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ARMED COPS AT MCGRAW FUNERAL...
 
The once feared LicenseeThomas McGraw

ARMED police will today mingle with mourners at the funeral of gangland godfather Tam McGraw.

A ring of steel will surround Daldowie Crematorium in the East End of Glasgow amid fears bitter rivals of "The Licensee" will try to sabotage the service.

A terminally ill member of a notorious crime clan may try to wipe out a rival.

Concerns have intensified after a double shooting outside a Paisley snooker hall at the weekend which left one man dead and another fighting for life.

The attack came just hours after the funeral of assassinated drug baron Jim McDonald in Barrhead on Friday.

The dad-of-two was gunned down in broad daylight on Corkerhill Road, Cardonald, Glasgow, in May.

And a relative of the cocaine dealer has been boasting he plans to "wipe out a rival" at 55-year-old McGraw's funeral.

A source said: "He doesn't have long to live and it seems he wants to go out in a blaze of glory.

"It's not often you know where some of the biggest gangsters in Scotland will be at any given time but McGraw's funeral will bring lots of them out of the woodwork."

Police declined to comment on security arrangements and said the funeral was a "private family matter".

Our source added: "McGraw led an eventful life and made a lot of enemies building his criminal empire.

"It would be out of character if there were not some fireworks at his funeral."

McGraw, who built his fortune through drugs, property and taxis, died of a heart attack at home in Mount Vernon last Monday.

His cortege will be followed by a police helicopter on the two miles to Daldowie.

McGraw's wife Margaret, who now holds the key to his estimated £30million, his son William and grandsons Connor and Rhys will lead the mourners.

Speculation the family wanted a low-key send-off was dispelled with a newspaper death notice.

After publishing details of the funeral, which starts at 1.30pm, it said: "All friends and family are respectfully invited".

But, in keeping with The Licensee's hardman image, the notice ended: "No flowers please".


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"It's not often you know where some of the biggest gangsters in Scotland will be at any given time but McGraw's funeral will bring lots of them out of the woodwork."
 
Really?.......Most of them can be found on any given day tucked behind their desks in police offices all across the Strathclyde region.  Bilko

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   well said bilko. They can also be found at the HQ Fettes in Edinburgh

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 Ode to McGraw to the tune of New York New York - Bilko                                   

                                  The Grass The Grass

          Start spreading the news,
          He's leaving today
          He's gonna lie right under it. The Grass The Grass!
          You can hear the boo's along the way
          Good ridance to...... The Grass The Grass!

          He's going under in a hole thats six foot deep
          He's always been run of the mill......a fucking creep
          His friends in Blue are melting away
          No longer getting info from
          Their boy The Grass.
          No fit ups any mere
          He stuck guys in everywhere
          It's down to you.....The Grass The Grass!

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Mourners in tears for funeral of city crime lord
 
 
`Licensee` Tam McGraw's coffin is carried from his home in Mount Vernon
`Licensee` Tam McGraw's coffin is carried from his home in Mount Vernon
 
The hearse carrying Tam McGraw arrives at Daldowie Crematorium today
The hearse carrying Tam McGraw arrives at Daldowie Crematorium today
 
 

 

NOTORIOUS Glasgow gangster Tam McGraw today took his many secrets to the grave.

Hundreds of mourners, including a number of Glasgow criminals, packed Daldowie Crematorium to say their private farewells.

The funeral of the 55-year-old crime boss, known as The Licensee, also attracted curious onlookers, who lined the route for the short drive from his home in Mount Vernon to Daldowie.

Detectives mingled with mourners at the crematorium but the police operation was low-profile.

Earlier, at McGraw's home in Carrick Drive, a short service was held for around 80 of his family and closest friends.

Mourners were in tears as they left the house and the funeral cortege - led by a hearse and four official cars - set off at 1pm.

McGraw's coffin had none of the trappings of previous gangster funerals - it was decked simply in white flowers.

His widow Margaret and son William were in the leading car. Grandsons Connor and Rhys were also there.

McGraw, who was believed to have amassed a £15million fortune from crime, died of a heart attack last week at his luxury East End home.

He dominated the city's underworld for 30 years and was linked to crimes including murder, drug trafficking and extortion. Police fear a turf war following his death.

