The Troubles

"The Troubles " the story is set in Belfast and the North East in 1969.
Seamus Webster and his family flee the riots in Belfast and come to live on Barnstaple Road in North Shields - where he takes up work as a crane driver in Smith's Docks his wife Annie finds a job in the Co-op in Whitley Bay - Seamus is good at DIY and gets lots of work decorating or fitting out new kitchens for people. His father Michael is serving a very long sentence when he is implicated in a
bombing of an army base- his skills as a bomb maker have been passed down to his oldest son and Stephen Mcgill is on the look -out for him as a bombing campaign has begun on mainland Britain. Newcastle has been chosen as the target - can Seamus avoid getting mixed up in this. Read what happens in this tense thriller.


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Hastings and then the others swarmed around; the grabbed the shirts of the opposition and began to force Hastings backwards the sheer momentum had Hastings falling and the whistle went for a penalty because Hastings failed to release the ball on the ground.

Liam looked at Tony and asked if he wanted to kick for goal or should they set Danny off on the wing again. It’s a fair way out skipper I say pass it to Danny and let him fly.

Alright lads get ready; “I will dummy a pass to you Ray Watts then I will pass it to you Danny; its sixty yards your going to have to run with it. “ Try and get between the sticks if you can Danny mate that will make the conversion easier.’

Brian Sneddon blew the whistle Liam sold the dummy to Graham Houghton then passed it to Danny Fawcett who weaved his way through the defence and touched down right between the posts. Tony converted and they were now leading ten points to nil.

“We’ve got them on the run now lads said Liam; keep forcing them back into their own half.

The ball was kicked into touch by Chris Williams from Marden and the Cullercoats side tried to rally. They had no one in their team as big as Liam and when the ball was put in it was Liam who scooped it up Liam swatted the opposing team members like flies as he went tearing down field. He passed to Danny who could have gone over himself but two yards from the line he passed it back to his friend and it was Liam who went over.

Tony converted another easy one they were now fifteen points clear.

Right hit them again lads if we can get twenty points on the board they won’t come back and in the second half we will take them apart.

It was Keith Berry who went over after a mistake by the Marden played by George Scott.

Keith intercepted the pass; he gave it to Davey Larter who gave it back to Keith.

“Try shouted the referee and Tony placed the ball for another conversion the angle was a difficult one but Tony judged the wind with a lump of grass he hit the ball with his right boot on the outside edge. The ball looked like it was going to miss then the wind caught it and it sailed over the posts.

The lads all gave Tony a pat on the back as the whistle went for half time.

The Marden lads were crestfallen as their heads went down. They just had no answer to the speed and the power of the St Anslems side.

Brenda and Janice were jumping up and down on the touchline.’

Gerry Junghan came into the changing room all smiles.’

He walked up to Danny and said “son you are the best fly this school has ever had.’

Then he went to Liam. You are a great captain Liam if we keep winning matches like this we will win inter schools challenge cup for the first time in our history.

“I cannot see a team out there big enough or fast enough to beat us.’

“Don’t get complacent there’s still forty minutes to play.’

The teams came back out to a rapturous cheer Marden kicked off but you could see they were a beaten side as half hearted challenges let the catholic side in and they scored over and over. When the final whistle was blown it was a relief to the Marden side who had suffered their worst ever defeat losing by 62-0. Gerry Junghan congratulated the team and made Danny Fawcett the man of the match after scoring no fewer than nine times. It was the highest score by an individual player in the twenty years that Gerry had been at the school. Liam got six tries, Tony Garrity converted seven, and Keith Berry got one. The girls ran on the field to congratulate Danny and Liam.

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