On July 27, 2017, England’s national football team head coach, Gareth Southgate, paid a visit to our Vauxhall showroom in Milton Keynes.
Gareth held a questions-and-answers session with Luton Nations Community FC, an organisation that promotes diversity, social responsibility and community solidarity among children. Also in attendance were representatives of Woburn & Wavendon FC, a youth club that fields teams of girls, boys, adult females and males, and is affiliated with the Bedfordshire Football Association.
Vauxhall is, of course, the England team sponsor, and Thurlow Nunn was proud to host the event, at which the Hertfordshire-born ex-player held court on a number of footballing topics.
Gareth, who began his career at Crystal Palace, made four seasons’ worth of appearances for Aston Villa, before ending his playing career with a five-year stint at Middlesbrough. During this time Gareth earned 57 caps for his country, appearing in two World Cup tournaments and one European Championship.
Gareth’s managerial career began with Middlesbrough in 2006. He then oversaw the England under-21 team, before taking the reins of the senior side in 2016.
At the time of his visit to Milton Keynes, England were riding high in their World Cup 2018 qualification group. In their most recent competitive fixture, they managed to salvage a 2-2 draw with their oldest rivals, Scotland, at Hampden Park, Glasgow.
Gareth arrived at the Thurlow Nunn showroom in an England bus, before answering questions. He also signed a Woburn & Wavendon FC shirt – raising a lot of money for charity in the process.
Gareth commented, “Thank you to the team at Thurlow Nunn for inviting me; I had a brilliant time and it was really great to meet the future talent of football.”
You will find videos of the questions-and-answers session with Gareth Southgate below.