Michael Hardcastle was a prolific writer of children's books, mainly
on a sporting theme, who received the MBE in 1988 for his services to
On leaving school, he spent five years in the Royal Army Educational
Corps serving in the UK, Kenya and Mauritius, before joining the
Huddersfield Examiner as a reporter in 1956. He subsequently worked
on the Bristol Evening Post as a diarist and literary editor, and
moved to the Liverpool Daily Post as chief feature writer in 1965.
Michael Hardcastle's first book, Soccer is Also a Game, was
published in 1966 to coincide with the World Cup. Since then he has
written 147 more books, mainly about sport, on such topics as
cricket, motocross, horse-racing and tennis. He made a generous
donation to the School library in 1994 and was guest speaker at
Speech Day that year.