Brian Glover

We’ll never forget that classic scene in the film Kes, where the teacher organises a football match with his pupils, insists on taking part himself, and then fouls and flattens the kids while dashing at the goal and mouthing an imaginary commentary. Brian Glover (1934-1997), actor, writer, wrestler and teacher, born in Sheffield, but better associated with Barnsley, where he grew up. While teaching he met Barry Hines, author of A Kestrel for a Knave, turned into Kes, who introduced him to director Ken Loach. He got the part of Sugden, the PE teacher, his first acting role but which paved the way for over fifty TV and film appearances. “You play to your strengths in this game, and my strength is as a bald-headed, rough-looking Yorkshireman.” Sadly, he died of a brain tumour at the age of 63.