The Seagulls Song

A young woman discovers she has breast cancer and tells her friend and neighbour- her son is a promising young footballer and his father likes a pint or three. Get the hankies ready when reading this one.


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Sandra Porterfield got into her mini and waved goodbye to her friend. The Journey back home would take her some two hours driving down the motorway.

She thought about Tom on the way back and understood what he meant when he said that if he hadn’t been married he would have taken up her offer. This made her like him all the more. Tom was a man of honour; very rare these days she thought.

She would stop off at the Leeds service station for a coffee before making the rest of the journey to Huddersfield. Sandra lived in a village in Kirklees. The three bed roomed house was an ex miners house and still had a coal fire which she still used.

She had books to mark when she got in and a lesson to prepare. She wanted to tell the students about the fantastic time that she’d had with the man of her dreams but kept to the curriculum.


Georgie packed his kit even though he knew he was on the bench and the chances of him getting a game were very slim.

His father was already to leave as Georgie came into the scullery to grab a sandwich before leaving.

Tom made himself a flask of coffee to take with him and put it inside his bait bag.

“You ready Georgie?

“Yes dad just coming.”

Georgie came out of the scullery with a crust of bread with Peanut butter and strawberry jam.

“How the hell you are not sick eating that beats me.”

“It’s great want a bite said Georgie wafting the crust under his father’s nose.”

“We are away Margaret shouted Tom as they left.”

They saw large crowds of people walking down towards the Collingwood field.

Georgie ran up the stairs then into the changing rooms to put on his strip which was red and white stripes with white shorts and red socks.

“He wore the new Nike football boots that were easier to lace up than the boots his father wore as a boy. The ball was lighter too said his father many times as he explained how he played for his school twenty years before.

The Collingwood team ran out to a great cheer from the locals who had turned up to watch this match. Georgie sat on the bench placed there from inside the club as the others warmed up on the pitch.

The Tyne United boys came out wearing black shorts with green shirts and black socks.

Tony Asiamah got the team together in a huddle and told them if they won this one they would be in the quarter finals of the league.

The referee blew his whistle and the teams took their positions on the field. Collingwood won the toss so they elected to kick off. “Steven Snapper Aplin was jumping around in his box as the game got under way. Tony passed to Rob McNally  who squared the ball to Joe Darby who dribbled his way through to of East Ends players  before looking around for David “Copper” Cawley. Copper crossed the ball into the six yard area where Kevin “Mouser” Bruce headed the ball just wide. 


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