We live in a small village outside Basingstoke which is in the northern part of Hampshire. Hampshire is a wonderful county: it takes in Winchester, Southampton, Portsmouth, the New Forest, and the Isle of Wight. It is, therefore, in a beautiful part of the country but is still only 50 miles from London.
I have so many fond memories of South Africa and still keep in touch with my great friend Rodney Nichols in Durban.
After matriculation, I was exempt from army service. I didn't feel that it was fair to have a two year start in work on everyone else that had to do compulsory military service, so I decided to leave the country for a two-year period and thought I would combine the trip with having football trials with an English Club. My brother had been a professional footballer in England and had gone on to coach Durban City in South Africa and I was determined to become a professional footballer. I had represented my province (Transvaal) and I was playing for Germiston Callies reserves - Germiston Callies were then a national first division team and I was on the verge of breaking into the first team. I had discussed with Mickey Lill, the then manager (who had been a professional footballer in England) that I wished to leave South Africa for a two-year period and with his and the club's help, I approached several English clubs who both Mickey and the club had connections with and I received offers back from two clubs - Halifax and Watford. Watford were at the time being managed by Graham Taylor (later to manage England) and were on the verge of great things. I had cousins in Basingstoke and Bradford and, after weighing up the pros and cons, I decided that Watford was the better option. That was how I ended up in Basingstoke. I had trials with Watford, played two games in the combination league for the reserves, but it was proving difficult to commute from Basingstoke and hold down a temporary job.
I was offered an apprenticeship at a local Civil Engineering practice in Basingstoke, and, figuring that I would probably not 'make the grade' I joined them at the tail end of 1978. After achieving an HNC in Civil Engineering, I left civil engineering to join a construction company in 1982 and I have been in construction ever since. I became a chartered builder (MCIOB) in 1995 and I currently work for a large national construction company as a Construction Manager.
I met my wife Lorna in 1980 and we have been happily married since 1983. We have two children - Callum and Bryony. Lorna teaches horse riding; she specialises in dressage and has been London and South East champion on several occasions. She is also a highly respected dressage judge in the county. Lorna and I like to keep fit and we have competed in Tough Guy (world renowned endurance event held every January in Wolverhampton) - (Trev on 5 occasions) and (Lorna on 2 occasions).
Callum is at college in Basingstoke and plays rugby for Basingstoke RFC's academy team. Bryony is at school in Basingstoke; she is a member of Basingstoke Athletics Club and has followed her mother into horse riding.
I have attached several photographs which show how my hair style has changed over the years! I have also attached a photograph of me winning the 200m race at our Sports day in 1976 - I made Graham Harris give it to me - he had wanted to submit it for the annual school magazine but I took it from him much to his disgust, so it is finally nice to return it to Germiston (you will notice many of the usual suspects in the background).
Married to: Lorna
Children: Callum (16) and Bryony (13)
Occupation: Construction Manager
Address (H): Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK
Address (W): Willmott Dixon Construction Ltd, Suite 201, The Spirella Building Bridge Road, Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire, SG6 4GY, UK
E-mail: Trevor.Fraser@willmottdixon.co.uk or email@example.com or TrevorFraser@hotmail.com