Remarkable roles: Eyes on the ball

The story of Jonny Dexter, an optometrist, football lover and close friend to some of football’s biggest names. Sean Rai-Roche reports

Jonny Dexter’s life has seen him be a ‘forward thinking’ optician who opens his store up to the customer, someone with an outlandish eye for fashion at a time when such taste may have been reviled and a man who has rubbed shoulders with, and treated, some of England and Liverpool’s football legends.

Born in Liverpool in 1950, Dexter spent his childhood abroad due to his father’s work. He was raised in Australia and New Zealand and travelled a great deal in his formative years before returning to Merseyside in 1968. He then went to Manchester University to study optometry and follow in his family’s footsteps.

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