Paul Merson is an English football television pundit, former professional footballer and manager and recently one of Harry’s Heroes!
After making his debut for Arsenal in the 1986-87 season, Merson went on to play eleven seasons with the North London club. While with the Gunners, Merson was a key player in the club’s success – winning the Football League Championships twice, the FA cup, the Football League Cup and the European Cup Winner’s Cup. He went on to play for Middlesbrough, then Aston Villa, where he went on to become club captain and played for the team in the 2000 FA Cup Final, the last to be held at the original Wembley Stadium. In 2002, he signed for second-tier Portsmouth and captained the club to the First Division Championship and promotion to the Premier League. A year later, he returned to the West Midlands with Walsall, where he went on to serve as player-manager.
Merson was capped 21 times for the England national football team and represented the nation at the 1992 UEFA European Championship and the 1998 FIFA World Cup.
Since hanging up his professional football boots, Merson can be found joshing with his ‘Soccer Saturday’ colleagues as match reporter and regular pundit for Sky Sports; and recently starred in Harry’s Heroes: The Full English on ITV. He has been very open about his struggles in the past with alcoholism, gambling and addiction.
We can look forward to an evening of lively anecdotes and stories from Paul Merson about his life and career. A truly unmissable experience whether you’re an ardent football fan or not!