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.