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In the early 1870s, Birmingham erupted in a series of vicious gang wars. Mobs of youths, armed with stones, heavy-buckled belts and knives, fought pitched battles on the streets in a bloody struggle for territorial supremacy. The `sloggers' were the hooligans of their day, and for thirty years they held the streets in a grip of fear.
Drawing their numbers from the tens of thousands lured to Birmingham to make guns, nails and jewellery and to live in overcrowded slums, the sloggers emerged from a tradition of tough masculine pursuits such as bareknuckle prize-fighting and from political and sectarian violence. 'The Gangs of Birmingham' traces the first appearance of the sloggers in the Cheapside area around 1870, through the Bordesley Riot of 1874, to the brutal antics of such infamous fighters as the Simpson brothers of Aston, the Harper brothers of Sparkbrook and the police killer George `Cloggy' Williams. It chronicles the later rise of the Peaky Blinders, named for their peaked caps and long fringes, and the eventual demise of the gangs at the turn of the century, bringing to vivid life a forgotten chapter in the history of Britain's gangland.