“Pick the best players because there’s more than 22 of us here;’ the rest can sit out and come on if anyone gets injured.’
Who’s got a coin?’
“I’ve got one said Mickey; he spun the penny then caught it and turned it on top of his hand and said “heads we win and tails you lose.’
“Aye right said Alan Ellerby.’
Mickey captained the team because he had the ball; looking at the scruffy lot apart from his mate he said “right tackle them hard but fair alright and you Pongo pointing to this spotty kid in glasses; you get in goal.’
But I play on the wing in school. Listen am I the captain or not?’
“Just get in goal and stop arguing.’
Skipsey, you play on the left wing and Tom you on the right wing. Brown you can play in defence as well as you Smith. Stephenson centre half. Hunter you can play full back Keith Heads you are a forward; and you Bernie Jonson. Laws right back and I will be centre forward. Now when you get the ball pass it; don’t be a greedy bastard and try and take on the whole field.
The Clive Street team were ready and shouting at Mickey’s team to hurry up.’
“Right we won the toss so we are kicking down towards the high light.
“Williams you can be the referee; but any funny stuff like giving away daft penalties to Clive Street and I will personally kick seven kinds of shit out of you.’
“I haven’t got a whistle protested Chris Williams.’
Youv’e got two fingers haven’t you.’
“Well stick them in your gob and blow with them cant you.’
“Look at him whinging his tits off already.’
The lads took up there positions and Chris Williams made a feeble attempt at blowing a whistle with his two fingers as Mickey passed the ball to his wing man Tom who went charging down the pitch with it.
Ronnie Heron tried to tackle Tom but Tom nutmegged him and then crossed the ball which none of his team could get on the end of and the ball was booted up the street and onto the road. Williams blew for a throw in, which Skipsey took the throw passing to Jimmy Hunter who was brought down by John Dadey. “Foul! Shouted “Mickey and Williams blew.
“Piss off that were never a foul.’
“William’s is the referee so shut up.’
“Who you telling to shut up?’
“You, who do you think Dadey;
Mickey squared up to Dadey and they were eyeball to eyeball; here we go again said Tom knowing that Mickey could never play a game without getting into a fight.’
“Williams tried to get the game going again by blowing a whistle.’
The next minute a free for all erupted when Dadey stuck a nut on Mickey and his nose started bleeding. Punches started flying and Dadey was out cold on the grass.
Then the rest of the team joined in and there were fists and boots going in. from both sides. The noise level went up about ten decibels and it was a passing copper called Harry Snudge who blew his real whistle. The fight stopped momentarily and Harry quelled things down. Mickey explained what had happened to the copper who then sent John Dadey off which angered the Clive Street lot even more when he ordered