Name: Gary Booth
Marital status: Married to Julie and we have one daughter Ellie
Occupation: BT Manager
Hobbies: Football and Fishing
Likes: Enjoying life, good food, nice holidays and the family.
Dislikes: Bad manners and bad service.
Food: Indian, Chinese, Italian (most things that aren’t English, our food just isn’t as tasty as it used to be, too many chemicals)
Drink: Guinness, Magners and a decent German red wine
Holidays destination: Europe then its Greece, long haul as to be the USA for the service and value for money, but any Caribbean island has been a great experience for the family.
Football team: Aston Villa, been going since I was 5, they have always been and always will be the top Midlands club.
Best day in my life: Being at the birth of our daughter, and being in Rotterdam in 1982 as Villa lifted the European cup (priceless).
Best moment in fishing: I’ve had many, winning any Open or club/team match is always great, but when I was a junior with the starlets I won the J H Samuel canal champs, and I won the B’ham Parks individual final and I captained the B’ham junior team to victory in the East of England champs on the Nene and the National canal champs on the Leeds/Liverpool canal.
Football career: Played over 500 games for Northfield town, also had spells at Bromsgrove (2 seasons) Alvechurch (1 season) Kings Heath (1 season) Stourport (1 season) and Boldmere over 100 games.
Heroes: In life my hero will always be my Dad, a great man, liked by everyone and a day doesn’t pass when I don’t think about him having lost him in 2005.
In football I respect players like Ryan Giggs that can remain at the top of their sport for so many years but my favourite was Andy Gray when he first signed for Villa from Dundee United, the bravest centre forward I ever seen not just for Villa but for many years.
In fishing I owe a lot to Ken Giles and the late Clive Smith, when I was a young lad I used to sit behind them at the local parks and Coombe abbey and try and learn, both of them were so kind to me and it was sad when Clive lost his battle with cancer in the early 80′s, since then I have become good friends with Ken Giles, we have fished together for many years and still go out for meals now with our wives, we have remained close even though he packed in course fishing and has now taken on Trout fishing with the same level of professionalism.
Also I must add a special mention to Scott Smith, we have become very close fishing buddies and also both support the famous Aston Villa, Scott has helped me with advice over the years and perhaps if it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t have got back into match fishing as seriously as I have done since my lay off after years of playing football, I would have remained at club fishing level but Scott through his advice and support has helped me push on to the level that I used to fish at when I was teenager.
Aims for the future: To live a long and healthy life, and help our daughter progress in her chosen career, and of course catch plenty of fish and keep learning.