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 North Shields Boys Club captain rallied his team and gave them a little talk as they walked towards the centre spot with the ball. The girls were still cheering as Dave Mason passed the ball to Bob Colquhoun, John’s younger brother who then passed to his mate Eddie Wilson. Jimmy Cass went flying in for a sliding tackle and Dave shouted foul.!

Never in the bloody world he got the ball first said Joe but gave them the free kick which was taken very quickly. The ball was passed to Johnny Webb who had a go at a long range shot. Paul jumped up and tipped it over the bar for a corner.”

“Good save shouted Agnes and the rest of girls as the corner was taken and the ball was floated in but Paul came out to meet the ball and grabbed hold of it then went to ground. Paul bowled the ball to Ryan Smith who set “Winger Ellis down the wing, he stopped then squared the ball to Joe who went passed Dave mason then Dennis Lord who tried to should charge Joe but ended up down himself as Joe just brushed him a side he passed it to Kevin who got passed young Dave Turner he fed the ball back to Joe who blasted the ball into the back of the net. The girls were jumping up and down and there were some people outside of the park watching through the railings.

Joe and his team managed to defend their goal until the end of the first half.

His players all took a swig from the pop bottle that the girls had brought then changed ends.

The second half got under way and it was nip and tuck with both sides missing chances in the goal area. Then Jimmy Cass passed the ball to Ralphie then squared it to Johnny Webb he thought about another shot then passed it to Darrell Thompson would was brought down in the penalty area.

Penalty said Joe.

Freddie King protested his innocence but Dave Mason gave the penalty.

Who’s going to take it said Kevin.

George Murphy always dives to his left; so slot it in the right hand corner said Joe.

Kevin placed the ball on the penalty spot then took a short run up then fired the ball to the right as Murphy dived to his left.

Joe told his players that there was only ten minutes of normal time remaining. They would have to score three time to win he said so don’t give the ball away pass the ball around to waist some time. The lads took Joe at his word and as the Boys Club team pushed up they gave the ball away Joe took the ball and passed it to Kevin who had only one thing on his mind; a hat trick. He skipped passed one then two defenders he looked across to see Ralphie mason coming down the wing and floated one right onto his left boot Ralphie volleyed the ball right into the roof of the net.

“Off Side shouted Dennis Lord and Freddy King. Dave looked at his players and said sorry lads Kevin played him on.

After playing over five minutes of time added on Dave mason blew the whistle.

The Percy Main Side had beaten one of the best teams in the amateur league.


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