Chelsea football legends to appear at Wicksteed Park

Dennis Wise and Roberto Di Matteo are the speakers at a charity dinner at Wicksteed Park

Dennis Wise and Roberto Di Matteo are the speakers at a charity dinner at Wicksteed Park

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Former Chelsea stars Roberto Di Matteo and Dennis Wise will be the speakers at a charity meal at Kettering’s Wicksteed Park on Saturday, March 1.

The event has been organised by the Ups ‘n’ Downs charity, which provides information and support to families in East Northamptonshire affected by Down’s Syndrome.

The black tie evening, which begins at 7.30pm with a champagne reception, will feature a three course meal with wine, an auction, raffle and disco.

Italian Di Matteo has a long history with Chelsea, having played more than 100 league games for the club after joining in 1996.

He went on to have an eight-month spell as manager of the club in 2012 and led the side to victory in the 2012 Champions League Final.

Combative midfielder Wise played more than 300 league games for Chelsea between 1990 and 2001, twice lifting the FA Cup as well as the League Cup and the Cup Winners Cup, and also had spells with Millwall, Leicester City and Wimbledon.

He was sometimes a controversial figure both on and off the pitch, which once led former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson to say that Wise ‘could start a fight in an empty house’.

After retiring as a player, Wise managed Swindon Town and Leeds United, among others, and was later director of football at Newcastle United.

Tickets for the event at Wicksteed Park cost £50, or £450 for a table of ten.

To buy tickets, either phone 07771 717460 or email info@upsndowns.co.uk.

For more information about Ups ‘n’ Downs, visit upsndowns.co.uk.