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Thug who terrorised Catholics and inspired Ibrox terrace chant will battle Shelby, show creator Steven Knight revealed
PEAKY Blinders creator Steven Knight has revealed next season will see the Shelbys battle a Glasgow gang boss based on the head of the feared Billy Boys.
The director, 59, told how notorious Glasgow razor gang boss Billy Fullerton – the inspiration for the ‘Billy Boys’ chant sung by Rangers fans – was the inspiration for the next villain in the BBC hit.
Steven confirmed the anti-Catholic group — who ran amok during the 1920s and 1930s — will feature in series five and hinted the camera crews may film in the city.
He said: We have someone playing a fictionalised version of a real Glasgow character who was around in east Glasgow, Billy Fullerton. The man who ran the Billy Boys.
Truth be told the Glasgow gangs were pretty much the most feared so I thought it was time we went north of the border.
Steven speaking on talkSPORT, added: The storyline has the Glasgow characters coming south to claim territory.
“So we didnt shoot in Glasgow but thats not ruling it out because we are just planning series six and seven.
The show — set in Birmingham — focuses on Thomas Shelby, played by Cillian Murphy, 42, Paul Anderson, 40, as his brother Arthur and aunt Polly, Helen McCrory, 50.
Fullerton, who died at 56 in 1962, was the leader of the Bridgeton gang which boasted up to 800 thugs.
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The new season will feature a “fictionalised version” of Billy Fullerton – the inspiration behind the Billy Boys chant sung by Rangers fans.