The Street Urchin

The Street Urchin is set in North shields and tells of young Billy Phelps a promising young footballer- his father is a trawlerman and has no time for his children or his wife when he meets a Norwegian girl and begins an affair.
The impact of the the marriage break up and triumph over adversity are told in this heartwarming story.


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Billy got his brothers up for school they were late so there was no time for breakfast their mother was still in bed as they slammed the door and ran out.

As they ran towards coach lane Billy noticed a milk float parked on the corner so he ran over. The driver was delivering further up the street so he ran over took two pints of milk from the back of the crate then ran further up the street.

Alan and John followed they stood in the doorway of a mission hall where Billy gave one bottle to Alan and asked him to share it with John.

He drank the milk then wiped his mouth on the sleeve of his coat.

“That will see you until lunch time. They placed the empty bottles in the doorway. Billy told them to run or they would be for it.”

Billy could hear the bell as they rounded the corner into the school gates.

Billy had football for his first lesson; it was played on the football field on Waterville Road.

Mr Tucker had his blue coloured track suit on and a pair of Adidas football boots

Nearly all the kids had a football strip except Billy who stood there in his gym shorts a string vest and a pair of plimsolls.

“Phelps come out here lad.”

“No kit again?

 “No Sir; it’s getting washed.”

 The rest of the class laughed when one kid shouted out your mother hasn’t got a washer.

“Shut up you lot and who said that?

“It was him sir said one lad at the back.”

Right what’s your name?

 Curry sir, David Curry.

Well Curry keep your opinions to yourself lad; you hear me.

“What’s your mother washing your kit with Coal? Look at you your filthy.”

“Come with me Phelps said Mr Tucker.

He went into the cupboard and brought out a football strip and asked what sized boots he took.

“Size seven Sir.”

“You’ve got big feet for your age haven’t you lad?

“Yes Sir, mam’s got to pay more for mine as I’m in mans sizes.”

“Here put these on then come out side sharpish. I suppose you haven’t got a towel either for a shower?

“No Sir.

“Here put that with your clothes; Mr Tucker threw him a towel then went back outside.

Billy followed shortly after wearing a brand new football strip and boots.

“Here said Mr Tucker; carry the football.”



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