Blueblagger has lived a varied and somewhat eventful life. A man of mystery, he was born a punk rocker in West London and grew up in the Victoria / Pimlico area, since then living in the four corners of the city and several South Coast holiday resorts. He started attending music festivals at an early age – Stonehenge, Elephant Fair, Endorse It, Beautiful Days and Glastonbury among others – and is a long-term vegetarian.
He has worked as a professional roadie for the likes of Sham 69, The Undertones, The Cure, Steel Pulse and The Moondogs in the past, and currently roadies with ska giants Symarip. He also assists at the Human Punk nights held at London’s legendary 100 Club and is known as a punk DJ, most famously during the heyday of the 12-Bar Club.
He has managed several bands and has a recording contract with Cherry Red Records, operating as Billy Bluebeat. He has appeared in several well-known TV programmes, as well as the The Football Factory film. In football circles he is best known as the founder, publisher and editor of long-running Chelsea fanzine cfcuk, which began life as Matthew Harding’s Blue And White Army. He has co-written several books on the club.
Blueblagger insists that one of the ‘best’ jobs he has ever had was singlehandedly nursing his father for five years after he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. He currently splits his time between a base in West London and spells in Russia.