• "Never let a day's work get in the way of a good day of sport!"


  • "If you drink, don't drive. Don't even putt."

    Dean Martin

  • "The big Cuban opened his legs and showed his class."

    David Coleman

  • "I'm tired of hearing about money, money, money, money, money. I just want to play the game, drink Pepsi, wear Reebok."

    Shaquille O'Neal, American basketball player

  • "Sure there have been injuries and deaths in boxing - but none of them serious."

    Alan Minter

  • "Moses Kiptanui - the 19 year old Kenyan, who turned 20 a few weeks ago."

    David Coleman

  • "That's the fastest time ever run - but it's not as fast as the world record."

    David Coleman

  • "This could be a repeat of what will happen in the European games next week."

    David Coleman

  • "I'm not a believer in luck... but I do believe you need it."

    Alan Ball

  • "One of the reasons Arnie is playing so well is that, before each tee-shot, his wife takes out his balls and kisses them - Oh my God, what have I just said?"

    US TV commentator

  • "Champions aren't made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them - a desire, a dream, a vision."

    Muhammad Ali

  • "Stay busy, get plenty of exercise, and don't drink too much. Then again, don't drink too little."

    Herman "Jackrabbit" Smith-Johannsen, Skiing pioneer

  • "For those of you watching in black and white, Spurs are in the all-yellow strip."

    John Motson

  • "When you win the toss - bat. If you are in doubt, think about it, then bat. If you have very big doubts, consult a colleague - then bat."

    WG Grace

  • "I never comment on referees and I'm not going to break the habit of a lifetime for that prat."

    Ron Atkinson

  • "You've got to take the initiative and play your game. In a decisive set, confidence is the difference."

    Chris Evert

  • "We now have exactly the same situation as we had at the start of the race, only exactly the opposite."

    Murray Walker

  • "I can play in the center, on the right, and occasionally on the left side."

    David Beckham, when asked if he was a 'volatile' player

  • "I never make predictions and I never will."

    Paul Gascoigne

  • "If history repeats itself, I should think we can expect the same thing again."

    Terry Venables

  • "Experience is a great advantage. The problem is that when you get the experience, you're too damned old to do anything about it."

    Jimmy Connors

WTSC - Case Studies

A selection of case studies of beneficiaries of 'The Wine Trade Sports Club Foundation' & 'The Benevolent' Charities


Mike Mackenzie

Photo: Mike travelling by husky dog during his round the world adventures


At the age of 43 and after 21 years working in the Drinks Industry, Mike decided it was time for a change and took a post with an aid agency in Bosnia. Sadly during this time he was involved in a road accident, which left him paralysed from the chest down and wheelchair-bound. 


Over the last 13 years, five of which have been spent in hospital during various stints, Mike has received help and support from The Benevolent.


“After the initial accident it was The Benevolent who came to my aid and launched an appeal to raise money to buy my first wheelchair. After many years of supporting the Charity I was thrilled to find out they could help. They gave me the assistance I needed to start on the road to recovery. Since then I have received regular monthly grants."


Through determination, perseverance and the attitude that "this is a bit of a bugger, but let's get on with it", Mike is making the most of life and helping to raise money for others at the same time. One of his most impressive adventures, 'Around the World in 80 Ways', took Mike and his two blind companions through 15 countries, in 93 days and via 94 different modes of transport!


“I am able to live a complete, active and fulfilling life and a large part of this is thanks to the enormous generosity of The Benevolent, and all those who support them."




Richard Neill

A case study of a beneficiary of 'The Wine Trade Foundation' & 'The Benevolent' Charities.


Richard was young, successful and happily married with a 1 year old son when he started experiencing the onset of weakness and muscle cramps two years ago. He had enjoyed a rewarding career as a journalist working for The Daily Telegraph as a wine correspondent as well as Decanter Magazine as an Editorial Assistant. In more recent years he had retrained as a teacher and was enjoying the challenge of working in early years’ education where he was able to pass on his love of language.


Richard was officially diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease last year and was forced to take early retirement due to his condition. Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is a progressive disease that attacks the motor neurones, or nerves, in the brain and spinal cord. This means messages gradually stop reaching muscles, which leads to weakness and wasting. MND affects many aspects of daily life including the ability to walk, talk, eat, drink and even breathe. Although there is currently no cure for MND, symptoms can be managed to help achieve the best possible quality of life, however the condition is progressive and symptoms worsen over time shortening life expectancy.


The family recently moved from London to Cheshire due to Richard’s wife’s job being relocated and they are currently in the process of adapting their new home to accommodate Richard’s condition. This has included converting the garage to a bedroom for him, making an adjoining wet room and widening all of the doorways for wheelchair access. These adaptations are proving costly and have severely diminished the couple’s savings.


Richard was initially referred to The Benevolent by a former colleague at Decanter Magazine who thought the family might need support due to Richard’s condition. The charity immediately stepped in providing the family with a monthly grant which helps cover the increased costs of heating the house due to Richard’s sensitivity to the cold. The Benevolent is also funding the purchase of a specialised Riser/Recliner chair as he is unable to get up from a normal armchair or sofa. In addition to this support The Benevolent is spearheading a campaign to raise the substantial funds needed to finish the adaptations of the couple’s home and the WTSC Foundation has provided significant funds in order to help to achieve this goal.


Richard and his family will face many challenges in the upcoming years but The Benevolent and WTSC Foundation will be there to support them no matter what the futures brings. Richard wrote “How can I thank everyone at The Benevolent? By trying to reach and convey to as many people as possible that supporting your trade charity is incredibly important, that illness and misfortune can affect anyone at any age and that the charity really does make a massive difference to people like me.”



Charles Ridler


Charles Ridler joined the wine trade with O W Loeb on his twentieth birthday in 1974. He has subsequently worked with H Parrot & Co Ltd (1987-90); Paragon Vintners (1990-95) and most recently with Laurent Perrier from 1995 until 2013 – just short of 40 years in the trade. In the late seventies he was introduced to the Wine Trade Sports Club by Peter Crosse and Julian Bidwell and it was his cricketing skills which shot him to prominence . The cream always rises to the top and as such he had a stint as President of the Sports Club as well as being a Trustee of the Foundation.


In 2013 Charles was sadly diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and in July 2013 he was forced into early retirement. As the most recent beneficiary of the WTSC Foundation walk, the Sports Club in association with the WTSC Foundation walked 12 miles around the City of London raising money for our great friend and colleague. Whilst Charles is not yet requiring full time support and care, we wanted to ensure that there was a pot of money for him and his family to call upon, as and when, the situation arises.


Over 70 friends, family and colleagues took part in the walk raising money for Charles of which 10% was donated to the Alzheimer's Society.



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