I've seen the name John Farmer in some poetry anthologies. I must admit I thought it was just another guy by the same name. If true that would make him the second former footballer to become a fairly big name in poetry circles. The other was Duncan Forbes, the big centre half at Norwich.
I remember the poetry. In my memory it was a response (these days it would be called "therapy") to being passed over first by Banks and then by Shilton. But I may well wrong. He was a very promising 'keeper (as indeed was Paul Shardlow, whose is remembered elsewhere on this board) who was an England prospect. Of course in those days, England had good goalkeepers coming out of its ears.
I did not go to Woollie Grammar - but I knew plenty of people who did. Stokie Northants being one of them. Some of you may remember Russian and French teacher Mr Toft.
Post by Old School Stokie on Jul 3, 2017 15:53:47 GMT
Another WCGS from 1962-69 - I remember that Sports Day when Ernie Kershaw (Not Killer Morris) got a Shotput on his leg - he didn't even shout in German when it hit him. It was Butler who did it and yes in Dunkley House
And back to the subject the Farmer Brothers and others used to beat all comers at Basketball and the cricket team wasn't bad either. Made you proud to part of the school in those days and yes it was tough at times but at least you knew where you stood. And if you did get a detention you didn't dare tell your parents unlike today's pussies who go screaming to their parents after a small clip round the earole and parents then complain how little "Tommy" was assaulted.
Even the prefects kept a tighter ship than most schools these days
John seemed to have a good future beckoning. He was not helped by the center half in front of him. Maurice Setters was quite often found out on the wing and kicking an attacker who he had a problem with.
remember him well i was also at wolstanto school with him he was 2 years or so older than me and played footbaal at dinner breaks though the school looked down on football at the time .........always thought if we had kept him not got shilton and bought Peter Osgood would have won the league in my opinion