Rugby league legend and BBC Sport commentator Ray French MBE has been confirmed at guest speaker at this years Mancunians Grand Final Lunch.
He will entertain the guests with his hilarious stories and anecdotes about his many years involved in both codes of rugby at the lunch time event, which takes place on the afternoon of the Super League Grand Final on Saturday October 8th.
Ray French is well known in rugby league circles for his amusing yarns about how he found an alternative use for a fire bucket whilst he was commentating on the Challenge Cup Final and the mistakes he has made and commentated on during a career spanning six decades and he is certain to bring the house down with laughter with his lunch time speech.
Ray French is a former England dual code rugby international who won his four caps for the England Rugby Union team in 1961 as a lock forward, playing in all four matches of the 1961 Four Nationas. After switching to rugby league as a second row, Ray enjoyed a spell at his home town club, St Helens but also played for Widnes and then went on to be a school teacher at Coweley School in St Helens.
Amongst other amusing quotes, Ray French is famous for saying during his commentary with the BBC:
“And there we see the sad sight of Martin Offiah limping off with a broken finger.
“And these superb pictures brought to us on this three-hundred and sixty five degree camera….”
“And if you take a closer look, Rick Thackeray has gorra tremendous gash…. just above his ‘ead.”
The Mancunians Grand Final lunch takes places on Saturday October 8th, You can buy your tickets now by clicking HERE