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Charity scores the winner at our England Live Screening Event

It won’t only be England strikers grabbing the headlines this summer. Charity will also be netting a winner on Thursday 28th June, thanks to our charitable live screening of England’s group stage match against Belgium.

Held in the Holiday Inn Birmingham City Centre on Smallbrook Queensway, the soon to be sold out event looks set to provide a spectacular blend of entertainment, sport and fundraising. With a live performance from celebrity football impressionist, Darren Farley, alongside entertainment hosted by Sky Sports presenter, Gary Newbon, and Guest of Honour, Peter Shilton OBE, there will certainly be much for guests to enjoy.

 The Entertainment

Famous for his hilarious impressions of football icons including Steven Gerrard, Harry Kane and Wayne Rooney, Darren Farley is a much-loved figure in the world of football, and we can’t wait to see him perform live.

He will be joined by sporting icons including England’s most capped player Peter Shilton OBE, Aston Villa’s European Cup winning goal scorer Peter Withe and Premier League referee Andre Marriner. Alongside host Gary Newbon, with many years of experience between them, this impressive roster will be providing analysis to ensure guests get the most out of the evening.

The Match

A crucial game in England’s World Cup campaign, this will be England’s final game in the group stages, and it is looking to be their toughest. The final overall game of the group, the match will hopefully see both teams at two wins apiece, making this an exciting nail-biter of a match to decide who had an easier route to the final. Whatever the result, the event will be backing our boys with an unabashedly patriotic atmosphere to the whole evening.

The Nominated Charities

The Eventmasters Foundation will be raising money for a number of charities throughout the course of the evening, with the help of our sister company, the Silent Auction Events Company. The nominated charities are;

LoveBrum

LoveBrum is located in the heart of Birmingham and supports under-publicised initiatives across the region, designed to help provide meaningful change to citizens through financial support and fundraising efforts. Recently, LoveBrum has supported Birmingham Blaze FC, a initiative to provide a safe welcoming environment to LGBT youth looking to play football, as well as Stepping Stones Global, a charity that provides support to adults suffering from mental health issues, and the Birmingham Museums Trust.

Scotty’s Little Soldiers

Scotty’s Little Soldiers provides support to the children of fallen service personnel, providing support through holiday breaks and gifts at difficult times of the year, as well as providing counselling and support to struggling families.

Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity

The QEHB charity supports patients, families and staff at their hospitals by providing ‘added extras’ that are over and above that which is provided by the NHS.

This can be any number of things, from cutting edge radiation treatment and research grants, to long term initiatives like bereavement support for military families, to small things like toys for young patients. The Charity needs your help because these things are simply not available through the NHS; this exemplary care and cutting edge technology relies on donations and fundraising events like our silent auction to continue providing support to patients in Birmingham.

The charity holds a special place in the heart of Eventmasters CEO, Denise Sheasby, who was a former sister at the hospital. 

For full details and to secure your place at this unique event, click here.

Midlands Championship Season Review 17/18

It has been a mixed season for the Midlands in the Championship this season. The only universal theme was that bar Nottingham Forest, all teams had something to fight for entering the final weekend of the season. It was a season that saw Wolves win the league title at a canter. In the case of Birmingham City and Burton, it was a fight for survival at the foot of the league, while for Derby and Villa, a season-long pursuit for promotion is still on going via the Play-offs.

Eventmasters Midlands Season Awards

Player of the year: Ruben Neves (Wol)
Young Player of the year: Ruben Neves (Wol)
Rising Star Award: Che Adams (Bir)
Club of the Year: Wolves (Wol)
Coach of the Year: Nuno Esparito Santo (Wol)
Midlands Team of the year:TOTY Formation


Wolves

*Stats before the final game of the season*
2017/18 Championship Winners.

