Sportsman's Dinner report
On Thursday October 12th, 160 people enjoyed the company of City fan & comedian Mark Watson, BCFC manager Gary Johnson and Ex-City player Norman Hunter at the Bristol City Supporters Trust Sportsman’s Dinner sponsored by Manor mortgages. Also in attendance was Bristol City chairman Steve Lansdown.
The event took place at Cadbury House, Congesbury, where those in attendance enjoyed a fantastic three course meal, all served by their friendly staff. On each place setting was a slip for attendees to complete should they wish to have compare Mark Watson pose a question to Gary Johnson. Also on each table were raffle tickets with some impressive prizes including signed shirts. The top prize of a week’s self-catering in the south of France was won by Bristol City Supporters Trust member Sam Jones.
The evening’s entertainment started with comedian Mark Watson giving an insight to his views on Bristol City and why he has been a fan for the last 20 years. Mark then ascertained those guests who were not City fans, including several Leeds fans and a Burnley fan. His excellent comedic talents and mixed with his knowledge of football had peoples sides were aching from the laughter.
Gary Johnson then took to the stage with Mark asking questions put forward by the guests. They included some difficult topics ranging from Marcus Stewart; Bas Savage; Who is to stop players diving; whether he felt he could manage BCFC in the Premiership and many more. Gary answered all questions as openly and honestly as possible and had the guests enraptured.
Gary Johnson answers fans questions
The star of the evening Norman Hunter then regaled guests with tales of his time playing for Leeds and his time at Bristol City. Norman also fielded questions from those present. His brand of humour was also a big hit.
The end of the night was summed up by Mark Watson encouraging those present who were not already members of the Bristol City Supporters Trust to join. Mark took his own advice and joined up to the Supporters Trust himself. All in all an enjoyable evening was had by everyone.
Report written by Sarah Barnard
A full photo gallery of the evening can be found here.