I am still working as I race through my 60s. I love my job – a Chartered Accountant with Andersens and Deloitte, then 30 years in commerce/industry as a Tax Manager focusing on international tax. For 13 years, I have been the Tax Manager of oil and gas engineering contractors which employ lots and lots of chemical engineers. So a full-ish circle.
In 1969 being in the Brum hockey first XI, and we had eight or nine full-backs in the team so stuck two+ ex-schoolboy internationals in the forward line. We let in very few goals, but didn’t score too many either.
The hockey XI went on a three-game tour to a Netherlands hockey tournament and our loud, in-tune, much-repeated, drink-encouraged song was 'We beat Amersfort City, we beat Hanover too, we’ll beat Schaervade tomorrow, cos Birmingham... we love you' to the tune of Land of Hope and Glory. Sadly, we lost 2-1 to the hosts, Schaervade, but the song didn’t bother about such trivia.
On the way back from the Netherlands we used a hovercraft – force four wind on leaving and force seven or so on arriving in UK. All our team were sick on the hovercraft, except tough-stomached me who suggested a fry-up on our arrival at Folkestone (as I recall). That re-polished off a few.