Points: 99
Goals scored: 78
Clean sheets: 22
PPG: 2.2

Best wins:
• Cardiff 0 Wolves 1
• Wolves 5 Bolton 1
• Wolves 2 Fulham 0
• Derby 0 Wolves 2

Form: DWWWW
Top Scorers:
• Jota (18)
• Bonatini (12)
• Cavielero (9)

It’s fair to say it’s been a whirlwind few years for the Black and Gold. The takeover by Chinese consortium Fosun group, headed by chairman Jeff Shi in the summer of 2016, did not garner instant success for the club. The managerial stints of the Zunga and Paul Lambert were brief and unremarkable, so credit must go to Nuno (who arrived this summer), for turning around the fortunes of Wolves. High prolife signings this summer have certainly made their mark, the 18 goals from winger Jota (who is on loan) and the sheer class of former Porto player Ruben Neves in midfield have taken their football to a whole new level. Wolves were confirmed as champions with 3 games to spare and have sat at the top of the table virtually all season. Congratulations are in order for this all-conquering Wolves side, who will surely fancy their chances in the Premier League given the incredible campaign they have had this year.

Future Superstar?
In Ruben Neves, Wolves seem to have a genuine future superstar at their disposal. The Portuguese sensation arrived from Porto this summer for £16m. as the youngest Portuguese player to score in the Champions League, its fair to say he is not your average Championship player. At the age of 21 Neves still has a lot more room for improvement, a scary proposition when you consider he already bolsters exceptional shooting and passing ability in what is a dynamic repertoire. Numerous reports have linked him with a big move away, with virtually all of the big 6 Premier League sides rumoured to be interested. The future is bright for Wolves’ midfield maestro, and If they can fight off the circling vultures, he could be the difference maker for wolves in what will be a long Premier League season.


Aston Villa
*Stats before the final game of the season*

Top Scorers:
• Adomah (15)
• Hourihane (11)
• Hogan (9)
• Grabban (8)

PPG: 1.84

Games against playoff opponents:
• Darby (H) 1-1
• Cardiff (H) 1-0
• Fulham (H) 0-2
• Boro (A) 0-1

Aston Villa - Football Hospitality

There will surely be a slight sense of regret amongst Villa fans that they just couldn’t bridge the gap to Cardiff and Fulham. But they head into the playoffs, after finishing 4th, with some good recent form, and as the team with arguably the best record against the top teams. Victories at Villa Park against Cardiff and Wolves will surely give the fans some belief that their team can step up on the big occasion. Buoyed by a recent surge in attendances at home games, and by the goals scoring form of Lewis Grabban, Villa seem to be well placed going into the lottery that is the playoffs. We wish them the best of luck in the weeks to come.


Derby County

*Stats before the final game of the season*

Top scorers:
• Vydra (21)
• Nugent (8)
• Winnal (6)

PPG: 1.60

Form: DWLLL

Best Wins:
• Derby 5 Hull City 0
• Middlesborough 0 Derby 3
• Derby 2 Villa 0
• Derby 3 Cardiff

Qualifying for the playoffs is very least fans would have expected this season, especially as they just scraped in by finishing 6th. But entering the playoffs, Derby will no doubt be quietly confident, as your finishing position in the playoffs is scarcely relevant. The playoffs are the ultimate equaliser, the more relevant factors will possibly be their experience at this level, and their good recent form against potential opponents. Victories against Middlesborough away (3-0) and Villa at home (2-0) will prove to the Pride Park faithful that they can go all the way. We wish Derby all the best in the weeks to come.

Wembley Stadium - Championship Play-off Final - Football Hospitality

Who will make it to this year’s Championship play-off final at Wembley?


