"Around this time I decided to rebrand my previous year’s Sunday Times Rugby Union Diary. The cover was scribbled over and on top of it was scratched PUNK DIARY. The first half of it is filled in in a very terse, matter-of-fact unselfconscious way, which means it’s a goldmine of information. From September onwards I filled in most of the blank spaces with a ‘punk’ voice, as if I was retrospectively covering my tracks, trying to eradicate the me that had existed before."
Woollen Swimming Trunks
The seaside in Lincolnshire - at least in the early 70s - didn't mean glamour, it meant wind and muddy sand with the sea three miles away on the horizon and woolen swimming trunks that were clingy with wetness and clogged with sand.
The Art Trip
The art trip took place in early 1983 and involved a group of us visiting various exhibitions with our art trip. Most memorable was The Treasures Of Ancient Nigeria. (Pic is a painting done at the time)
Cyrille Regis was part of the great WBA team of 1978-9. See here how I painted one of my Subbuteo players with great care and skill.
Excerpt - Punk and the countryside
The book has lots of illustrations
• Willie Pettigrew
• an Austin 1800
• some asparagus
• some rural hard men
* a Yamaha 50 cc motorbike
* some Watneys Party Seven
* various girls I fancied
• Socrates (the footballer)
• Lincolnshire fight techniques
And loads more
For instance, here’s an illustration of me playing 3rd trombone in the school windband
New Romantic Kid
I'm not sure if this kid is Mangeworth (owner of the pointiest tucker boots in town) or one of the hyper trendy kids from the villages near Lincoln. The appearance of swept of fringes like this in late 1981 shocked the more conservative elements of society, such as me and my friends (who were still wearing donkey jackets and DMs)
(Sketch from my 1982 diary)
My Favourite Dinosaur
Vegetarian Triceratops was the first truly Buddhist dinosaur, plus it has a fancy Elizabthan style ruff around its neck.
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that Allan 'Sniffer' Clarke was the only Leeds United forward of the 1970s to look like a member of The Fall. Or, more specifically, Mark E. Smith. (Scottish winger Arthur Graham did look a bit like Brix Smith. And, of course, Paul Madeley and Marc Riley look like twins)
The Sex Pistols – ‘Submission’
In the Never Mind the Bollocks Here's the Sex Pistols LP that I borrowed for a while there was a free limited edition 7 inch single, 'Submission'. Read the book and find out about my hilarious adventures with this piece of black vinyl with a plain white label.
The Monkees – Instant Replay
"I got Instant Replay from Father Christmas when I was six years old. I had written a letter to him then immediately put it into the fire, as you did in those days, so it could speed to Greenland, and they could get to work at Father Christmas’s workshop specially pressing my LP."