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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Dave mason and his team sportingly shook hands with Joe and his team.

“Well played lads. We will have to do this again said Dave.

 “The schools breaks up for the summer holidays on Friday so we will have plenty of time to play again. “Tuesdays is a good day for us Joe.

Okay Lets say we come and play you again in two weeks time.

“Fair enough Joe we will see you then.

“Great performance lads said Joe and Paul you played a blinder again, well done.

4-1 against a Boys Club team is fantastic. You should look to be joining a league side.

The lads walked home.

The girls couldn’t stop talking about Joe being in the Chronicle.

“If you had to choose between weightlifting and football which would you choose Joe?

“No contest really; I would choose weightlifting.

“Why Joe when you are so good?

“Because I believe it’s me destiny to lift weights. I really want to go to the Olympics and I will; nothing is ganna’ stop me in that goal.”

“Even me said Bella.”

“Don’t be daft Bella; we are only kids and who na’s what will happen to us.”

“I will never change Joe said Bella.”

“Everyone changes as we get older.”

“I am talking about my feelings for you Joe.”

“I don’t know Bella; let’s not talk about that eh?

“Alright Joe but I love you and I always will.”

Joe never replied he just crossed the road to his own house then told them that he’d see them at school tomorrow.

When Joe got into the house his father asked if he had seen the article in the news paper.

Yes I saw it Da’

“Isn’t it great, I’ve been bombarded at work this afternoon from people wishing you well?” Even my boss called me into his office.

“Did mam tell you about the other two reporters from the Daily Mirror and the Daily Telegraph?”

Yes, things will start happening for you now son; what have you been up to tonight?

We played a game of football against the Boys Club at Hawkey’s Lane.

“Your going to have to give that up you know; if you get injured it could ruin your career before it’s even started. “Don’t forget you have training tomorrow night at the YMCA.

“I know Da; I’m gonna have a bath mam is that alright?

“Yes son, go have a bath and I will make you some supper.”

Joe went to the bathroom then closed the door.


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