Middlesex Wanderers AFC
Annual Dinner & Reunion
Saturday November 15th 2014
Venue The Holiday Inn (Regents Park)
Celebrity Guest Dave Bassett
MIDDLESEX WANDERERS AFC
Wanderers Remember the Fallen!
Over 100 were present at the 108th Annual Dinner of the Middlesex Wanderers in a Gala Dinner in London’s Regent Park.
This year’s Dinner had two themes : a celebration of non League football and a commemoration of the footballers who lost their lives fighting for King and Country in WW1. Middlesex Wanderers lost 12 members while its Scottish ‘ brother’ club, Queen’s Park in Glasgow saw 216 members enlist of whom 28 perished in the conflict. At 9pm a toast was made to the fallen and Sergt Dave Coleman of the Royal Engineers played the Last Post.
The Guest of Honour was the legendary Dave ‘Harry’ Bassett In an amusing speech he recounted stories from his long career in football both as a player (he made over 150 appearances for Wimbledon won the FA Amateur cup with Walton and Hersham and played 10 times for England Amateurs) and as a manager of Wimbledon, Watford, Sheffield United, Crystal Palace, Nottingham Forest, Barnsley, Leicester City, Southampton and Leeds United. ‘ Arry’ was followed by the well-known after dinner speaker and entertainer Howard Smith who kept everyone laughing as he told joke after joke.
The club celebrated winning the Ryman’s Isthmian League Veteran’s Cup which was presented to Captain Steve Ward and his team.
Later this season the club will be touring Scotland playing two matches including a fixture against Queen’s Park. In 2016 the club will tour Ghana on what will be its 100th overseas tour.
The Holiday Inn
Regents Park London
The Annual Dinner of the Middlesex Wanderers AFC
was held on
Saturday 16th November 2013
Between 1948-49 and 1961-62 The Doc made 454 first team appearances for Celtic, Preston North End, Arsenal and Chelsea and represented Scotland 25 times. As a Manager he oversaw more than 800 matches for Chelsea, Manchester United, Derby County, Queens Park Rangers, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Rotherham United, Aston Villa, Sydney Olympic, Preston North End, South Melbourne, Porto, Altrincham and Scotland.
He will, no doubt have many fascinating tales to tell.
The evening will follow the usual format with ‘Wanderers Whispers’ and conviviality. The Dinner will begin at 7.30 pm sharp. For the first time there will be an exhibition of the club’s memorabilia from the archive. Diners are asked to assemble from 6.45pm. There will be a pay bar facility and an opportunity to pre-order drinks from the bar.
Middlesex Wanderers were delighted to welcome British football legend Tommy Docherty as guest speaker at its 2013 annual dinner.
It was the Doc’s first engagement after being inducted on November 10 into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame at Hampden Park, a stadium he graced many times during a 30-cap international career with Scotland in the 1950s.
The Doc entertained around 100 diners at the Imperial Hotel in Holborn, London, with football anecdotes from his long and colourful playing and management careers.
His secret to building great teams? “Buying great players.” His favourite player during his spell as manager of Manchester United? “Martin Buchan — a terrific player and professional.” The Doc’s biggest regret? “Leaving my post as manager of the greatest ever Scottish team, to join United.” And what about his personality clash with Sir Alex Feguson? “You cannae have a personality clash wi’ someone wi’ nae personality,” he quipped.
Docherty later spent time fielding questions from the audience, and even found time to chat at length to diners in the hotel bar afterwards.