Talks and Reflections by Brian Boobbyer
Edited by Philip Boobbyer

Growing up he had two dreams the dreams of many a young English boy! to play rugby and cricket for England. By the age of 24 he had nine caps for England at rugby. He had scored tries at Twickenham and 100s at Lords. He had been offered the chance to open the batting for Middlesex, and he would have been in the running for the 1955 Lions tour. But he then gave it all up because he felt that God was calling him to do something different with his life. Mark Boobbyer

The pieces that appear here were written over a long period and for different purposes. Much of the material was originally used in hundreds of addresses given to schools and colleges across the world. In an account of the match between Oxford and Cambridge in 1950, one journalist wrote that Boobbyer ‘exploded through the centre like a cork out of a bottle’ before making a try-scoring pass. This became a family catch phrase and is the source of the title for this book. It seemed to capture the spirit of my father’s approach to sport. Yet it also hints at his spiritual message: people can discover a life of joy and fascination when they get free of the things that block them up and set out on the road of faith. Philip Boobbyer