Legends' Nights at The Duke
We always look forward to Ron 'Chopper' Harris coming to the Duke together with other former Chelsea legends and enjoy all their stories from their playing days. Some of the posts also include photos of the evening.
Ron 'Chopper' Harris is a Chelsea FC legend. Having played 795 games for Chelsea he holds the record for the club's top number of appearances. Ron has been at the Duke for 13 Legends' Nights to date, whilst another evening without Ron was also a really enjoyable evening for all.
Legends' Nights at the Duke have all been sell outs, with everyone having a great time on each occasion. With Chopper Harris being the main legends in attendance, many ex-Chelsea players join him at the Duke for an evening of old stories and memories shared of the game. Guests contribute to Ron's charities by buying tickets in the raffle, and also by buying signed & framed photos in the auction. Many of the audience take home signed memorabilia and lots of memories & photos. Chopper almost always attends with comedian MC Micky Pugh, who warms everyone up and gets everyone in joyful spirits whilst Ron does the ‘hellos’. Ron then takes the stage and told many stories of when he was playing, with George Best & Jimmy Greaves getting a few mentions. The other players then join him.
Our first legends’ night of 2017 started off with a bang! On 27 March 2017 we had Chelsea Captains Night at the Duke of Edinburgh! Joining us was Colin Pates (346 caps) & Bobby Tambling (370 caps) with Ron ‘Chopper’ Harris (795 caps). The event was hosted again by the comedian MC Micky Pugh.
It was great stories from these three Chelsea Greats!
On 31st October 2016, the Duke of Edinburgh hosted another evening full of entertainment from the real Chelsea Legends: John Bumstead & Gary Chivers with Captain Ron ‘Chopper’ Harris. The event was hosted by the comedian MC Micky Pugh.
The evening was filled with great stories from these three Chelsea Greats.
Frank Sinclair and Tore Andre Flo were guests at the Duke together with the ‘man on the pitch with the mic’ – CFC Spy Neil Barnett. A fantastic evening, with Neil as MC reminding Frank and Tore of old stories and bringing all the guests into the memories as well.
The usual ever popular hot buffet was very well received, then it was back to another hour and a half of Q&As with the two ex-Chelsea legends. Both Frank and Tore had some great memories, many bringing back the times for those in the audience who had been at the games to witness the events. Many stories and much enjoyment.
Ron ‘Chopper’ Harris was back at the Duke again with another two Chelsea Legends on Monday 24th November. Ron was with Pat Nevin and Garry Stanley. As ever, the evening was opened and compared by the ever popular MC Micky Pugh. Comedian Micky is a regular at the Duke and always has us in fits of laughter with his jokes and his ‘looking at life’ stories. Then both Pat & Garry were on with Ron Harris telling stories of their playing days – both on and off the pitch. Then after the ‘always welcome’ hot buffet there was a star-on-a-stool Q&A session, where guests were asked questions on anything they like! The evening went on later than usual, with Wee Pat chatting until closing time. The evening was thoroughly enjoyed be all. Tickets were just £20 each, which includes the ever popular hot buffet.
Chopper was back at the Duke again with another two Chelsea Legends. On the 10th February Ron was with Bobby Tambling and Paul Canoville. Bobby Tambling was Chelsea’s top goal scorer with 202 goals until Frank Lampard surpassed Bobby’s total in May. This was Bobby’s second visit to the Duke, with his last visit in November 2010 going down so well we ran out of time! Bobby was pleased to come back and managed to tell a few more stories and finish those questions as well as sign some more autographs. Paul Canoville, or ‘King Canners’, was Chelsea’s first ever black player. His autobiography, ‘Black & Blue’, is a must-read for all Chelsea fans. Canners had been keen to come to the Duke after being pestered by some old school supporters who want to quiz him on a number of items & issues! Paul duly obliged, with some stories quite eye-opening. It really was a great evening.
The evening was opened and compared by the ever popular MC Micky Pugh. Comedian Micky is a regular at the Duke and always has us in fits of laughter with his jokes and his ‘looking at life’ stories. Then both Bobby & Paul were on with Ron Harris telling stories of their playing days – both on and off the pitch. Then after the ‘always welcome’ hot buffet there was a star-on-a-stool Q&A session, where guests were asked questions on anything they like! A surprise in that Steve ‘Super Jock’ Finnieston was in the audience and also came up to the mic to give some stories! Some really great stories from these true Chelsea legends.
Chopper was with Ray ‘Butch’ Wilkins, together with comedian MC Micky Pugh. There were two question & answer sessions with both Butch & Chopper sharing their stories of playing for Chelsea, plus many of their experiences since. Opinion was certainly not ‘on the fence’, with real home-truths given on just about everyone, past & present. It really will be a fantastic evening. The evening was sold out, as usual, and including in the entry price was the ever popular full hot buffet. Ray answered every question he was asked with a factual answer where appropriate and, more importantly, his true opinion on the subject (or person!). This really was an enjoyable evening.