Celebration Dinner

Sunday, 7 October 2001, 0:01
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The evening was a complete success from both sides and with the added benefit that money was raised in great numbers for both player’s respective funds, everyone who attended went home happy at what they had been part of.

Tony Cottey, a previous player of both Swansea City and Glamorgan provided his insight into life as a professional cricketer, and briefly as a footballer whilst Harry Scott, a local comedian provided a witty act that raised many laughs within the room. Harry also carried out the auction which raised just under £1000, and Darren Bradley of the MAGS carried out a different auction for a signed Gary Speed shirt which raised just over £250.

Top auction item on the night was one of Roger’s Goalkeeper jersey’s which was bought by Roger Williams from the MAGS for a price in excess of £350. The raffle saw prizes ranging from a signed Swansea City shirt to a limited edition print of Steve James and 10 people were lucky enough to take home with them a raffle prize.

Most of the Swansea City squad were in attendance, as was assistant manager Peter Nicholas and all at the testimonial team are grateful to them for their support of Roger. Stuart Roberts appeared to take a big interest in the Gary Speed shirt and was last seen spending the rest of this week’s wages trying to ensure he got it. Sadly, Stuart Roberts ran out of money and the lucky victor was in the Peter Nicholas corner.

From mine and Keith’s point of view, it is only appropriate to thank a few people for the night. First up Gary Martin for taking the photos which you can see at the link below – as usual he could be seen wandering round with his camera and we are grateful for that. Darren Bradley for conducting the final auction of the night which as we mentioned earlier was a great success. Graham Phillips and his ‘apprentice’ for their toastmaster duties, all the people that bid and/or were successful in the auction items. All 150 people who turned up who I hope enjoyed the evening as much as we did. Ian Williams from Steve James benefit for all his help in putting this evening together. And from my point of view, and possibly the biggest thanks goes to Liz Drew and her team from the Marriott Hotel who ensured that with their service the evening was a complete success. It is no mean feat catering for that number and to do it with the efficency that they showed is a tremendous achievement.

Next up in the testimonial year is a Race Nite in January at Swansea Rugby Club, again organised by Gary Martin and Nick Rees – we will keep you posted with details on that.

Images courtesy of Getty Images, Athena Picture Agency and Swansea City Football Club.

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