This is a picture of my school rugby squad – at the time I was 15, and the second youngest in the picture. The oldest lads were 18.
Anybody spot me??
One of the coaches, Phil Jones ( top row, on the right ) died suddenly and unexpectantly at about 50. I think about him often.
Of that squad of fine young and strong lads, who should (statistically) all be well, 2 are paralysed ( one a paraplegic and one a tetraplegic )
Ian Matthews ( top row, number 4 from the left ) was the passenger in a car that crashed, perhaps 4 years after this photo was taken.
I think of him often, too.