Gareth Southgate joins legendary duo for Sport United Against Dementia fundraiser

Wednesday 13 Jan 2021
Southgate will be joined for the event by Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Kenny Dalglish, as well as Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp

Gareth Southgate will no doubt be fielding questions about England’s summer date with Scotland when he supports a charity night in aid of Sport United Against Dementia.

The Three Lions manager will be in the spotlight this Friday for a special evening alongside Scottish greats Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Kenny Dalglish, two of the game’s most famous names. While the evening hosted by Kelly Cates is set to include plenty of talking points, it is clear the neighbouring nations’ meeting at Wembley on 18 June at UEFA EURO 2020 will be a prime subject.

Southgate said: “I am looking forward to Friday and helping a great cause. These remain difficult times but hopefully we give people something to smile about and I am sure the summer will come up in conversation. I just hope that things improve for the country as a whole and that we can have a tournament to remember, and even maybe have the fans back at Wembley to watch us play.”

Ferguson and Southgate went head-to-head a number of times during the latter's spell as Middlesbrough manager

The online ‘A Team Talk with Legends - Live’ event, organised by Lockdown Theatre, will also feature Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, who will no doubt preview the forthcoming Emirates FA Cup date with Manchester United. All proceeds will go to The Alzheimer’s Society’s Sport United Against Dementia cause and the League Managers Association’s charity, In The Game, where it will be used to fund vital research and help LMA members and their families who are suffering the effects of dementia.

Event organiser Trevor East, a former sports TV executive, said: “To have such an illustrious line up talking about the game in their own homes has got to be a first and something not to be missed by fans everywhere.” 

Full details and tickets for the event, which starts at 7pm on Friday 15 January, can be found here.

By Greg Demetriou