Owen Kane was the lad’s name – young thesp Hugh O’Connor taking an early bow in the acting game.
Lamb was released in 1986 with Liam Neeson togging as Christian Brother Michael Lamb who takes pity on a ten-year-old epileptic boy who has been put into care by his cruel mother.
Sadly, all that we’ve learned since would cast a squalid shadow on the relationship but there was no funny business here.
In fact, Br Lamb – having admittedly engaged in a strictly-frowned-upon bit of kidnapping when he brought the lad to London – later rescues him from the advances of a local paedo.
He just wants to create a little happiness for the lad so where else would you turn in the mid-eighties than Highbury, young Owen being an Arsenal nut.
No bother getting a ticket in those days of course and the lad is soon having the time of his life on the North Bank. “Look, there’s David O’Leary!” And sure enough, there he was.
Sadly, Owen’s joy extended nothing like as long as an Arsenal pass in the latter days of Don Howe’s reign. Another epileptic fit brings an end to his 90 minutes and, noting that he’s a wanted man, Lamb has to beat a hasty path towards the exits before the fuzz take too much interest.
To his credit, Brother Lamb puts a brave face on it, but the pair of them have to miss the second half.
Sadly it doesn’t get any better for either Lamb or Owen thereafter, culminating in the Brother’s curious decision to drown the boy. Perhaps news of back-to-back April defeats by Everton and Sheffield Wednesday had filtered through, condemning the Gunners to a seventh-place finish in the First Division.
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