but cant find one. I think it was about 1978 or 1979.

delgrapos Posted on 9/11 16:21
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Heard a few people say that Boro's Emerson has a few kids around the area, anyone know if there's any truth in that?

borodazzlers Posted on 9/11 16:32
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

I wouldn't be surprised. He used to love Redcar, (for his sins,) and spent a lot of time in Paul Rafique's gaff- Sharkey's. I remember the greasy haired duo used to be swamped with slappers, so it may well be true!

TMG501 Posted on 16/11 15:38
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

A Big HOOOOOOOFFF!!!!

ElvisRamone Posted on 29/11 16:58
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

H-O-O-O-O-F!

j_orourke Posted on 29/11 18:36
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

The strange story of Carl Edon who thought he was a German airman from world war 2 ended when he was tradically murdered

Link: The strange story of Carl Edon

ElvisRamone Posted on 29/11 18:39
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

J_O_Rourke - That's the lad I was on about.

bear66 Posted on 29/11 18:41
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

"Can anyone remember the cooling tower at ICI Wilton being demolished. What year was it and has anyone got a link to the film i've looked everywhere but cant find one. I think it was about 1978 or 1979."

1979 - I watched it and took a series of photos as it fell - but not enough to make a film!

nathan007 Posted on 29/11 18:59
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

Yes i remember it. 1979 was the year, i have also looked all over the web but have failed to find any film. Begining to think that i will have to go to tyne tees offices or something because it must have been on the news. It was a sunday as well i found this out by reading a book called Wilton the first 50 years.

borobadge Posted on 3/12 23:13
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

the origional f.m.t.t.m. message board.


erimus.

ElvisRamone Posted on 4/12 8:55
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

I think it would be right and fair to have this at the top at the finale

ElvisRamone Posted on 4/12 8:58
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

hoof

ElvisRamone Posted on 4/12 8:59
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

ADIEU ADIEU PARTING IS SUCH SWEET SORROW

borobuddah Posted on 4/12 9:04
re: Middlesbrough Urban Legends

We could be heroes, just for one day.