Event is a ‘resounding success’

Jonathan Agnew and other guests at the recent Matlock Town Sportsman's Dinner.
Jonathan Agnew and other guests at the recent Matlock Town Sportsman's Dinner.

Chairman Tom Wright hailed Matlock Town’s recent Sportsman’s Evening as “a resounding success” after the Gladiators made £5,000 on the night.

The event, held in the Matlock Town Sports and Social Club last Thursday night, had BBC Radio Test Match Special commentator Jonathan Agnew as after dinner speaker while comedy came from Dave Wolfe.

And the auction on the night had a special gift of a game of snooker with the legendary Jimmy White.

The Matlock Town connection in the auction saw Brian Startin claim home and away shirts from last season signed by record marksman Ross Hannah. Ross is now enjoying a professional career at Bradford City after smashing in 52 league and cup goals for Town last season. Brian unselfishly donated the shirts back to the club and they will be displayed in the boardroom.

“We’re all delighted with how the night went,” said Wright. “It was a resounding success. This was our 37th Sportsman’s dinner, but the first one at our new Sports and Social Club. Derbyshire Caterers did a great job serving up a three-course meal to around 160 people and I’m sure everyone had an enjoyable night.”

The next Sportsman’s Evening is in March but the club is available for private hire and regularly holds entertainment. Local group Midlife Crisis will be appearing on Saturday week (November 12). Further information is available by ringing 01629 55362 or 01629 583866 or by e mail to info@matlocktownfc.co.uk