John Barnes would possibly by no means have made it as an expert footballer, not to mention gained two First Division titles, two FA Cups and represented England 79 occasions over a 13-year interval, had it not been for a passing taxi driver recognizing him enjoying for Sudbury Court docket.

As a youngster, Barnes turned out for Middlesex League aspect Sudbury Court docket, having fun with his soccer regionally earlier than his seemingly imminent departure from the UK. As he explains, Barnes was because of head to America to take up a soccer scholarship at 17-years-old.