Join us at the stunning 5* St Pancras Renaissance Hotel in London for a day to remember on Friday 1 December 2017. Joining us this year are Liverpool and England superstar Michael Owen, and England, Arsenal and Spurs legend Sol Campbell. Following a superb lunch, our stars will join our SKY Sports host Pete Graves on the podium for a lengthy discussion of their career exploits as two of the game’s most revered characters, with the opportunity for plenty of guest Q & A. As well as their stellar club careers, it will be fascinating to hear about their many appearances playing together in the England team, with a combined 162 caps in total.
Sit back in the luxury of the St Pancras Renaissance and soak up the atmosphere with a complimentary bar, memorabilia auction, rounded off with a set from a top comedian. It will be a superb day which will live long in the memory!
Michael Owen: An undisputed Liverpool legend, and one of England’s greatest ever strikers, Michael Owen was the original ‘Boy Wonder’ after bursting on to the scene aged just 17 with a goal-scoring debut. His first full season in the Premier League saw him net 18 goals to be joint top-scorer, going on to hold the accolade for six consecutive seasons. Michael won the Ballon D’Or in 2001, becoming the first Englishman since Kevin Keegan to hold the award, and the first ever Liverpool player. He still holds the record as the youngest ever Premier League player to score 100 goals, in all scoring 158 times in 297 appearances for the club in all competitions. The highlight of his time at the Kop was the famous 2000-01 season, when Liverpool landed the historic Cup treble, winning the FA, League and UEFA Cups. Michael went on to Real Madrid in 2006 for £8 million, playing alongside the likes of Ronaldo, Raúl, Luís Figo, Zinedine Zidane and his England teammate David Beckham. He finished the season with 13 goals in La Liga, with the season's highest ratio of goals scored to number of minutes played, featuring mostly off the bench. After making his debut against Chile, he became the youngest England player of the 20th Century, and his career quickly took off, most memorably with a stunning goal against Argentina in the 1998 World Cup announcing him as a true superstar. He went on to represent his country on 89 occasions, scoring 40 goals and placing him high up the pantheon of all-time England goal-scorers – he would surely have broken the record if injuries hadn’t taken their toll later in his career. Michael went on to play for Newcastle Utd, Man Utd and Stoke City. Other accolades include winning the Premier League Golden Boot twice, Premier League Player of the season, the 1998 Sports Personality of the Year, and Pele’s 100 Greatest Living Footballers, to name a few! Now a football analyst, and successful racehorse trainer and breeder, we are thrilled to welcome Michael to Join former England team-mate Sol as our special guests.
Sol Campbell: One of the all-time great English defenders, Sol Campbell started his professional career at Spurs where he made over 300 appearances for the club. In a distinguished spell at White Hart Lane, he captained the club for much of his time there, including to victory in the 1999 League Cup Final over Leicester City. His move to bitter North London rivals Arsenal was one of the biggest talking points of the time, but his decision was vindicated in a stunning spell of success with the Gunners, where he played 197 times, scoring 11 goals. He won two Premier League titles and two FA Cups in his five seasons, including being a key player in the legendary "Invincibles" season of 2003-04, where Arsenal won the Premier League without losing a game. He featured for England for over a decade, winning 73 caps, and scoring 1 goal. In 2006, he became the only player to have represented England in six consecutive major tournaments, playing in the 1996, 2000 and 2004 European Championships, and the 1998, 2002 and 2006 World Cups. He was named in the Teams of the Tournament for the 2002 World Cup and 2004 European Championship. Other honours in the game include being in the PFA Team of the Year three times (1999, 2003, and 2004). He also won the FA Cup during his spell with Portsmouth, captaining the side in a 1-0 win over Cardiff City in 2008.
The St Pancras Renaissance Hotel: Housed in one of the London's most iconic buildings, the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel London provides a five-star experience and service. This historic hotel, originally designed by famed architect George Gilbert Scott, first opened its doors as the Midland Grand in 1873, forming the frontispiece of St Pancras railway station. Built at the height of the railway boom, the hotel set the standards for luxury, offering some of the finest accommodation and facilities in the city to the discerning traveller. From the striking Grand Staircase to the awe-inspiring lobby, you are surrounded with distinctive splendour. Our event takes place in the Hansom Hall, which is the hotel’s premium banqueting facility with fantastic décor, and space for up to 280 seated lunch guests.
Pete Graves: A passionate Newcastle United fan, Pete has enjoyed a swift rise through the broadcasting ranks to become one of the most recognisable faces on Sky Sports. After leaving university, Pete started his broadcasting career with the hospital radio show Radio Tyneside, before working in the local Metro Radio, and then ITV Tyneside as a sports reporter. Since 2009 he has worked at Sky Sports, mainly as a presenter, where his passion for football and knowledge of the game are amongst his greatest assets.