Born in Birmingham, I attended Sheldon Heath Comprehensive school where it was obvious my talents lay more with a football at my feet than in the classroom. I captained the Birmingham County side at U/18 level and was for a time, a member of the youth team at Wolverhampton Wanders but a career in football wasn't to be.
I entered the workforce in the roofing trade and have successfully spent a lifetime in that trade.
I hit gold when I met my wife, Yvonne and together, we raised an extended family and have children and grandchildren in both England and Australia.
We now live in tropical North Queensland along with our little dog, Alfie.