Profiles: Andrew Wainwright

Wednesday, 1 May 2002 | In Focus

Profiles: Andrew Wainwright  
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I was born in Yorkshire in 1956,and brought up on a diet of football. Bradford City one week, followed by Leeds the next. I came to London in the late 70's, and continued to follow City when they visited London. During this period I became an interested observer of Brentford,and was impressed by their evident community values. l remember that I became ripe for conversion when City lost 6-1 to the Bees in 1991.

This coincided with my family leaving Yorkshire, and a desire to get my son involved in supporting a local side. I became smitten in the 94/95 season, and have to admit that I thought that David Webb was a good coach. The highlights of that season were the games at Birmingham and Huddersfield in the playoffs. I have been utterly obsessed since, much to the consternation of my business colleagues,family and friends!

Professionally I am a solicitor. I set up a practice with my partner in 1985. We specialise in Criminal and Human rights work,along with Housing and Family. We are now turning over around a million a year. We are involved in a substantial amount of community work in both South London and West London. I am also former president of the West London Law Society and it's present secretary. I also spent ten years in the voluntary sector providing legal advice, at the same time as running the practice. I am married with an 18 year old son who is equally passionate about the Bees.

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