In conversation with Kevin McCabe

On Monday 5 February 2018, the University was delighted to welcome 500 guests to the Octagon for a special ‘In Conversation’ evening, in aid of the Sheffield Scanner appeal. Dr Kevin McCabe together with special guest, Chris Wilder, Manager of Sheffield United Football Club, were in conversation with Andy Giddings from BBC Radio Sheffield and regular on Football, for a lively discussion the beautiful game in Sheffield.

Kevin is an honorary graduate of the University of Sheffield, and founder and Chairman of the Scarborough Group of Companies, a company with roots stretching back to 1976 and one of the UK's busiest privately-owned Investment, Development and Leisure corporations. He remains Chairman and Owner of Sheffield United Limited which owns the Blades Real Estate interests and is a driving force behind the Football Club that does so much for the city of Sheffield.

Kevin McCabe The crowd at the Kevin McCabe event

The event was also raising money for the Sheffield Scanner campaign that Kevin is a keen supporter of, through the sale of raffle tickets. Sheffield United Football Club generously donated five fantastic raffle prizes including tickets and shirts for Sheffield United. The evening raised an impressive £1225.00 towards the Sheffield Scanner campaign and we are extremely grateful to everyone who contributed to the evening.

Mystery guest Chris Wilder had not been announced before the evening, and took to the stage and joined Kevin in the conversation. Chris is a former professional footballer and has been manager of SUFC since May 2016.

Kevin McCabe and Chris Wilder Andy Giddings compering the evening

Andy Giddings put questions to Kevin and Chris about business and football and discussed some of SUFC’s highlights, including when they were promoted at Bramall Lane against Northampton. Kevin spoke about the spirit of the club and how important the club is for the city of Sheffield:

“United and Wednesday are so important to Sheffield – some clubs at the top have lost their soul”

To conclude the conversation, Andy presented Kevin and Chris with a selection of pre-submitted questions from the audience. The event was highly entertaining and engaging and provided a fantastic insight in to Sheffield United Football Club.

We are thankful to Kevin, Chris and Andy for giving their time towards this event and in support of such an important cause, to everyone else who came along to the evening, and to the University's Events Team for laying on such a wonderful evening's entertainment.

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