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There was increasing concern about "roughs on the turf" and on August 13, 1898 a reporter from The Daily Telegraph related the evidence from an official who had been involved in trying to deal with ruffianism.
This chilling evangelical work describes Derby Day as ``a seething mass of ruffianism, in a stifling atmosphere, polluted by the smell of ale and the reeking breath of tipsy people'' - which goes to show that some things on Derby Day just don't change.
100 YEARS AGO: Another serious outbreak of ruffianism occurred in the city on Saturday night as a result of which Police Constable Leach was badly injured after being brutally attacked by a gang of roughs in Great Lister Street.