The inspiration for writing my first book - "Grandad - What was Football like in the 1960s ?" - came from taking my grandson Charlie, aged 6, to his first football game. The whole football experience for him made me think about football in the 1960s when I was a young lad growing up in Sheffield.
I have a real passion for football and I enjoyed writing the book and doing a little research on particular aspects of the game in the 1960s.
For the second book Charlie's brother Edward takes credit for being the catalyst for my writing the book - an experience I enjoyed as it rekindled memories of the 1970s.
"Grandad What was Football like in the 1970s ?" has a similar format to the first book, building and expanding on the major themes of that decade. It is interesting to reflect my thoughts of the time as a teenager and a young adult, highlighting the context of the times in my writing.
"Wednesday v United The Sheffield Derby" - there is nothing but nothing like the Sheffield derby. I had to write a book about the most passionate game, the rivalry, the history, the experiences and a whole lot more. I have not missed a Sheffield derby since my first one in 1965. The intensity, the tension, the expectation, the anticipation and much more is all there.
I've been fortunate to have seen games played on each continent - enjoyed the crowds in Buenos Aries, the great European theatres at the Camp Nou, the Santiago Bernabeau, the Sydney derby and many more. My real passion is for the game in this country and the emotional roller-coaster that following your club inevitably brings.
I live in Hertfordshire and watch as many games in a season as I can - time and cost permitting - including League and Non-League football.
My lifelong support of Sheffield Wednesday is undiminished by the slings and arrows of fortune that have propelled that roller-coaster of emotion for me for over 50 years.