• "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 - Trustees

Michael Hasslacher (Chairman of Trustees)


Past President of the Wine Trade Sports Club (1974), founding trustee of the Wine Trade Sports Club Foundation (1973); participated in every Sports Club Charity Walk since the start in 1971; toured with the Sports Club to Lisbon and Oporto in 1965; unsuccessful tour manager of the Portuguese Tour in 1974 - cancelled due to the Portuguese Revolution (!); Past Trustee of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust; Past Master of the Vintners' Company.

Edward Demery CVO


Edward started his career in the wine trade with Moët et Chandon in Epernay in 1966. Since then he has only worked for two companies -  J H & J Brooke and from 1967, Justerini & Brooks until he retired in 2007. In that time he served 15 years as Clerk to the Royal Cellars for which he was awarded a CVO (Commander, Royal Victorian Order). He served as President of the Wine Trade Sports Club in 1983 and was Captain of Royal St.Goerges, Sandwich when it hosted The Open in 2011. A past master of the Vintners’ Company, he is also a Trustee of the Wine and Spirits Education Trust.

Simon Leschalles


Simon Leschallas joined the Wine trade in 1978 and worked for Mentzendorff until 2009. He then formed a new company called St Aubyn Leschallas Wines Ltd, mainly importing Vondeling from South Africa. He is also Brand Ambassador for Charles Heidsieck Champagne, and works for Shire Hotels and The R&A. Having been a keen cricketer and golfer, the WTSC was the perfect home and many a happy day has been spent on cricket fields of England and Portugal, and numerous golf courses. He is past President of The WTSC, and this year is Upper Warden of the Vintners' Company.

Mark Leveson-Gower


Mark has just retired from running the cricket side of the club, on and off for the last 25 years as ‘my sell by date had definitely run out and it is time for someone younger to take over’. In that time he has worked at H Parrot, Paragon, John E Fells and Maisons, Marques et Domaines Ltd. He was President for 3 years and at the end of his presidency was invited to become a trustee of the new Wine Trade Sports Club Foundation. The glory of the sports club is that it is a great way to get to know a variety of people in the Wine Trade while playing sport. Mark is extremely proud of the fact that on one occasion he took an order at 2nd slip for 200c/s of  Claret!!

Charles Taverner


Poet, Thinker, Writer, Legendary (some might say half) Wit, Athlete and Salesman, Charles is a past President of the WTSC, stepping down in 2013 after a 3 year stint following 5 years on the committee as cricket secretary. He joined the club whilst at Mentzendroff in the early 90s, and has since worked in the industry in sales for Stevens Garnier, Matthew Clark, Paragon Vintners and since 2004, Maisons Marques & Domaines Ltd. He should have been part of the 2005 Ashes winning team but unfortunately circumstances got in his way a decade earlier. Besides particularly enjoying cricket, he is nowadays an avid cyclist and intends on winning the Tour de France before he turns 50.

Christo Eliott Lockhart


Christo has been in the wine trade since 2001 and is currently the London On-Trade Manager at Armit Wines, having previously worked for John E Fells & Sons, Berkmann Wine Cellars (London) and T M Robertson (Edinburgh). An avid sportsman and fan, he has spent many formative years chasing balls of various shapes and sizes around the British countryside. Played rugby for Edinburgh Accies and London Scottish as well as regular tennis, cricket, golf and squash for the sports club. Having spent 8 years as golf secretary is now President of the sports club and a Trustee of the WTSC Foundation.

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