Ghost and Mystery stories - WHEN CHARLIE LOST HIS MIND - By Don Hale
When Charlie' lost' his mind - By Don Hale IT was on the number 6 bus back from Eccles, near Manchester, on a bitterly cold, wet day, one November, that my friend Charlie first mentioned something about his amazing mind-reading claims. We had been playing football against St Joseph's School at Monton - and won 3-2, - thanks to our centre forward Brian (Sniffer) Harris scoring a last minute penalty. The home side accused their goalkeeper of 'sleeping,' and of being 'nobbled,' as Sniffer struck home the winner. Certainly the lad appeared to freeze, and made little or no effort to save the shot. Charlie Cressbrook played on the left wing for our school team. On the journey home, as we celebrated a sweet victory with a packet of salt and vinegar crisps, some toffee cigarettes and a can of pop, he tried to tell the boys' about a dangerous trick he claimed to have mastered. Charlie was a bit of a 'swank,' always boasting about something or other.