I’ve followed sports - mostly football and cricket - since the age of eleven.

If I had my life again, and an open ticket, I would choose to have been a sports journalist. I did make a stab at it, for a pirate school magazine, when I was about seventeen. I wrote to all the London clubs, trying to find a willing interviewee. Tommy Docherty, then at Chelsea, was

top of my list, but unavailable. In the end I was invited to talk with Stuart Imlach, the former Nott’m Forest winger, then with Crystal Palace, at his Croydon home.

Many years later I read Gary Imlach’s account of his dad’s footballing life, My Father And Other Working-Class Football Heroes, and was able to write and give him a couple of anecdotes that he hadn’t heard.

YESSS!!!! Is a slim volume which looks at the all-conquering Manchester United team in the days when they weren't quite so all-conquering. It’s a record of all their most humiliating and dismal defeats - although they’re not so dismal for the hordes of football fans who loathe the men in red.

Virgin Books nearly bought my idea, but they were working for Man U at the time and decided it might be `impolitic` to go ahead. Soon after I’d published the book myself I heard that they lost the contract to Andre Deutsch which gave me a cheap laugh!

I have since sold YESSS!!!! through the bookshops, by post - and on the streets outside Maine Road on match-days. Flashing anything red around there makes life exciting - but I always come home with a profit. I still have a few copies of a limited print run available at £5.00 (p&p free). These are available from me HERE.
Naturally, I got a huge amount of pleasure from ghosting Wasim Khan’s story. It was a privilege and a joy. The young Brummie’s story starts when he pulls a plank out of the garden fence, nicks his Mum’s carving knife and whittles a bat. Next thing he’s sneaking into Edgbaston to watch a Test Match - and charging his mates to get in through the hole he found in the perimeter fence.
A year later he’s playing there for Warwickshire Colts.

In his breakthrough season he tops the averages in Brian Lara’s 1994 Championship-winning s ide, but then his career slumps. A move to Sussex is a disaster, and he ends up playing for Derbyshire for nothing.

Disillusioned, the first British-born Asian to play county cricket packs his bags and heads home. A coaching venture leads him to the MCC and, by 2006, to the post of Operations Director of Chance to Shine, the £50 million venture aimed at bringing competitive cricket back to state schools. He is now Chief Executive of the Cricket Foundation.