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World Cup in 1999, we played Wasps at Lof­tus Road and Gary (Arm­strong) in­jured his shoul­der, writes Dod­die Weir. Af­ter­wards, Paul Mack­ings, CEO at the Fal­cons, asked if any­one wanted to drive his mo­tor back to New­cas­tle. I fan­cied get­ting up the road quicker and Gary wanted home be­cause he was in pain.

I was prob­a­bly en­joy­ing the ride on the M1 too much, be­cause next thing the blue lights are be­hind us. I pull in and jump out, to show the po­lice of­fi­cers I was re­ally keen to meet them. They were so pleased to see me, they of­fered me a seat in the back. “What’s your name?”

“Dod­die Weir.”

“The rugby player Dod­die Weir?” “Yes.” Maybe I had a rugby fan. “I had ten quid on you (Scot­land) to win the World Cup.”

I ditched the idea of him know­ing any­thing about the game, never mind be­ing a fan. “I’ll tell you what,” I said, “I’ll give you your ten­ner back and I’ll be on my way.”

“You can’t say that. This con­ver­sa­tion is be­ing recorded.”

He asked where I’d been and what I was do­ing, so I ex­plained. “We made it 94.”

“I’m sorry, of­fi­cer,” I said, think­ing ‘Phew, at least it wasn’t a ton’.

“Well, it’s your lucky day be­cause we’ve just had a call and need to go. Ease up.”

“Yes, of­fi­cer. Thank you.”

I was work­ing out how to start this fly­ing ma­chine again, and there was a chap at the win­dow. My friendly po­lice­man.

“It’s not your lucky day af­ter all. The shout has been can­celled.”

From My Name’5 Dod­die, pub byBlack&White,RRP£20.


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