• "Never let a day's work get in the way of a good day of sport!"


  • "If you drink, don't drive. Don't even putt."

    Dean Martin

  • "The big Cuban opened his legs and showed his class."

    David Coleman

  • "I'm tired of hearing about money, money, money, money, money. I just want to play the game, drink Pepsi, wear Reebok."

    Shaquille O'Neal, American basketball player

  • "Sure there have been injuries and deaths in boxing - but none of them serious."

    Alan Minter

  • "Moses Kiptanui - the 19 year old Kenyan, who turned 20 a few weeks ago."

    David Coleman

  • "That's the fastest time ever run - but it's not as fast as the world record."

    David Coleman

  • "This could be a repeat of what will happen in the European games next week."

    David Coleman

  • "I'm not a believer in luck... but I do believe you need it."

    Alan Ball

  • "One of the reasons Arnie is playing so well is that, before each tee-shot, his wife takes out his balls and kisses them - Oh my God, what have I just said?"

    US TV commentator

  • "Champions aren't made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them - a desire, a dream, a vision."

    Muhammad Ali

  • "Stay busy, get plenty of exercise, and don't drink too much. Then again, don't drink too little."

    Herman "Jackrabbit" Smith-Johannsen, Skiing pioneer

  • "For those of you watching in black and white, Spurs are in the all-yellow strip."

    John Motson

  • "When you win the toss - bat. If you are in doubt, think about it, then bat. If you have very big doubts, consult a colleague - then bat."

    WG Grace

  • "I never comment on referees and I'm not going to break the habit of a lifetime for that prat."

    Ron Atkinson

  • "You've got to take the initiative and play your game. In a decisive set, confidence is the difference."

    Chris Evert

  • "We now have exactly the same situation as we had at the start of the race, only exactly the opposite."

    Murray Walker

  • "I can play in the center, on the right, and occasionally on the left side."

    David Beckham, when asked if he was a 'volatile' player

  • "I never make predictions and I never will."

    Paul Gascoigne

  • "If history repeats itself, I should think we can expect the same thing again."

    Terry Venables

  • "Experience is a great advantage. The problem is that when you get the experience, you're too damned old to do anything about it."

    Jimmy Connors

WTSC foundation Charles RIdler Walk raises over £19,000


On behalf of the Wine Trade Sports Club and the Wine Trade Sports Club Foundation, I would like to thank you all for your fundraising efforts and of course participation in the WTSC Foundation – Charles Ridler Walk on Saturday.


It was wonderful that so many were able to come and join in this wonderful event. Including all the children, 70 people departed Vintners’ Hall, most of whom managed to make it back, perhaps a little jaded in time for the Laurent Perrier Champagne reception.


I will inform you of the full amount raised once it has been announced at our AGM this evening, but I can assure you that the sum has gone significantly above the target we had in mind, so thank you all. The virgin money site will remain open for a further month or so, so there is still time to pester your friends, family and colleagues who are yet to come good on their pledges.


I would like to offer my congratulations to Julian Bidwell on his personal fundraising total of £2000 (before gift aid) and on his winning of the Walker Cup.


Finally, would like to offer special thanks to the WTSC committee for all their work in the planning: The Worshipful Company of Vintners’ for their use of Vintners’ Hall and particularly to Major Steven Marcham and the team for their wonderful hospitality: Laurent Perrier Champagne for their generous provision of Champagne for pre and post walk, it was certainly extremely welcome at the finish: Geronimo Inns and the Builders Arms for their wonderful Bacon sandwiches after a much longer than expected first leg of the walk: Berry Brothers and Rudd for the marvellous bubbles and sandwiches in glorious sunshine in Pickering place: James Davy Jo and the team at Davy’s Woolgate for the free flowing Altano Douro wine and sandwiches: Robert and Robyn Wilson and the Bleeding Heart team for the fabulous pastries, cakes and chocolates to accompany the champagne: Hildon for plentiful supply of water as well as David and Judy Skinner for efforts in keeping us all hydrated along the route: last but not least Charles Ridler for agreeing to let us raise money on his behalf. What the future holds for him may be uncertain but Charles, Nancy, Anna and Charlotte can rest assured that there are significant funds available to call upon as and when they are required.


I am sure I have forgotten someone, for which I apologise. It was lovely to meet you all and hopefully paths will cross again in the not too distant future.

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