I also met him a few times. Kitts Green, Stechford, Bordesely Green was my manor growing up. My uncle - another Barrington, ran the door at the Bordesely pub another regular haunt of the Zulus.
It’s hard to explain the Zulu phenomenon to people who don’t know that area. The National Front had a decent stranglehold in the late 70’s, regularly marched and like at most football grounds got a bit of a stranglehold at St Andrews. But then came 2Tone from just down the road in Coventry, black and white lads started running together and the local old bill at Stechford nick hated it. The big black and Irish communities had become fair game with the blessing of the local white English community. But that all changed and it manifested most notably through the emergence of the Zulus. Certainly not all angels fighting for racial equality and justice but people like Baz, Wally and Cud became legends and role models. Sounds odd for a hooligan firm but locally people felt safer with these guys around. It transcended football. More an attitude and outlook. My own vehement anti racist stance found across these pages comes from that time and that place. An awakening in me that led to a realisation that together we are stronger. Form the line, black and white, trust your mates either side of you and believe in yourselves no matter how much others try to create and exploit gaps between you.
It made me smile last year when in amongst all the statue defending, Football Ladz Alliance (I can’t believe it’s not the EDL) and BLM backlash, there was Baz and Wally mobilising the usual faces for one last meet. And rather than fetishising over “back in the day” hooliganism I’d like to remember Baz as a surprisingly vulnerable giant, at the front of this March having made a positive difference to a lot of lives.