He took over as Glasgow's Godfather' after the death of crime boss Arthur Thompson, and owned several businesses over the years, including security companies and taxi firms.

However, McGraw had not been convicted of an offence for more than 20 years.

He was acquitted of the attempted murder of a police officer in 1978 and drug smuggling charges were found not proven in 1998.

His Licensee nickname is said to have come from his pub involvement, but it was more likely due to him being known as a police informer.

Five years ago he survived a knife attack near his home.

And in 2004 he survived a gun attack at the Royal Oak pub in Nitshill by diving under a pool table as a hitman opened fire.


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McGRAW FUNERAL: BEAM ME UP SCOTTY...
 
Mourners at Tam McGraws funeral 7th Aug '07
 
THE McGRAW FUNERAL... GANGSTER Tam McGraw was cremated yesterday - as the minister at his funeral said: "Beam me up Scotty."

It was a bizarre send-off for Scotland's top crime boss, who was also a big Star Trek fan.

The Reverend David Locke told mourners that The Licensee was a science fiction nut who also loved Doctor Who and Star Wars.

And as he drew the red curtain around the drug lord's coffin before the cremation, he said: "You wonder if, right now, Tam would say, 'Beam me up Scotty'."

Around 1000 mourners said their farewells to McGraw, 55, at Daldowie Crematorium, near Glasgow.

They heard plenty about McGraw the family man, who gave cash to his local kids' hospice, but little about his ruthless career or feuds with hardman Paul Ferris.

Mr Locke told the congregation all about McGraw's favourite foods - wife Margaret's mince and tatties, and brown bread jam sandwiches with chocolate flakes.

The minister said McGraw, 55, loved listening to Phil Collins and Robbie Williams, and singing on a karaoke machine at his fortified £400,000 home.

And he told how The Licensee couldn't resist the cigarettes that hastened his death, often enjoying "two or three at once with one behind his ear".

Mr Locke said McGraw had "a number of enemies" and "spent a short time at Her Majesty's pleasure".

But he added: "The vast majority of charges he faced were not proven.

"Everybody makes mistakes and I don't know what Tam got up to.

"It is not for us to judge the actions of others. God shall be the judge."

McGraw, who had colon cancer, died of a heart attack in bed last Monday at home in Mount Vernon, Glasgow.

Yesterday, 200 mourners packed into the house before the funeral service.

They were greeted by the gangster's loyal wife Margaret, known as The Jeweller because of her love of gold trinkets. She wore two large gold chains, a gold brooch and a gold watch with her black trouser suit.

In life, McGraw rarely went through his own front door. He kept it locked against his enemies and refused to fit a letter box in case someone poured petrol through it.

But just before 1.30pm, the door swung open and McGraw's coffin was carried to a hearse for the two-mile drive to Daldowie. A cortege of around 100 cars followed.

Hundreds more mourners were waiting at the crematorium, where a one-hour double slot had been booked for McGraw.

Robbie Williams' hit Angels was played as they crammed into the East Chapel. Police surveillance officers in unmarked vans watched the crowd from a discreet distance.

Margaret was joined by McGraw's son William, 25, and one of their grandsons.

McGraw's brother Francis and brother-in-law "Snadz" Adams, a former colleague in the notorious Barlanark Team of armed robbers, were also seated in the front rows.

Gangland figures arrived to pay tribute, including McGraw's right-hand man John "Joker" McCartney and security bosses Michael "Benji" Bennett and Stephen "Scudder" Scullion.

There had been talk that Ferris would turn up to gloat but there was no sign of him as Mr Locke began to speak. Security guards made low-key patrols of the chapel to look out for unwelcome guests.

Mourners laughed as the minister described the young McGraw as "Jack the Lad who grew into Jack the Man".

Mr Locke, of Barlanark Greyfriars, added, to more laughter: "Tam attended his local primary school and a number of approved schools. He also attended a few better-known educational institutions.

"He then went to work on the buses as a conductor, where he began re-selling used bus tickets.

"When Tam was about 20, Strathclyde's finest began to show an interest in him, at which point he uprooted and moved to London with wife Margaret.

