Sports duo Ron Atkinson and Gary Newbon to Visit The National Brewery Centre

A Curry with sports duo Ron Atkinson and Gary Newbon at The National Brewery Centre Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, UK – On the 20th of May 2010, The National Brewery Centre, Burton upon Trent, is playing host to a fun and entertaining evening with sporting legends Ron Atkinson and Gary Newbon. The event will see the sports duo regale guests with humorous tales from their careers, giving an insight in to their lives and their place in sporting history. The night will offer a unique opportunity for guests to ask questions and chat with the speakers at this intimate venue. Sports enthusiasts and curry lovers need not miss this exciting evening which is sure to offer a truly great night of food, drink, and entertainment. The sometimes controversial Ron Atkinson, known to many as ‘Big Ron’, is an ex-footballer, manager and in more recent years one of Britain’s top pundits. Starting his playing career with Aston Villa as a youngster, he was later transferred to Oxford United (then called Headington United), where he captained his side through the rise from the Southern League to the Second Division, becoming the first man to captain a club through three divisions of the Football League. Ron Atkinson achieved even more success however, as a manager, beginning his career with non-league Kettering Town at the age of 32 before moving to Cambridge United. Following achievements with both clubs, in 1978 he earned a move to the First Division side West Bromwich Albion before managing the likes of Manchester United, Atletico Madrid, Sheffield Wednesday, Aston Villa, Coventry City and Nottingham Forest, winning numerous domestic competitions along the way. Ron was often a football pundit for ITV during his managerial career and upon retirement continued in the role to a greater extent, covering most of the live matches for the channel over many years. Becoming well known for his permanent suntan and taste for chunky jewellery, he was often portrayed as a lovable and controversial character in the UK media, coining football phrases such as “early doors” and “you would have put your mortgage on him scoring there”, resulting in a nickname for his phrases known as “Ronglish”. Joining Ron will be Sky Sports News presenter Gary Newbon. Beginning his career as a junior reporter in Cambridge, Gary then became a freelance Fleet Street journalist reporting on tennis and rugby before beginning his television career as a sports reporter in the early 70s. With ITV, he reported on football and hosted both boxing and darts programmes. Following retirement from ITV, he began work as a Sky Sports presenter and currently hosts the football phone-in show “You’re On Sky Sports”, as well as hosting a phone-in show with the weekend breakfast programme on UK national radio station TalkSport. Gary became a household name during his time with ITV, and was well known for obtaining match reactions from players during UEFA Champions League games. Gary also led the ITV Sport team while they won various awards for their UEFA Champions League and Formula One coverage. Dinner will be served at 8pm and will consist of a gourmet selection of mini Indian starters, a choice of three main courses including chicken tikka masala, prime beef balti or a spinach, chickpea and melon curry. This will be accompanied by steamed jasmine rice, poppadoms, a selection of naan breads and an onion salad with dips. Tickets for this highly anticipated event are now on sale at £35 per head and are expected to sell quickly. Tables seat 8 people and offer a perfect opportunity for corporate hospitality. To avoid disappointment, please call 01283 532 880 or email hospitality@nationalbrewerycentre.co.uk to secure tickets. Further details can be found at the website http://www.nationalbrewerycentre.co.uk ENDS

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