A raft of footballing royalty turned out for the 2017 Nordoff Robbins Legends Of Football gala dinner on Monday night (October 2) to honour Liverpool icon Steven Gerrard and raise money for the music therapy charity.
Sponsored by HMV, the annual Legends Of Football event raises funds for Nordoff Robbins’ outstanding music therapy work, with this year’s show generating more than £435,276 for the cause.
Each year, the event celebrates the career of a legendary player, with Liverpool legend Gerrard the recipient of the 2017 Legend Of Football award, as a host of managers, e-players and pundits turned out for the bash at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel. Among them were Xabi Alonso, Jamie Carragher, Phil Thompson, Sammy Hyypia, Ian Wright, Roy Hodgson, Gerard Houllier and many more.
Liverpool band and devoted LFC fans The Lightening Seeds kicked off proceedings, before many of those mentioned above took to the stage to share memories and stories regarding the former Liverpool and England captain.
Gerrard said: “I am both proud and thrilled to have received this singular honour – joining an amazing roll call of footballing greats that range from Sir Stanley Matthews to Pelé, as well as more recent stars of the Beautiful Game including Alan Shearer, David Beckham and, of course, Liverpool’s own Kenny Dalglish. I’m only too happy to support Legends of Football in the great work they do to raise vital funds for Nordoff Robbins.”
Brian McLaughlin, chairman of Legends of Football, added: “We’re proud to have honoured Steven Gerrard on what turned out to be an unmissable event. This has proved the perfect time to step down as Chairman and I look forward to welcoming Geoff Shreeves in his new role of Chairman. He is the perfect choice to continue the good work of Legends of Football supporting Nordoff Robbins in its continued commitment to changing the lives of vulnerable and isolated people across the country.”
Premier League executive chairman, Richard Scudamore, said: “Legends of Football is now a permanent fixture in the football calendar and contributes to the fantastic work of Nordoff Robbins. Every club would love to have their own Steven Gerrard. His outstanding achievements with Liverpool FC make him a worthy recipient of this year’s Legends of Football Award.”
Paul McGowan, executive Chairman of Hilco Capital, which owns HMV, commented: “We’re delighted to have continued our longstanding association with this outstanding event and help support the fundamental work of Nordoff Robbins. Each year we celebrate the shared passions that exist between football and music - all for a worthy cause. We congratulate Steven Gerrard tonight for what he has accomplished in his career and celebrate amongst the football community.”
Julie Whelan, CEO of Nordoff Robbins, concluded: “A massive congratulations to Steven Gerrard tonight! As a charity, we depend on fantastic events such as Legends of Football. We are appreciative of all the hard work that goes into organising such a prestigious event and are grateful for all the funds generated. Every penny raised goes towards supporting the life changing work we do.”
The event has now celebrated the achievements and careers of some of the game’s greatest-ever footballers and managers. Past recipients of the Legends of Football Award include John Charles, Sir Stanley Matthews, Brian Clough, Sir Bobby Robson, Sir Bobby Charlton, Kenny Dalglish, Sir Alex Ferguson, Alan Shearer, Denis Law, Eric Cantona, Pelé, Ryan Giggs and David Beckham amongst others.