Double awards for City and Ashton Gate

first_imgAshton Gate Stadium won Best Operations Team while Mark Ashton was named Championship CEO of the year at the Honourable Artillery Company in London.It was a double honour for City and Ashton Gate Stadium, which successfully delivered a Summer Series of four concerts in the summer 2019 to further enhance its reputation as the premier sports, entertainment and business venue in the South West.Ashton Gate was shortlisted for best Operations Team alongside Accrington Stanley Football Club; Arsenal’s Travel, Events, Supporter Liaison Team; English Football League and Everton Football ClubMark Kelly, Managing Director of Ashton Gate Stadium, which was also nominated for Best Non-Match Day Use of Venue, said: “These awards are for all who work at Ashton Gate Stadium. We have such a dedicated and passionate team who consistently go above and beyond to make the stadium a 365-day destination, synonymous with quality and excellence.“Congratulations to Mark Ashton for his award and all at the football club for their support in helping us make the stadium and multiple sports team model a beacon of best practice in the industry.”As well as collecting the Championship CEO award, Ashton was shortlisted for the overall CEO award alongside Peter Moore (Liverpool FC), Gary Sweet (Luton Town), Carolyn Radford (Mansfield Town) and Alan Burrows (Motherwell). It was won on the night by Peter Moore.Mark Ashton said: “To be named Championship CEO of the year is a great honour and one that should be shared by everyone at this great football club who work tirelessly every day – everyone deserves credit. It’s also testament to Steve and Maggie Lansdown for their continued investment and backing to run this club in a fit, proper and successful way.“We are fortunate to call Ashton Gate Stadium our home and congratulations to Mark Kelly and his staff for their award. Their superb Operations Team ensures that our matchdays run smooth and I am fortunate to see every day what a great job they do on the wide range of events hosted at the stadium.”last_img read more

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Referee Spear Tackled While Officiating Match

first_imgA football referee is believed to have been seriously injured after being spear tackled to the ground by a bystander during a game. The incident took place during a match between Barry Athletic FC and FC Pumas in Barry, Wales. The man was seen charging onto the field around 20 minutes into the game when the score was 1-1. The incident was caught on camera and posted on Facebook.A spokesman from Barry Athletic FC said they had no idea who the bystanders, who are claimed to have carried out the tackle, were.The spokesman said: “We were playing the game and these two guys entered the ground through some gate not used by anyone in the club. People were thinking, why the hell is someone coming through the gates.“They came over and stood on the side of the pitch and one of them just had the ref from behind and the ref’s legs went right up behind him. I thought he had snapped his knees.“The ref squealed understandably and the guy just ran off to the side of the pitch. It was quite an intimidating experience as there were kids and families around.”He said the two men, not believed to be attached to either club, left in a car that was waiting for them outside the gates.The referee was unable to continue with the match and the game was subsequently abandoned.Relatedlast_img read more

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