Birmingham City

*Stats before the final game of the season*

Top Scorers:
• Che Adams (8)
• Gallagher (7)
• Jutkiewitz (5)
• Maghoma (5)

PPG: 0.96

Form: LWLLD

Best wins:
• BCFC 1 Cardiff 0
• BCFC 3 Hull City 0
• Bolton 0 BCFC 1
• Sheff Wed 1 BCFC 3

Much like Burton Albion, at one stage of the season it looked as if relegation was all but confirmed for Blues this year. An admirable, albeit futile performance at Cardiff saw them slip to a 3-2 defeat, extending a 7-game losing streak. And with just 8 games remaining it seemed as if all hope was lost; but they were able to rally with three back to back wins, the last of which being a crucial relegation 6 pointer against strugglers Bolton.

That victory, alongside a recent home win against Sheffield United, almost assured them of Championship football next season, but it wasn’t until this weekend that their status in the second tier of English football was confirmed with an impressive 3-1 win at home to promotion-chasing Fulham. Credit must go to Garry Monk, who played a vital role in turning the club’s fortunes around, to the players, for grinding out the big wins, and to the city fans, who sold out St Andrews this weekend, and turned it into a real cauldron of noise. Congratulations to everybody at Birmingham City Football Club.


Burton Albion

As many people’s pre-season favourites for relegation, Burton Albion knew they would be in a battle for survival. Under the stewardship of beloved manager Nigel Clough, arguably as revered at Albion as his father was at Forest, at times this season it looked like he would achieve the impossible for the second year in a row and somehow keep them up.
In the end, Burton weren’t quite able to rescue themselves from the drop, but the fight showed this season against all the odds, indicates they’ll hopefully be back sooner rather that later.


Nottingham Forest

It has been a quiet season for Nottingham Forest. While they did flirt with the idea of relegation at one stage this season, for the most part it has been a task to consolidate a midtable finish. In a disappointing campaign, the performances of some of the youngsters at the club will go down as one of the biggest positives. The youthful nature of the side under the guidance of Aitor Karanka, will give Forest fans hope that they can put the turbulent last few years behind them, and kick on next season.

If you are looking to book football hospitality next season, then Eventmasters is the only place to go.

Call our hospitality specialists on 0121 233 6500 for further details.

England beat Malta in Gareth Southgate’s first game at Wembley

Gareth Southgate started his reign as England’s interim manager with a win, but the pundits were unimpressed.

Beating Malta 2-0 at Wembley is frankly a bit feeble. It is easy to say that there are no easy World Cup qualifying games these days but Malta are ranked 176th by Fifa.

Southgate will have to do better if he is to have any chance of being taken on permanently. Daniel Sturridge opened the scoring after 29 minutes and Dele Alli scrambled home a second before half-time.

And that was it. There were boos for Wayne Rooney. Rooney played in midfield and did little to suggest he was worth a place there. Dare one say he is almost looking pedestrian these days?

Critics accused Rooney, who is 31 later this month, of spraying “Hollywood” passes left and right to the flanks but not providing any killer creativity.

You might almost say he is learning a new position and ask whether he should be indulged in such important games for England, particularly as currently he can’t get in the Manchester United first team.

So onwards to Slovenia tomorrow who beat Slovakia 1-0 on Saturday. Having missed out on Euro 2016 after finishing third in England’s qualifying group and losing a play-off to Ukraine, Srecko Katanec’s side have four points.

At home, they won’t be overawed so this will be a stern test of England’s credentials.

Bojan Jokic, Slovenia’s 30-year-old defender who played for Championship club Nottingham Forest last season on loan from Spanish club Villareal, said: “We are not a big country like England but we will not fear them.

“People always expect England to be the best and the players think they have to beat everybody. But we are confident.”

To be fair, England do have maximum points from their first two matches.

But they have on paper an incredibly easy group, and need to start showing who is boss.

Premier League Continues – Buy Official Corporate Hospitality Packages

After the international break the Premier League returns this weekend with fantastic games up-and-down the country – with Liverpool v Manchester United at Anfield on Monday evening the highlight fixture.

For more information please see our Premier League hospitality packages page for full details of all our official packages.

Eventmasters in Birmingham Moseley sponsorship package

Sports hospitality agency Eventmasters has got behind Birmingham Moseley’s 1st XV.

