History is made up of tales created by writers who lived at the time in question.
Years after we have to come to a conclusion as to what we believe or what conclusion we have come to ourselves, we owe it to those interested, on the subject to handle the truth with care.
The more people read about a subject it can become enshrined into the mind of those around today. if the topic is untruthful that is a shame.
Take for instance, the subject that I was born into one that I love dearly.
During the last 40 years I have gained enjoyment reading comments, from many years ago not even though it has not always been the truth, over the last few years I have come to a different conclusion and that is that when ever possible the truth should prevail.
Take the Tipperary Tim National. were so called great writer, makes the most alarming mistake claiming that Billy Barton was a distance clear when he fell leaving the Irish Tubed plater, to come home alone. I except that the winner was not in the same class in equine terms, as the American Champion, but after all the race was a handicap. and the winner did clear the 30 fences, faster than any other of the runners. so I do not respect the statement, (The Winner returned to the obscurity that he had arrived)
What my problem is that when a respected writer makes statements, that are not challenged, then in the mind of he reader, it becomes fact. then passed on to there friends and colleges, who believe them without question.
A further point, is the Derby known as the Sufferget Derby.of 1913 were Miss Davison, waits at the Tattenham Corner before jumping in front of the Kings Horse, deliberately. this is laughable in the extrema.
To read the waffle about the topic is nothing but stupid. and proves my point that in years to come it will become factual that the Scottish Lassie cleverly planned the actual collision with the Kings horse for maximum publicity. removing the truth that it was by pure chance.
In some cases we can forgive the readers, gullibility if we move forward to the Foinavon National.
were millions of British if not global fans of the race, claim that Honey End was the races unluckiest loser in the great races history.
Sorry to say, that if he had won the event instead of being 2nd he would have gone down in history as the luckiest winner ever.
But how can the two opinions be compatible.?
Simple fact when Popham Down reached the 23rd fence, Honey End was a distance behind, having made a drastic mistake early on in the race, in fact Honey End would have most certainly been pulled up before long.
Before any one asks me what is the point I am raising.?
I will explain that I dislike moments when Fact and Fiction collide. without the reader being informed that the tale is in deed fiction.
Take the TV programs of Mr Selfridge and The Peekey Blinders, the writers have found themselves in a dilemma, they require a story line that the pubic will enjoy, truth or fiction it matters not.
Mr Selfridge can be forgiven when having to be a stud at the age of 70. perhaps some pill called Mr.S. will be launched after the next series. I cant wait for the final Series evolves with Harry, skint living with a daughter, in a Fulham flat no mention that the daughter was a Russian Princess,
It will I guarantee show Mr-Selfridge in cloths that even a 2nd class Charity shop would refuse “Thank You”.
10 years before his death there is a picture of Harry at Liverpool for the National. dressed like only Harry could . immaculate;ate Scottish brogue, fur lined collar, a diamond stud in his tie pin. at least 5 carrot, and the most beautiful Italian boots,
Unless the great shop keeper, had thrown all his old cloths away, the final story line of him standing outside his great store and being moved on by a policeman, for being a vagrant. it just don’t add up and is just pure fiction. I would love to know what the great man was berried in.
What abut Peaky Blinders, I am entitled to an opinion on the matter, after all my grand mother and her son Philip senior my Dad, were living at Cooksey Road Small Heath, a hop skip and jump from the Garrison Arms, 1909 to 1925 my father was the horse-racing games great Tick Taks, with every leading Bookmaker a client.
I do believe that there were a few young villains, about Small Heath, during the last years of the 20th century, but no different than in many towns in Britian at the time, but I can find no reference to them being anything more than Bicycle thieves, wife beaters, or a violent youth subculture.
The jump to after WW1, and 1920s and we see a family of Irish Gypsy Emigrants, taking over the Racing Game, right under the noes of the London’s Flying Squad. or are about to.
What I cannot quite understand, is the fact that Billy Kimber the leader, of all things Bookmaking at the time, was seen as a Rolls Royce owner living in a Cheltenham Mansion seen as a loud-mouthed, flashy dresser, when in fact Mr Kimber was a gent, to all other than his first wife, although he was no wife beater,
My father and mother took me and my brother Phillip junior to Worcester in the late 1940s Mr Kimber I have been informed gave me a Tosheroon, (2/6) causing a great deal of disquiet in the household when we returned home. when it was found that my Brother (Three years older) had missed out.
As for Mr Sabini (Derby) I remember seeing him at Epsom one day, and he was certainly not as smart and dapper as he appeared in Thursdays program.as for the final act of series one,
There is a stand to in Small Heath all lined up with more heavy armoury than they had over the road at the BSA. It is clear to all that Bill Kimber who never carried a gun, until he arrived in the States. but I will guarantee that Bill is still alive and kicking during the final series.
When my father joined a Bookmakers firm, called Ernest Fletcher, (No relation of Mike) in 1928
Tom the pitch holder was a WW1 Hero. winning a George Cross and equivalent medal in France.
Tommy Shelby has claimed similar hero status and who am I to discredit that fact. all I can say is that when the Jockey Club, and Government were prepared to close down racecourses were the type of criminality was taking place, it was inevitable that all racecourse Bookmakers cleaned up there act.
The formation of a trade association, firstly the Bookmakers and Punters Association soon lost the Punters, however what should be understood is that there was no trouble in the main rings, Tattersals and the Rails. have never been part of Gang Warfare,
One thing that all the leaders of the Bookmakers had in common north south east and west, was they had all the important authority in there back pocket,
Kimber, Emanual, Derby Sibini and Whites, were all bunging, of that there is no doubt. Although I respect our very own Historian Mr Carl Chinn, very few know more about the subject, than this true Brummie, on the other hand Mr McDonald’s Gangs of London, is a must for fans of the game. but they were not there at the time, so they are pure and simple Historians.
If I may I hope that the Peeky writers some how dig Billy Kimber up from whence he has been interned, for without him the true story will; be lost for ever and in years to come, people interested will think that a nasty little Yid called Soloman was anything more than a school bully with a gun.
And that Derby Sabini was a Clark Gamble look a like. which he certainly wasn’t. in fact if Paddy Power had created a Bookm on the best dressed on racecourses during the period.
Bill Kimber would have been odds on Soloman and Derby 33/1.
I doubt the real Racing Don, will get a mention in the Peaky tale as The South is concerned the King financing all activity, south of Watford was Emanuel. just because there is no photo of him douse not detract from the fact that he was the Man.No 1.
I will carry on watching with interest, the forthcoming Battles, but remember all of the Midland Lists,
used by the Midland Bookmakers and District Association (Jenny Govier) were given to me after computer records commenced, these list’s date back to early 1900s, and having looked through them religiously I see no reference to any Shelby.
As for Kimber I do not know of his trip to USA, so I will leave that period to Gangs of London.
I do know what happened to Billy down the west country under the guide of Brillcream Harry, and all point to point racing down west.
I will watch with interest,