A bit of a do
By Simon Devon
Although I'd never been to anything like this, I'm always a bit
suspicious of such events. Are they just PR fronts put on by the club to
'sweeten' the major sponsors, or are they really concenred about people
who fork out their hard earned cash to sponsor a player? Well, the 1997
Sponsors Dinner was my first one, and I was pleasantly suprised!
The Watford Mailing list and Blind Stupid and Desperate sponsor two
players. Stuart Slater is one and the other was Devon White, but he's
just been sold. Oh well, seeing as Colin Simpsons move to Barcelona has
fallen through, I guess we've got him again! The mailing list bods
in attendance were myself, Leo Mindel, Kevin Blake, Brad Flack, Leon Lewis,
Dr Dave, Adrian Spender and Kate Holmes.
The first players we got chatting to were Wayne Andrews and Paul
Robinson. Both seemed like nice lads, but seemed a bit out of their
depth! They both said how they enjoy playing under Kenny and they then
told us who went out on the piss at Kudos after Saturday's game, seems
like it was most of the first team. They went off to mingle (ie, prop up
the bar with the rest of the team who weren't drinking BTW), after telling
us what fun it was to coach the Junior Hornets, and so I went
off to chat with Kate Holmes (who used to write the BSaD match reports)
and she also told me who was at Kudos last night. Seems like it's the in
place for Watford people.....
Anyway, a few seconds later someone came up to me and said "At last, one
of my sponsors!!", it was our own Stuart Slater! (I been given a badge on
the way in with Stuart's name on it) So, I took him over to the rest of
the WML gang and we got talking. After about 30 seconds we realised that
Stuart really is a great bloke. I'd read the stuff in the papers where
he'd been praising Luther and Kenny and I just thought he was sucking up,
but I realise he really does mean it, his heart really seems in Watford.
He said that the reason he came here was that he had a look round the
club and was impressed with both the management and the facilities. He
also said he liked the area and would be moving here anyway as his
contract said he had to live within twenty miles of the ground. The players
he rated most were Super Kev (who isn't fully fit according to Stuart)
and Bazeley. He also thought we should sign Kevin Scott (as did all the
We then got talking about the rest of his career. He said that
West Ham was great (he got into the team at seventeen) as he got to play with
some great players but the pressure was immense. He got fed up with
seeing stories about himself in the papers every day. Celtic was another
high point but again the pressure was immense. He had to admit that
playing in an old firm derby was more intense than against Luton. Ipswich
didn't work out for him as he was their record signing and so when the
team played badly he got all the stick and so he lost form badly. He
reckons that out off all the managers he's had (which is quite a few....)
Kenny is the best one for man-management and one of the best coaches. His
injury is getting better fast and he's seeing a specialist (one of the
quotes of the night "I heard some stories about your last physio...")
but he doesn't know if he can get back into the team, mainly because of
the form of Bazeley and Easton (who he also rates highly).
At this point Stuart went to the bar to buy us all a drink, so I went to
give him a hand, and this is where me and Adrian heard our first
exlusive. Apparantly, Ramage hasn't been to the club for weeks and wants
to bugger off ASAP!
Exclusive #2: We got talking to a very pissed off David Connolly.
Apparently he wanted to accept the Wolves offer, but couldn't. When asked
about Super Kevs hat-trick, he said he was pleased, but what he really
meant was "Shit, I won't be getting back into the team!"
We then had loads of cheesy pictures taken with most of the players, and
chatted to Kenny, Bazeley, Gifton, Porter (who will go up in all our
opinions as he called Luton "F**king Scum"), Mooney, Gibbsy and Stevie
Palmer who said he'd seen BSaD and thought it was great. His dad reads
the match reports and then phones Steve to tell him what we thought about
him! :-) Bazeley was also a nice guy (if a bit drunk...) and he also made
some interesting points. We asked him about Ramage and he said, "Err... I
dunno, what do you lot think?" Gifton said that although he is finding it
hard in the first team, Kenny knows him so well from the youth team that
he can tell when he is pushing him too hard.
Okay, that's about all that happened (apart from Darren Ward winning two
prizes in the raffle. FIX!!) but roll on next years sponsors dinner!