Toasting best of Yorkshire sport

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 2014/15.'Andy Raleigh in his testimonial shirt.'22nd January 2014. Picture : Jonathan Gawthorpe.
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 2014/15.'Andy Raleigh in his testimonial shirt.'22nd January 2014. Picture : Jonathan Gawthorpe.
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It’s your last chance tonight (Thursday) to get yourself along to the Old Brodleians’ clubhouse for a top sporting event.

In Andy Raleigh’s three-month RFL approved testimonial year, the Super League player from Huddersfield, who is currently playing for Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, has been holding events around the West Yorkshire area which have included a sportsman’s dinner and a sheep racing night.

Tonight he will host a top sports panel evening with some big names coming to the Hipperholme-based rugby union club.

You can pay £10 on the door to witness chairman for the evening Peter Roe - ex-Bradford Northern, York and Keighley centre and later coach at Halifax, Keighley, Barrow, Featherstone Rovers and Wakefield Trinity and a BBC Radio Leeds pundit - controlling affairs.

He is joined by Leeds Rhinos and Leeds Carnegie CEO Gary Hetherington; Yorkshire County Cricket Club CEO Mark Arthur; Leeds United commercial match day host and ex-Manchester City and Huddersfield Town player Keith Hanvey; Dewsbury Rams chairman Mark Sawyer; Richard Cramer, who is Yorkshire’s top sports lawyer and agent for RL and RU players; Karl Harrison, head coach of Halifax RLFC; plus the Brods’ very own chairman Richard “Bruce” Turner. who will welcome everyone on board.

After that has whet your appetite you also get in your ticket price the Brods’ famous meat and potato pie with mushy peas.

A raffle will be held on the night, along with an auction that has various sports memorabilia up for grabs.

Brods chairman Richard Turner said: “We have had a great response to the event and everyone is looking forward to it. To get some of the big names in the sporting world from around the region to the club, thrown in with meat and potato pie, what’s not to enjoy?”

He added: “Yorkshire are simply flying in the County Championship and Arthur has come in and really sharpened things up at Headingley, while Hetherington has both his RL and RU teams at the top of their trees and it all should make for a great night.”

Chance to dance the night away

l At the Calder this weekend they have DJ Jason with the best in dance and RnB on Friday night.

Saturday night there is live music from The Cheats, playing the best of BritPop from 9pm.

Then Sunday it’s back to the 80’s with the DJ starting from 8pm until 1am.

l Tonight (Thursday) is the weekly jam session at The Barge, then on Friday The Googles will take to the stage.

Saturday evening’s live music will come from Sully’s Heroes and on Sunday night it’s the Honeybeez.

The Honeybeez play music to celebrate those lovely ladies of the 50s and 60s featuring songs by Dusty, Tina, Etta etc and many more.

l This Friday at Jeremy’s we have One Foot in’t Groove - a five piece female fronted band playing modern and classic rock covers.

Saturday The Funkside Soul Band from Halifax will be performing, playing funk, soul, motown and disco - their way. On Sunday afternoon there is live acoustic music from Essy.

l The Black Swan on Briggate has closed. The pub has been shut for over a fortnight now.

Several months ago landlady Anne Brayshaw was closed for a short spell before Eddie Geater and his consortium came in to save the Brighouse canalside pub and it re-opened for business.

At present I have been unable to contact Anne or Eddie for comment but let’s hope the pub isn’t closed for much longer.

It is also sad to see that steel shuttering has been placed over the Robin Hood public house on Wakefield Road.