Guildford City Football Club’s community team are always in the High Street to promote the club at the Farmers’ Market on the first Tuesday of every month. There are usually four of us; Dennis May, Alan Wyle, Brian Holt and myself Ray Langrish manning the stall, selling merchandise and generally promoting the club. We are affectionately known as the Drab Four. The sight of four pensioners struggling to erect our famous red and white gazebo is the subject of much hilarity amongst other stallholders. After a while they feel sorry for us and lend a hand.
We always generate a lot interest in the club. Dennis, myself and Brian enjoy reminiscing about the old Joseph’s Road days, while Alan stands there and flutters his eyes at the ladies. Alan is always wandering off. I have started to call him Lord Lucan as he is always disappearing. Seriously though we enjoy some generous help and sponsorship from Biddle’s and Ben’s Collector’s Records thanks to Alan’s tireless efforts. Over the months we have had several ex-players come and have a chat. A lot of older city fans will remember Ray Drinkwater who was the City goalkeeper in the early 60s. Ray’s son often pops by for a chat and donates old programmes. Sadly Ray passed away last year.
This week Alan and myself also manned a stand at the Community Volunteer Fayre at Surrey University. This was also a great success. Several students expressed interest inhelping the club on match days and at the farmers market. Alan has also asked me to mention that we were told that we were the smartest presenters there. I think they meant in terms of dress!