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  • Published: 4 February 2021
  • ISBN: 9781473578821
  • Imprint: Ebury Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 304

The Guv'nor and Me

My Life with Lenny McLean




The true story of a life by legendary Lenny McLean’s side; bare-knuckle fist fights, enforcing for the Krays and delivering some rough East End justice.

John 'The Neck' Houchin's legendary fame rests securely on his long close association with 'The Guv’nor' himself, Lenny McLean. John trained daily with Lenny in the gym to achieve his huge bulk and neck, all 23 inches of it, required to frighten the hell out of troublemakers. They worked together regularly over many years and their partnership forms the core of John’s memoir. These are the streets of London of the 70s and 80s. Swift justice as well as fearless loyalty were the order of the day. He minded smart Mayfair clubs, major gentlemen’s clubs, and rough pubs and clubs around London’s West End. He would 'sort out' the trouble makers at football grounds. He minded many celebrities, including Paul Young, Curiousity Killed the Cat, Bryan Adams and many other top stars. Mike Tyson and The Supremes feature in the book, as do the Krays and the Richardsons, for whom they worked as enforcers.

A fresh take from one of the most notorious characters of the day, this book is full of chippy dialogue, gangster banter, brawls and pithy reflection on the changing times – from the hard men to the high life.

  • Published: 4 February 2021
  • ISBN: 9781473578821
  • Imprint: Ebury Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 304

About the authors

John ‘The Neck’ Houchin

Standing at 6ft 1in and almost as wide with a 23 inch neck, John 'The Neck' Houchin, as he was aptly known, rose from boarding school graduate to a club bouncing brawler in the 70s and 80s minding the roughest and toughest of London's torrid and sometimes ungovernable dancehalls. Now 56 and living in Yorkshire, this is his first book.

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