‘Early on at Derby, on one trip to Old Trafford, the pressure was put on me to smarten up so we went into a store near the stadium to buy a tie. I throw on the jumper and have some fun.’ Wilson (the W stands for William) is a well-known figure in his homeland for his television appearances and charity work and he may be about to earn fame in England, with Derby one win away from the Barclays Premier League.‘I come over to one or two matches a year and I’ve always worn that sweater,’ he says.
‘I bought it for in a market in rural Ecuador when I was backpacking a few years ago with my daughter.
The man who owns a quarter of Derby County is talking at length about his plans for a comedy tour with Ricky Gervais, why he turned down the BBC’s request to appear on Dragons’ Den and the technicoloured poncho he wears while sitting with fans at matches.
Following the big show, the three rooms offered a variety of entertainment: Line 49 covered all the hits of the 80’s, some chilled out in the Tiki Bar while others danced hard in Hideaway.
There were 80’s impersonators doing surprise spot numbers throughout the evening and food was served.
Others that haven’t should be willing to pay the price.’ His colourful character as much as his business acumen led to a three-season stint on Canada’s version of Dragons’ Den and he was offered a job by the Beeb.
‘But they wanted me to spend four or five days in Manchester at a week’s notice.
My life is so booked up, dropping everything didn’t work.’There was, however, a filmed date with Canadian TV personality Mary Zilba, from Real Housewives of Vancouver — ‘we built a wonderful friendship’ — and time as an ice hockey referee at university.