An interview with two of the
region's greatest footballing heroes; Kevin Keegan and Peter Reid,
will be the highlight of a Gala Sports Evening
of a fundraising appeal to extend the chemotherapy unit at
University Hospital of North Durham. The evening will be held
at Ramside Hall Hotel, Durham, on Thursday 13 June.
The sporting legends, who both
had very close connections with the North East during their career,
will be interviewed by Pete Graves, from Sky Sports. The
event also includes a three course meal and music until 1.00am, as
well as a chance to meet the two sporting icons and a 'pitch-side'
exclusive seat for the interview.
Kevin Keegan OBE , won 63 England caps, scoring 21
goals for his country. His club career began in 1968 with
Scunthorpe, before a move to Liverpool in 1971 where he won three
First Division titles, the UEFA Cup, twice, the FA Cup and the
European Cup. Moving to Hamburger SV in 1977, Keegan was
named European Footballer of the Year in 1978 and 1979, won the
Bundesliga title in 1978/9 and reached the European Cup final in
1980. After a spell at Southampton, He moved to Newcastle
United in 1982. Keegan's father and grandfather were lifelong
Magpie supporters and both lived in the city. Keegan helped
Newcastle to promotion in his second season, and retired as a
player in 1984.
Keegan went on to
United, Fulham and Manchester
City, winning promotion
as champions in his first full season at all three clubs. He
also managed the England national team from 1999 - 2000.
Peter Reid, was a successful
player for many years before an equally successful career in
management. Described as one of England's brightest midfield
talents' he won domestic and European honours whilst with Everton,
including winning the football league twice. In 1985 he was
voted the Professional Football Players' Player of the Year and in
the same year came fourth in the World Soccer Player of the Year
award. He won 13 caps with England, including playing in the
1986 FIFA World Cup.
A successful club management
career began with Manchester City, initially as player/manager,
where, in a three year period, he guided them to two fifth-place
first division finishes - the first of which saw them finish above
their rivals, Manchester United.
But it's possibly for two very
successful spells as manager of Sunderland for which Reid is best
remembered, winning promotion to the Premier League on two
occasions and achieving two seventh place finishes in the top
division. He combined his role at the Stadium of Light with
the job of manager of the England under 21s squad for a spell in
Pete Graves, said, "I'm
absolutely delighted to be involved in what promises to be a very
special evening, especially as it's supporting such a
tremendous cause. Kevin Keegan and Peter Reid are held in
extremely high regard in Newcastle and Sunderland respectively and
I can't wait to take them on a trip down memory lane. They're
also both hilariously funny so I expect there will be plenty of
laughs all round."
Pat Chambers, charity manager at
County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, said, "This
promises to be a very special evening, a one-off chance to meet and
listen to two of England's best loved and most talented footballers
interviewed by one of television's best known sports presenters.
Tickets are £100 and selling fast, so please contact us soon to
"The dinner follows our charity
golf event, rounding off an amazing day for us at Ramside Hall. For
£300, teams of four will enjoy the 18 holes at Ramside, and a two
course lunch. The day will start with a bacon butty breakfast
and Pete Graves has very kindly agreed to be with us throughout the
day and evening. A number of people have bought tickets for both
the golf day and the dinner.
"We're also hosting a St
Patrick's Night celebration at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Durham on
16 March. Tickets are £25 per person and include 'posh' pie
& peas and a ceilidh. Contact us on: 01325 743781 or
"Our charity appeal is raising
money that will go towards plans to extend and enhance the
chemotherapy unit at University Hospital of North Durham. This will
offer patients locally an improved experience at what can be a
difficult time. These events are a chance for
local people to help make a difference as we care for patients with
Published 6th March
'Every aspect of my emergency care was dealt with quickly,
efficiently and professionally with full explanations and
compassion from all staff involved'.
Patient, Emergency Department, Darlington Memorial Hospital