The firm has agreed a third season’s sponsorship deal for its name to go on the rugby team’s shorts.

“We believe we are front-runners in the Midlands and beyond at what we do and this is definitely the only occasion we have ever brought up the rear,” quipped Eventmasters managing director Denise Sheasby.

“We are committing a significant four-figure sum but believe it is money well spent. Moseley may have been bottom of the pile last year, being unfortunately relegated from the Championship, but this season, with an impressive new squad, should be up there challenging in National League One for an immediate return.

“With its new stand – opened last year – putting extra bums on seats, positioning itself very much as a corporate hospitality venue for everything from conferences to weddings, Moseley can look forward to a successful future.”

The new season also sees Birmingham Moseley face Coventry for the first time since 2010 in what is North Midlands rugby’s most famous fixture – the pair clashed at Billesley Common in the first coming-together on Saturday September 10 with Birmingham Moseley victorious 19-14.

Eventmasters, which also has a catering arm, provide hospitality solutions at a wide range of sporting events outside of their official appointed at Twickenham for International Rugby including horse racing, football, cricket, tennis and a variety of other sports.

 

Premier League Game Week 4 Preview

After the international break the Premier League returns for Game Week Four of action and what a weekend it promises to be with Liverpool taking on Leicester City and the big one, Mourinho v Guardiola – The Manchester Derby.

Manchester United v Manchester City kicks-off a fantastic weekend of Premier League football

It is the clash of the Manchester giants this weekend – Manchester United take on Manchester City at Old Trafford, Jose Mourinho pitted against Pep Guardiola.

Mouth-watering. Expect the pair to be stalking the touchline, screaming at their players, lots of arm-waving and gesticulation, and saving plenty of glares for each other.

Hopefully those on the pitch won’t be too pumped up or it could spell trouble. In matches between Pep and Jose sides down the years, no fewer than 10 players have been sent off.

But this will be their first Premier League encounter. Mourinho and Guardiola’s relationship stretches back more than 20 years, when they were together at Barcelona as assistant coach and player.

At first relations were relatively close but it all went sour as they found themselves under huge pressure when in opposing dugouts for games between Barcelona and Real Madrid.

When Mourinho took over at United, he took a pragmatic approach when asked about Guardiola, stating: “If in the Premier League I was to focus on him and Manchester City and he were to focus on me and Manchester United, someone else would be champion.”

Both have three wins out of three so far this season so something has to give. With the teams a work in progress, big signings, a huge clear-out of unwanted stars, it will be an intriguing contest.

And it will certainly amount to more than Zlatan Ibrahimović – he loathes Guardiola too incidentally after an acrimonious year at Barcelona – versus John Stones as is being talked up.

Will Jose play Marcus Rashford after his late substitute appearance and winning goal against Hull, plus the 18-year-old’s hat-trick for England Under-21s in their 6-1 thrashing of Norway?

City will be without suspended top scorer Sergio Aguero,

It all may come too soon for Ilkay Gundogan but the central midfielder, signed from Borussia Dortmund earlier this summer, is nearing his Manchester City debut as he gradually recovers from a dislocated kneecap.

Could he make the bench perhaps?

Arsenal face Southampton – while Liverpool open their new stand with a clash against champions Leicester City

Arsenal take on Southampton at the Emirates with centre-forward Olivier Giroud back to full fitness. He has been eased into the season after his exertions over the summer as France reached the final of Euro 2016.

Alexis Sanchez has been leading the line to date so it will be interesting to see how Arsene Wenger shuffles his pack and whether he gives a starting berth to new signing Lucas Perez.

Liverpool welcome Leicester to Anfield, the Reds’ first home match of the season due to work on the new Main Stand – it will be officially in use for the first time. High profile signing from Southampton, Sadio Mane, has confirmed he will be fit despite picking up a knock on international duty with Senegal.

