0 Getting Personal with Colin Watson

Colin Watson - an eclectic mix of accents at his dinner party, including the Queen?


Who are you? Colin Watson, Chairman, Rugby Cricket Club.

Family status? Partner Lisa.

Who's your hero and why? Any volunteer - why do we do it?

What would you change about yourself? Relax more - I can't sit still for too long.

What's your guilty pleasure? Wine.

What's been the highlight of your career so far? It would be brave of me to call it a career, but obtaining the grant(s) to extend and improve our playing facility were decent achievements. Getting us up and running almost from scratch in three months was a challenge.

Which three people, living or dead, would you invite to a dinner party? Richie Benaud, Seve Ballesteros, Ray Winstone - Three valued opinions.

If you could be anyone for a day, who would it be and why? Any wicketkeeper - I would love to have the opportunity to keep again after doing it for over twenty years.

Do you have any bad habits? Of course not.

... or any good ones? Attention to detail - I know it annoys others.

Do you go to bed worrying about the next day's workload? I try not to, unsuccessfully.

What are you reading at the moment? I'm just finishing Harold Larwood's biography by Duncan Hamilton. Next read, MJK Smith - No Ordinary Man.

What are your pet peeves? Grass with poorly presented lines. Lack of respect and bad manners.

If you could go anywhere right now, where would it be? The Alsace wine region.

What's the best part of your job? A ground and wicket presented to the best of our abilities with the sun shining on it.

… and the worst? Equipment breakdowns.

Do you have a lifetime ambition? To live long enough to get a drink out of our secretary!

Favourite record, and why? Anything by the Stranglers. They pushed a few boundaries in the early days (no pun intended).

Who would you choose to spend a romantic evening with? Helen Mirren.

If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do? Keep it a secret.

If you were to describe yourself as a musical instrument, what would you be and why? A piano - nice to listen to, but difficult to move!

What is the best advice you have ever been given? Treat experience and knowledge of others with respect, but don't be frightened to challenge or develop it.

What's your favourite smell? Grant money!

What do you do in your spare time? Spare time? I used to play cricket and golf, but the back hasn't allowed that for a while now.

What's the daftest work related question you have ever been asked? Heavy rain all match day morning, covers and sheets on square - Question: So, which track are we on today? Answer: The green one to the left of the covers!

What's your favourite piece of kit? The Autoroller. Our previous one was a very old split rear wheel type - a nightmare to get the creases out on a damp one. It's also our most reliable piece of kit!

What three words would you use to describe yourself? Loyal, considerate, genuine.

What talent would you like to have? To get a drink out of the Secretary.

What law/legislation would you like to see introduced? I'm not sure you would print my suggestions!

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