This is not an autobiography, but an adventure story with a
foreword from Sir Geoff Hurst, MBE.
Welcome and thank you for visiting the store of 'Have Boots will Travel' - my first published book. I hope you enjoy reading my story about the adventures that I have been luckily enough to experience playing football and travelling the World. What makes my story special is the people that I have met through my journey -whether they be on or off the soccer pitch. I hope you enjoy the book and I would like to thank you for both reading my story and supporting a great cause in raising funds for a very special footballer and firefighter - Andy Culliford - who is coping every day with ALS, the most common form of Motor Neurone Disease.
Andy with Harry Redknapp at a charity football match held to raise funds for Andy's treatment in 2012.
Brian McIntyre’s life changed when he was sent to Singapore at the age of 18 to complete his National Service, where he became a ‘jockstrap’ playing and improving his soccer skills. Not being able to settle on his return, he obtained a position on a diamond mine in Sierra Leone, where he got framed for the murder of two illegal diamond miners and spent three and half months in prison. He was arrested for murder and had two Supreme Court trials with his QC Michael Eastham and Professor Francis Camps- the famed Pathologist amongst his defence team.
On to Nigeria where he became Decca West Africa, Sales Manager for records where he played for the Railway Ramblers for three years. Brian moved to South Africa where he was offered terms to play professional soccer, but instead went to Indonesia for the World Bank Ciba Geigy crop spraying rice project with Decca Survey for two years.
Next to Singapore to set up a regional office where he stayed for eight years and joined the Singapore Cricket Club including becoming Captain of their Soccer section. He returned back to the UK in 1978.
Brian continued to visit Singapore introducing many ex-internationals to the International Soccer Sevens tournaments along with the Hong Kong Football Club Soccer Sevens. He played with Sir Bobby Charlton & Roger Hunt in their last game before retirement supported by three more 1966 World Cup heroes, including Martin Peters, Gordon Banks and Sir Geoff Hurst. The remaining all-stars in that last game
included also in the team were Kevin Keegan, Pat Jennings, Tony Woodcock & Mike England.
There cannot be many amateur players who have such an interesting story to tell.