confirms celebrity guest appearances

Visitors to the stand (L50) at iGB Affiliate London (8th – 11th February, show open days 9th – 10th February, ExCeL London) will have the opportunity to meet and have their photos taken with former Arsenal legend Ray Parlour and Francis Benali MBE who made a total of 389 appearances for Southampton over a 16-year spell with the south coast club.

Visitors will be able to discuss all things football including the Gunners prospects of lifting the Premier League title for the first time since 2004 with Ray on Thursday 9th when he will be on the stand between 13.00 – 14.30 hrs. Francis will be on hand to reflect on the season so far and Southampton’s chances of retaining their Premier League status the following day also between 13.00 and 14.30 hrs.

Confirming the celebrity appearances, Agni Raitar at said: “We are both delighted and excited to have Ray and Francis on our stand at the forthcoming edition of iGB Affiliate London which will be the biggest on record. We will kick-off on Thursday 9th with Arsenal legend Ray Parlour who in a fantastic career played 466 games for Arsenal winning everything along the way including three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, one League Cup, one European Cup Winners Cup and was also capped 10-times for England. Ray subsequently went on to play for Middlesbrough and Hull City before forging a highly successful career in the media.

“On Friday 10th we welcome another club stalwart, Francis Benali MBE who clocked-up 389 first team appearances for his beloved Southampton Football Club. As well as enjoying a highly successful football career Francis also undertook a number of gruelling physical challenges for charity including running and cycling to all 44 Premier League and Championship stadiums in two-weeks and completing five Ironman races within seven days – in the process raising an amazing £1m for Cancer Research UK. As a result of these endeavours, he was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2020 New Year Honours for services to cancer patients. Both Ray and Francis have great stories to tell about their time in football and I look forward to welcoming them to our stand and introducing them to the industry at iGB Affiliate London 2023.”