Chairman Richard Wright opened the meeting and advised of three apologies.
Under “Initial Notices” Treasurer Roy Smith advised that audited accounts would be available in a couple of weeks but that finances were in very good order.
Secretary Neil Ramshaw told members that last weeks Speaker Steve Caldwell was not able to advise of his additional collections for Martin House Hospice from the Forum as monies had mingled with other collections.
Michael Cochrane had issued documentation relating to this years Christmas Lunch. The venue is Ascot House Hotel on Tuesday December 10th at 12 for 1230 p.m. with a cost of £23-50 per person. Menu Choices and full payment needs to be back with Mike A.S.A.P. but at the very latest at the Tuesday meeting on the 26th November.
Today’s Speaker was long-standing Forum Member Keith Wadd who would regale his audience with tales of “My Sporting Life: The Life of a Mediocre Sportsman”.
As well as detailing some of his sporting exploits in football, cricket, golf, snooker and mixed hockey Keith also gave us some of the history of the particular sports and how they fitted into the social context of in particular the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. He reminisced about starting playing football at aged eight or nine years old in the playground and later honing his skills on “The Tip” and recalled watching games at the Baseball Ground (Derby County) and in his hometown of Chesterfield at Saltergate. Former players were remembered and their close affinity and connection with locals, something lost in recent years. Keith played intramural football at Leeds University and later started a side Wakefield Tech and Art team. He advised the audience of how the early F.A. Cup and First Division Championship winners were mainly amateurs before the more known clubs came to the fore (The Wanderers; Oxford University and Preston North End).
We were then advised of his cricketing background, of developing his skills on a footpath, hitting two sixes in his career and watching the well attended county games at Queen’s Park with mention again of some local players known to him and his father. He then produced a cricket ball and attempted to explain the intricacies of spin bowling such as leg breaks and googlies!! He explained why cricket was a county game as opposed to football and highlighted the Gentlemen versus Players differences that persisted until the 1950’s.
He briefly covered his less distinguished but enjoyed golfing adventures, the game’s development and its sharp social separation. Snooker was touched upon, Joe Davis mentioned and Keith’s starting of Leeds University Snooker Club and concluded with his painful experience of Mixed Hockey. He did briefly play for “England” at football on a student trip to Krakow but was injured early doors!!
His final remarks were that “Sport should be physical, competitive but fun”…a view shared by his audience.
The Vote of Thanks was given by Michael Cochrane on behalf of thirty six very satisfied attendees.
The Chairman closed the meeting by asking for member support in setting up the room next week at 930 a.m. onwards due to the absence of Mike South.
NEIL RAMSHAW SECRETARY.