Les Padfield

Les Padfield was born and bred in Bethnal Green. Wasted a grammar school education by infatuation with sport. Apart from games excelled only in woodwork and Religious Studies so advised to become an undertaker. Sang at Reggie Kray’s wedding.  Worked in Truman’s Brewery.  Played football with Harry Redknapp for East London – he remembers him, Harry can’t remember him! – then London, then at Orient and Millwall before getting bored by commitment and going to York to become a PE teacher. Got bored again and taught English. Wrote poems for fun which someone published. Wrote songs which no-one sang. Played, coached and refereed football until too old to run. Whilet waiting to be discovered became a football scout with mighty Stockport County, progressing and regressing until arriving at Bolton in 2007. Have been asked to speak at functions on the topic ‘My meteoric rise to mediocrity’. Still waiting to be discovered.

Regrettably we have to announce that on December 7 2010 Les got the sack from Bolton Wanderers 'with immediate effect'. He offered to work his month's notice but they said no. 'They said it was cutbacks,' said Les. 'But the timing seems a bit odd to me. I did write somethings about some of the Bolton players and the hierarchy  perhaps they haven't got a sense of humour.'

Scouting for Moyes

All football clubs have them – scouts. Men (for they are almost always men) who watch teams to check how they play, who watch players to see how good they are. Even in these high tech days of video analysis and Prozone (a system which tells how far each player…