When I was at Primary School I spent most of my spare time playing football or cricket. We only played football in the football season. It lasted from September, when we went back to school after the summer holidays, to Easter. After Easter we played cricket. People would have thought you were crazy if you kept on playing football after Easter – except for the Cup Final at the beginning of May. I’m talking about the early 1960s here, long before England won the World Cup.
The spark that started me writing this book was an incident on a school playground. A dinner lady foolishly walked across the middle of the football pitch and got hit by a football. The headteacher banned football for the rest of the term. It was very unfair. I thought it was a good incident to put in a book, so I did!