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Hooligan Survives Hit In Pattaya.

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Andrew Drummond

Special to The Nation: 08.11.2004

One of Scotland's most infamous football thugs appears to have escaped an assassin's gun in Pattaya.

PATTAYA: -- James "Fat" McLeod, 35, underwent critical surgery at an international hospital in the resort. Doctors saved his life but he lost his left eye. The attempted murder took place at the new home McLeod bought in the beach resort, where he has taken a local girl named Nok as his wife.

The notorius Fat was washing the dishes when a hired gunman fired a shotgun through the kitchen window.

Although the incident was reported to Lothian and Borders Police in Scotland, police in Pattaya were either blissfully unaware of the attempted murder of another foreigner in the resort or looked the other way. McLeod said to hospital officials that he was the victim of a gas explosion and told them to keep "shtum". McLeod does not want Thai police to interfere in his personal affairs. This week he was keeping a low profile, although a hospital spokesman admitted that he came daily to have his dressings changed.

"The big guy doesn't want any trouble with the local police. He settles things his own way," said a local Scot, demanding anonymity. "The attack has got to be a revenge attack for something. It was carried out by a Thai but he didn't take any money like"

McLeod is understood to have made several enemies in the foreign and Thai communities in Pattaya and has reportedly insulted members of both. He rides a chopper motorcycle, is believed to have invested in property in Thailand. He once ran a clothing business called Original Casuals in South Clerk Street, Edinburgh.

In June 1998, after several years of skull cracking at football matches, McLeod, a leader of Hibernian Capital City Service football gang, planned to disrupt a World Cup game between Norway and Scotland and destroy the reputation of Scotland's usually well behaved Tartan Army. But the plot was wrecked in a joint operation between Britain's National Criminal Intelligence Service and French and Spanish police.

The following October, however, he was among 18 hooligans jailed by a month by a Dutch court for his actions during the "Battle of Eindhoven".

He was singled out by Dutch police as "one of the most vicious of the Rangers' group" - even though he is a Hibs fan. Glascow Rangers were playing PSV Eindhoven when the violence broke out. Rangers' fans charged after someone shouted at the Dutch fans: "come on, you know we are here for a fight." Police have also linked McLeod and a fellow hooligan Warren Bennett, to neo-nazi groups including the racist British National Party.

McLeod feels at home on Pattaya. His local bars are the International Bar in Soi Yamoto run by Scotsmen from Edinburgh, with connections to the Ulster Defence Army (UDA), and the famous Dogs <deleted>. The bosses at the Dogs <deleted> bar are ex-Chelsea "Headhunters". The bar was opened by Chelsea headhunters Chris "Chubby" Henderson, author of "Who Wants It?" and Steve "Hicky" Hickmont author of "Armed for the Match".

Chelsea Football Club fans are known to be connected with ultra-right wing groups and involved in the beatings of Africans, Indians, Pakistanis and Chinese.

But Fat, Chubby and Hickey appear to have almost been tamed by Thai wives, who are unlikely to fully understand their past and may not care while the cash is still flowing.

However, there have been several incidents involving the Chelsea Headhunters in Pattaya - mainly involving Japanese and Western journalists. Henderson was turned back by police in Japan during the last World Cup.

By all accounts McLeod has been celebrating his life in Pattaya by greeting arriving friends from the UK with dinners of haggis and turnips and a "half and a half" (whisky with a beer chaser or vice-versa)- traditional Scottish fare.

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to bad they didn't hit him a centimeter or two to the middle of his face :o

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They let sh!ts like this live in Thailand but an English teacher mindng his own business has to leave every three months for a new visa. Money is #1.

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They let sh!ts like this live in Thailand but an English teacher mindng his own business has to leave every three months for a new visa. Money is #1.

I suspect this yob and his mates do the 'border bounce' as well. Hopefully now that he and his fellow football hooligans are getting press coverage, Thai Imm. will blacklist them from the country. Pattaya has enough image problems without allowing known criminals to reside there.

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shame they missed!!!

Pattaya seems to be attracting more than its share of these pieces of excrement lately.

quote=Pattayaguy1999,2004-11-08 19:56:10]

They let sh!ts like this live in Thailand but an English teacher mindng his own business has to leave every three months for a new visa. Money is #1.

I suspect this yob and his mates do the 'border bounce' as well. Hopefully now that he and his fellow football hooligans are getting press coverage, Thai Imm. will blacklist them from the country. Pattaya has enough image problems without allowing known criminals to reside there.

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shame they missed!!!

Pattaya seems to be attracting more than its share of these pieces of excrement lately.

quote=Pattayaguy1999,2004-11-08 19:56:10]

They let sh!ts like this live in Thailand but an English teacher mindng his own business has to leave every three months for a new visa. Money is #1.

I suspect this yob and his mates do the 'border bounce' as well. Hopefully now that he and his fellow football hooligans are getting press coverage, Thai Imm. will blacklist them from the country. Pattaya has enough image problems without allowing known criminals to reside there.

Bloody toffy place is Pattaya. :o

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Chris "Chubby" Henderson is a nice guy actually.

Don't believe all you read in the papers.

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Chris "Chubby" Henderson is a nice guy actually.

Don't believe all you read in the papers.

Yes and you know how he started his bar in Pattaya dont you?

Anyway that was a long time ago and yes he is an OK guy.

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Don't believe all you read in the papers.

Maybe not, but it does make you wonder?

Especially give then past history quoted in the article?

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Chris "Chubby" Henderson is a nice guy actually.

Don't believe all you read in the papers.

sure he is :D if you play for the right football team :o

I remember this Batlle of eindhoven. This guy needs to be behind bars. :D

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I know people that know him , he's not as bad as they say , people change....

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I have no idea of the truth of this story BUT bear in mind that the writer "Andrew Drummond" has a LESS than honest reputation. Stories that appear in newspapers back in the UK like the Screws Of The World often come from him. He has been caught lying quite a few times!

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I know people that know him , he's not as bad as they say , people change....

Chon , I first met Chris over 13 years ago in Pattaya, before he ever got 'The Dogs <deleted>', he ain't a bad lad at all.

Not so Chubby now either.

I am a Charlton Athletic supporter, Nobody really hates Charlton. :o

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When i first came here (Pattaya) i stayed for a year in the Rising Sun directly opposite the Dogs <deleted>....i stayed on the first floor looking straight into the D.B.....can honestly say i never saw that much trouble in there, that said the place aint my cup of tea.

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