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. A monarchist, he also champions alternative lifestyles and cultures.
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 (performing under various names), most commonly ‘showing out’ at The 12-Bar Club.
He has managed several bands and has a recording contract with Cherry Red Records, operating as Billy Bluebeat. He appeared in several well-known TV programmes – among them Casualty, The Bill and The Vet – as well as the The Football Factory movie. 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.