Bob ‘The Cat’ Bevan MBE is a Broadcaster, Author, Host and After-Dinner Speaker.
Speaking at the 1980 Footballer of the Year Dinner “changed his life” he says.
Within a year, he was appearing at an event with Billy Connolly and Jimmy Tarbuck. He has gone on to work with most of his heroes in sport and show business ever since at both sporting and corporate events.
His nickname of “the Cat” comes from his hopeless goalkeeping in the lower teams of Old Wilsonians Football Club, but he embraces all sports. He became only the second entertainer to be elected as President of a County Cricket Club, Kent, in 2013, The National Sporting Club in 2014 and the only after-dinner speaker to be honoured by HM The Queen.
He has worked all over the world, including several tours of Australia since 1986 and has flown out, especially for events around the Aussie Rules Football Final in 2010 and 2018.
He has spoken at nearly all of the Premier and Football League clubs, every County Cricket Club, over 100 golf clubs and many hockey and rugby clubs of both codes.
He followed Danny Baker as the Presenter of the original football phone-in “6-0-6” on BBC Radio 5, appeared many times on “Countdown“, Sky Sports, Talksport, and with Terry Wogan on BBC 1’s “Aunties Sporting Bloomers”.
His interviewees have included Peter Alliss, Sir Alex Ferguson, Justin Langer, Sir John Major, Sir Bobby Robson and Ian Woosnam.
Bob has composed speeches for William Hague as Leader of the Opposition, Lord Seb Coe, Sir David Frost and many others.
Bob The Cat Bevan has written and performed poems on Ronnie Corbett, Gary Lineker, David Gower and twice with the late Duke of Edinburgh, who actually wrote a poem about him! He has also written corporate poems for companies including British Airways and Rolls Royce.