The Crossing

"The Crossing" tells of two Dutch girls in 1970 who come looking for work on the DFDS ferry- it is In North Shields they meet Mickey Boom Boom McCabe a local boxer who helps them find digs in Whitley Bay- one of the girls becomes romantically involved with Nigel Worthington a local business man and crook when she is working with her friend in the Rex Hotel as a receptionist. Worthington set up another boxer Jeff Decker when Jeff goes to collect a strange package he opens it to discover two kilo's of coke. He recuts the coke and sells it. Worthington finds out and Jeff ends up in hospital with a broken jaw and several ribs. Mickey McCabe rallies his boxing friends together where they mete out their kind of punishment- Mickey is forced to move to London and gets involved with the underworld after Worthington seeks revenge- Can Mickey fulfil his dream and become the welterweight champion of the world- in this story which will take you around the North East - London and Zaandam in Holland.


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Mackintosh regained his composure and danced away back to the centre of the ring; he threw three jabs and a right cross which connected but when he tried to follow up Mickey hit him full in the jaw and Mackintosh fell to the canvas.

He struggled to clear his head as Terry Cole reached the count of five Glens legs failed to obey him and he rolled onto his back. Once more he got hold of the rope in an effort to pull himself up the referee got to nine; his body just wasn’t obeying him and he fell down again as the referee counted him out.

The expression changed on Mickey’s face to that of elation as he was announced as the winner. The crowd were all shouting his name as he left the ring after shaking the hand of his opponent.


The girls went home briefly to Amsterdam but returned after their two week holiday.

“This time they told Mickey that they were staying in England; they liked their jobs but would continue to study for their degrees in accountancy at Newcastle University.

Dani was now going out with a gentleman who had his own construction business. Nigel Worthington seemed like a nice guy; he was handsome, articulate, and drove around in flashy silver E Type Jaguar. Mickey couldn’t help think that there was more to Nigel than what met the eye.

Britta was still in love with Mickey. Dani had told Britta to make a move on him before someone else did. Britta was afraid in case it ruined their friendship.

Mickey felt the same so what resulted was a sort of stale mate.

She knew that Mickey was never going to quit boxing for at least ten years so she went along with him. Whatever Mickey wanted she agreed to.

Over the next eighteen months Mickey fought twelve times for his country winning them all.

He now thought that his call up for the Olympic squad assured. Every week he waited for news from Joe and Eric but none was forth coming.

Mackintosh had fought in a multi-nations tournament winning a silver medal in Tunisia against the strong Russian boxer Vyacheslav Lemeshev. Mickey was shocked to read in the boxing news that the selector’s had chosen Mackintosh over him to go to Munich in the Olympic Games.

Mickey announced a few days later that he would be joining to paid ranks.

“The twenty two year old signed with Terry Lawless who had steered many champions to world titles. It meant travelling down to London in the car to his final preparation’s for his bouts. His first fight was in Bellevue Manchester it was a four round bout against Pat Walsh. He took Britta with him and she watched him as he disposed of Walsh in the first round.

He came out after changing to find someone chatting Britta up. This rich kid was all over her wanting to buy her drinks and take her out for dinner.

Mickey sat with a long face half the night.

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