Keegan is star guest
FOOTBALL legend Kevin Keegan will be the Isle of Man Sporting and Dining Club’s first guest of 2013.
Kevin will be the special guest at a black tie dinner at the Palace Hotel and Casino in Douglas on Thursday, January 31.
The event, sponsored by HSBC, will see the former England manager and TV pundit speaking of his love of football and the highs and lows of the game.
Kevin started his career as a teenager with Scunthorpe United but quickly moved to Bill Shankly’s Liverpool before making his England debut. With Liverpool he went on to win three First Division titles, two UEFA Cups, and the FA Cup and European Cup.
After 323 appearances and 100 goals for Liverpool, Kevin left Merseyside to become Germany’s highest paid player with Hamburg where he was named European Footballer of the Year twice in a row and won the Bundesliga title.
Internationally, Kevin was appointed England captain, a role he held until after the team’s ejection from the 1982 World Cup. He returned to England playing for Southampton and Newcastle United, helping the latter to promotion in his second season, before retiring from football.
After an eight-year break pursuing media and business opportunities, Kevin returned to football as a manager. He returned to Newcastle where, after promotion, the team took second place in the Premier League. After a spell managing Fulham, Kevin took charge of the England team, a hugely popular public choice which ended following a 1-0 defeat to Germany in the opening match of the 2002 World Cup qualifying campaign and the final match to be played at the old Wembley Stadium.
Kevin continued his managing career with Manchester City and finally back to Newcastle, eventually retiring from management after some boardroom controversy.
He continues to be involved in coaching football at academies and as a pundit for ITV and ESPN.
A charity raffle will be held during the island dinner, with all funds raised being donated to a local charity to be chosen by HSBC. At a previous club dinner featuring motor racing legend Sir Stirling Moss, £1,070 was raised in aid of Crossroads Care.
John Wannenburgh of the IoM Sporting and Dining Club said: ‘Kevin has an impressive list of sporting achievements to his name including being a European Cup winner with Liverpool, a former European Player of the Year, and one of the few players to have both captained and managed England. We are very fortunate to welcome Kevin to the Isle of Man and I’m sure he’ll have some fascinating tales to tell of a truly remarkable career.’
Dinner tickets cost £65 for members and £80 for non-members (excluding VAT). They are available by contacting the club on 495749 or emailing email@example.com
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