Former England manager and one of the country’s greatest ever footballers, Kevin Keegan, stole the show last night as he entertained hundreds of guests at Crystal Palace's traditional end of season Sporting Dinner.
The ex-Liverpool, Hamburg and Newcastle legend regaled the audience at the Croydon Hilton with a visual history of his career, looking back at his early days as a youngster at Scunthorpe United, the Shankly years at Liverpool, winning two European Footballer of the Year accolades and a successful twilight career at Newcastle United and Southampton, before taking the reins of England Manager around the turn of the century.
The GAC-sponsored event, which was once again hosted by Barry Williams, was also attended by Palace management duo Ian Holloway and Keith Millen, as well as Academy boss Gary Issott.
After the show, Keegan wished Palace good luck ahead of the Championship Play-Off Final with Watford on 27th May. He said: “I’ve had a brilliant night, the staff and guests have been so friendly. I wish everyone connected with the Palace the best of luck at Wembley. It’s a great club and you deserve it, and I hope that tonight raised a lot of money for such a terrific cause.”
Such was the impact that the club had on the man himself that he personally donated £500 towards the Palace Youth Academy on the night.
The club would like to thank Neil Godfrey and everyone at GAC for their fantastic and continued support for Crystal Palace helping to raise much needed Academy funds and a special thank you to Kevin Keegan for contributing to another memorable night.