The Goalkeeper's Revenge: And Other Stories

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Puffin, 1968 - Boys - 118 pages
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It was the custom for lads to gather at the street corner on summer evenings and discuss trolleying. Spit Nolan was the champion trolley-rider. He had very good balance, sharp wits and he was very brave. The story of Spit Nolan is one of thirteen in this work set in the 1930s.

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the goalkeeper's revenge- Sim was a favorite goalkeeper amongst many,one of the best out there. When he was fifteen he got transferred to another school. The school coach suggested that he could stay until the end of the season but bob thropper,the school captain said he could find a goalkeeper anywhere. Sim threatens that one day they will meet again and he will sell him the same way as he said "goalkeepers,I could buy 'em and sell 'em. Two years later,sim got a job at an arcade,where he was a goalkeeper and people would pay three pence for a try to score a goal past him. Instead of giving this money to the shopkeeper,he kept it with him but she never found out because he had special cotton pockets where he kept all his money. Five years later, he stole enough to buy the arcade. One evening,Bob was returning home from a game when, all of a sudden, he saw Sim. He challenged him for three shots, which he couldn't score. He won 44 pounds and became very famous. Later he became a director for Hummerton football club, Bob's club, and he threatened to sell him. His[bob's friend told him it was best to retire to a good pub because he really meant it. 

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About the author (1968)

BILL NAUGHTON (1910-1992) was born in Ireland and raised in Bolton, eventually settling on the Isle of Man with his Austrian wife, Erna. Having left school at fourteen, he worked as a weaver, a coalbagger and a lorry driver. He first made a name for his writing with his contributions to Lilliput. During the late 1950s he wrote a series of documentary dramas for the BBC. Films and plays followed, including "Spring and Port Wine, The Family Way", and the movie of his most famous book, "Alfie".

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