Over 200 people attended the MJSL’s 70th Anniversary Dinner on Tuesday 27th March 2018 at The Manchester Suite at Old Trafford. The night was a great success on all fronts as Darryl Lee was MC for proceedings and held everything together including several fund raising events with an auction of sporting memorabilia included.
Celebrities from the football world, past and present, were part of two Q & A sessions hosted by Match of the Day commentator Steve Bower. The blue half of the city was represented by Tony Book, Joe Corrigan, Fred Eyre & Peter Barnes with the red half included Juan Mata, Dave Sadler, Nicky Butt & Paddy Crerand. City legends compared the past teams to present day, Bell, Summerbee and Lee, the team spirit and the changes over the last 50 years. Nicky Butt re-lived the treble year and the rise of the Class of 92, Juan Mata provided an insight into his Foundation whilst Messrs Crerand and Sadler waxed lyrical about the 60s and George Best days.
In between, Premier League referee Chris Kavanagh provided an insight into the world of the men in black, Darryl asked questions about the upcoming World Cup as well as development of officials in grassroots football, given the MCFA background for Chris.
Manchester County FA’s Chief Executive Colin Bridgford together with Chair of Board Deb Owen presented Service Awards to Tony Sheldon (60 years), Brian Myer (50 years), Gary Louis (20 years) & Paul Rose (20 years). Colin mentioned the close links between the organisations and the mutual support.
Raphi Bloom introduced the audience to the Equaliser Project in Northern Israel and a video was played showing how communities were brought together through football. MJSL will be donating proceeds from the dinner towards this magnificent cause.
Neil Collins provided the toast to the MJSL and in mid speech presented Tony Sheldon with the MJSL’s own 60 year merit and service award. Whilst the evening ran a little later than expected, the content was enjoyed by all and augurs well for the future. Most current clubs were represented and it was nice to see Liverpool and Leeds communities well represented as ever, all the feedback has been superb with texts, calls and emails flowing in. #MJSL70. #ROLLON75.
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