By Carlton Leach
'The very first thing that stuck my eye was once the geezer with the gold teeth - the second one used to be that he used to be conserving a shooter - and the 3rd that he used to be pointing it at me.' Carlton Leach is a gangland legend - the mere point out of his identify moves worry into his enemies; but to his neighbors he's as unswerving and worrying as they arrive. If difficulty comes calling, Carlton isn't really afraid to enable his fists do the conversing and woe betide someone who crosses him, or these with regards to him. eventually, in upward thrust of the Footsoldier, Carlton provides the complete account of his existence together with how his tale has been made right into a highly winning movie. Born and raised in East London, Carlton was once a key member of the infamous Essex Boys gang and the West Ham InterCity company, the most violent hooligan gangs to bother the soccer terraces in the course of the eighties. he is been shot at, stabbed, glassed - he is even had an awl in his head. but the development that truly introduced turmoil into his lifestyles was once the homicide of his ally in...
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About 20 or 30 people were standing next to me. Next thing, two shots rang out. One bloke had been hit. The Rat Boys had gone away and had tooled themselves up with guns and they’d come back looking to sort out the geezers they’d had the barney with. I thought, Oh no, not again. Mr L had been right, I did seem to attract trouble. Another bloke had got shot, people were screaming, the police sirens were heading our way. This time, I stood there cool as a cucumber and said to Gaffer and Fearless, ‘OK, boys, time to go home.
My eyesight wasn’t great and I had to wear glasses from the age of seven. There were no designer glasses for kids in those days, it was either the round NHS specs or the ones I went for, Buddy Holly-style. Kids are kids and you tended to get a bit of abuse at school, even at seven. It got much worse when I passed my 11-plus and went to Stratford Grammar, even though it was the best school in Newham and highly regarded throughout the East End. By then I was aware of fashion. It was the era of the skinhead, the end of the Sixties.
It hurt, but the one thing I’d had enough of was being pushed around by older boys at school. ’ I was 11 years old and starting to fight back – and I would never stop. ’ The kid that started it said, ‘Right, after school,’ and we ended up going around the corner to sort it out. Before long, I was fighting boys two or three years older than me and I became very good at it, but to begin with I got into battles because I was teased about the way I looked. I was very conscious of my image. My eyesight wasn’t great and I had to wear glasses from the age of seven.