Club dinners raise £100,000 in 25 years

Bedale FC 25th sportsmen's dinner. Pictured are Ian Lee, Bedale FC treasurer Stephen Anderson, president Adrian Grayson, secretary Stephen Dawson, speaker John Stiles and club chairman Martyn Coombs
Bedale FC 25th sportsmen's dinner. Pictured are Ian Lee, Bedale FC treasurer Stephen Anderson, president Adrian Grayson, secretary Stephen Dawson, speaker John Stiles and club chairman Martyn Coombs

Bedale FC held its 25th and last-ever sportsman’s dinner courtesy of Bedale High School with guest speakers, John Stiles and Ian ‘Sludge’ Lee. 
John is the son of World Cup-winning hero Nobby and nephew of ex-Leeds United legend Jonny Giles but is now a full time comedian on the after dinner circuit. He conducted an auction which raised about £870 for prostate cancer along with £440 raised through the sales of prostate cancer lapel badges. Sludge Lee returned after his success the previous year and he was just as funny.

Club president Adrian Grayson presented chairman Martyn Coombs with an engraved piece of glass to commemorate his 25 years of organising the dinners, which had raised £105,7550 for football in the town. The winner of the red card yellow card game was Dave Brown who donated his £50 winnings to the prostate cancer fund, as did the joint winners of the bingo, David Hacking and Nicky Gill. The winner of the main prize in the grand draw was Russ Bradley. The following day, a charity football game at the R&R Ice Cream Stadium saw a team of under 35s beat the over 35s 8-4 with £300 raised for prostate cancer.