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dancehall days Big Tom's son remembers Oasis stars Noel and Liam Gallagher as 'mad boys' at his dad's gigs

"None of us ever thought then that the two gossons would go on to become superstars with Oasis," said Thomas.

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Noel told how he went to see Big Tom as a child

Noel told how he went to see Big Tom as a child

Noel told how he went to see Big Tom as a child

When rock superstar Noel Gallagher recalled on last week's Late Late Show how he used to go to Big Tom dances as a child, it brought back memories for the son of Ireland's King of Country.

Singer and musician Thomas McBride reveals that in those days, Tommy Gallagher, the father of Noel and Liam, used to play support to Big Tom at The Carousel in Manchester.

"Tommy was the DJ in the Irish club at the time," Thomas tells the Sunday World.

"When I was the drummer in Daddy's band, The Travellers, we played there in the late 1970s. Tommy would have Noel and Liam with him and they'd be running around the club. They were only skitters of gossons at the time."

The Carousel was regarded as the best Irish dancehall in Manchester, where women would line up on one side and men on the other - and then there was a stampede by the males when the music started.

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Noel and Liam

Noel and Liam

Noel and Liam

Looking back, Thomas McBride said there was nothing remarkable about Noel and Liam at the time. They were simply known as "Tommy Gallagher's young fellas."

"None of us ever thought then that the two gossons would go on to become superstars with Oasis. They were mad boys running around," Thomas says.

Delighted

"When they became famous in Oasis we all remembered the Gallagher brothers. Daddy and all the boys in the band knew the connection. It was great to hear Noel remembering Daddy on the Late Late last weekend. Our family were delighted with that."

Oasis sold an estimated 75 million records worldwide and have been cited by Guinness World Records as the most successful act in the UK between 1995 and 2005.

They notched up 22 consecutive UK top 10 hits between 1994 and 2008.

However, the Gallagher brothers no longer have a relationship with their father, Tommy.

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Big Tom and The Mainliners in Dublin in 1974

Big Tom and The Mainliners in Dublin in 1974

Big Tom and The Mainliners in Dublin in 1974

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When Noel and Liam's Mayo-born mother, Peggy, split up with Gallagher in 1986 after enduring years of physical abuse, the siblings, including older brother Paul, cut all contact with their father.

Liam said: "I was about seven when my mam left my dad. He was out all the time, fighting, beating my mam up, beating Noel and Paul up. Never touched me, though. Then, one night, while he was out, my mam got her brothers round, got all our gear in a truck, left him a mattress, and we went off to our new house.

"It was immediately better for all of us … I was always out playing football, load of energy, never depressed, not a loner, just rounding up the troops … let's go and have a bit of mischief. Always chasing the girls - but once you got 'em, I was like, 'I'd rather go out with the lads.'"

Noel has always said he has no regrets about his father not being in his life. Asked if he will ever make up with his dad, Noel said: "I wouldn't have thought so, no. He doesn't mean anything to me.

"The bad stuff completely outweighs the good stuff. OK, he got me into supporting Man City. Thanks a lot. That's the least you could f***king do for me."

Growing up witnessing his father's violent behaviour in the home, Liam says that his Irish mammy is responsible for anything good that came out of him.

"I got nothing from my old fella, all from my mam," he says. "Any good that comes out of me is all from Peggy and all her sisters and brothers - they were a good, close bunch of people."

Missing

He hasn't seen his Meath-born dad Tommy for decades. "The last time I saw my old fella, I was 17 or summat," he said, adding that he never felt like he was missing a father figure in his life thanks to his mother's love.

"I'm kind of glad that he weren't there.

"I never missed a geezer being around because my mam was pretty much both."

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Noel, Paul and Liam Gallagher with mum Peggy

Noel, Paul and Liam Gallagher with mum Peggy

Noel, Paul and Liam Gallagher with mum Peggy

While he didn't suffer the same abuse his father inflicted on his mum and older brothers, Liam says he was horrified by what he witnessed in the home.

He said: "I've seen him being violent with everyone else, which is not cool.

"He was violent with my mam, which is bad, but with me he was half decent, which is even more f**ked up because you're seeing that and you're seeing this."

Meanwhile, Thomas McBride says that Big Tom's family are proud of their father's legacy and the happy memories he has left behind for so many people.

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