These were the 4 original clubs of the North West Alliance formed in the 70's
Originally the North West Alliance was just the Dragons and the Devils Disciples. Both clubs wearing a front patch that was the wheel from the Dragons Patch, with the Disciples death head in the middle and the words North West Alliance around it. The North West rocker was adopted when the Sons joined. The Henchmen flew North West for a while but changed to North Wales some time later. That's a new North West rocker you can see on the Henchmen patches in the picture left. There's also Sons, Dragons, Disciples and friends of the alliance at the time, the Chosen Few from Staffordshire in the picture.
Actually the Sons of Hell were the new boys out of the four clubs, having formed in 1970. The first to form was the Devils Disciples in 1965, then the Dragons in 1967, followed by the Henchmen in 1969. Having said that, the Dragons were a group of friends who began riding together in 1957, and had already been together for ten years before they put up a back patch. The name Dragons also comes from 1957 as one of their members used to work on a funfair ride called the 'dragon' at Belle Vue, which was a Theme Park that all Mancunians of a certain age will remember well. He had the word Dragon painted on the back of his leather jacket, so he and his mates became known as the Dragons by their fellow 'rockers' around Manchester.
Pictured right is the Devils Disciples and the Dragons leaving an early meeting of the Alliance, the first of which was in 1968, also present at the first meeting was a club called the Vikings 'West Coast' who were based in and around the Lancaster/Morecambe area (no connection to Manchesters Animal Vikings). They attended a couple of meetings but soon backed out and disappeared from history, as did most of the other back patch clubs who were around the North West at that time.
AQUILLAS (latin for Eagles)- Chester.
EAGLES - Stalybridge Manchester.
ASPHALT APACHES - North Wales.
ONE PERCENTS - Manchester.
GYPSY HAWKS - North Wales.
COFFIN CHEATERS - Oldham Manchester.
COMMANCHEROS - Oldham Manchester.
EL DIABLOS - Droylsden Manchester.
ROAD RATS - Stockport.
To name but a few of the gone and mostly forgotten. There was also an assortment of independent Hells Angels, but they, like the above listed, had all gone by the mid 70s. The Dragons survived well into the 80s, possibly even the early 90s? The clubs from the early days that survived and are still alive and well today are
SONS OF HELL - Manchester.
DEVILS DISCIPLES - Manchester.
WARLORDS who are now SATANS SLAVES Manchester.
HENCHMEN who are now OUTLAWS North Wales.
The original idea behind an alliance of North West clubs at that time, was as a defence against the perceived threat from the southern based Hells Angels, and as the majority of the above mentioned clubs were flying 'red on white' there was reason enough for the 'chartered' Angel clubs to be pissed off. As it was most of the clubs managed to break up without any help from anybody.
I should point out that while the Warlords/Satans Slaves have for most of the time been friends, they have never had any connection with the Alliance.