Doug is well known in the recruitment world, having owned and run successfully a considerable number of recruitment businesses over the past 30 years. Sporting Appointments offers him the opportunity to combine this expertise with his passion for all sports.
Having spent 8 years as a Director of a London Football League Club, he also has experienced sport from the business perspective. Sporting Appointments has grown rapidly over the past 3 years and is now a major name in the sector, successfully marrying sports business people at all levels with a variety of sporting clients.
What is your favourite club?
Well, I am a lifelong supporter of Millwall FC and was fortunate enough to be a Director there for almost 9 years. The atmosphere generated at the old Den in particular was incredible, growing up in South East London; Millwall became a way of life!
What sporting moment lives longest in the memory?
When you get to my age there are so many amazing sporting moments to look back on. I think I would have to nail it down to four: firstly as a teenager watching England win the World Cup in 1966, secondly seeing my beloved Millwall gain promotion to the top division in 1988, watching the magnificent Red Rum win his third Grand National, and latterly watching my racehorse, Alfraamsey notch up 6 wins in the first year of ownership.
What’s your favourite book or film?
I’m a voracious reader of biographies, both in the sporting world and in business. I have narrowed my choice to two; on the sports side, “Only a Game” by Eamon Dunphy, a Millwall legend and now an outspoken Irish sports pundit and “Ogilvy on Advertising” an awesome insight to the world of one of the most mercurial ad men of the baby boomer era. In terms of films, The Godfather takes some beating!
Who is your sporting idol?
Growing up, there were two in Football, the amazing Bobby Charlton and a tough tackling Millwall full back by the name of Harry Cripps. My fantasy football teams are always called “Tribute to Cripps!”
Which sporting events do you most look forward to?
There are so many, but if I had to pick two, I would plump for the awesome Cheltenham Festival in March and at Christmas the brilliant PDC World Darts Championship. I never get tired of watching the incomparable Phil “The Power” Taylor, but sadly we will no longer be able to listen to that amazing Geordie Sid Waddell who passed away recently, he will be sadly missed!
Is there a phrase that you live your life by?
“Beware of beige people”