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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By the time Dennis had lopped off Fergie’s penis he was begging Dennis to release him, he told him where the money was hidden; which wouldn’t be a problem to collect. They wrapped Fergie up in a blanket and pushed him in the trunk of a stolen car they drove to pottery bank and then got out they released the hand break and the car sailed over the edge. They waited until the car sunk before driving off in Dennis Lords black jaguar. They went to the address in Grey Street in North Shields where Fergie had told them the money was hidden in a brief case in a coal bunker in an old sack.

Dennis waited in the car until the lads returned with the briefcase full with bundles of used notes. Forty grand of untraceable money; Worthington was really a mug he thought as they drove back to the airport. At eleven thirty five Dennis sat in the first class compartment of the Boeing 747 whilst his henchmen drove back to London in the Jag.


The crowd was baying for blood as two journeymen opened the billing for the awaited heavyweight clash between’ Jack Bodell and Danny McAlinden

 Sitting in the audience was the brash former British heavyweight Champion Joe Bugner. The adopted Hungarian Former Olympic Discus thrower certainly looked the part, he was big and muscular. Joe had gone 12 rounds with Muhammad Ali which had given him some credibility. He was signing autographs whilst Mickey was getting ready to fight.

Tommy Armour the grand son of the former British and European champion was heavily fancied to win but there was some controversy as the fight that was billed as a four rounder was upped to a six round contest.

Terry Lawless argued about the purse money they said that they were prepared to increase the winner’s purse to £800 pounds if McCabe would take the fight.

Mickey nodded; he was prepared to go twelve if he had to.

Both boxers scaled in at ten stone six pounds but Mickey was physically bigger than his Irish opponent.

Armour walked to the ring to the sound of Danny Boy and not to be out done by the Irishman Mickey walked out to “Hold your head up by Argent” The cockney crowd went wild as music was turned up.

Mickey danced in his corner as the drums began to beat and the lyrics belted out.

“And if it’s bad don’t let it get you down

You can take it

And if it hurts don’t let them see you cry

You can make it.

Hold you head up oh

Hold your head up oh hold your head up oh

Hold your head high.

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