"After a few years down there, during which time he suffered a horrific accident in an electro-plating plant which forced him to give up the job, they moved back to Glasgow and got into the ice cream trade. The rest, as they say, is history."

McGraw was a leading figure in the infamous Ice Cream Wars of the 1980s, when ice cream vans were used as cover for drug-dealing.

His enemies accused him of involvement in the worst incident of the wars, the murders of six members of the Doyle family in their firebombed home in 1984.

But Mr Locke described McGraw as a family man who devoted his life to his relatives and friends.

He said McGraw was happiest at home with Margaret, enjoying a cup of tea and his beloved fags.

Mr Locke revealed that McGraw collected every episode of Doctor Who ever made. He added: "He had a passion for TV, including the news, but his favourites were sci-fi shows."

The minister went on: "Tam loved to talk. He had a lot of friends and he would slag them all off in his own sarcastic way when he told tales.

"He also loved singing on the karaoke in his house. He wasn't bad - unlike a few female family members who he had to ban from singing."

Mr Locke told the mourners he could not say whether McGraw was the gangster described in the media.

He added: "A book written about Tam asks, 'Was he a man standing on the edge looking over his shoulder? Who was the real Tam McGraw, gangland figure or wise investor? Or was he a friendly family man who loved his family?

"Did he have a criminal past or was he a businessman who made some wise financial decisions?"

Mr Locke concluded by saying: "Today, Tam's close friends and family mourn him. He was much-loved by them all and will be sadly missed.

"He was a much-loved father, grandfather and son."

After McGraw was cremated, the congregation sang Amazing Grace. Then, as the mourners filed out of the chapel, Beatles track Let It Be, one of The Licensee's favourites, was played.

McGraw's family were driven away from the crematorium in a convoy of four black Mercedes limousines. They headed to the nearby Woodend pub for his wake.

An old woman who watched the family leave said: "It's hard to imagine someone like that had so many loved-ones wanting to say goodbye.

"I expected a bigger deal for his funeral though, given what they say he was worth."


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The minister went on: "Tam loved to talk.

Understatement of the century that one. And when Tam talked Barlinnie's head count inevitably was added to. Bilko

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 Quality as usual Bilkster

FROM AN INSIDER @ BAR-L

When the news broke about McGraw's death an almighty cheer went up....the only TWO (MUPPET'S) who never realised the significance was his men in Bar-L who asked "WHO SCORED?"  they thought it was a football match that was on until someone told them what the REAL score was (The Licensee expired)......They stormed off and banged their doors shut

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FROM AN INSIDER @ BAR-L

When the news broke about McGraw's death an almighty cheer went up....the only TWO (MUPPET'S) who never realised the significance was his men in Bar-L who asked "WHO SCORED?"  they thought it was a football match that was on until someone told them what the REAL score was (The Licensee expired)......They stormed off and banged their doors shut

No doubt to a chorus of.....one nil to the champions...one nil to the champions....one nil.....   Bilko

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ARCHIVED FOR FORUM 09/08/2007

The Vultures & Snitch’s Bitches:

 

Death it only happens to you once.  Who would you choose to be by your death bed?  A vulture?

 

To understand we have to go to 2004 in what was the biggest crime story for months.  Shootings in pubs get the public imagination flowing.

 

Stories of the street don’t surprise me much - a legacy of the life I used to live.  But McGraw in his Shogun with his snitch’s bitches bleeding in the back did get me thinking.  What the hell were they doing there?

 

The scene was just after a shooting in the Royal Oak in Nitshill in Glasgow’s southside.  A lone gunman had walked in and started blasting at his two targets - Craig ‘Hairy Hands’ Devlin and John ‘Joker’ McCartney.  Even the dogs on the street could guess what that was about.

 

Stewart ‘Speccy’ Boyd had ruled the streets of the southside for years till his death in mysterious car crash on the Costa del Sol in 2003.  When I was active, Speccy and I had our differences from time to time but there’s no disputing he was good at many things.  When he died there was a power vacuum and no one to take over.  Except other people had different ideas.

 

Joker McCartney worked to Speccy for years.  He was known as the Richest Binman in the World since that’s what he used to do.  Joker thought he was Speccy’s depute but other people knew he couldn’t walk a mile in that man’s shoes.

