The Shieldsman

A story of four young boys growing up in the tower block of flats in Percy Main in North Shields. the story follows them through to adulthood through mischief and lost innocence, love, tragedy, and finally triumph. If you remember what it was like growing up as a child then this story is definitely one for you.


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The next day at school Joe told his friends about the weightlifting club and how he’d met Eric Sanderson who was to be his coach. Joe never mentioned about breaking the junior record. After their maths lesson with Mr Humphries they went off to the history class where they learned about the invasion of Britain by the Roman Empire. Joe was pleased because they were breaking up this Friday and it meant he could devote more time to his training. Paul and Kevin asked if he was still going to go to the res’ with them and go to the rookery.

“Of course you idiots we will still have fun, anyway are you up to going to the Rex to see Spartacus on Saturday. I passed the bill board advertising it last night on my way home. It looks a great picture; what about you Ralphie are you up for going?

“Aye I’ll as me mother if she will let me go but I know she will give me the money to go.

Great so we know where we are going on Saturday afternoon then lads.

Afterwards we can play Brian Ellis’s team at football if it’s fine.

“I am going to get my own football for Christmas this year Joe so if “Winger Ellis goes home with his ball we will be able to use my ball to finish the game.”

I tell you where we might get a game tonight Joe, Scorers Park there’s a kid called David Mason and his mate Colin Sarin they have a canny team. I think they play for the North Shields Boys Club on Hawkey’s Lane.

“Right all of you bring your football boots tonight just in case their lot are wearing theirs. I’m not having lumps taken oot a me shins by those lot.

Paul you get “Winger and his lot to come and we will have a proper game.

“I suppose I will be in goal again said Paul.

“Divven’t start moanin’ Paul that save you made the other day was fantastic. Even if “Winger went yem after that. Agnes said you were a good goalie an al’ said Kevin.

“Did she really?”

“Aye she did, didn’t she lads?”

Paul stuck his chest out and swaggered as he said alright I’m in goal.”

“Maybe we can ask the girls to come along said Ralphie to give us a bit support.

“Good idea, tell them to bring some pop along with them.’

“We will meet them there I’m not walkin’ along the road with them.

“When the lesson was over they walked to the dining hall.

“What’s for dinna’ Paul?

 It’s steak pie with mash and vegetables and rice pudding today.

“That’ll do for me said Joe.

“We might get seconds today then “Cos’ we will be last in because we have art this afternoon.”

“It will be seconds, thirds, and fourths with Joe the lads laughed; no wonder he look’s as big as a cart horse.

“I resemble that remark Joe laughed.

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