Over the weekend, 4KBW’s newest tenant, Matthew Gillett, went viral on Twitter and made it onto the sport’s pages of the BBC website following a sartorial slip.
Matthew is a Bristol City fan and season ticket holder. He pre-ordered the away shirt for the forthcoming 2017/18 season and when it arrived, all looked to be in order. However, after having worn it for a marathon training run, he discovered that the label with the washing instructions was emblazoned with the Oxford United badge.
Matthew tweeted Bristol City FC to enquire whether this was an isolated or a more widespread problem. After being picked up by the supporters’ club, the tweet soon went viral (https://twitter.com/MTG1897/status/878584442603929600).
The story was picked up first by Bristol’s leading paper, the Bristol Post, and then covered by the BBC Sport website, on what Chambers presumes was a slow news day during the close season (http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/40398185).
The CEO of Bristol Sport (the company behind the football club and all other sports teams in Bristol), Andrew Billingham, announced there would be a full investigation into this matter, apologised for the isolated incident and offered Matthew a replacement shirt. This offer was accepted and the case is now closed.
Moving forwards, Chambers hopes Matthew enjoys his replacement lurid purple shirt at football matches or while training for his next marathon, but refrains from wearing it while working in Chambers.
To see Matthew’s LinkedIn page, please visit https://www.linkedin.com/in/matthew-gillett-a3462b101/.
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