The Pollok Sporting Dinner is the biggest fundraising event that the Club organises and therefore is an important part of our calendar. Those of you who have attended in the past will know that as well as raising important funds for the club it is always a great night. This years event takes place on Friday 10th November in Lok’s Bar & Kitchen and Bill Copeland will once again chair the night.
Bill is one of the funniest speakers on the circuit and a Pollok supporter to boot. He will introduce one of Scotland’s best ex-referees Kenny Clark, and Everton, Leeds United and Nottingham Forest legend (and another of the best after dinner speakers on the circuit) Duncan McKenzie. Join special guests Rab Sneddon and Harry Erwin, backroom staff and supporters for what guarantees to be the most entertaining evening of the year.
Doors will open at 7:00pm with proceedings kicking off at 7:30pm.
Loks Bar and Kitchen will once again cater for us and the Bar will be stocked with a great range of malt whiskies, craft beers, lagers and spirits. An extensive wine menu is also available.
Tickets are on sale now costing £35 a head. Individual tickets can be bought from Loks Bar and Kitchen, from the organising committee on matchday, by dropping an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by sending a message through our social media channels.
Introducing our GUESTS
Your Chairman FOR THE NIGHT, Bill Copeland
Married to Marilyn from Larkhall. It’s a mixed marriage, she’s a human being and he’s a lawyer and dotes on his daughter 12½ (it’s a daft name but Marilyn chose it). Hobbies? Plays a mean game of golf – won’t pay the green fees. Bill’s ambition as a speaker is to follow his grandfather’s advice “Always leave them begging for more.” Which was the very attitude that led to granddad being struck off as the world’s worst anaesthetist.
Born in Govan, a quaint fishing village on the banks of the Clyde, home to Sir Alex Ferguson and Billy Connolly, he attended a tough school. Tough? There was a boy in the class who was allergic to peanuts and they used to take him round the back of the bike shed and make him play Russian roulette with a packet of Revels. Bill then attended Allan Glen’s School, which was selective, not doing too well as he selected to go only on Fridays. He left with 6 A Levels but was caught at the gate and made to return them to the Headmaster. Bill studied at Strathclyde University, graduating B.A., LL.B., which his criminal clients think stands for “buy us a lager and a large Bacardi”.
Bill is without doubt a very accomplished after dinner speaker, and an evening with him is one not to be missed!
Kenny Clark: Kenny made his name refereeing in the Scottish Premier League. He also refereed at international level for FIFA. Over an 8-year period from 2000, he covered no less than 6 Scottish Cup finals. Kenny continues to work as a solicitor based in Glasgow with occasional appearances on BBC Scotland’s “Sportsound” programme. He is also an accomplished after dinner speaker and his memories of his time as a top-class referee are guaranteed to have us enthralled.
Duncan McKenzie: Was one of the most talented footballers of his generation, playing over three hundred games and scoring well over one hundred goals. He became a legend at Everton, Leeds United and Nottingham Forest and is now a legend on the after dinner speaking circuit. Some people will still remember Duncan jumping over mini cars as pre match entertainment – something you wouldn’t see David Beckham doing today.
Duncan has written for national newspapers and magazines but now concentrates on radio commentating and after dinner speaking. He is considered, by his peers, to be one of funniest after dinner speakers on the circuit.