Our Birmingham Gold Cup Lunch offers guests a fabulous day of horse-racing, football chat and live music, a really great value day out for your clients, colleagues and friends!
Our Birmingham Gold Cup Lunch in the Banqueting Suite at Edgbaston Cricket Ground is firmly established as one of our most popular events. On March 15 2019 our very special guests will be two prolific former Premier League strikers. We are delighted to welcome Welsh international striker John Hartson who played for Arsenal, West Ham and Celtic, and former Norwich, Blackburn and Celtic striker Chris Sutton, both of whom are regular football summarisers on the BBC.
The 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, our in-house bookmaker, and racing tipster service, this is an event not to be missed.
John Hartson: Former Arsenal, West Ham and Celtic striker John Hartson was a formidable opponent on the pitch, blessed with a strong physical presence allied with superb touch and aerial ability. In a professional career spanning over 16 years, John played over 500 matches scoring 206 goals, including 51 caps for Wales yielding 14 international strikes. He scored in the 1995 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup Final defeat to Real Zaragoza, famously won in the last minute by Nayim’s outrageous lob over David Seaman. John won 3 Scottish Championships, 2 Scottish Cups and 1 League Cup during a very successful spell at Celtic. Since retiring from the professional game in 2008, John has made his mark as a pundit, featuring on ITV’s FA Cup coverage, as well as regular stints on BBC Radio 5 Live covering both Premier League and Champions’ League matches as a summariser.
Chris Sutton: Prolific front man Chris made over 500 appearances as a professional in all competitions, scoring almost 200 goals in the process. After making his name at Norwich City, Blackburn Rovers paid a then British record £5million for his services, where he linked up with Alan Shearer in a fearsome attack. The ‘SAS’ enjoyed a hugely successful partnership in their first season together at Ewood Park, their 49 Premier League goals proving instrumental in helping the Lancashire club to its first top flight title since 1914. On leaving Rovers in 1999 and enduring a disappointing season at Chelsea, Chris went on to enjoy great success at Celtic, where he played alongside John Hartson, winning multiple Scottish Premier League titles and cups. After brief spells at Birmingham City and Aston Villa, he was forced to retire through injury in 2007.
A leading TV Sports Presenter: Over the years Gala have worked with some of the leading TV Sports news presenters including Pete Graves, Adam Leventhal and Hayley McQueen from Sky Sports, and Mark Clemmit from the BBC. We will be announcing a name of this stature shortly.
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.