I spotted Elton John amongst the diners – he was guest of honour, due to meet the Brentford & Wigan teams before the kick-off and present the trophy afterwards.
I asked if I could take a photo of him – and he seemed happy enough to oblige. Looks like they were enjoying a post-meal cuppa by that stage anyway, and he seemed in a good mood!
I can’t remember if I asked or he offered, but either way, he was even kind enough to get up and pose for a photo standing next to me.
Looks like he has his Watford FC tie on – I think he would have still been chairman of the club at this time.
Finally, in this section here’s a proper professional photo – from the Sunday People archive – of Elton meeting and greeting the players before kick-off. I’m not sure how I got this, as I wouldn’t have bothered to buy this from the newspaper offices when I visited. I must have been sent some extra photos at a later point.
There’s video footage of this in the Brentford v Wigan section of the website – as you would expect it’s in the pre-match coverage in the first of the four videos shown.