BERNIE Slaven and Mark Proctor aim to give former Boro team-mate Gary Parkinson a World Cup boost when they hold a Riverside Stadium dinner.

Places remain available at The Three Legends World Cup Dinner when Slaven and Proctor will be joined by Newcastle legend Malcolm Macdonald to mark England’s opening World Cup match against Italy on the night of Saturday, June 14.

Taking place in Middlesbrough FC’s Legends Lounge, the event includes a three-course meal, Three Legends question-and-answer session and an auction and raffle to raise funds for the Gary Parkinson Trust.

The former Boro defender needs 24-hour care and is unable to move, speak or swallow since suffering a stroke that left him with Locked-in Sydrome.
With a late bar until the early hours, guests can watch England’s big match against Italy – which has an 11pm kick-off – on a big screen and six smaller screens in the company of the Legends.
During the meal guests can also watch a live screening of the game between England’s group rivals Uruguay and Costa Rica.

Boro legend Slaven, who was part of ex-Boro boss Jack Charlton’s Republic of Ireland squad at the Italia ’90 World Cup, said: “It promises to be a cracking night, with plenty of debate and banter about club and international football before the screening of England’s big match with Italy.
“If we can give Parky’s fund a good boost then so much the better. As former team-mates of Parky’s, me and Proc feel that it’s the least we can do.
“We’ve got some fantastic items for the auction and the raffle, so we’d simply ask those who attend to be generous.”

Proctor, the former Boro and Sunderland player, is standing in for ex-Black Cat Dickie Ord, who is to undergo a knee operation just days before the dinner.
Newcastle legend Macdonald, who scored five goals for his country against Cyprus in one of his 14 England appearances, added: “Fans can enjoy a great night of food, beer and banter, with plenty to discuss and debate on the club scene as well as the World Cup. Then it’s fingers crossed for England’s big match.”

Tickets for The Three Legends World Cup Dinner are priced £35 each or £330 per table. Please contact events@mfc.co.uk or call the Events team on 01642 757672.

Organised by former Boro media manager Dave Allan of DNA PR & Publicity, the dinner starts at 7.30pm with reception from 7pm. Dress code is casual and football shirts are encouraged (no ripped denim).

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