William pens book of tales from 25 years as a barber



William pens book of tales from 25 years as a barber

by Tom Martin (November 2021)

A BARBER who has been working in Waterloo for 25 years has turned his hand to writing and has penned a book about some of his funniest and strangest experiences!

William Twentyman, who owns a barbers shop on Oxford Road, has published ‘The Twentyman: Battle of Waterloo.’

William said: “After 25 years of trading in a busy barbers, so many people have said to me I should write a book.

“We opened in 1997, introducing to the North West the first traditional barbershop run strictly on an appointment system.

“There are so many stories to tell, some funny, some pull at the heart strings and some are too risqué to print in a newspaper!”

‘The Twentyman: Battle of Waterloo’ is now available from a number of local bookshops, including Pritchard’s in Crosby Village, Write Blend on South Road and Broadhursts in Southport.

All proceeds from the book will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Society. The charity is close to William’s heart after his dad, Geoff , suffered from the disease for 12 years before he passed away in 2004 at the age of 74.

Geoff played football for Liverpool FC and made 184 appearances in the 1950s. He then returned to the club as a scout helping to sign the likes of future Reds legends Ray Clemence, Ian Rush and Phil Neal.

His family believe his Alzheimer’s could have been caused by heading the ball too many times, which has been the subject of a debate about the welfare of players.

William said: “My father played 184 times for Liverpool, to return in 1967 to work for Bill Shankly and Bob Paisley to run their scouting system for 19 seasons.

“His first signing was Ray Clemence in 1967 for £18,000. He also found players such as Phil Neal, Steve Nicol, Alan Hansen, Ian Rush and many more.

“He developed Alzheimer’s after he finished working for Graeme Souness at Glasgow Rangers, suffering terribly for 12 exhausting years.”



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