Farewell to ‘One Eyed Baz’: Frank Bruno among mourners at funeral of Barrington Patterson after ex-football hooligan, kickboxer and anti-gang activist is laid to rest following his sudden death aged 56
The funeral of one-eyed anti-gang mentor Barrington ‘Baz’ Patterson attracted hundreds of mourners on Friday, with boxing legend Frank Bruno among guests seen attending the service at Birmingham Cathedral.
The much-loved community figure received huge rounds of applause as his cortege left Birmingham City FC’s ground, while fans and loved ones set off flares and waved blue and white balloons.
The charity worker and former thug, known affectionately as One Eyed Baz, died suddenly from a massive heart attack, invecchiato 56, a marzo 22.
A huge banner reading ‘RIP Baz’ and bearing a picture of the ex-hooligan was unfurled from the roof of the Birmingham City football stadium.
The city was united in grief as crowds upon crowds – including a biker gang – turned up to pay tribute to Baz, who was a member of Birmingham City’s Zulu Warriors hooligan group in his youth.
He became a shining example to younger people after he turned his life around to become a famous actor, mentor and dedicated charity worker.
The funeral of one-eyed anti-gang mentor Barrington ‘Baz’ Patterson attracted hundreds of mourners in Birmingham today, including boxing legend Frank Bruno (pictured arriving to service Friday morning)
STRAPPARE: Former champion kickboxer and reformed Birmingham City FC hooligan Barrington Patterson died after suffering a massive heart attack. His funeral attracted hundreds of mourners Friday.
The city was united in grief as crowds upon crowds turned up to pay tribute to Baz, who was a member of Birmingham City’s Zulu Warriors hooligan group in his youth. (Nella foto: Mourner at funeral on Friday holds blue and white balloons while donning a t-shirt with a picture of the ex-thug, along with the words: ‘Zulu Baz’)
A huge banner reading ‘RIP Baz’ and bearing a picture of the ex-hooligan was unfurled from the roof of the Birmingham City football stadium (nella foto)
The much-loved community figure received huge rounds of applause as his cortege left Birmingham City FC’s ground, while fans and loved ones set off flares and waved blue and white balloons
A Barrington Patterson fan wears a t-shirt emblazoned with an image of the former ‘Zulu Warrior’
A white coffin is carried into the Birmingham Cathedral for the funeral service for Barrington Patterson (One Eyed Baz) di venerdì
Hundreds of people gather around the cortege during the funeral service for One Eyed Baz in Birmingham on Friday
A flower arrangement reads ‘Zulu Baz’ as it makes its way to Birmingham Cathedral for the funeral of One Eyed Baz
The funeral service for Barrington Patterson (One Eyed Baz) took place in Birmingham at the Cathedral starting off at Birmingham City football ground on Friday
A biker gang rides through Birmingham to pay their respects to One Eyed Baz at his funeral on Friday
Crowds gather and film on their phones as the Barrington Patterson’s casket is carried into Birmingham Cathedral
Teary eyed mourners gather to pay their respects at the funeral of Barrington Patterson, who died from a heart attack aged 56 nel mese di marzo
The funeral procession left his beloved team’s St Andrew’s ground at 9am today.
It then made its way to St Philip’s in Cathedral Square, off Colmore Row, for a 10am service.
So many well-wishers wanted to pay their respects to the former MMA fighter and kickboxer that his family issued wristbands to those granted access to the service.
Widow Tracey urged anyone without a pass not to attend the cathedral and said they should instead visit St Andrew’s or watch online.
The ex-thug, nicknamed One-Eyed Baz because he was blind in his left eye, was part of Birmingham City’s hooligan firm the Zulu Warriors in the 1980s.
He starred on Danny Dyer’s TV show Deadliest Men, con il EastEnders regular calling Barrington one of the most terrifying people he had ever encountered.
Barrington Patterson poses during the Thunder & Lightning 5 Kickboxing Championships in New York in 1999
Barrington Patterson attends the UK Premiere of The Guvnors at Odeon Covent Garden on August 27, 2014
The hooligan-turned-activist from Handsworth, Birmingham, died after a heart attack at around 6am on March 22.
His partner Tracey said at the time: ‘Paramedics worked for over an hour to save him. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be. Our hearts are broken.’
He was blinded when he was a child after his sister threw a can at him. però, he still managed to fight in kickboxing bouts across the globe when he grew up.
He also made an appearance in 2006 documentary The Real Football Factories and acted in 2014 crime film The Guvnors.
Although his early life was marred with violence, Barrington turned his life around.
He became a community figure who helped people fight knife crime and homelessness.
His last tweet before he died was promoting his activism after he visited a school in London to warn children not to join crime gangs.
Birmingham City FC said: ‘The Club are saddened to learn of the passing of lifelong Bluenose, Barrington Patterson. All of our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time. May you rest in peace, Baz.’ Nella foto: Barrington on his 49th birthday in 2014
Former football hooligan and kickboxer Barrington Patterson, known as One-Eyed Baz, (nella foto) died of a heart attack aged just 56 at around 6am on March 22
Tributes poured in from the former hooligans as well as from the footballing community following his death.
Former Zulu Warrior Tyson Leon, disse: ‘He was a Birmingham legend.
‘He lived for his family, he lived for the Blues. He did things no other black bloke had done.’
Nel frattempo, Birmingham City FC said: ‘The Club are saddened to learn of the passing of lifelong Bluenose, Barrington Patterson.
‘All of our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time. May you rest in peace, Baz.’