Ian John Street
PREVIOUS CLUBS -
Old Coulsdon Albion, Manor Rangers, Nat. West Bank AFC
CHILDHOOD CRUSH -
Sally Geeson (Sid James’s daughter in 'Bless This House'), Lady Penelope (posh totty, but with strings attached), Roberta Tovey ('Susan' in 'Daleks Invasion Earth 2150 AD'), Dana (“All Kinds Of Everything“), My Nan took me to a pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk in Wimbledon and she was in it...
FAVOURITE PROFESSIONAL PLAYER OF ALL TIME -
Bryan Robson. He carried United and England single handily for years
FAVOURITE ODIAXERE CLUB PLAYER AND WHY -
Made so many great friends since playing out here it’s really hard to mention one but I will go for Tom Wilson. An example to us all to be as fit as he is at 76 years old!! (sorry for mentioning the age thing Tom but its almost unbelievable) - and still a very good player! (Who runs a lot....🤣)...oh and a nice bloke too (and a Scottish red)
MOST DIFFICULT ODIAXERE CLUB OPPONENT -
Big Rog - It’s almost physically impossible to get near him especially when he leans into you. I swear recently I tried to get close but ended up being 'attached' for a few paces before being ceremoniously discarded at a point he saw fit 🙄😳😨😀.
Haydn Williams and Tony Wyld not far behind...
MOST MEMORABLE MATCH - 26/5/1999. Bayern v Manchester United. Blagging my way into the hospitality area after the game and subsequently holding the European Cup on the coach (next to Fergie) and waving the players off (including a 12 year old Kasper Schmeichel on his dads lap)...“And Solskjaer has won it…..”🏆. If you want to read more, Tony Wyld will sell you a copy of “The COVID Collection” ....all for a good cause.
BIGGEST THRILL -
Opportunity for some stories if I may -
1. Introducing my boyhood hero Russ Ballard (lead singer in Argent and responsible for 100m records worldwide as a performer or songwriter) on stage a few times and subsequently being asked to go on tour with him in Germany and UK..(“get your Tux pressed Ian” 🤣) I had to pinch myself. Oh and doing Podcasts for him now too! 😳
2. During my working life, I was asked to introduce our Vice Chairman and guest speaker, Lord Hurd (Douglas) at small intimate dinners (max 35/40 people) in the Coutts boardroom. I would chair the evening and was his warm up act describing his CV/career in detail as well as 'selling' the Coutts proposition to the wealthy prospects sitting around the table. He would arrive from the House of Lords with his 'speech' written on a tiny piece of paper. When I was first asked to take over this role, I did some research by reading his memoirs (still available in all good bookshops 👌) as preparation and if the after dinner Q and A went quiet (he did this after his speech while the vintage port was served 😀❤️), I had some topics up my sleeve I could raise and resurrect the conversation round the table (like Thatcher flirting with the French PM or why didn’t we go all the way to Baghdad and take them out after winning the first Gulf war). I began to mention his book frequently at subsequent dinners and sold quite a few copies ("Bravo Ian!”). When he told me about his next book - The life of Robert Peel (also still available at all good bookshops), I suggested we hosted the book launch at Coutts Head Office, 440 Strand, Garden Court which we did.... I’ve never seen so many security people around looking after politicians and royalty....a lovely man and it was one of the most fun things I ever did. We must have done in excess of 50 dinners together and I still treasure a couple of books he gave me, with a lovely hand written inscription inside.
(Not enough room here to tell you about the time one client described all Americans as “barbarians” 😱. As I prepared to attempt to diffuse the situation (with people looking in horror at each other)....Lord Hurd dealt with it himself....
3. Oh and when at Coutts (Business Development) I was at one point the banks liaison with Camelot, the National Lottery company. I would often collect the Lottery Winners/Euro Millions cheque on behalf of the winner before we guided him or her as to the best way to invest for their future. Received a call from Camelot in the North West one Friday night....cheque to collect for a winner living in Manchester. Took 20k in cash so the winner could treat themselves while the cheque cleared (well from our point of view, it wasn’t going to bounce was it?🤣).
