Manchester City football hooligan and wrestler caged after paper trail reveals doublelife


Mickey Francis, former leader of the “Man City Guvnors” firm, has been jailed for four and half years after revealing his criminal activities to police.

Francis then even managed to incriminate himself further through his own CCTV – which filmed him setting up a £40,000 cannabis farm in an outhouse at his home.

As officers searched his home, they then found cash totalling £15,000 stuffed inside a shoebox in his sauna.

Back in 2014, an officer was called to a domestic at Francis’ home at Manchester Road, Heywood, and noted a large amount of notebooks piled by the door which were branded with the name “Piggybank Loans”.

The discovery sparked an investigation which revealed Francis was illegally lending money to 400 people.

Interest was charged at a flat 60 per cent, and late payers were hit with additional fees of £40 or £80.

The average value of a loan was £260, and it’s believed he loaned out around £20,0000 between 2013 and 2015, earning £125,000 in interest and fees.

The business was based at the pub Francis ran – Eastlands Bar – a stone’s throw from the Etihad stadium, as well as Francis’ home. He employed debtors as collectors and administrators.

Despite being raided in May 2015 by police, Francis continued the business, making collections from over 100 people and issuing 24 new loans in the weeks after.

Francis later admitted charges of illegal money lending, money laundering, production of cannabis, and abstracting electricity. His last conviction was for violent disorder in 1998.

Francis’ chronicled his days as a hardman of the terraces in the book “Guvnors”, published in 1997.

Oliver Jarvis, mitigating, said Francis, who wrestled under the name “The Guvnor” had employed “no threats, violence or intimidation”.