The Street Urchin

The Street Urchin is set in North shields and tells of young Billy Phelps a promising young footballer- his father is a trawlerman and has no time for his children or his wife when he meets a Norwegian girl and begins an affair.
The impact of the the marriage break up and triumph over adversity are told in this heartwarming story.

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Billy scored twice in his first game for the school against St Anslums

Mr Tucker was very pleased with his progress. Over the next year Billy scored 30 goals for his school and was getting write ups in the Evening Chronicle after the school team won an inter schools competition against a German side from Munich.

Billy went on to score four goals winning 5-1

The next time he played the local scout for Newcastle United came to see him. Bill Giles was a decent footballer himself in his youth but a knee injury kept him from signing for West Ham.

Paul Tucker invited Bill to watch the youngster who showed amazing skills.

After the game Paul introduced Billy Phelps to Bill Giles.

Hi Billy, I’ve been following your progress very closely; you are very talented but could use so fine tuning so I am offering you the chance to come to Newcastle United on a scholarship.

“I will have to ask my mam first Sir; said Billy.”

“Of course; can you ask your parent’s to come to St James Park on Saturday?

“My dad doesn’t live with us any more Sir.”

 Okay well just ask your mother to bring you along.

“How old are you son?

“I’m nine years old.

“You’re a big lad for being only nine; how tall are you?

“Five feet nine Sir.”

“Call me Bill son.”

It’s a good job that your teacher here called me to come and watch you Billy; I think the club are going to be very impressed with you.

Billy’s mother used some of the money she had taken from Albert to buy Billy and the boy’s new clothes. She bought them all a suit, white shirt. Ties, long trousers and black Clarke’s Shoes.

They took the bus to Newcastle that Saturday morning where they were greeted by Bill Giles at the door.

“Come in Mrs Phelps; Hello Billy are these your brothers?

“Yes Bill, this is Alan and this is my youngest brother John.

Liz and the boys were shown around the ground before going to meet Joe Harvey who was the team manager.

Joe shook Lizzy’s hand and the boys too and asked them to sit down. Drinks were brought for Liz as well as pop and sweets for the boys.

Mrs Phelps I have asked you here today to sign Billy up on a scholarship for the next five years where he will play for our youth team.

How much is this all going to cost asked Billy’s mother?

“Nothing at all Mrs Phelps.”

“Its Ms Mr Harvey I’m divorced.

“Please it’s Joe.”

 

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