As luck would have it, United were at home on that Sunday (result).....train and hotel on expenses, took Karen with me, went to the game (having collected the cheque and spoken to the winner in the morning). By the afternoon there I was, sat in the Samuel Platts pub near Old Trafford with a beer before the match, gorgeous blond on my arm, £20m in my pocket and just about to watch the reds....life does'nt get much better! (Oh, probably had a curry afterwards too......😂)
JOHN LENNON OR PAUL MCARTNEY -
Macca....I love Lennon but P McC has always been my favourite, including “Wings” in the early days
OASIS OR BLUR -
Oasis but first two albums (“Definitely Maybe” and “What’s the Story....” ) only. Shite after that
BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT -Playing against the inmates of Parkhurst High Security prison in the Isle of Wight (representing Nat. West) and seeing that the guy I was marking had “cut here” tattooed across his neck. Afterwards his “guv” told me he was in the nick for murdering his mum and keeping her in the wardrobe (as one does) 💀.
The crowd, easily 200 strong in matching donkey jackets were quite entertaining...when the ball went out of play, one guy pulled a balaclava over his head and said "do you remember me at your bank?" 🤣. Our keeper who was exceptionally busy and playing a blinder was told when retrieving the ball behind the goal " ‘ere keeper, 'aving a great game....if you ever do bird in this nick, you're in the first team" 😳🤣.
I also think presenting their skipper with an I.O.W. good food guide at the toss up was a big mistake 🤣...needless to say we got hammered but they were all very
pleasant to us at the final whistle and thanked us for playing as they all wandered back to their cells to be locked up for the rest of the day (and we retired to a country pub to reflect on our experience)……the Ripper was a guest within the premises at the time but didn’t make an appearance, for his own safety we were told...
BEST COUNTRY VISITED -
USA (Maldives for a beach holiday)
FAVOURITE FOOD -
Curry generally, I love a Chicken Vindaloo
FAVOURITE PORTUGUESE FOOD - Cataplana, Portuguese Steak
FAVOURITE DRINK -
Veuve Cliquot (Orange label) Champagne
MISCELLANEOUS LIKES -
Walking out at Odiáxere Stadium just before a session, listening to Dave Waller’s stories over dinner, clothes shopping, pedicures, music, champagne, but above all, a date night with my wife ❤️👩❤️👨
MISCELLANEOUS DISLIKES - Smoking, cricket, Sunday roast dinners especially Brussel sprouts, carrots, parsnips etc...(apart from John S's Yorkshires of course), most 'English' food, karaoke bars, screaming uncontrolled kids on long haul flights, when someone tries to hum or sing a song that they have never heard before....🤷♂️
FAVOURITE TV SHOW -
The Sweeney (“Shut It You Slag!”) The Professionals, Thunderbirds, Monty Pythons Flying Circus
FAVOURITE FILM -
Life of Brian, McVicar with Roger Daltrey, A Star is Born with Barbra Streisand, both sixties Dalek films with Peter Cushing as the Doctor, Wayne’s World, Borat and all the Bond films
FAVOURITE SINGER -
So many...Barbra Streisand, Russ Ballard, John Miles, Eric Stewart (10cc), Colin Blunstone, Gilmour and Waters of Pink Floyd, Steve Lukather (Toto) and Gary Moore, the finest guitarist of all time
FAVOURITE ACTOR -
BIGGEST INFLUENCE ON CAREER Dad for music....took me to my first gig (Argent) age 12 in September 1973. But in business, Jim Burke who was responsible for getting me across to Coutts in 1998 Charismatic and a great sales guy/role model that you would run through a brick wall for and would never want to let down. He boasted he was a former 'Fairy Snow' Man Of The Year.....proper salesman!
Also, James Fleming, Head of International at Coutts for believing in me when I was in the Middle East after a slow start.....and finally, Chris Bresnahan for being a very early mentor in 1984 and preparing me so well...
BIGGEST DRAG IN SOCCER -Injuries and when you get caught by Dave W taking the free kick without waiting for the whistle 🤐🙄 .
WHAT ONE ITEM WOULD YOU TAKE WITH YOU TO A DESERT ISLAND -
I was going to say my wife Karen but I wouldn’t want to refer to her as 'an item', so it would probably be my music library and a pair of Bowers and Wilkins speakers...
WHICH PERSON IN THE WORLD WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO MEET Paul McCartney or Roger Daltrey
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