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Staff Profile: George Simmons

In the three years since he first joined the staff at the Cooper Associates County Ground George Simmons has become a very familiar member of the Catering Team.

We caught up with George this week to find out a little bit about how one of our most popular members of staff ended up at Somerset CCC.

“I started off working behind the bars and then began to do some waiting,” he said. “The three years that I’ve been here have just flow by, and I just love being involved. When I first started, I spent a lot of time working in the Long Room as well as doing a lot of conferences, but for the last two seasons I’ve been working in the Stragglers Coffee House, where I hope to be again this summer.”

What is it about the Stragglers that George likes?

“The Stragglers is a fast-paced place to work and there’s always something to do. One of the good things is that you get to know the customers really well.”

Is George a cricket fan?

“When I first started to work for Somerset, I didn’t know anything at all about cricket,” he said. “I thought I’d better change that and now I know enough about the game to be able to talk to the people who come in to the Stragglers.”

George was no stranger to the Club. Catering General Manager, Sam Safe is his aunt and his sister also worked here for a while.

A Taunton boy through and through, George attended St Andrew’s Primary School before going to Ladymead School. After that he went onto Somerset College where he studied for a Level 3 Diploma in Public Services. He also trained for something with no links to sport or catering.

“I trained to be a prison officer,” he explained. “However, after getting all of my qualifications I never worked as prison officer. I ended up working here, which seems to have turned out pretty well to be honest. I’ve been here for three years, so I guess that I must be doing something right!

“There’s something about this place that makes people want to stay here. For those who love cricket it’s a dream job for life, but this place isn’t just about sport. We’re a cricket ground but we do a lot more than just cricket, which a lot of people don’t seem to realize.”

What other sports does George follow?

“Rugby is a big interest of mine and it was great when Gareth Steenson (Exeter Chiefs) came to Marcus Trescothick’s Testimonial Dinner and I was working the Long Room Bar. He walked through the door and for once I was lost for words. I was star struck! I’ve been to Exeter Chiefs quite a few times.  In fact, I’ve got an Indian Chief tattooed on my leg. I think I’ve been here long enough now to get a Somerset CCC Wyvern tattoo as well!

“I love working here. You get to know people and you can have a really good chat with the Members and regulars. You feel very much that you’re a Member of the Club. We’re a massive family at Somerset. Everybody who works here is involved with their specific area but when we all come together, like in the season, we all have the same goal and work for each other.

“For me the priority is to make sure that people who come here have the very best experience that we can possibly offer. If we can do that, then I’m happy.”

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