How and when did Senior Reds come about?
What do the monthly lunches consist of?
This lunch is hosted in the Heineken Lounge which overlooks the pitch and consists of guest speakers, from the chairman to the groundsmen, a three-course meal, a raffle and more. These lunches are a great opportunity for members to socialise with others in the Bristol City community and to see people who they haven’t seen for weeks.
Members arrive at the Stadium for 12.30pm where they then have three-course meal which they have personally selected beforehand. The menu caters for everyone with vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options available as well as meat dishes.
The meal is then followed by a guest speaker and finished off with a raffle.
The latest guest speaker to talk at the lunch was one of the Ashton Gate Eight, Geoff Merrrick. The ex-Bristol City captain launched his book 'Life with the Robins and Beyond: The Geoff Merrick Story' at the most recent lunch and sold all the copies that were brought.
To round off a great afternoon there is a raffle in which members voluntarily bring a selection of prizes.
Senior Reds' aims...
Their twofold aims are in welcoming new members to the Senior Reds community at monthly luncheons in an inclusive environment and providing discretionary funds for sports equipment used by Academy players - young players rapidly outgrowing football boots and goalkeeping gloves is an ongoing issue well remembered by the Senior Reds themselves.
Who runs the Senior Reds...
Alan Pruet is the founder member and still attends the monthly lunches decades on from when it used to be just coffees, biscuits and a small number of people.
Bristol City President Marina Dolman is forever present at the lunches and her continued support to the Senior Reds doesn't go unnoticed by the members.
Secretary of the Senior Reds, Keith Perry, attends every event and addresses all the members at the start of the raffle, he has been secretary for over 13 years.
Assistant secretary Peter Wood makes sure everything is in line for each lunch by sending members either a letter or an email each month giving details of the next lunch, including guest gpeaker and menu choice.
Chairperson Pam Wright, who joined Senior Reds in 1992, still attends the lunches.
How to get involved...
If you’re over the age of 55 and a Bristol City fan you can be a member of the Senior Reds by contacting the Membership Secretary Pam Day on 01179 248166. Alternatively, you can also reach her via 156 Longmead Avenue, Bishopston, Bristol, BS7 8QQ.