Legends of Football

Tickets are now on sale for the Legends of Football event supported by HMV. The event previously known as the hmv Football Extravaganza will take place on Wednesday 5 October 2016 at The Grosvenor House Hotel in London’s Park Lane.  Now in its 21st year, this hugely popular annual fundraiser combines a unique and heady mix of football homage and revelry along with live music and comedy.

This year the event will celebrate 25 Seasons of the Premier League and also the achievements of the “100 Club”, an exclusive group of players who have notched a century or more Premier League goals. Top of the list with a staggering 260, and the only member to break a double-ton, is Legend of Football, Alan Shearer OBE DL, who said: “I always look forward to this event, it’s a cracking night out and for a really good cause too.  It will also be good to catch up with some of the members of the “100 club” and discuss when we will host one for the 200 club!”

The Legends of Football supported by hmv, which to date has raised more than £7 million for us here at Nordoff Robbins, pays tribute to the outstanding achievements of football’s greatest footballers and managers.  Previous recipients of the Legends of Football Award include John Charles, Sir Stanley Matthews, Brian Clough, Sir Bobby Robson, Sir Bobby Charlton, Kenny Dalglish, Alan Shearer, Eric Cantona and Pelé, whilst the 2015 recipient was David Beckham.

This fantastic night, celebrating the game’s greatest players and managers, amazing goals and saves, and the heartaches and heroes who have shaped 25 seasons of the Premier League, is one not to be missed.  Sir Alex Ferguson himself describes it as “the best charity dinner in the football calendar”.

Premier League Executive Chairman, Richard Scudamore, said:  “Legends of Football uses the power and inspiration of football and music to support Nordoff Robbins. This year’s event will celebrate 25 seasons of the Premier League, recognising the clubs, the star players, the wonderful goals and the fantastic matches that have taken place in our competition since 1992/93. The Premier League, its clubs, its players, both current and former, use their positions to support local communities and charities, so it is fitting that this celebration of football will help a wonderful charity that makes such a difference to the young people it helps. We are proud supporters of Nordoff Robbins and their life-changing music therapy.”

The evening has been supported for much of its 20 year history by hmv, and Legends of Football Chairman Brian McLaughlin is delighted to announce 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.”

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.” 

Tickets, packages, auction donations and sponsorship opportunities are available by contacting enquiries@legendsoffootball.org.uk

More details are available at www.lofootball.co.uk.