Charity night with footballer Ruddock hit by a mix-up

This Is Wiltshire: Neil Ruddock grapples with fellow footballer Paul Merson at a previous sporting dinner in Swindon Neil Ruddock grapples with fellow footballer Paul Merson at a previous sporting dinner in Swindon

RAZOR Ruddock was unable to appear at the Moonrakers yesterday after a booking mix-up left the charity event high and dry.

The former Swindon Town, Liver-pool, Tottenham Hotspur, and West Ham player was due to give a talk to more than 200 people at the pub to raise funds for the Prospect Hospice 160 Appeal.

But the date of May 9, Ruddock’s 46th birthday, when he was due to appear, had already been booked for another event at the pub, so tickets have had to be refunded to fans by organisers Colin Yates and Sean Harper.

“It was cancelled after the original article went out in the paper and they realised it was not available,” said 34-year-old Colin, from Haydon Wick.

“The Moonrakers set it on the day, but realised later that they had booked it for the wrong date. They had another event for May 9, which had been bookedsince last year, so that had to take precedence.”

The pair hunted around for a different venue but were unable to find anywhere with enough room.

“We looked at other venues to hold it on, but we could only find places which could hold up to around 150 or 160 people, and we had sold more than 200 tickets,” said Colin. “All the tickets have now been refunded.

“First of all we were looking to run it on April 23. We spoke to Razor Ruddock’s agent and he said he was available on May 9. That’s his birthday, so we were surprised he was making himself available on that date.”

The exclusive dinner party is still an ambition for Colin and Sean.

“We will probably be looking to run it towards the end of the year now,” added Colin. “The problem is that Ruddock is asking for compensation, so we are going to have to sort that out first.

“They just sent us an email at the start of the week complaining that it was too short notice to cancel, and claimed not to have received an email we had sent weeks ago to cancel it.

“I asked the agent what sort of arrangement does he want to come to and he hasn’t got back to me.

“I find it a little bit of a sore point when it is a charity event.”

Neil Ruddock’s agent said he had been having communication problems with the organisers.

“I think we have been led up the garden path a bit here,” he said. “I haven’t been able to speak to the organisers to sort this out.”

But Colin said he would still like to host an event with the football legend.

“It is still something we are looking at doing, providing we can come to an understanding,” he said.

“We organised it with the Liverpool Supporters Club, because he was an ex-player of theirs as well, so we will have to sit down with them at the start of next season to look at what we can do next.”

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1:50pm Sat 10 May 14

Arrowfield says...

blimey what a **** up and very amateurish. You cannot see Ruddock arranging it again.
blimey what a **** up and very amateurish. You cannot see Ruddock arranging it again. Arrowfield
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2:17pm Sat 10 May 14

LionelHutz says...

Why is a pub in Swindon even giving him the time of day? The way he almost bled Swindon Town FC dry and acted completely unprofessionally was an absolute disgrace. Not welcome in our town..
Why is a pub in Swindon even giving him the time of day? The way he almost bled Swindon Town FC dry and acted completely unprofessionally was an absolute disgrace. Not welcome in our town.. LionelHutz
  • Score: 13

7:11pm Sat 10 May 14

The Jockster says...

LionelHutz wrote:
Why is a pub in Swindon even giving him the time of day? The way he almost bled Swindon Town FC dry and acted completely unprofessionally was an absolute disgrace. Not welcome in our town..
Cobblers Lionel, if memory serves me right he was only claiming what he was entitled to and it wasn't his fault that the club were in the financial do do at the time. If I'm wrong then I apologise.
[quote][p][bold]LionelHutz[/bold] wrote: Why is a pub in Swindon even giving him the time of day? The way he almost bled Swindon Town FC dry and acted completely unprofessionally was an absolute disgrace. Not welcome in our town..[/p][/quote]Cobblers Lionel, if memory serves me right he was only claiming what he was entitled to and it wasn't his fault that the club were in the financial do do at the time. If I'm wrong then I apologise. The Jockster
  • Score: -9

7:55pm Sun 11 May 14

mrwoo says...

haha ruddocks gonna bum merson up the bum!!!!
haha ruddocks gonna bum merson up the bum!!!! mrwoo
  • Score: -3

8:47am Mon 12 May 14

GiulianoGrazioli says...

Ruddock wants compensation? why does that not surprise me?!
Ruddock wants compensation? why does that not surprise me?! GiulianoGrazioli
  • Score: 2

10:57am Mon 12 May 14

Swindon_AOK says...

How can you ask for compensation for a charity night appearance?

Sums up the man, he did the same to STFC. Like others surprised this guy is welcome in the town.

Still, farcical lack of communications from the organiser....
How can you ask for compensation for a charity night appearance? Sums up the man, he did the same to STFC. Like others surprised this guy is welcome in the town. Still, farcical lack of communications from the organiser.... Swindon_AOK
  • Score: 2

11:53am Mon 12 May 14

RickyHatton says...

What a w***** Ruddock really is! This sums him up. The organisers would be stupid to even think about bringing him back!!
What a w***** Ruddock really is! This sums him up. The organisers would be stupid to even think about bringing him back!! RickyHatton
  • Score: 1

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