Taking a seat at the captain’s table

Taking a seat at the captain’s table

Even the most steely-eyed business people have their childhood heroes which leave them sweatypalmed and short of breath should they ever meet them in later life.
And there were certainly a few star-struck business leaders in attendance as BQ joined forces with Newcastle United Football Club to host an intimate evening of dining and chatter in the club’s exclusive Chairman’s Suite.

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Such was the success of the Captain’s Table event - which enabled friends of BQ to share a meal and a drink or two with NUFC’s sporting and corporate leading lights - similar events are now planned. Business leaders old enough to remember football in the 60s and 70s had the chance to reminisce with Bob Moncur, the last captain to lead Newcastle to silverwear, with the Fairs Cup in 1969.

For the slightly fresher-faced in the room, perhaps the opportunity to meet star of the 80s and 90s and now reserve team coach Peter Beardsley, was the highlight of the evening.

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Manager Alan Pardew also took time out from transfer negotiations and pre-season planning to join in the fun, as did chairman Derek Llambias and other board members, as well as coaches Steve Stone, Willie Donachie, John Carver and Andy Woodman.

The Captain’s Table event was conceived by Bob Moncur in collaboration with BQ and is designed to forge closer ties between the football club and the North East business community.

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“We have a good product here so much so that we won the Barclays hospitality award last year and came second this year,” Moncur told BQ.

“Of course, any product can be good, but you’ve got to get people to come and sample it. The idea was to invite captains of industry to the club to have a nice sit down and a dinner with no agenda and just to tell a few stories.”