Baxter’s Boys: They came. They scored. Then played a match!
The odds were never in their favour, but that didn’t stop them.
Davey Byrne spends his days working as a part-time courier and full-time petty criminal in Dublin, Ireland. In between flittering from one scam to the next, Davey lines out for the dysfunctional Sporting Les Behans, a team of misfits which also includes a hitman, an armed robber and a very amiable drug dealer amongst others.
While striving to keep one step ahead of the law Davey is also trying to win the hearts and minds of the working class locals who live in the tower blocks that surround the pitch. Davey’s best friend, Fran Reilly, also has his fair share of problems, keeping custody of his only daughter being high on his list.
Despite the numerous issues which each of the players are going through, their dedicated Scouse manager, Pa Baxter, has somehow guided them to the latter stages of the cup. But with trouble always on the horizon, can the team keep it together long enough to collect silverware?
About the Author
Paddy Osborne was born in 1971 in the heart of Dublin’s Inner City and was educated at St. Paul’s CBS (Brunner). He qualified as an Amenity Horticulturist from the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin in 1992 and now lives in Killarney. He is a referee with the FAI for his sins. This is Paddy’s debut novel. He has written and performed three short plays to date: Sam Who? – The Irish Hangover (2014); Bar Flies (2018) & A Fishy Tale (2019) as well as writing the poem, Journey Through Immortality (2017) for the short film Immortal Souls.
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