Ronnie Whelan came to our AIB annual guest speaker evening last night and I said I would post in here afterwards. He was superb, one of the best we have had and I would deffo recommend him to any supporters group looking for a guest speaker. He does not care for a certain Mr Souness one bit and told us loads of funny stories. I greeted him as he arrived and he said he was really nervous and did not look forward to evenings like it at all but he was great, could not do enough for us. He was a hero of mine anyway but it was so good to see him looking well and no pretensions at all, he answered every single question after doing a 45 minute talk about his career. A fella called John Martin was the compere and he did a stand-up afterwards and he was funny as fuck, proper Scouser, reds fan too. Top night all round even if I did make a c*nt of myself dancing to ABBA after John had gone
Our branch, the Denbighshire supporters club in North Wales, has been going since 2000 and these are the guest speakers we have had down here-
Joey Jones (funny as fuck, still loves Liverpool)
David Johnson (sound fella, great stories)
Phil Neal (bit nervy, hadn't been on the circuit long at the time)
Tommy Smith (bit below the belt re: Emlyn Hughes but a fucking legend nonetheless)
John Aldridge came last year on the Friday after Istanbul and his first words were "I can't fail tonight can I?". Brilliant speaker, very funny and so down to earth its not true! Stayed all night and had a few bevvies, signed everything you asked and sang YNWA at the end like a proper Kopite. Have to say because of the timing that this was the best night we've had, I only got back from the homecoming a couple of hours before and it was day 3 of a huge bender for me personally.
I love these evenings, saw The King Kenny last year at Anfield at a do for Marina's charity and he was the dogs bollocks. had a photo with him and I told Marina that I'd never heard him talk for so long in my life. She said "neither have I, he's a miserable get usually"
We haven't booked anyone for next year as yet so can anyone out there recommend an ex-player on the after-dinner circuit?