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Meet and Greet the legends of the game at Football Mania Live! Grab a selfie, take home a signed memento, chat about the love for the game. Various merchandise items will be available at the event to purchase and get signed by the legends. Please make sure to purchase same-day tickets to the meet-and-greet add-ons due to the legends appearing on selected days.


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FRIDAY - Jack Wilshere Under 18’s coach for Arsenal


 Former England International who played as a gifted midfielder is the head coach of the Arsenal U18's. Wilshere came up through the Arsenal youth academy making his first team debut in 2008 going on to make 125 appearances until signing for West Ham in 2018 where he stayed for 2 years followed by a move to AFC Bournemouth and AGF before announcing his retirement in 2022. Wilshere appeared 34 times for England and represented his country at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2016.

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FRIDAY - Michael Dawson Tottenham Hotspur club ambassador


Former Professional footballer who played at center-back having started his career at Nottingham Forest in 2001 before moving to Tottenham Hotspur in 2005. While at Spurs Dawson won the League Cup in 2008. Dawson signed for Hull City in 2014 and helped them win promotion back to the Premier League in the 2016 Championship play-off final. Returning to Nottingham Forest in May 2018 until 2021. Dawson is now a regular pundit on Sky Sports Soccer Saturday and re-joined Spurs as Club Ambassador.

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FRIDAY & SATURDAY - Paul Parker Manchester United Full Back & England International

Ex-professional footballer who played full-back most notably with Manchester United (1991 -1996) with whom he won two Premier League Titles, an FA Cup, a League Cup, and the Charity Shield. Parker played at top-flight English football for over 10 years for some of the biggest clubs including Queens Park Rangers and Chelsea as well as having spells in the Football League with Fulham, Derby County, and Sheffield United. Parker earned 19 Caps for England between 1989 -1994 and played at the 1990 FIFA World Cup after being called up by the then-England Coach Bobby Robson. The Italy 1990 World Cup saw England going as far as the semi-finals against Germany but eventually losing on penalties. After retiring in 1997 Paul went on to work as a TV and Sports Pundit for Setanta Sport, Fox Sports as well as Sky Sports News and talk SPORT.

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SUNDAY – Emmanuel Petit World cup winner and Arsenal Invincible 

Former French a professional footballer who played top-flight football as a defensive midfielder at club level for
some of the biggest clubs in the world: Monaco (1988-1997), Arsenal (1997-2000), Barcelona (2000-2001) and Chelsea (2001-2004). Petit represented his country (1990 - 2003) and earned 63 caps with the France National Team and scored six goals throughout his international career and won the 1998 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2000. Petit scored twice in the 1998 World Cup including, his first, the match-winner against Denmark! His second was in the final against Brazil.

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SUNDAY – Emile Heskey Liverpool Striker and England international

Heskey played as Striker making more than 500 appearances in the Football League and the Premier League with a tally of 110 goals in the Premier league over an impressive 18 year career. The English former professional footballer is currently the head of football development for Leicester City Women. Heskey started his career with Leicester City after progressing through their youth system and made his first-team debut in 1995. He went on to win the League Cup in 1997 and 2000. Heskey signed with Liverpool, moving from Leicester City, in 2000 for a record transfer fee at the time of £11m. With Liverpool Heskey went on to win multiple honours including the FA Cup in 2001! Heskey was an England International from Under 16 through to senior levels making his England debut against Hungary in a 1-1 draw in 1999. Heskey featured in the UEFA Euro 2000, 2004 and 2008 campaigns and the FIFA World Cup (2002, 2006 and 2010). Heskey earned 62 caps and scored 7 goals for his country.


SUNDAY – Alan Curbishley Ex-Premier League Manager

Llewellyn Charles 'Alan' Curbishley is an English former football player and manager who played as a midfielder for
West Ham United, Birmingham City, Aston Villa, Charlton Athletic and Brighton & Hove Albion and went on to work in the Premier League in management roles at Charlton Athletic (1991 - 2006) and West Ham United (2006 - 2008). Alan's management career, while at Charlton Athletic, saw him mastermind the club's revival after taking sole command in 1995 securing two promotions and consolidation into the Premier League. In 2021 Charlton Athletic renamed The Valley's East Stand as 'The Alan Curbishley Stand' in honor and recognition of the legendary former Addicks player and manager.

How to Book

To book a meet and greet with the legends of football mania, please go to our booking platform using one of the buttons on our page and select which legend you would like to see on your chosen day. Please note, only children under the age of 16 can be accompanied with an adult to meet the legend. Anyone over this age will require more than 1 ticket to go in to the meet and greet session.

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