Today’s guest is Ted Buxton. Buxton has led a fascinating life. Growing up in London during World War 2 he lived through the Blitz, which he talks about in great detail. He then was a soldier in Malay before becoming a butcher in Southeast London.
He then went from butcher to coach at Millwall. He then served as a scout at the Tampa Bay Rowdies in the US and at Tottenham before his biggest gig, scouting and coaching under Terry Venables for the English national team.
Following his time with Terry at the 1996 Euros he became the technical director of the Chinese national team. He still watches games and identifies talent on an informal basis in the local area. He’s worked alongside and with the biggest names in the game like Sir Alex Ferguson, Frank Lampard and Paul Gascoigne.
If you want to hear the only person that can compare VE Day and the 1996 Euros, and what its like to scout from Serbia to South America then this is the episode for you. I’m a bit of a history nut so it was a real thrill for me.
If you’d like to learn more about Ted read his book, Ted Buxton: My Life in Football which you can find on Amazon, by clicking here.