Our London Gold Cup Lunch will once again be taking place in the England Suite, at one of the world's most famous and iconic cricket grounds, The Oval. The Cheltenham Gold Cup is the most important steeplechase in the world, with the names of some of racing’s greatest equine superstars etched on the coveted trophy. We are delighted to welcome as our special guest one of English football’s greatest players, and former England, Man City and Newcastle Utd manager, Kevin Keegan. Kevin will be joined for the day by one of England's finest ever batsmen, and current lead presenter on Sky Sports cricket coverage, David Gower. We are also delighted to announce the addition of England's all-time leading appearance record-holder Peter Shilton to our line-up!
With a delicious three course lunch and complimentary bar to enjoy, live music, plenty of sporting chat and analysis, in-room bookies, and the full Gold Cup day card shown on our giant screens, this will be a day to remember.
Kevin Keegan: During his playing career, Kevin Keegan was one of the world’s best attacking midfielders, playing for the likes of Newcastle, Hamburg and the great Liverpool side of the Seventies. A prolific goal-scorer, Kevin terrorised defences with his extravagant skills and box-to-box engine, and is the only English footballer to be crowned European Footballer of the Year twice. In a glittering professional career Kevin scored an incredible 296 goals in 832 games in all, including 21 goals for England in 63 appearances. He made his name as a manager at Newcastle United and Fulham, before becoming boss of the England football team, successfully leading the side to the Euro 2000 Finals, following a poor start to the qualification campaign under Glenn Hoddle. A superb and hilarious speaker, Kevin’s limitless supply of anecdotes always has guests in stitches, and he remains one of the game’s most colourful and entertaining characters.
David Gower: One of English cricket’s all-time greats, left handed batsman David Gower was class personified at the crease; his laconic style and superb timing were a joy to watch throughout his long England career. He played in an incredible 117 Tests, a record bettered by only Graham Gooch and Alec Stewart, averaging over 44, with 18 Test hundreds and 39 fifties to his name. He still occupies 4th place in the all-time list of English Test run-scorers with 8231; his highest score of 215 against Australia in 1985 was one of a series of stunning knocks during the 3-1 Ashes triumph. He also played in 114 ODIs, averaging over 30, and in all scored almost 50,000 runs in his professional career. David is now the main presenter of international cricket coverage on SKY Sports, and is one of the most important cricketing personalities of recent decades.
Peter Shilton: Peter showed great promise as a goalkeeper from an early age replacing World Cup winner Gordon Banks in goal for Leicester City when he was just aged 17. For most of the 1970s his main rival for the position of England goalkeeper was Ray Clemence, but the appointment of Bobby Robson as England coach in 1982 meant that Shilton became the automatic choice as England goalkeeper. A remarkable athlete, he made 1005 appearances over a 30 year career, with notable spells at Nottingham Forest, Southampton, and Derby County in the 1970s and 80's. Whilst with Nottingham Forest, Shilton won two European Cups and a league title, under the managerial genius Brian Clough. He earned a total of 125 caps for England, playing in 2 European Championships and 3 World Cups, and he remains England’s most capped player of all time.
Brendan Powell: We are delighted to once again be joined for the afternoon by Brendan Powell, who as well as offering his tips and advice on the day’s racing, will be sharing one or two stories from his great career in racing. A prolific jockey during the 1980s and 1990s with 684 career winners, Brendan most famous triumph came aboard 10-1 shot Rhyme ‘n’ Reason in the 1988 Grand National; after nearly falling at Becher’s Brook first time around, he settled the horse at the back, before coming through to lead five out. After being headed by Durham Edition at the second last, horse and rider showed astonishing courage to fight back to land the world’s most famous steeplechase. Now a jumps trainer, Brendan is sure to offer some shrewd insight into today’s runners and riders, and a few tales from his thrilling career!
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.
England Suite at The Oval: One of the world's oldest and most iconic cricket grounds, The Oval has been the home of Surrey CCC since 1845; it was the first English ground to host Test cricket, and internationals have been played here ever since. The England Suite is the Kia Oval's premier facility; situated on the second floor of the OCS Stand (pictured, on match day), it offers a fantastic view of the famous Oval wicket and abundant natural daylight. Food and service are of the calibre you would expect from the premium facility at a world class stadium. Fully air-conditioned, the Suite offers two in-room bars, and with easy tube access from the Northern and Victoria Lines, this is the perfect setting for our event!