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Mr Bosley by John Barnes

This gifted former footballing prodigy arrived at a north London grammar from Jamaica with the world at his feet. But his Welsh PE teacher only taught rugby…

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I started at St Marylebone Grammar School in 1976, at the age of 12, after coming to England from Jamaica with my parents and two sisters.

In Jamaica, I grew up playing football, but St Marylebone Grammar School was a real rugby school. We didn’t play football at all – only rugby. It was a bit of a culture shock because I had never seen rugby before in my life.

My PE teacher and rugby coach was Mr Bosley, a tall, powerfully built Welshman in his sixties. He taught me from the first year until the fifth year.

Mr Bosley was very strict because he wanted you to play well and win. He was very ...

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