Passed for the grammar school but wasn’t willing to put the study in. I was academically lazy. Just wasn’t interested. I was interested in art and metal work. Made kung fu stars to throw at Old Trafford. At 12, I was caned twice for “abusing public artwork”.
I had a problem with school and authority. Too many rules, I was always in trouble. As far as I was concerned, school was fucking war.
I was always a grafter though. Had a paper round. Worked at the grocers’ shop. I liked being with adults.
As Paul Newman says in Cool Hand Luke; "what we've got here is failure to communicate." I had that with anyone who thought they were better than me.