The red imitation-leather bag stuffed with clubs is propped up in the hallway cupboard, a lovingly preserved monument to a sporting dream that has finally died. Thirty years ago this bag, these clubs, were slung across Maurice Flitcroft's back as he set off around the Formby course in an attempt to qualify for the 1976 Open. "I was looking to find fame and fortune," he recalls. In the end he achieved one out of two.
THE RTE radio van was parked a hundred yards from our house, stopped from going any further by the orange tape stretched across our road. A Guard was there, too, just in case anyone wanted to walk up and take a closer look. He asked us where we were going and when I told him where I lived, he said would would have to wait until he checked. Jonathan and I watched him walk up the road and disappear through the gap in our hedge. We didn’t notice the reporter coming up behind us.
I RECOGNISED the Guard. He was the same one who came to our house after Jonathan had been reported for kicking Eoin Leonard in the nuts. I could tell he was grumpy. My dad noticed too. “Sorry, for calling you out so late.”My mum looked over his shoulder to the open front door and blue darkness beyond. “On your own?’’ she said. “I thought you all worked in pairs.”“Budget cuts,’’ he said. He took his hat off. “What’s the problem?”My dad looked at Jonathan and me.
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Selecting a term
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