ONE OF football’s greatest strikers will be centre of attention on Thursday, January 16 2020.
Bush Hall, Shepherd’s Bush’s iconic independent music venue, will be the venue for a very special and one-night-only as it stages a tribute evening to Manchester United and Newcastle legend Andrew Cole, with all proceeds going to The Jason Roberts Foundation (JRF).
The Jason Roberts Foundation was established in 2007 by former professional footballer, media personality and social activist Jason Roberts.
Roberts started his career at Hayes football club before signing for Wolverhampton Wanderers and going on to play for Bristol Rovers, West Bromwich Albion, Wigan Athletic amongst others, before retiring from professional football in March 2014.
Now a respected football pundit, appearing regularly on BBC’s Match of the Day and Football Focus, he set up JRF as a means to put something back into the community he came from, and to underpin his belief in equal opportunities, rights and representation for individuals regardless of background or circumstance.
Initially focusing on the Stonebridge Estate in the London Borough of Brent, where he grew up, and in Grenada, where is his family originate from and for whom he played as an international footballer, the Foundation originally focused on football based social inclusion projects that offer participation and playing opportunities to young people who otherwise had little chance of accessing coaching or opportunities to progress as players.
Cole is most notably remembered for his time in the Premier League, with Manchester United, where he spent six years of his career, winning numerous trophies in the process.
He is the third-highest goalscorer in Premier League history with 187 goals.
Cole has the distinction of being one of the few players in England to have swept all possible honours in the English game.