The Albion by Derryl Flynn

Fast approaching forty, life's experiences haven't mellowed Terry Gallagher any; angry and disillusioned; sickened by the mindless violence all around him and trying to come to terms with his own thuggish past, a legacy of life on the Broughton estates, he decides to make good. Here is a story of one man and his unwilling buddy who form a football team and strive to bring colour and self-esteem into the lives of a rag bag bunch of thirteen year old scallies. On a forgotten piece of waste ground

the lads shape their adopted home. With stolen scaffolding for goalposts and a twenty-four hour pitch surveillance protection programme patrolled through the telescopic sight of a .22 air rifle, this bunch of dead end kids begin their footballing adventure. From an inauspicious start in the local Junior District Football League to potential glory in the prestigious County Cup, for Terry Gallagher and West Broughton Albion, the season unfolds amidst a backdrop of manic depression, squalor, depravity, heroin addiction, yardies, guns and death; where a web of bizarre and tragic circumstances transpire to push the mental state of this reluctant philanthropist to the limit and ultimately tip him over the edge.

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