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Jimmy The Weed: Inside the Quality Street Gang

Jimmy The Weed: Inside the Quality Street Gang [Kindle Edition]

Jimmy Donnelly
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Jimmy Donnelly is an underworld legend. Known as Jimmy the Weed, he has mixed with the most notorious gangsters in Britain and the Costa del Crime in a criminal career spanning five decades. He has been arrested on suspicion of serious offences including murder, drug supply, violence and fraud, has faced numerous court trials, and has walked free from them all.

Most infamously, Donnelly was a key figure in the Quality Street Gang, or QSG, an enigmatic group of Manchester car dealers, club owners, ex-boxers, scrap merchants and businessmen. They socialised with the elite of the city, from football stars like George Best and Stan Bowles to famous entertainers, and inspired the hit song ‘The Boys Are Back In Town’. They were also targeted for many years by Greater Manchester Police, who suspected some of them of involvement in major crime. In the mid-eighties, the QSG became embroiled in the sensational Stalker Affair, which led to a national political scandal and ultimately to the resignation of the city’s deputy chief constable.

In this candid autobiography, Donnelly tells of his childhood and early introduction to villainy on the huge Wythenshawe housing estate. He went on to join the Market Mob, a gang of tough young men employed at the city’s Smithfield Market, and befriended the formidable boxer Jim Swords, the man the QSG grouped around. After his own construction business ran into trouble, Donnelly was declared bankrupt, and embarked instead on a career of crime. He later acquired pubs, clubs, car pitches and massage parlours, and became the biggest illicit ticket agent in the North-west. He also forged friendships with numerous figures from the worlds of crime, showbiz and sport.

From gangland feuds to major heists, Donnelly has seen and done it all, and tells it in unvarnished detail. Jimmy The Weed is the last great untold story of the British underworld.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 570 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Milo Books Ltd (23 Nov 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #40,221 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Jimmy the Weed 8 Feb 2012
By Jilly47
I enjoyed the book but found some of the facts to be contradictory. For example, in one chapter he states that he is earning 50 - 60 thousand pounds a week, the in the next chapter has to borrow £16000.00 for a venture. Seems exaggerated at times.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good read but over dramatised 12 Sep 2013
By John
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A good read but I found this book to be a bit "fanciful" I lived in this area from being born in 1950 and know quite a few of the names mentioned. He tries to make the book sound glamorous, these people were far from glamorous.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 30 Jun 2014
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A great read about a wonderful organisation.
Pure history
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4.0 out of 5 stars Jimmy the Weed 12 Jun 2014
By Pops
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Bought this book for 2 reasons, I have lived in Manchester for the last 54 years and grew up knowing about the presence of the Quality Street Gang, but also because a relative use to know Jimmy and he is mentioned in the book, sadly my relative passed away shortly before the book was published. Jimmy tells his readers how he rose from humble beginnings. Jimmy the Weed has seen and done it all - and in his autobiography he tells it in his own Manc way. An excellent and interesting read from start to finish.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Full of ups and downs but mainly ups. 11 Jun 2014
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His mates were always there for each other and supported in good and bad times for the next big earn.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read 9 Jan 2014
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Very good reading & details of the gang's of the 60/70s in manchester, humour was also incuded in the book
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3.0 out of 5 stars Memory lane 28 Oct 2013
By Madmax
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I could relate to this book just in the sense that I was originally born in Manchester and could relate to a lot of the places and characters mentioned. The actual story is quite weak and is more about name dropping and glamourising the world of crooks. It certainly isn't a gripping read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars living with the members 5 Oct 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Have just read the hard back version, loaned to me by my brother Stephen, together with our brother peter who has sadly passed away, we grew up with some of the Italian members of the q,s,g.
Two of them are in the school football team shot we still have from the early days,
Brought back loads of memories of bygone ancoats, a great read, for anyone from the area.
Read this in 2 days. And will get my own copy
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