Liverpool’s inconsistency remains a worry, so far featuring a win against Arsenal, defeat at Burnley and a draw with Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

It leaves them 11th in the table albeit it is early days.

Chelsea looking to continue perfect start – Tottenham Hotspur looking to pick up momentum

Swansea v Chelsea on Sunday will be a further opportunity to see how the Stamford Bridge squad are coming together. New manager Antonio Conte has nine points out of nine, an excellent start after last season’s angst.

David Luiz is back following a £32 million transfer deadline day move from PSG and it will be fascinating to see where he fits in.

Fellow new boy Marcos Alonso, signed from Fiorentina is set to take the left-back slot, with current incumbent Cesar Azpilcueta shifting to his more natural right side.

Stoke and Tottenham Hotspur will be a clash of styles, the more rumbustious Stoke approach against the silky skills of Spurs. The London side will see clever midfielder Christian Eriksen pulling the strings – he has signed a new contract, keeping him with the club until 2020.

The Denmark international, aged 24, has made 134 appearances for Tottenham since joining them from Ajax in August 2013.

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Marcus Rashford’s Incredible 2016

When Sam Allardyce announced his England squad for the World Cup qualifier against Slovakia there were one or two talking points. One was the omission of Ross Barkley who has had a great start to the season at Everton, one was the omission of injury prone & out of form Jack Wilshere.

But one which caused a few questions at Big Sam’s opening press conference was the decision to drop Marcus Rashford into the U21’s for the game against Denmark.

On the decision to leave Rashford out Allardyce said the following  “I think that having international experience in the u21s will be invaluable for us later down the line and I think if he plays for Manchester United on a regular basis – and is breaking into that team – then he’ll be in my squad”

It is fair to say that Big Sam could only base his decision on a 20 minute cameo Rashford had in his last game for Manchester United against Hull.

He has warmed the bench for all of Jose Mouriniho games so far in the Premier League.

But what a cameo against Hull once again Rashford made the difference running at a tired Hull defence & scoring the winning goal for Man United once again.

Rashford’s remarkable 2016

Date      What happened?

25 Feb   Scores twice on United debut against Midtjylland in the Europa League

28 Feb   Scores another double on his Premier League bow in a 3-2 win over Arsenal

21 May Starts for United as they beat Crystal Palace 2-1 in the FA Cup final

27 May Scores three minutes into his England debut in a friendly against Australia

6 Sep     Scores a hat-trick on his Under-21 debut in a 6-1 win over Norway

Big Sam went with Harry Kane, Daniel Sturridge, Jamie Vardy & Wayne Rooney (Midfield). Kane seems to have lost all confidence at England level, Sturridge is injury prone & downs tools if played anywhere but as the lone striker, Rooney seems to be a holding midfielder as he moves into his 30s whilst Vardy was on watching duty for the full 90 minutes.

Rashford hits hat-trick on England u-21 debut

So when Rashford made his debut last night for the under 21s & quickly scored a hat trick in front of the watching England manager.

It begs the question why didn’t England take the chance on the youngster, surely he would have asked more questions of the Slovakia defence especially when they went down to ten men.

But there is time for the young man it can be said we put both Rooney & Owen into the senior side too early & on a short term basis they shone brightly.

But both have struggled for form & fitness moving through there late twenties early thirties.

But what a rise to stardom for Rashford in 2016 there is no doubt he will star for the national team in due course let’s hope 2017 will be just as good. Under manager Jose Mouriniho & rubbing shoulders with Rooney & Ibrahimović day in day out there is no way Rashford won’t become a top striker.

Premier League returns after international break

After the international break the Premier League returns this weekend for another fantastic weekend of action. The Manchester Derby kicks-off the weekend and there is also fantastic action at Anfield as Liverpool take on Leicester City.

For more information please see our Premier League hospitality packages page for full details of all our official packages.

