Sam Allardyce was on sparkling form yesterday as the London Sporting Club's main guest at our sixth monthly lunch. One of the most high profile football managers in the modern history of the Premier League entertained another packed dining room at Morton's as he re-lived his time as a footballer spanning 20 years and many different clubs, before turning his attention to life as a boss in charge of clubs such as Bolton, Blackburn, Newcastle, West Ham, Sunderland and Crystal Palace, as well as his brief spell as England national manager. Sam pulled no punches, either, on some of the best known managers in the game, on owners and on his own aggressive and old school style of defending. Among the audience were former Wasps, England and British & Irish Lion Simon Shaw, former Leicester Tigers and England rugby star Leon Lloyd, former England, Leeds and Manchester City defender Danny Mills, former British and Commonwealth heavyweight boxing champion Scott Welch, former England cricket all-rounder Derek Pringle and former Spurs star Paul Miller. All were captivated by our first major football signing made one week after the transfer window closed.
Former England football star Dany Mills with former Spurs star Paul Miller to his left
Sam Allardyce in conversation with Chairman Ian Stafford
Former England Cricket star Derek Pringle enjoying himself
Former Wasps, England and Lion Simon Shaw shares a joke
|Another successful lunch Chairman Ian Stafford with Sam Allardyce||Pre-lunch drinks|