John 'the desk' Byrne

Written by Ian Blair

 Hi One & All

Last night whilst talking to Gill  the subject turned around to the DUA and some of the principal players in the cast in the early days.

As you all know, one of the central characters was John ‘the desk’ Byrne, who basically ran Basinghall Street in Hobley’s absence -  juggling this full-time job with studying the form in the Sporting Life.


John the desk and Penny MacConnoran PhotographPenny MacConnoran and John 'the Desk' Byrne


I recently came across some of John’s original writings (which he had sent to Pen & I nigh on 30 years ago) which I thought that it would be nice to share with you all. Reading them again brought his wonderful humour, character & of course his political leanings sharply back to life.



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