Euro 2016 – Semi Finals Review – Portugal v Wales – France v Germany

It has been so fantastic … the tournament of the underdog … but surely nobody will remember Euro 2016 as anything other than another victory for the big guns.

Too much to hope that brave Wales could somehow overcome all the odds.

France are through to the final against Portugal – but is this deserved?

This is not a French golden generation.

This is not the 1958 team of Raymond Kopa and Just Fontaine. This is not the side of Ballon d’Or winner Michel Platini and UEFA Euro 1984. Neither is it the glorious period under the leadership of current coach Didier Deschamps – that of three-time FIFA World Player of the Year Zinedine Zidane when France won the World Cup in 1998 and the Euros two years later.

Which is why, however much I respect Deschamps, I am rooting for Portugal in the final.

Because they do have a world class player in Ronaldo backed up by an 18 year old world class player in the making in Renato Sanches.

OK, France are living the dream.

It was their first victory over Germany in a major tournament since those 1958 heroics.

Antoine Griezmann, the tournament’s top scorer, was the difference.

He scored from the penalty spot on half-time when Germany’s Bastian Schweinsteiger was penalised for handball by Italian referee Nicola Rizzoli in an aerial challenge with Patrice Evra, a fantastic decision in line with the high standard of refereeing throughout the tournament.

Then, with 18 minutes left, he turned in from close range after keeper Manuel Neuer could only half-clear Paul Pogba’s cross.

All hail France. Theirs should be the prize.

Wales run out of steam but do their nation proud – Time for them to qualify for the World Cup

Oh, what might have been for the red dragons of Wales, because it was there for them.

Sadly, it was back to plucky Wales from wonderful Wales.

Theirs has been a magnificent tournament but they looked jaded in going down 2-0 to Portugal in the other semi.

It was a pity but much the same happened to Iceland. They were smashed by France in the quarter finals; Wales were far from smashed but Portugal were comfortable in victory.

It had been a huge effort by Wales and it took its toll.

Aaron Ramsey, the side’s clever playmaker, out after two yellow cards, was hugely missed.

It left Gareth Bale to carry the side’s offence, he had some strong runs but Portugal largely restricted him to long range shots.

The first half was one to forget, with neither side able to make a breakthrough, the game lacking urgency and intensity.

Wales needed an early goal in the second period but it was a transformed Portugal who hit them with the old one, two, sucker punch.

First Ronaldo climbed high to bury a magnificent header as Wayne Hennessey grasped fresh air then three minutes later Nani managed to divert a scuffed Ronaldo shot past the goalkeeper who could have done little to stop either strike.

Wales huffed and puffed, pushed on the substitutes, had a go, but never seriously threatened the Portuguese goal. Frustratingly, the final ball never quite ran for the Celtic tigers.

So they headed home full of pride, a great achievement in getting so far, and a wonderful party for the whole of Wales in welcoming their heroes back.

Wales now need to build on this and do absolutely everything to qualify for the next World Cup.

England need to somehow re-discover a Gascoigne, a Lineker, the spirit and quality of 1966. Supporters are fed up of being embarrassed by wretched mediocrity.

 

 

Euro 2016 | How far can England go?

Down the years you learn never to underestimate England’s ability to dash the hopes and expectations of the nation in major tournaments – especially when they are being talked up once again.

As Euro 2016 begins, this current side are being hailed as up there with the best.

Yet it is hard to see them giving the likes of Spain, France, Germany or Belgium much of a game.

Let’s be really harsh for a second.

Since bursting onto the scene all those years back captain Wayne Rooney has been poor on the big stage.

Jack Wilshere, the man who supposedly will make everything tick, has been injured virtually all season and it is doubtful that he is yet fully recovered. You should never take players who are not 100 per cent fit and England have learned that to their cost over and over again and over and over again fall into the same trap.

Jamie Vardy has had one good Premier League season and is raw at international level.

Centre backs Gary Cahill and Chris Smalling will give goals away when under examination from the very best forwards.

