Legends of Football raises over £400k

A host of Premier League stars and legends, including Ryan Giggs, Alan Shearer and Michael Owen, came together at last night’s Legends of Football event to celebrate 25 seasons of the Premier League and raise money for music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins.

Last night marked the 21st year of the Legends of Football Dinner, previously known as the hmv Football Extravaganza. This event has to date raised more than £7 million for us here at Nordoff Robbins with last night’s event adding an incredible £404,000 to the total. 

This year’s event celebrated 25 Seasons of the Premier League and marked the achievements of the “100 Club” – the exclusive group of 25 players who have scored a century or more Premier League goals. Each of the players nominated what they thought to be their best Premier League goal, and the players then voted on which of those 25 was the best goal overall.   Robin van Persie‘s goal for Man Utd against Aston Villa won the vote and he was given Premier League 100 Club Greatest Goal Award.

“It’s a huge honour. Especially because it is picked by players from the hardest league in the world. It is so difficult against any team in the Premier League. When I was a little boy I didn’t think of standing here, I just wanted to play football. With a goal like that it takes a bit of courage really as you don’t know what’s going to happen.”

Robin van Persie

The event also paid tribute to and celebrated the game’s greatest players and managers, remembering historic goals and saves, and the heartaches and heroes who have helped to shape 25 amazing seasons of the Premier League.  

One honouree, Dion Dublin came to visit us ahead of the event to experience music therapy first-hand. He said: “Coming here was a real eye opener. Watching the session I did and seeing what the children are getting out of it – to them it’s a huge part of their life now. If I was to talk to someone about why they should support Nordoff Robbins I would say you are making a difference – this whole place is just itching to help people, so don’t wait around.”

“I always look forward to this event, it’s a cracking night out and for a really good cause too.  It was good to catch up with some of the members of the “100 club” and discuss when we will host one for the 200 club!”

Alan Shearer OBE DL

“The Premier League is proud to help put on the Legends of Football event each year to raise money for Nordoff Robbins. The members of the 100 Club were duly recognised for the role they’ve played during the Premier League’s 25 seasons and I hope every football fan in the room tonight enjoyed looking back on some of the great goals as much as I did.”

Premier League Executive Chairman, Richard Scudamore

The evening has been supported for much of its two-decade history by hmv, and Legends of Football Chairman Brian McLaughlin just recently announced that the entertainment retailer has extended its headline sponsorship for a further three years. Paul McGowan, Chief Executive Hilco Capital, which owns hmv, comments: “hmv helped found this event and we are proud to continue this remarkable partnership, which has done so much to support the vital work of Nordoff Robbins while also celebrating the shared passions that exist between football and music and entertainment. We congratulate all of our honourees this evening for all of their achievements.”

Brian McLaughlin, Chairman of The Legends of Football, adds: “That the Legends of Football event has grown into one of the biggest and most enjoyable fundraisers in the calendar is due in large measure to the generosity of our footballing and entertainment communities. I am especially grateful to hmv and Hilco, the Premier League, Geoff Shreeves and Sky Sports, PPL and the Legends of Football Fundraising Committee for their continued support.  We are also hugely appreciative of all the individuals and organisations who attended this year’s event and have helped to contribute to the vital music therapy work of Nordoff-Robbins.”

“We are so proud to be part of the Legends of Football Dinner – as a charity we rely on the events like these to help us continue our life changing work; we will be eternally grateful for every penny which has been raised for us through the Legends of Football Dinner and we thank everyone involved for their invaluable support. Congratulations from us all at Nordoff Robbins to all those honoured tonight!”

Julie Whelan, CEO of Nordoff Robbins

100 Club members and their nominated favourite goals

Long-range volley

Newcastle United v Everton, 23 November 2002

Overhead kick

Manchester United v Manchester City, 12 February 2011

Title-winning goal, final day of the season

Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur, 16 May 1999

Title-winning goal

Bolton Wanderers v Chelsea, 30 April 2005

Long dribble to beat defenders

Arsenal v Liverpool, 9 April 2004

Overhead kick

Charlton Athletic v Liverpool, 19 May 2001

Third goal of the hat-trick

Liverpool v Newcastle United, 30 August 1998

Long-range kick

Queens Park Rangers v Manchester United, 10 December 1994

His fifth goal of the match

Tottenham Hotspur v Wigan Athletic, 22 November 2009

First goal of hat-trick

Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United, 3 December 1995

Title-winning volley

Manchester United v Aston Villa, 22 April 2013


Manchester United v Chelsea, 11 September 2000

First of two goals, dribbles around defenders

Tottenham Hotspur v Blackburn Rovers, 5 March 2006

Goal to win the Golden Boot

Sunderland v Chelsea, 24 May 2009

Chipped penalty, last goal for Aston Villa

Aston Villa v Arsenal, 10 May 1998

Long range half-volley

Liverpool v Middlesbrough, 30 April 2005

Dribbled past two defenders

Arsenal v Everton, 28 August 1993

Overhead kick

Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa, 15 April 2000

Long-range into top corner, PL debut, second goal

Southampton v Leicester City, 21 August 1996

Second ever PL goal for Manchester United

Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United, 19 September 1992

Long-range volley in off the crossbar

Aston Villa v Manchester United, 23 December 2006

Chests and chips it over the keeper, first of two goals

Arsenal v Aston Villa, 15 May 2011

Title winning goal in extra time

Manchester City v Queens Park Rangers, 13 May 2012

Chests it, turns and half-volley

Chelsea v Liverpool, 17 September 2006

Long range shot into top corner

Blackburn Rovers v Southampton, 10 December 1994


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