The story focuses on three families. The Kinnear's, The Millsap's, and the Owen's. All different. They live very different lifestyles. Albert Kinnear the Librarian, who's parents came from Swindon but live in Pinetree Gardens, his father Jack is an engineer. He is a keen gardener and Pigeon fancier. Albert meets the daughter of Charlie and Elizabeth Millsap. They live on Kenton Road, in a bought property. He also is a pigeon man who has wangled his way into a chairman's job. he is a welder down the docks. No one is good enough for their daughter and they resent the relationship between Laura and Albert. Then there is William Owen(Willick) a roofing builder who lives in Cedarwood Avenue with two son's and a daughter. Alan is a jack the lad; he will sleep with any woman given the chance. Harry the youngest is a joiner and the brains in the family. Evelyn his daughter is twenty five and her father is pushing her to meet a man and get married so he can have grandchildren.


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Returning to the gym in Wallsend town centre Mickey Clements warmed up on the light bag. The gym was a converted dance hall called the “Mem” It was formally called the memorial institute.

It was large inside with a ring in the right hand corner of the room and all the other gym equipment encompassing the large hall. There was a shower and sauna fitted in the gym so that fighters who were having problems shedding weight could sit in the sauna prior to a weigh in and come in at the correct weigh limit.

Three other fighters who were on Norman Fawcett’s books were Johnny Spider Spellman who was a middleweight and used to speed Mickey up. Frankie Malone at welterweight and Bobby Newcomb who campaigned at heavyweight. Other spar partners would be brought in at Mickey’s training intensified. Mickey picked up the leather rope from the ring apron as his fitness coach Paul King set the clock and Mickey began to skip to the music on the tape recorder specially chosen with a fast beat. He liked the faster disco sounds it helped to sharpen up his skills. For twenty minutes the rope went around and a pool of sweat graced the hall floor. Norman was not in the gym today; he was in talks with Brian Deans from Jarrow Perth Green to bring a few of his lads over for a sparring session.  Billy Deans his brother was a light heavyweight who was fighting for the senior ABA semi- final and needed a work-out. He would come over with his younger brother Colin who was boxing at welterweight. To help out Frankie Malone. Glen Bosher “The Jarrow Strong Boy” would also come over for some sparring, he was campaigning at light middleweight.

After Norman had finished speaking with Brian deans there was a phone call from George Comey the manager of Danny Francis the newly crowned British light heavy champion. They were in negotiations with the British board of control (BBC) over the purse split. With TV coverage and ticket sales at Wembley Arena. The 12,500 seat arena had been sold out within hours of coming on sale. They stood to make a lot of money from the fight. It was said that this fight would be a record and gross somewhere in the region of £360.000 pounds. Francis was demanding £200.000 because he was the champion but Norman was having none of that. George Comey argued that his man had sold more tickets and that he should get the higher end of the purse. Norman argued that if the tickets had been split 50/50 then Mickey would have sold as many as Danny. After batting it back and forth it was agreed that Mickey would get £145.000 and they would split any other money’s 50/50. Norman did a quick calculation and worked out that He would earn somewhere in the region of £37.000 pounds from the fight. Mickey would be guaranteed at least £100.000 pounds; his biggest purse to date. Paul King would take £10.000 for his fee. With three other fighters on the bill Paul would walk away with £18.000 that night. Norman though would make £60.000. He would slip £10.000 to be shared amongst the sparring partners leaving him fifty grand.

“Norman lit a cigar and took a big puff of it. He was in no doubt that Mickey was going to knock Francis out if that was the case a fight with Carlos Mendoza for the European title would gross at least £750.000. £350.000 to be shared out. £87.000 pounds Norman was going to be a rich man. He would be able to buy that holiday home in Spain he and his wife always talked about owning.

He let out a satisfied stream of smoke from his cigar as he contemplated what area of Spain he would buy his holiday villa.

Paul King wore a body protector as he held the pads for Mickey and had him practicing combinations of punches to body and head. Mickey stopped after the fourth round and picked up a bottle of water and drank some. He had shed about half a stone in weight during his session and he would need to eat pretty soon.

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