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Big Al & the Charity Dice Roll-off

A piece of Big 'Un History

During the early days of the club a dark shadow was cast across the club, but when you looked it in the face you saw the broadest of smiles from one of the best guys around – Al Cumin. Big Al to all who knew him. A real man mountain, enthusiastic gamer and club member.

Al was involved in running the first Bristol Brawl, back in 1999. Unfortunately Big Al’s sunny outlook on life belayed poor health and he passed away shortly before the Warhammer Players Society’s Club Challenge. The team of Big Chief’s, which was an amalgam of players from Cheltenham Warchiefs and The Bristol Big ‘Uns, went on wrestle the trophy from the other country wide teams with the battle cry of “For Al” on their lips.

We held the Brawl and decided to raise money for the 2 charities that Al’s wife, Karen wanted donations given to; Cancer Research UK and The British Heart Foundation. Rather than sell the usual raffle tickets we hit on the idea of selling dice and having a roll-off to decide the winners – what could be more could be more appropriate for gamers than winning on the turn of a dice?

Since the first Bristol Brawl the practice has been adopted by the Warhammer Players Society and through them many thousands of pounds have been raised for charities.

It’s through the sad loss of Al that many will benefit – how fitting an epitaph for such a big man.

Shortly after Allan passed away the members of the club decided to hold a competition in Allan's memory.

An Orc bust was purchased and Jeremy Marshall, a first rate painter, from our sister club the Cheltenham Warchiefs excelled himself and produced an excellent paint job. He also arranged for the bust to mounted on a plinth and we added plaque to it.

The intention, in addition to keeping Allan's memory alive, was for the trophy to be presented, twice a year to the winner of a competition within the club.

A role of honour of those who have won the Big Al Trophy follows:



Winner System Year
Jeremy Marshall Fantasy 2001
Rob Broom Ancients 2002
Steve Evans Bloodbowl 1st half 2003
Mark Hargraves Ancients 2nd half 2003
Mark Hargraves 40K 1st half 2004
Adrian Clark Fantasy 2nd half 2004
Richard Synnock Blood Bowl 1st half 2005
Adi Clark 40k 2nd half 2005
Ian Scovell WFB 1st Half 2006
Ian Scovell WFB 2nd Half 2006
Ian Scovell WFB 1st Half 2007
Ian Scovell WFB 2nd Half 2007
Steve Evans WFB 1st Half 2008
Ian Scovell WFB 2nd Half 2008
Steve Evans WFB Whole 2009
Steve S... Battle Fleet Gothic 2nd Half 2010
Rory Bates Blood Bowl 2nd Half 2010
Steve Evans Hordes&Warmachine Whole 2011

Who will be added to the role of honour next? You will just have to wait and see who is victorious at the Warhamer Fantasy tournament.

- John Oman