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Review: England vs Costa Rica Charitable Live Screening

A great day of hospitality, fund raising and entertainment was enjoyed by VIP guests at the Macdonald Burlington Hotel in Birmingham City Centre for the England vs Costa Rica live screening supporting the amazing Help Harry Help Others (HHHO) charity.

The trio of Gary Newbon, Ron Atkinson and Barry Fry provided great pre-match and post-match entertainment, they started by discussing the England game and their overall World Cup campaign (which Barry was not too impressed with) followed by an insight into Barry Fry and Big Ron’s careers as players and managers.  They also shared great stories about Ole Gunnar Solskjær, Harry Redknapp, George Best, taking charge of Peterborough United Football Club and many more.

The 3-course meal started with a Duo of Salmon, Poached and Smoked, Celeriac Remoulade, and Toasted Olive Crostini. The starter was then followed by the main which consisted of a Rib of 21 Day Aged Scottish Beef, Roasted Potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, Roasted Gravy and Horseradish. After a brief message from Gary Newbon announcing the starting XI for the game, the main was followed by a Platter of Cheese and Biscuits, Tea, Coffee and Chocolates.

Despite the disappointing first two games for England which consequently knocked them out of the tournament, everybody was optimistic that England could leave the tournament with their heads held high by putting on a good performance against a on-form Costa Rica side.  Roy Hodgson decided to rotate the squad for the final game and gave the young players vital playing time, the likes of Luke Shaw, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Jack Wilshere and Ross Barkley all started the game as well as a substitute appearance from Raheem Sterling. 9 out of 11 starting players had never played at World Cup before and despite the disappointing 0-0 draw the new generation of English players looked strong, fit and most of all a threat. BRING ON EURO 2016!!!

The screening was also supporting Help Harry Help Others (HHHO). The charity was set up to help raise money and support the families of people with all kinds of Cancer. A silent auction was held in support of the charity as well as a raffle with great prizes up for grabs. Eventmasters managed to raise an amazing £1,210 for the charity through the raffle, which was handed over by Managing Director Denise Sheasby to Georgina Moseley (Harry’s mother).

Eventmasters are holding a similar event in December at the Macdonald Burlington Hotel for the 25th Annual Midlands Sportsmans Luncheon. All details for the event can be found at