Over 100 people – supporters, friends, sponsors, players, coaches, management and committee – gathered in Larbert’s Dobbie Hall on a cold and wet Saturday evening for the annual Camelon Juniors Sportsman’s Dinner. (Click any of the images below to see a larger version)
On arrival, the bar – provided by our friends at Galaxy Sports Little Kerse – was the first port of call for many once they had been grabbed for the Pick a Team competition. Our compere for the evening – Peter Brown – soon called everyone to order and introduced our Chairman, Eric Henry, to formally welcome everyone to the evening in what was his first formal activity in this role. He then welcomed club Chaplain, Dan Rous, to say grace before we sat back for the meal, provided by Alex Graham Bakers & Catering.
Once we had enjoyed our meal of Lentil Soup followed by a choice of Chicken in a Peppered Sauce or Steak Pie, then Apple Pie for dessert, we had a quick game of Heads or Tails and then it was time for our speakers.
First up was former Scottish Grade 1 Referee John Rowbotham. As well as taking charge of many premier league matches, including 13 ‘old firm’ games – many controversial – John was also a FIFA referee for 50 International Games including 4 World Cup Qualifiers. He was also in charge of the 1995 Scottish Cup Final between Celtic and Dundee United.
John stamped his authority on the evening very early on, by bringing out the referee’s foam spray to draw a line on the stage. Despite being a fan’s favourite, John, with his instantly recognisable 6’3″ frame and shaved head, took a firm grip on the crowd as he shared many memories and stories from his career.
After a quick break, Peter Brown took us through our auction lots for the evening with a range of signed football shirts up for grabs. Thanks to all who contributed to this part of the evening.
It was then time for our second speaker of the evening, former St Mirren, West Ham and Celtic striker, Frank McAvennie who amongst many accolades, helped Celtic win the Scottish Premier League and Scottish Cup double, and also gained 5 international caps.
Frank was very popular with the crowd, and recounted many tales from his career both on and off the pitch with stories filling us in on some of the background in the changing room and the bar!
It was then time for the raffle including many prizes from local businesses, before Chairman, Eric Henry, brought the evening to a close. A good time was had by all.
The committee of Camelon Juniors FC would like to thank everyone who came to the evening and made it the success it was, especially Stevie Barr and the Galaxy Sports team, and Alex Graham and his catering team, plus all who donated auction and raffle prizes, and to all who financially contributed to the evening.
Same time next year?!