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30th November 2006

Pat, Terry Hurlock (check shirt) and friends...

NEARLY a year on since Pat graced the Eclipse Sports Promotions Christmas Celebrity Lunch with his putting skills, the Master of Musk Hill was present again...but was he eclipsed by former Millwall and Rangers "hard man" Terry Hurlock?

One of the country's leading sports promotions companies, Eclipse, is run by ESCOFFIER owner Steve Surridge and this year's Christmas lunch in the City was attended by over 100 guests with a dozen football celebrity blasts from the "putting" Pat!

The three course lunch accompanied by copious quantities of festive spirit was interspersed by games - a general knowledge quiz, a putting competition, magnetic darts and football tennis (or keepy the uppy as it's colloquially known!)

The soccer celebrities included England's Kerry Dixon and Martin Chivers as well as former Liverpool stars, Phil Neal and supersub, David Fairclough but it was Millwall's Terry Hurlock who stole the show ...

Terry was one of the hard men of the game during the 80s and 90s and indeed was dubbed by Millwall fans as Terry Warlock! David Beckham described a game in which he was on opposite sides, thus: "I stayed away from him as much as possible." These days, Terry is now a slightly larger, slightly older pussy cat but his less than silky skills on the football field were no less evident in front of the darts board! Partnering Pat Eddery Racing's J W Newman, he scored....uh ah...nil points!

As for football tennis, Terry and Pat Eddery Racing owner, Gary Headspeath tried in vain to keep heading the ball back to eachother in order to lift the PER team from last place...alas to no avail.

So, how did Pat, who was competing for a non-PER table fare?

The good news is that not only does the former champion jockey not intend going into the construction industry, following yesterday's ceremonial "hard hat" duties at Doncaster racecourse but neither does he intend taking up pro-golf! Last year's putting skills deserted him big style. So, he'll still be riding out tomorrow morning and supervising the string at Musk Hill.

Just as well. There are interesting times ahead...

By Simon Double

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