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Feeling Fuller Up after Players Awards Lunch

Award for Finn

By Ged Ladd
October 15 2017

Ged dexcribes the end of season platers awards event with some Daaisy observations and a strange nickname for JK.   

Middlesex End Of Season Lunch And Player Awards, Lord’s, 6 October 2017

Another year, another player awards lunch at Lord’s.

Different mood this year. Last year we'd won the county champioship and even Angus smiled most of the time.

…this year, relegation.

Still, the sun smiled on us at the top of the Mound Stand for the pre-lunch reception. That is one stunning location for a drinks party when the sun is shining on Lord’s.

I played tennis before the reception, a very good game by my very patchy standards, arriving about 20-past twelve. Daisy arrived about five minutes later.

We chatted with several interesting people over drinks, then soon enough were being shepherded to the Nursery Pavilion for lunch, where we joined a rather jolly table for a very jolly lunch:

After the player awards had been handed out, there was a light-hearted Q&A hosted by MC David Fulton with Phil Tufnell, Angus Fraser, John Embury.

…we can’t call David Fulton “Fullers”, otherwise he might be confused with Middlesex’s own James Fuller, whose dad, Julian, had come half way round the world for lunch and can be seen on the far left of our table photo.

Daisy tells me that Julian Fuller should be nicknamed “The Anaesthetist” because after talking to him for five minutes…

…you discover that he IS an anaesthetist. I can think of other people who deserve that nickname for a different reason, but mercifully no-one like that was at our table.

After lunch, Daisy spotted that all of the players were wearing matching suits and shoes.

She didn’t get to quiz Finny on the subject, but did extract some vital information from a small group of other players, who told her that the clobber is sponsored by a fashion house.

Daisy explained her theory to the sartorially synchronised trio of players, which is that one of their mums takes it upon herself to determine the appropriate fashion items for young men and thus co-ordinates their attire for them. That’s what her big sister, Hilary, did when a nephew of ours got married earlier this year.

Naturally, the three young players in question broke down under such intensive interrogation and confessed that Carolyn Gubbins is indeed such a mum, although they did also persist with the (frankly, nonsensical) rumour about sponsored suits.

It is very hard to pull the wool over Daisy’s eyes, even when it is the finest suit wool and Daisy has had a few glasses of vino.

It was a very enjoyable lunch in most convivial company to end the Middlesex season. Now we need to sustain ourselves through the winter.

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Feeling Fuller Up after Players Awards Lunch
Middlesex till we die (IP Logged)
15/10/2017 11:54
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Re: Feeling Fuller Up after Players Awards Lunch
BeefyRoberts (IP Logged)
15/10/2017 15:30
When I saw the heading of this thread,I thought it was going to be telling us about all the awards given out,but,how wrong was I!
A very entertaining view of the afternoon/evening and the fashion show.
Pictures are good,Daisy missing,or taking the table pic? 😊
Thanks for putting a smile onto a Sunday afternoon after gardening!

Re: Feeling Fuller Up after Players Awards Lunch
adelaide (IP Logged)
15/10/2017 15:42
I was worried we might be in Carry On territory...

Re: Feeling Fuller Up after Players Awards Lunch
Leprechaun (IP Logged)
16/10/2017 14:05
Ged has summed up the day really well. Just a couple of personal highlights.
David Fulton interviewing Steve Finn just minutes after the news broke that he had been added to the Ashes Squad:
Fulton: Are you going to Australia regardless of what happen with Ben Stokes?
Finny: Well I am just going to turn up at Heathrow Airport and see if they let me on the plane.

Phil Tufnell – an inspired choice for the post lunch panel.
• Describing his last set of contract talks when he got really miffed, wanted to storm out the office and slam the door only to find it was one of those soft close jobs;
• Describing an Ashes Test when he came it at No 11 with two and a half days to bat, over 400 to win and Merv Hughes in full flight. Tuffers walking to the umpire and begging him out when he got a faint snick to the wicket keeper of his second ball.
You had to be there to get the full effect of his stories, but I am sure you can imagine how he can tell a tale!

And one other thing. We do get very wrapped up in the fortunes of the first team but it is at events like this that we see how much Middlesex do for cricket in the county - including areas like Tower Hamlets where cricket is a catalyst for so much more then just winning or losing. It gives a good sense of perspective!

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