Mike Rees was educated at Newbridge Grammar School and, following a period studying law at Leeds Polytechnic, graduated from UCW Aberystwyth where he was awarded both B.A. and M.A. degrees in History. Following a period of two years working as a Health Service administrator in London, Mike decided on a change of career. He successfully completed a PGCE at Goldsmiths College, University of London and for the next thirty years he worked as a teacher in South Wales. After a career in which he was variously Head of History, Head of Humanities and Assistant Head, Mike retired as Deputy Head of West Monmouth School, Pontypool in 2012. During this time Mike has developed a particular interest in The Great War and for the past twenty years has been actively involved in the Western Front Association. He is treasurer of the Gwent Branch of the Association and regularly gives talks to local history societies on aspects of The Great War. When he is not reading his many history, sports or music books, strumming his guitar or following, from the comfort of the armchair, all the major sporting events, especially those involving Welsh rugby, English Cricket and Manchester United, Mike works part time in educational administration. He lives in Newport and is married with two children. Men Who Played the Game is his first book.