We shall gather in the club at midday which is now to be under new management – Andy Evans has, sadly, decided to move on and Tim and Peter Tingley have been recruiting his replacement. However, our chef, Marcin, remains and he has conjured up the following for your delectation:
• Prosecco on arrival
• Starter: Guinness & Mushroom soup served with crusty bread
• Main: Slow roasted lamb shank with a red wine & rosemary reduction, roasted new potatoes and seasonal vegetables.
• Dessert: New York baked cheesecake served with raspberry coulis.
• Coffee & Mints
• White wine to be served with starter: Sauvignon Blanc
• Red wine (Rioja) to be served with the main course
Our Guest Speaker is Hawk John Rowlinson…he will be encouraging questions and to stimulate that, here is some biographical detail…
John read history at Queens’ and played football for the university on a number of occasions, but suffered from bad knees (now both replaced!). He claims his 2.2 was the result of the 1970 World Cup being on TV when trying to revise for finals…..
Always wanting to have something to do with sports, he joined Thomson Newspapers – who at that time owned the The Times and the Sunday Times – thinking he could write about football….so they sent him to the Lancashire Evening Telegraph in Blackburn, and told him to report on the drunk drivers and non-payers of fines in the magistrates’ court. He did join the sports desk and after a year or so – and a lot of letters – was given an interview at ITV Sport in London. Their boss said he had no room for him but he was recommended to the BBC. It was a kind gesture and a huge slice of good fortune.
He joined BBC TV Sport as an assistant producer in August 1973, with a six month contract, and left 28 years later. In that time he rose to become editor of the Wednesday show Sportsnight with Harry Carpenter, and was responsible for much of the the BBC’s Olympic, World Cup and Wimbledon output throughout the 1980s and early 1990s. Eventually John became deputy head of the department, but reckoned to be a better producer than a manager, and left in 2001 to become Director of Television at Wimbledon. That meant still working with former BBC colleagues on production, but also being responsible for selling the TV rights to The Championships around the world.
Finally, in 2009, he was asked to put my name forward as Head of Broadcast for the Organising Committee for the forthcoming Olympic Games in London (LOCOG). This involved planning and providing facilities for all the Radio and TV companies, big and small, who had purchased rights to the games. He says his time at LOCOG as three years hard labour, followed by a six week honeymoon when everything came together.
Since 2012 he has joined the board of the Great Run Company (signature event the Great North Run in Newcastle), written a book about the 1966 World Cup winners called Boys of ’66, and started to make some short films for schools using sport to illustrate social issues. The first is about the cricketer Basil D’Oliveira, and the boycott of South African sport during the apartheid regime. What to John seemed like current affairs is now history, apparently. So, finally his degree has come in useful!
If you have a Guest in mind to bring along , let me know, please.
Event LocationHawks' Clubhouse