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Chapter 16: The Club Goes To Law


Wherein I spake of most disastrous chances,

Of moving accidents by flood and field.”

Shakespeare: Othello

As Care for a Game relates, the Club has only once been taken to court – in 1950, when the Athenaeum trustees wanted possession of its home in their building. In 2005 the Club for the first time entered the lists as plaintiff, following serious damage by rain-water which had flooded the club-rooms. The builder doing work next door had blocked up the gutter of the club-rooms roof. Evidence in support of our claim was collected by Greg Gatto and John Davenport, and the defendant ultimately paid up without the need for a hearing. Photos exist of Gatto precariously balanced on the roof, searching for evidence.

Gatto gets the evidence