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Evening Standard Friday 24 August 2001 7 Off the bar: Raymond Harrod says his team always have a pint after the game while Paul Gascoigne and Paul Merson below famously "drank" on the pitch ffb'utUhesel By Harriet Arkell FOOTBALLERS are not exactly known for their sobriety George Best Paul Gascoigne Tony Adams and Paul Merson are just some of the players who have had famous battles with the booze The players in the Sunday Mac-cabi League however claim they are being persecuted for not liking a drink enough When some of the managers wanted to book pitches at the Broadfields Sports and Social Club in Harrow they say they were turned away for not drinking enough beer believe said Raymond Harrod who chairs the Stanmore Rangers team wWe had some pitches booked at Broadfields and we had played there before and liked it But then a lady from the dub rang me up and said she was cancelling all of our bookings because we use the bar enough told her that firstly we paid our £45 for the use of the pitch rather than the bar and secondly we did use the bar Mr Harrod 23 who plays in midfield added: always have a drink in the bar after a game We necessarily go as far as two pints but we would definitely have one Or maybe a soft drink if Mr Harrod says other teams in the London-based Jewish league induding Kenton Camden Town and Faithfold also had bookings at the dub cancelled and were given similar reasons the players are really upset about it They all used the facili- ties and would go to the bar after every game But it seems there is no point arguing We will just have to find somewhere else to A spokesman for the Kenton team who did not wish to be named said: were just told there were no pitches available and one of the blokes at the sports dub said it was because we spend enough money in their bar league is Jewish and generally the blokes who play in it are used to having one drink and then going home and spending time with their families instead of spending hours drinking beers after a game I suppose a cultural David Bugden who runs the Broadfields dub was unavailable for comment but synthetic-pitch manager Sue Gardner dismissed the claims as She said: had to cancel some bookings because it rained so much we had to dose some pitches and that meant there were By Thair Shaikh Drovers Charitable Institution who organise the fair Instead Dickson Wright will open the event on Sunday by cutting a ribbon and ringing a bell More than 10000 people arc expected at the day long festival celebrating medieval and modern London where there only a few left people could play on We have to look after our local teams first and so they got first go on the pitches that were free believe they are saying they were cancelled because they drink enough we would never say that Maybe it came across that way as some teams spend more in the bar than others and maybe they were our home teams is very upsetting they are claiming victimisation as it is not the case at alL And anyway our bar is really cheap as it is a dub so everyone wants to drink One league player who asked to remain anonymous told the Jewish Chronide he had offered to compensate the barman for a lack of takings but was turned down He said: at the dub probably saw all our BMWs in the car park but didn't realise that one beer and 12 straws was about as far as it would will be stalls selling food books clothes and prints There will also be a flower festival traditional funfair a horse-drawn carriage parade and guided tours including Priory Church of St Bartholomew where Four Weddings and a Funeral and Shakespeare in Love were filmed Bartholomew Fair is England's oldest fair and is thought to have started in 1174 Farm virus stops TV chefs sheep parade I '-1 rr il1 I V'liV '-V1 -v -''v't-' ay -i i i It 'm i i £14 'j'? il 1 1 1 I V' i i I THE sight of TV chef Clarissa Dickson Wright shepherding sheep across London Bridge was the bizarre opening to Bartholomew Fair at Smithfield market last year This weekend however no such ritual can take place because foot-and-mouth restrictions mean animals cannot tour the capital much to the disappointment of Dickson Wright and the Butchers' and Not available In Northern Ireland or the Channel Islands esure Insurance Limited is a member of the General insurance Standards Council Calls may be monitored and recorded to help maintain a quality service MPT1 0220x3.

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