The City Lunch – Another Club Win

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On Friday 23rd February Blackheath FC held its inaugural City Lunch at the famous Bengal Clipper restaurant in Butlers Wharf, SE1.

Admittedly this was a late venue change but credit to a small group that worked tirelessly the day before the event to ensure that the 150 guests were none the wiser, bar the slight and rather obvious change of menu.

The lunch was opened and hosted by Club Chairman Russell Ticehurst who was joined on the day by special guest auctioneer and fellow Club Member Steve Backley OBE and ex Lions and England Rugby Giant Simon Shaw MBE.

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The day was unashamedly organised to raise funds for the Well Hall Development Fund and it was so well supported by the Club Members, Sponsors and Supporters that there is already talk to have another sooner rather than later.

The Club would like to thank everyone that contributed towards the day and on the day for their generosity and enthusiasm to ensure that the day was excellent fun and a phenomenal success.

The day opened with a few words from our event partner CEO Mark Covington from SNAP and we were soon in to the familiar game of Heads and Tails compared by Club Treasurer Simon Botes. The winner and runner up were presented with a magnum of champagne and wine respectively which were almost certainly not carried home at the end of Lunch.


Lunch followed where conversation and negotiations took place after everyone had seen the auction lots and made their bids in the silent auction. Raffle tickets were also sold during the lunch and like the Heads and Tails everyone embraced the spirit of the day and dug deep for a huge number of tickets.

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Lunch was followed by the main auction and our auctioneer Steve Backley took to the stage and after some hilarious opening words he started the auction. It has been said by so many people since that Steve was fantastic and I must publicly thank him for a stunning auctioneering display that was exciting, fun and most of all very profitable for the Club, “Thank You Steve”.

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At this point everyone was thinking that the fun must be over only to have our guest speaker Simon Shaw stand up and hold an informal Q&A which was an insight into an England World Cup and British and Irish Lions squad and how that all “works”. Again we thank Simon for his energy, enthusiasm and his sharing of his personal experiences which rounded off a tremendous day for The Club.


Once again many thanks from the Executive of the Club to everyone involved and to everyone that attended the event.

Without this tremendous level of support these events simply do not work so a BIG Well Done and don’t miss the next City Lunch which is likely to be towards the end of 2018.

Russell Ticehurst

Chairman, Blackheath Football Club

Tim Brindle

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