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About me

Mark Gavin Monk was born on January 5th 1972 in Leicester and he moved to Shepshed as a wide-eyed four year old in the summer of 1976.
He stayed there for 10 years, taking in St Botolph's Primary School and Shepshed High School along the way.
On what he describes as "a dark day", his parents decided to emigrate in April 1986 to run a pub in Ashby-de-la-Zouch (eight miles from Shepshed!) but his heart stayed by in Shepshed.
His previous credits including editing the Leeds United fanzine/website "To Ell and Back" and in the 1990's he wrote a fanzine about local football in Ashby "Never Mind the Bowling Green". He has appeared on numerous TV and Radio shows discussing football and talking "twaddle" generally.
In 2008 he published his first book "There's a light that never goes out" about his time in the 1990's as a football manager of a pub team, which was well received by Ashby folk and was prominently featured in the Ashby Times in August 2008.
Writing is one of his many hobbies. He is married with four children. He studied law at Nottingham Law School as a mature student. In the past, he has worked in a variety of roles including a petrol pump attendant, a factory cleaner, a QA Manager, bar person and a railway guard!
He is a fan of music and cites Morrissey and the Smiths as his favourite all-time act.
He currently works in a contact centre in Derby and lives in Ashby-de-la-Zouch.


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Life in Shepshed, 1980-1986