 

‘Hairy Hands’ Devlin was a late comer to the street.  His wife’s father had been one of the oil rig workers who suffered so badly in the Piper Alpha disaster.  Hairy Hands would boast how his wife had received a generous amount of her dad’s compensation and he had used that to get into the more lucrative business of crime.  Or so he hoped. 

 

The pair were simply no raters till Speccy Boyd died then they thought they were the bees knees.  While I believe that McGraw’s death won’t result in turf wars in the east end, Speccy’s death led to all sort of badness in the southside with men, women and young folk getting hurt. 

 

McCartney and Devlin didn’t just try to take over they also ‘lost’ Speccy’s money - some of it earned from legitimate enterprises.  The day Speccy died his father - a straight, decent guy - was sacked as a security guard by the firm he worked for - Osiris.  Osiris is owned by disgraced former cop Paul Johnston, Speccy’s business partner, who Speccy had been visiting and whose Audi TT he had been driving when he was killed. 

 

Even before the grief hit Speccy’s family, it had turned very personal. 

 

Local people in the southside could see what was happening, witnessed McCartney and Devlin throwing their weight around, hurting innocent people and didn’t like it.  By the time of the shooting in Royal Oak, there was a queue of people lining up to have a go at that pair. 

 

McGraw and Speccy had done some business - that was common knowledge.  But when he died what the hell was McGraw doing hanging around with McCartney and Devlin?

 

Rumours spread that McGraw planned to take over the southside.  Maybe, since he was always looking for more bucks, more profit.  There was another theory I prefer - McGraw had become Tommy No Pals.

 

In the last few years his close associates had all died bloodily.  The violence of some of his crew to innocent citizens in the east end had made him more unpopular than ever.  The southside was a different matter.  The price he paid was to associate with McCartney and Devlin.     

 

They had a lot in common - the love of money came first. 

 

When Speccy died it was McCartney and Devlin who picked at his bones - at least in the financial sense.  They wanted very penny they could get and didn’t mind denying his own family their rightful due.  Time and again McGraw had carried out the same trick with dead friends.   

 

Vultures picking at the bones.

 

When a few weeks after the shooting the Royal Oak was torched, burned to the ground and the site cleared it was like a re-run of the demolition of McGraw’s pub, The Caravel, when he was warned that the cops planned a thorough forensic check for evidence of Bobby Glover and Joe Hanlon’s Murders.

 

After that Devlin took of to McGraw’s house in Tenerife then on to a house in Benidorm.  Rumours hit the press that he had fallen out with McGraw.  I prefer the explanation that he was avoiding the streets of Glasgow and being called as a prosecution witness for his own shooting.  It will be interesting to see if he’s tempted back for the funeral by the pot of McGraw’s gold. 

 

McCartney stuck around and refused to cooperate with the police.  He told the court that the accused, Ross Boyd, Speccy’s nephew was his cousin and added,

“He’s the least likely person in the world to shoot me.”  In street terms, McCartney was doing the right thing. 

 

There was a big question about McGraw.  He had been in the pub when the shooting happened though there’s a rumour he dived under a pool table. Was he not going to appear as a witness?  When asked, someone very close to the case said,

“Mr McGraw doesn’t do witness appearances.”  We know that.  Not even when cited by the prosecution.  Ross Boyd was found Not Guilty.   

 

McGraw might have been mean, greedy and paid others to dispense pain on a whim - but he had enough sense to suss out what McCartney and Devlin were all about.  Like him in other words.

 

I wonder what he felt like as the heart attack gripped his chest and there by his bedside stood Joker McCartney? 

 

Seeing the vulture hover over his body even before he was dead?  It’s not the way I’d choose to spend my last minutes on earth.  But was it some kind of justice?

 


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Great article above posted by Real1, who wrote it, was it from a newspaper? Bilko


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Hi Bilko R1 was asked to post it earlier on as it was another great bit of work by the FERRIS MCKAY TEAM

R1 should have given credit to the authors  but glad you like it...... I personally think its their strongest piece yet

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I was just aboot to say it looked like their penning, it's of a certain unique style, u should know it with yer eyes shut Bilks  Great read there, well done to them both  

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