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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Walter Nevins went through his routine as he had done on every home game. He’d been in the pub game over thirty years. He’d had the Strawberry ten years.’

Molly his wife was serving a fresh influx of fans at the other end of the bar. There seemed no end to the amount of bottles being sold. Walter kept the brown ale in the cellar where it was coldest then brought it up four crates at a time. He always sold out around about five o’clock when it was just the die hards who would come in after the game for a few. On match day he would sell over 4.000 bottles of Newcastle brown ale. He never complained, the takings on match day tripled what he would make on a normal week. There was signed pictures of Newcastle players past and present all over the pub. The influx of home fans were now gathering pace as they made their way to the turnstiles. At two o’clock they started to let supporters into the ground there would be some 50.000 plus fans there for this match. Which was an FA cup game. Second division Charlton were hoping for a win.

It was just after ten to three when Alan and Vic made their way across and bought their tickets they were right at the front where the Charlton keeper was standing as the game got underway.

The team were fired up with the chanting from the Newcastle fans as they came forward time after time a run was made in the box and Alan Shoulder was brought down. Penalty” shouted the referee as he pointed to the spot.

Alan shoulder placed the ball then stood for a moment to compose himself before slotting home the first goal into the right of the goal mouth.

Charlton keen to make a match of it levelled the match through Steve Grip after a defensive error.

Mickey Martin put Newcastle ahead again with the simplest of goals. Then Kenny Michel put them 3-1 ahead going into half time. Manager Bill McGarry the former Wolves manager now with Newcastle was delighted with the first half performance.

However David Shipley put Charlton athletic back into contention with a goal. The fans called for more effort and it was Alan Shoulder who got his second goal. John Connolly made it 5-2 after eighty six minutes a consolation goal by Martin Robinson made the final score 5-3. The fans were going wild as the Charlton fans made for the exits. A few skirmishes broke out outside the grounds by the away fans who were annoyed their team had lost.

Alan and Vic made their way down the bank the way they had come. “Where we going tonight then asked Vic?’

“I don’t know where do you fancy?’

Certainly not the friggin’ Panshop Club that’s for sure.’

“What about King Street then?’

“What’s on there like?’

“I don’t know but there’s always a wedding going on down stairs we might click for a shag.’

“What about “Ned’s Shed I heard it’s a canny night in there.’

“Alright then we’ll give Ned’s Shed a go.’

“Half seven at mine then.’

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