England go into the competition not knowing their best side – how do you accommodate Harry Kane, Vardy, Dele Alli and Rooney without ending up with square pegs in round holes?

Yet people forget that when England won the World Cup 50 years ago Sir Alf Ramsey seemed not to know his best side either.

He started out playing wingers but gave up on the idea. He began with Jimmy Greaves, one of our greatest ever goal scorers, but switched to Sir Geoff Hurst.

Of course Sir Alf had world class talent in Bobby Moore, Bobby Charlton and Gordon Banks – not a single member of the current crop are in that class.

Yet, while Moore loved a challenge, he was want at league level to sometimes over-play on the ball just like John Stones is accused of today.

As to young players, Sir Alf threw in Alan Ball and he was the best player in the final.

So, despite Alan Hansen’s famous quip that you never win anything with kids, what about giving Dele Alli, Marcus Rashford and Ross Barkley their head even if they blow hot and cold.

And most certainly put Stones on the park – you should never waste talent like his.

So how are we going to fair?

For a start we have to come out of a group featuring Russia, Wales and Slovakia.

Martin Keown’s verdict in the Daily Mail was thus:

“It seems like you’ve only got to win one group game and you’re into the knockout rounds, so if you win your first match you’re flying. But I know from experience that’s not easy — we drew our first two games at Euro ’92 against Denmark and France — and I wouldn’t be surprised if England did the same here.

“If that happens, the third match becomes massive, and England — in theory — play the weakest team last in Slovakia. They have just beaten Germany 3-1 though, so who knows what might happen?

“That said, I expect England to top the group, see off a third-placed team with relative ease in the round of 16 and probably end up facing Italy or Portugal in the quarter-finals. These ties are winnable but could go either way, and I think a probable semi-final against Spain would be England’s limit in this tournament.”

For me, no-one wants to lose their first game so I suspect a dreary 0-0 against the Russians. We should beat Wales but if Bale and Ramsey are on form we could be in trouble. That will be a tremendously difficult game. Again, we should beat Slovakia but they too present real dangers.

I think an appearance in the quarter finals is likely to be absolute tops for England.

Who then will stand out?

I think Kane will get goals particularly against the lesser lights – he has a touch of the Sir Geoff Hurst about him.

Joe Hart is an excellent goalkeeper who will do England proud if not let down by his defence.

Full backs Danny Rose and Kyle Walker have the temperament to do well.

And then you have to hope that Wilshere, Alli and Barkley can take that next step and achieve a measure of greatness which eluded Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard when up against the international elite.

All too often in such rarefied atmospheres very good league players are just making up numbers at world and European level.

That is the benchmark for England.

My heart is with them; my head expects the usual disappointment.

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Win Two Places To See Euro 2016: England V Wales

Eventmasters are delighted to offer you the chance to win one of five pairs of complimentary places for our Euro 2016: England v Wales Live Screening at the Macdonald Burlington Hotel in Birmingham City Centre.

This crucial clash will see two huge rivals face-off in the second round of matches in Group B on Thursday 16th June 2016 (KO 14:00). After Roy Hodgson named his 26-man squad on Monday, excitement has been building around the country; with fans believing that the Three Lions can make a major impact in France this summer.

Places at this prestigious event would normally retail at £132.00 per person, but we are giving away five pairs for FREE!

All you have to do is enter your name, number and email address to be entered into our prize draw!

The package includes:

  • Superb four course luncheon
  • Entertainment from Eventmasters Sporting Ambassador Gary Newbon and football friends
  • Live screening of Euro 2016: England vs Wales
  • Cash bar
  • Silent auction in aid of a nominated charity

The event will take place inside the luxurious Horton Suite and will be hosted by Sky Sports Presenter & Eventmasters Sporting Ambassador Gary Newbon, who will be joined by two legends of the game; Neville Southall and Graham Taylor.

