Going Out: It's Hammer time with Tony Cottee!

Sport360 staff 13:16 11/10/2016
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Tales from the pitch: Cottee will be recalling storiesfrom his playing days.

Former West Ham United, Everton and England striker Tony Cottee will be appearing the West Beach Bistro & Sports Lounge’s renowned “An Evening With…” series on Wednesday.

The West Beach Bistro & Sports Lounge, located at the Movenpick Hotel in Dubai’s Jumeirah Beach, has previously hosted similar evenings with ex-Manchester United stalwart Denis Irwin and former Liverpool defender Jason McAteer, and Hammers legend Cottee is the latest former player set to entertain the crowd.

Ex-Sky Sports and now beIN Sports presenter Rob McCaffrey will host a Q&A session with Cottee, starting from 21:00.

Cottee, himself now a pundit for Sky Sports, was one of the most prolific goal-scorers in English football, with 292 goals in 726 league and cup appearances.

He played more nearly 300 games for West Ham in two spells between 1982-88 and 1994-96, appearing nearly 200 more for the Toffees in-between his two stints with the London club.

He also played for Malaysia’s Selangor, Birmingham City, Norwich City, Barnet, Millwall and Leicester – with whom he won the League Cup in 2000, while he also won seven caps for the Three Lions between 1986-89. He also won the PFA Young Player of the Year award in 1986.

As well as his punditry for Sky and BBC Radio, Cottee still has close ties to West Ham where he works the hospitality scene on match days.

Dubai staple: “An Evening With...” is a popular event held regularly at West Beach Bistro & Sports Lounge.

Dubai staple: “An Evening With…” is a popular event held regularly at West Beach Bistro & Sports Lounge.

Guests will have a chance to catch Cottee live and hear his thoughts on the world of football, from West Ham’s move to their new London Stadium home and Leicester’s miraculous Premier League title triumph last season – all while enjoying delicious gastro-pub favourites.

Entry is free and no reservations are required, with the event on a first come first served basis.

“An Evening With… is one event that West Beach Bistro & Sports Lounge regularly hosts, which I am sure football fans would not want to miss,” said Farzan Ansari, F&B manager at the Movenpick Hotel.

“This is a great opportunity for lovers of the game to get up close and personal with their favourite players, right here in Dubai. Tony Cottee was a key player for a number of sides, reinforced by the fact that he was recognised as PFA Young Player of the Year in 1986 and was capped seven times by England.

“Tony is now a top football pundit. He will be recalling his career and telling stories of his time in football. He will share behind the scene stories and answer questions from the audience about football today and about his own career.

“This is really one of the ways how West Beach Bistro &Sports Lounge is trying to give back to their loyal patrons, by providing them with unique opportunities to enjoy such events, with absolutely no charge.

“The fun and lively atmosphere created by our presenter Rob McCaffrey will be complemented with great food and beverage deals.”

WHAT: An Evening With… Tony Cottee
WHERE: West Beach Bistro & Sports Lounge, Movenpick Hotel, JBR
WHEN: Wednesday, October 12
CONTACT: 04 449 8888.

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