Tickets now available for the 2018 Bathgate Thistle Juniors Sportsman’s Dinner.

Sunday 2nd December 2018 – British Legion – 1.00pm to 5.00pm – £30

Contact Bobby Napier for tickets – get them early.


John McKelvie

John McKelvie is one of the major names on the after dinner circuit. Since 1998 he has been a regular on the after dinner circuit at a variety of venues ranging from local establishments to top hotels throughout the UK.

He is a vastly accomplished and experienced speaker, host and auctioneer who has rightly earned the moniker “a man for all seasons” for his towering capacity to captivate and charm every kind of audience.

Ubiquitous John is a retired police officer whose long career with the Strathclyde Police has provided him with a vast array of humorous tales and one liners, whilst his stint as a football referee is a further source of much humour at Sportsman’s dinners.

John bases his after dinner speeches on the eventful, sometimes catastrophic, but always extremely hilarious anecdotes from his police career and sporting connections.

He has a dry Scottish wit, timing and an ability to read an audience which makes him one of the busiest UK after dinner speakers. He has a rare gift for making people laugh which is why he is a great favourite on the after-dinner circuit especially with mixed audiences.

John formerly worked Monday to Friday in the Police and refereed football on a Saturday. He really looked forward to a Sunday as this is the only day that his parentage was not openly questioned.

Joe Camay

Before starting comedy full-time in 1992, Joe Camay had been a telephone engineer, a bookie and ran a unisex clothing store. He is Glasgow born, married to Margaret, a dancing teacher and they have 3 adult children, 2 sons and a daughter. They currently stay in Newton Mearns with aforementioned daughter and a 10 year-old German pointer called Homer, after the character in the Simpsons not the author of the Iliad.

Joe’s comedy ”career” began at the sharp end in social clubs and he had a quick taste of TV when he appeared in a comedy series with amongst others, Alan Stewart and Dave Spikey. Over the next few years more TV appearances followed with the likes of Alaistar McGowan, Bill Bailley, Lee Evans and Fred McAuley. Joe was also featured in 3 TV adverts for Belhaven beer.

He has appeared on TV with Bob Monkhouse and Des O’ Connor and in numerous theatres around Britain. Joe has performed on North sea oilrigs and in prisons. He has worked in N.Ireland, Dubai and Florida. Over the last few years Joe has mainly worked the Sportsmen’s after-dinner circuit, where he has created a niche for his brand of grown-up humour.

He is an award -winning after-dinner comedian (the award was for bee keeping). The plaudits from the organisations, associations and teams he has worked for are too numerous to mention (and Joe says ”they become bland and boring after a while, anyway”). Here are just a few from his fellow performers

”Awesome—like Chic Murray with a bad attitude”
John Gahagan.

Jimmy Nicoll

Jimmy Nicholl is a former manager of Raith Rovers Football Club in Fife. That was his second spell at managing the club. Jimmy played his football with Glasgow Rangers and Northern Ireland. With his Nothern Irish accent, he has a wonderful way of relating his many experiences both at club and international level.

Jimmy Nicholl moved to Rangers from Manchester United. He played for Northern Ireland from 1976 to 1986, winning 73 caps in the glory era under Billy Bingham.

As a manager, he led Raith Rovers to a famous victory over Celtic in the final of the 1994-95 Scottish League Cup.

Jimmy Nicholl was until May 2009 assistant manager at Aberdeen Football Club.

In 2010 he moved on to become Manager at Cowdenbeath.

In 2011 Jimmy was then appointed assistant manager of Kilmarnock who went on to win the 2011-12 Scottish League Cup. 2013 then saw Jimmy accept the offer of assistant manager at Hibernian.  When manager Pat Fenlon resigned, Jimmy was appointed caretaker manager until a new management team was recruited.

He returned to Cowdenbeath for a second stint in 2013 and later resigned in May 2015.