that it was also a penalty to Mickey’s team. The fighting started again and Snudge waded in to break it up.
Anymore of this fighting and I will ban you all from playing on this field. Do I make myself clear?’
Yes sir, they all said as the ball was placed on the penalty spot.’
Mickey took the penalty and scored. He went charging off down the field in celebration as Clive Street looked on.’
Bobby Willis picked the ball up and walked to the centre spot with it as Harry Snudge blew the whistle to get the game going again.
The ball was kicked up and down the field as the ball changed from boot to boot as a player with the ball was tackled. “When half time arrived Snudge was worn out and he left to continue his beat but warned then if there was anymore fighting he would come down on them like a ton of bricks.
They had a little team talk and Mickey told them to draw everyone back to keep out the opposing side don’t do owt daft around the penalty area. “When in doubt hoof it out.’
A bottle of Villa lemonade was passed around and the lads took a swig from the bottle before the second half got underway. Some young girls from the flats came to watch As Brian and Norman Goldie hoofed the ball towards Mickey’s goal Pongo jumped for the ball and missed it and it was Kevin Skipsey who cleared it for a corner. Ken Robson came to take the corner for the Clive Street team. Looking at the goal mouth he sent a ball over in the direction of John Ellis who nodded it down and past Pongo
to score the equaliser.’
“Shit cursed Mickey as he booted Pongo Collin’s up the arse and told him he was crap.’
“You’d better not let another one in Pongo I’m telling you.’
“I tried to save it said Pongo in protest but Mickey picked up the ball and walked towards the centre spot. We’ve got to score now said Mickey so everyone follow me when I give the ball to Keith Heads; I don’t care if you have to kick lumps out of them bastards but get that ball to either me or Tom in the box do you hear me.
“Williams whistled and Mickey passed it to Keith who went past Bobby Willis and big John Ellis everyone pushed up as Keith lobbed the ball over and Tom hit it on the volley past John Gallagher to score.’
The Clive Street lads were remonstrating with Williams telling him that Jimmy Hunter had elbowed one of his players.
“The goal stands as John was pulling Jimmy’s shirt.’
“Cheating bastard referee called out John Ellis as he walked away.
The ball was hoofed from one end to another but when the final whistle did blow after one hour and thirty minutes. Mickey’s team had won.’
“You only won Cos’ you had the ref on your side shouted Ken Robson.’
“Give over Ken you were beaten fair and square.’
Tom and Mickey took off their boots and cleaned them using a lolly pop stick to get the caked mud off; then popped them into their haversacks.
Same time next week lads shouted Mickey.’
“Aye but we want a bloody different referee next week.’
“It won’t make a difference Ken we will still kick your arses next week.’
Really well we will see won’t we?
Mickey and Tom ran to the YMCA where they were members and went down in the basement for a shower. When they came out they headed towards Tom Hadaway’s