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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Albert placed the albums on the bench beside his son then said; I know I haven’t been much of a father to you and your brothers. I have spent all my life working on my boat and I forgot about everything including my family.

“I am sorry Billy; I am a selfish man but I would like to make it up to you Alan and John; if you will let me.”

I have come to St James Park and stood in “The Leases End to watch you play at every home game. I am very proud of you son. I have never been a man to show my emotions because my father never showed me any but I love you and your brothers very much all the same.

“Maybe we can all go for a pint after the game?

“I would like that; said Billy; I would like that very much.”








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