Our Birmingham Gold Cup Lunch in the Banqueting Suite at Edgbaston Stadium is firmly established as one of our most popular events. This year, our very special guests are two BBC Pundits. We are delighted to welcome hugely experienced former Derby County, Liverpool and Aston Villa striker Dean Saunders, a regular summariser with the BBC on both TV and radio. He will be joined by BBC Radio 5 Live pundit, and former Man City and England right-back, Danny Mills.
The Cheltenham Gold Cup remains the most important and coveted prize in the world of steeple-chasing, with many of the greats from Arkle to Desert Orchid to Best Mate having their names etched on the glorious trophy. With live music from our Irish band, a superb three course lunch, the full Cheltenham card on our giant screen, and our in-house bookmaker and SKY sports tipster, this is an event not to be missed.
Dean Saunders: Dean was a familiar sight to football fans of the 80s and 90s, playing in the top flight for over a decade. A prolific goal-scorer, he was capped 75 times for Wales, scoring 22 goals, making him one of the most-capped and highest goal-scorers of all-time for his country. Incredibly, Dean scored almost 300 times in all competitions at club level, a record which puts him up there with the very best strikers of his era. He became a British record transfer in 1991 following his move from Derby to Liverpool for £2.9m, before a move to Villa Park 14 months later, where he went on to become a firm favourite with the fans, representing the club with distinction for three seasons before moving to Galatasaray. In all he played for twelve clubs as a pro, in a career spanning almost 20 years, and was one of the star pundits on the BBC during Wales’ incredible run to the semi-finals at Euro 2016.
Danny Mills: After starting his career with his home-town club Norwich City, Danny moved to Charlton where he achieved promotion to the Premier League in only his second season at the club. His eye-catching displays with The Addicks led to his “dream move” to Leeds United for £4.1 million, where he enjoyed great success, including the memorable run to the Champions League semi-finals in the 2000/01 season. Danny was first capped by England in 2001, and was the first choice right back for the 2002 World Cup Finals, playing every minute of England’s 5 match run in the competition. In all Danny played 19 times for his country. His only senior trophy as a professional came whilst on loan with Middlesbrough in 2004, where he was part of the side which beat Bolton Wanderers to lift the League Cup at the Millennium Stadium. Danny can now be regularly heard on BBC Five Live’s football coverage.
Edgbaston Stadium: We are delighted to be holding our event in the Banqueting Suite at Edgbaston Stadium, which is a fantastic large facility, perfectly suited to our event. This is the stadium’s premium pitch-facing facility, enjoying magnificent views over the middle, and plenty of natural light. Our guests will enjoy quality dining and service for which Edgbaston is rightly renowned, with ample complimentary parking for all attendees.