Reformed Barrington Patterson
Barrington Patterson – the feared former king of Birmingham’s bruising band of soccer thugs – is taking his brand of street violence to the silver screen.
The former Blues hooligan, who lost an eye and gained his nickname – One Eyed Baz – when his sister threw a can at him, is to appear alongside David Essex in ‘Meet The Guvnors’.
Not surprisingly, it’s a tale of football firms.
Also in the film, due to be released next March, are comedian Richard Blackwood and Harley Alexander-Sule, from pop duo Rizzle Kicks.
The Handsworth hardman owes his chance of celluloid fame to the success of his warts-and-all biography, also called One Eyed Baz, which topped three book charts.
The 47-year-old former cage fighter admitted: “I was a bit nervous on set but in the end I was just myself.
“Of all the ex-football hooligans in the film, I was the only one who had a speaking part. We filmed for a day at Wembley Stadium.”
Now Patterson wants the lead role in another movie – based on his book.
“Only me can play me,” he growled. “You won’t get a stunt double that looks like me.”
He warmed when discussing the plot line of ‘Meet The Guvnors’: old-school hooligans are ousted by a new wave of thugs, then return and beat them to a pulp.
They, then, probably ride off into the sunset, trashing the railway carriage on the way.
It’s a morality tale close to Patterson’s heart.
He explained: “You don’t have fists and feet any more. These kids have it in their heads to put knives and guns in their hands and that comes down to lack of respect. It concerns me.”
“I’ve done some mentoring with kids,” he said. “I’d like to do more, but the CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) checks get in the way.
“I was a football thug. Some people are murderers and rapists, but they don’t admit it.
“I am not ashamed of what I did, but I have a story to tell. There are other things in life than being a football thug.”