An evening with ‘The Magic Man’ Paul Merson

The Village Hotel, Portsmouth

Easter Thursday 29th March 2018

7:00pm til 12:00am

Minimum Age: 18

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About the event

Calling all Portsmouth, Arsenal, Middlesbrough, Aston Villa and England football fans!

On Easter Thursday 29th March 2018, with the support of JLD Bespoke Events, The Village Hotel Portsmouth welcomes footballing legend Paul Merson for an evening of entertainment, whilst raising money for The Dorset Children’s Foundation. For exclusive tickets priced from just £35 per head you will receive a delicious 3 course meal + teas & coffees. Paul will be doing an after dinner talk with interesting stories from his eventful career. He will also answer a selection of audience questions and be on hand for photos throughout the night.

Born in London, Paul Merson started his football career at Arsenal in 1984, joining the club as an apprentice. He made his 1st team debut for Arsenal on November 22, 1986 and by the 1988-89 season was a regular on the right wing making his debut for the England U21 side, and was voted PFA Young Player of the Year. At the end of the 1996-97 Premiership campaign, Paul was sold to relegated Middlesbrough in a £5 million deal – making him the most expensive player ever signed by a non-Premiership club. Paul was a highly influential player for Middlesbrough, securing promotion success as Division One runners-up in 1997-98.

In the autumn of 1998, Paul was sold to Aston Villa for £6.75 million. He quickly established himself as a fans favourite due to his creative, flamboyant brand of football. He remained at Aston Villa for nearly five years, helping them reach the 2000 FA Cup final, before he was finally given a free transfer at the end of the 2001-02 season. Paul signed for Division One club Portsmouth, and was instrumental in the club’s promotion to the Premiership in 2002-03. Paul has since decided to forge a career as a media pundit, appearing frequently on Sky Sports’ Gillette Soccer Saturday.

On the night

– 3 course meal with teas & coffees
– After dinner talk
– Q&A session
– Photo Opportunities
– Guest hosts
– Fun Charity quiz
– Charity auction



Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato soup (v)


Paprika Dusted Chicken Breast with Tomato and Basil Sauce, served with Dauphinoise Potato, Roasted New Potatoes and seasonal vegetables


Mushroom, Asparagus and Butternut Squash Wellington, served with Mediterranean Potato Cake, Buttered Spinach and a Tarragon and Grain Mustard Cream Sauce (v)


Chocolate and Vanilla Cream Filled Profiteroles, served with Dark Chocolate Sauce

Your host venue


7pm – VIP Meet & Greet in the function bar
7:30pm – All other guests arrive for pre-dinner drinks
8pm – Seated for 3 course dinner
10pm – Paul takes to the stage
10:30pm – Q&A session
11pm – Photo Opportunities
12am – Finish

Terms & Conditions

Group booking available, maximum of 10 per table.
If you are buying in a group, please purchase all tickets together to be seated together.
Tickets purchased together will be seated together.
Please note, if your group is less than 10 then you will be seated with other guests.
Must be over 18 years old to attend this event.
All tickets are non-refundable

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