Terry Ainsworth was born in Caton in 1942 and grew up watching his football heroes who played for Caton United. After attending Caton Church of England Primary School he then completed his education at Lancaster Royal Grammar School. As a teenager he was coached by Jimmy Downham at the Lancaster Lads Club and played for Lancashire Boys Clubs, representing them in the 1959 final of the Gillette Cup against Hampshire at Craven Cottage, Fulham, in front of His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester.
Immediately after that game, Dally Duncan manager of Blackburn Rovers signed him and later he played at Stockport County under the tutelage of Albert Dainty. In 1963 he married Margaret Onyett and they have twin sons, Paul and David, who both live and work in the South of England. He played for several years in local football until a cruciate ligament injury in 1966 curtailed his life in football.
I wrote "Box to Box", my football autobiography, a few years ago now and all the printed copies were sold in a short space of time. It is now available for everyone to read and I hope you enjoy the injury shortened football story of a country boy. Click the front cover below to start reading (opens in a new window).
In 2008 historian Sharon Lambert talked to me about my life from the earliest years and included some of my memories from long ago in her Lancaster Guardian narrative. Click here to view the narrative (opens in a new window).