Meet English sporting legends in Dubai!

Mark St George's Day in the UAE with footballer Geoff Hurst and rugby hero Martin Johnson
ByLauren SteadmanWednesday , 22 April 2015
Meet English sporting legends in Dubai!
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Former England Union Captain Martin Johnson CBE lifts the Rugby World Cup at Sydney’s Telstra Stadium in 2003

Are you a footy fan or rugby-obsessed? You could enjoy a leisurely St George’s Day lunch in the company of two legendary English sportsmen – and all for a worthwhile cause.

British football legend Sir Geoff Hurst MBE and rugby hero Martin Johnson CBE will appear at the Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi tomorrow.

The event’s being held in support of British charity Joining Jack, which funds research into cures for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Former England footballer Sir Geoff Hurst MBE remains the only man to have scored a hat-trick in a World Cup final as England recorded a 4-2 victory over West Germany at Wembley in the 1966 Football World Cup. The 73-year-old, who was a striker, began his career with West Ham United, scoring 242 goals in 500 first-team appearances. He won the FA Cup in 1964 and the European Cup Winners’ Cup 1965 before being sold to Stoke City in 1972 for £80,000 – equivalent to Dhs440,000, but considerably more in today’s money.

He went on to play for West Bromwich Albion, Irish team Cork Celtic and America’s Seattle Sounders before returning to England to manage non-league Telford United. He later coached Kuwait SC.

Martin Johnson CBE, is a former English rugby union player who represented and captained England and Leicester. The 45-year-old is best known for captaining England to victory in the 2003 World Cup. He became the new England team manager in 2008, replacing the previous manager, Brian Ashton, and toured three times with the British and Irish Lions, becoming the only man to have captained them on two tours. He also led his club Leicester Tigers to consecutive Heineken Cup victories and won the league six times. Despite having no coaching experience, he was appointed team manager of the national England rugby union side in April 2008, a post he left in November 2011.

INFO: 12noon-5pm Thu 23 Apr, followed by Happy Hour in Oeno, Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Al Sufouh Rd, Dubai Marina, for table reservations email, 04 447 8129, To learn more about Joining Jack’s work, see

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