Join us in the Banqueting Suite at Edgbaston for a major football dinner and screening featuring England’s pivotal second group game against Denmark.
We are delighted to welcome Liverpool legend and former England striker, Robbie Fowler, who will be joined by former Liverpool, Aston Villa, Manchester City and England goalkeeper, David James. Our guests will be previewing the match and England’s prospects in the tournament, as well as discussing their own stellar careers along with our Sky Sports host for the day, Dave Fulton.
The event will include a delicious three course meal, memorabilia auction and raffle, giant screen coverage of the big match and analysis from our VIP guests with our Sky Sports presenter. At the conclusion of the football, all guests will have the opportunity to watch the thrilling T20 Vitality Blast match between Birmingham Bears and Northamptonshire Steelbacks, from seats in the West Stand or from the viewing balcony directly outside the Banqueting Suite!
England vs Denmark
For many pundits, England’s second group match against Denmark is the most intriguing of the group, with the Danes boasting some stellar names including Barcelona defender Andreas Christiansen, Premier League stars Christian Eriksen & Rasmus Højlund of Man Utd, Spurs midfielder Pierre-Emile Højbjerg and the Brentford connection of Matthias Jensen, Matthias Jorgensen, Christian Nørgaard & Mikkel Damsgaard. The Danes are sure to provide a stern test and Harry Kane’s men will need to be at their best against a highly experienced and dangerous opponent. The last meeting of the two sides at a major tournament was the Euro 2020 semi-final, with the Three Lions edging it 2-1 courtesy of a Kane strike in extra-time! This should be another thriller!
The sixth highest Premier League goal-scorer, Robbie Fowler was worshipped by the Liverpool faithful where his nick-name amongst the faithful was ‘God’! He burst onto the scene as a teenager, terrorising defences for 9 seasons during his first spell at Anfield, scoring 171 goals in 331 appearances. He scored over 30 goals in three consecutive seasons between 1994-97, with his highest season return of 36 in all competitions, winning PFA Young Player of the Year in both 1995 and 1996. In terms of trophies his most successful campaign was in 2000-01 when he helped the Reds to an unprecedented treble of League Cup, FA Cup and UEFA Cup, with a Super Cup to boot. He departed for Leeds in 2001, and then Man City, before returning for a season at Anfield in 2006-07. Robbie enjoyed great success Down Under for two seasons with North Queensland Fury and Perth Glory, before finally hanging up his boots in 2012 at Thai side Muangthang Utd. Capped by England 26 times, with 7 goals, he was very unlucky not win many more, with Alan Shearer and Michael Owen as his main rivals in the national side.
In a career spanning an astonishing 26 years, David James amassed 958 club appearances with a further 53 caps for England, placing him amongst the select band of players who played over 1000 times as a professional. Eighteen of those seasons were spent in the Premier League, representing Watford, Liverpool, Ason Villa, West Ham, Man City and Portsmouth, and his 572 appearances are the highest by a goalkeeper in the history of the competition, and fifth in the all-time list behind Gareth Barry, Ryan Giggs, James Milner and Frank Lampard. David won the League Cup whilst at Liverpool in 1994/95, and famously, the FA Cup whilst at Portsmouth in 2007/08, with Harry Redknapp at the helm. He was also named in the PFA Premier League Team of the Year in 1995/96 and 2007/08. David was capped 53 times by England between 1997 and 2010, being first choice goalkeeper during the team’s Euro 2004 and the 2010 World Cup campaigns. He was appointed an MBE in the 2012 Birthday Honours for services to football and charity, the latter through the David James Foundation which has supported a diverse range of projects to help young people.
T20 Blast Cricket: Birmingham Bears v Northamptonshire Steelbacks
Whether you’re a seasoned veteran, or completely new to the shortest format, you can be sure that T20 Blast cricket is a thrilling sight to behold. With a fabulous and talented squad featuring the likes of England stars Chris Woakes & Moeen Ali, gifted batsman Sam Hain and Pakistan’s quick bowler Hassan Ali, the Bears are likely to be in the hunt for honours again and will be amongst the favourites to progress to the Finals. Two-time champions Northamptonshire Steelbacks, captained by former England short format star David Willey, will present a stern challenge. The Bears will have to be at their brilliant best if they are to take another stride towards T20 Blast Finals Day on their home ground in September!
Dave enjoyed a 15-year career with Kent, playing in 200 First Class matches with an average in the high 30s, and over 100 one day games. His best season came in 2001, when he scored an incredible 1892 First Class runs at an average of just under 76, being crowned PCA Player of the Year. Since retiring from the game in 2006, Dave has forged a career as a cricket journalist and event host, appearing regularly on Sky Sports’ cricket coverage and as a presenter on Sky Sports News. A huge football fan, Dave has previously hosted our Long Room Lunch at Lord’s and Birmingham Gold Cup Lunch on numerous occasions, as well as our two World Cup screening dinners in Birmingham in 2022.
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.