Graham Taylor OBE is one of the most famous managers in English football. He led Watford from the bottom tier of the Football League all the way through to the First Division in just five seasons during the 1980’s.

He then joined Aston Villa, leading the side back to the First Division in 1987-88 before finishing runners-up to Liverpool in the 1989-90 season. He also had three-years in charge of the England team, before returning to Watford leading The Hornets to the Premier League in 1999.

Neville Southall MBE is regarded as one of the finest goalkeepers in the history of football, having won 92 caps for Wales and making over 750 club appearances; including a record 578 games for Everton in the league.

Having two men who have such a high standing in the game will make this a truly unmissable event, for one of the biggest games of the summer. Enter our competition now and you can see this superb game in luxurious VIP style alongside two iconic figures of British football.

 

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Premier League Game Week 29 Preview

After some thrilling midweek action, Premier League football returns this weekend with the 29th round of action featuring some superb matches including the North London Derby as Tottenham Hotspur face Arsenal, in a crucial title showdown.

During the week none of the top four sides registered a victory which meant Leicester City maintained their three point lead over the chasing pack. While Liverpool’s stunning 3-0 win over Manchester City effectively ruled the 2014 champions out of the Premier League title race.

North London Derby could decide the fate of the Premier League title

This weekend’s clash between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal could be the biggest in the history of this illustrious fixture. Both teams arrive on the back of midweek defeats, but crucially Spurs are just three points off the leaders.

Arsene Wenger hasn’t underplayed the importance of the victory saying “It is one of the few derbies where the title is at stake. It is a big one, a very important one.”

The Gunners will be without star goalkeeper Petr Cech who was injured against Swansea and will miss at least four weeks of action. The Arsenal defence will also be without centre-back Laurent Koscielny who has a damaged calf.

Tottenham seem to have no fresh injury concerns and will have Moussa Dembele and Dele Alli back in contention in midfield. Spurs form at White Hart Lane has been superb they have won four of their last five league games at White Hart Lane, with their only defeat against title rivals Leicester.

This will be one of the best games of the season, but the injuries in Arsenal’s defence probably just give the edge to Tottenham Hotspur.

Chelsea looking to stay unbeaten under Hiddink

Chelsea FC continue to go from strength-to-strength under interim manager Gus Hiddink, their 2-1 win over Norwich in the week moved them into 10th place and they can close the gap on the top four to five points with a win against Stoke.

Hiddink could be without John Terry and Pedro who are still recovering from hamstring problems. But Diego Costa is in red-hot form and will once again be key to the Blues chances. Both teams arrive in good form having won their last three league games and this could be a cracker.

Chelsea’s form since the arrival of Hiddink gives them the edge.

Liverpool and Manchester United in Premier League action on Sunday afternoon

Manchester United will be searching for their sixth consecutive win in all competitions when they travel to The Hawthorns to face West Bromwich Albion.

Louis Van Gaal’s men have produced some superb performances in recent weeks which have spearheaded by the likes of Juan Mata and teenager Marcus Rashford. The young striker scored twice against Arsenal last week in a 3-2 victory and has been a revelation since making his debut.

West Brom have been rejuvenated in recent weeks and fully deserved their 2-2 draw against Leicester City.

Liverpool FC bounced back from their Capital One Cup final defeat with an emphatic 3-0 victory over Man City at Anfield. After the match Jurgen Klopp was full of praise saying: “It was the best reaction I can imagine. It was how it should be. I said to the boys that we have to show that we want it more and from the first second on that was exactly the attitude.

“I think this was the best pressing performance we have done. City had no time to play football.

Klopp’s men are still in the hunt for a Champions League spot and face a trip to Crystal Palace, who are struggling to find any form after a blistering start to the season.

With the likes of Roberto Firmino and James Milner in excellent form, you can really see that Klopp’s philosophy is starting to become engrained in the players. Daniel Sturridge has also returned to lead this potent attacking line-up.

Stand by for another dazzling display from The Reds.

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