The very first person that I bumped into last week at the SOCCEREX European Forum, was my old mate Paul 'The Beaver' Trevillion, dressed like Willy Nelson's grandad!
He was at the Great Northern Books booth: www.greatnorthernbooks.co.uk, with a colourful cast of characters. They are publishing a book soon about his life on both sides of the Atlantic, titled DRAWN TO LIFE. I have written about Paul many times and he has fantastic drawings of sporting personalities and more: Pele, Bobby Moore, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan, George Best..., and painted a portrait of Sir Winston Churchill, the only one the statesman ever signed. He has also been on stage as a comedian
Many of you see his work each Sunday in The Observer. He works with Keith Hackett on the weekly "You are the Ref" column, and the book of the same name, which has sold out many editions, while his illustrations for the "Gary Player Golf Class" was syndicated in over 1,500 newspapers. He was the World Speed Kissing Champion, a title that he defended, and his life and career will be published next year.
NOT TO BE OUTDONE, Hollywood calls!. I chatted with Brooke West, born in Norfolk and a Norwich City fan. She is going to make a movie about the life and times of Paul. She lives in Newport Beach in California, one of my favourite haunts. I used to party with my friends on the upper deck at HOOTERS, overlooking the water, with a bucket of ice cold Corona beers and hot wings. She has worked on the screenplays of E.T., One Flew over the Cuckoos Nest, Shakespeare in Love, Crash..., and as an actress on stage in Annie, Oliver, Bugsy Malone... Surely The Beaver will prove to be as interesting as The Bard??
He is a lifelong Tottenham Hotspur fan and started drawing on the terraces as a child. Howevr, to be fair, he is the first to admit that Don Revie's Leeds United of the early 1970's were the best team he has ever seen. He worked with the coach to coordinate pre match warm-up routines, designed sock tags, names on the back of training tops and much more to boost and popularise their image-copied by other clubs.
At the busy booth with managing director of Northern Books Barry Cox, was DUNCAN REVIE, son of the coach. Revie:Revered and Reviled by Richard Sutcliffe is to be published soon, to coordinate with the unveiling of a statue of Revie outside Elland Road, 40 years after winning the league title.(more later about that subject).
Paul had started a portrait of Don years ago, which he recently discovered in his mansion in Bedfordshire. He recently finished it, and I was on hand to see him present it to Duncan. The son has also made a name for himself. He is the founder of the hugely successful SOCCEREX: www.soccerex.com where football and business meet. The show was in Manchester for the second time, and the large annual one will be in Rio de Janeiro Nov 26-30 with time for trips to Copacabana. Don't miss it!