An Evening with Southampton Football Legend — Francis Benali MBE, Medina Theatre, Isle of Wight — 25th June 2022…

A VIP meet & greet evening from 6.15 pm. Learn about Francis's 20-year football career, his charity work with Cancer Research UK plus much more!

Peter Moore
The Entertainment Engine
4 min readMar 14, 2022


Francis Benali MBE— Southampton Football Club legend

Excited to announce this event on Saturday, June 25th 2022 — Seamless Entertainment presents an “Evening with Southampton Football Legend”Francis Benali MBE…

Time & Location:

Saturday, June 25th 2022 from 6:15 PM — 10:30 PM

Medina Theatre, Fairlee Road, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 2EW.

About the event:

This exclusive show will feature a LIVE & UNSCRIPTED interview from the Southampton Legend about his career in football, followed by a SPECIAL AUDIENCE Q&A.

Francis Benali will take to the stage to give you real-life insight into behind the scenes of his career, and his contribution to charity, including the Saints Foundation and Cancer Research UK.

Included in the standard ticket:

  • 7.30 PM — Watch the live show and interview with Francis Benali in a relaxed atmosphere on stage with the event host.
  • Special Q&A with Francis Benali and the audience.
  • Opportunity to view and purchase memorabilia boasting iconic sports personalities past and present.
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual

Standard Tickets are available HERE

Included in the VIP ticket:

You can be a celebrity for the evening with an early access VIP experience to meet Francis Benali with your own special photo opportunity, with exclusive seating to experience the show up close and personal from the football legend.

*6.15 PM — 7.15 PM — VIP early access to enjoy a personal Meet & Greet Session.

  • Francis will sign an item that you can bring from home (No paintings) and have a Professional Photograph opportunity with Francis Benali before the show starts at 7.30 PM and will be made available for you after the show.
  • Allocated premium seating for the live Interview with Francis Benali in a relaxed atmosphere on stage with the event host.
  • Special Q&A with Francis Benali and the audience.
  • VIP Priority access to view and purchase memorabilia boasting iconic sports personalities past and present.
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual

VIP tickets are available HERE

For tickets Book online via:

or call the box office on— 01983 823884.

Seamless Entertainment — Official Event Poster

About Francis Benali MBE:

Ask anyone involved with Southampton Football Club about Francis Benali and they’ll describe a loyal club legend. The former professional footballer and coach spent the majority of his 20 years playing career with the club.

After 389 games with Southampton Francis, or Franny as he’s more affectionately known, is still a fans’ favourite today, thanks to his commitment to the club, hardworking attitude and ferocious, full-blooded tackles.

Many fans will remember Franny playing through injuries to help the team, including famously playing on with a broken arm!

Francis appears regular on Sky Sports and BT Sport, providing well-informed opinions based on years of experience within football.

He offers a player’s perspective on key topics, providing punditry and commentary on some of the biggest teams and matches, as well of course when his own team Southampton are featured.

He is a regular on TalkSport radio and has enjoyed the lighter-hearted look at football when on the sofa with Sky’s Soccer AM.

Francis Benali MBE— Speaking engagement

Speaker & Charity work:

An experienced public speaker, drawing upon his 16-year career as a professional footballer playing against some of the best players in the world, as well as how he planned, trained for and completed his three epics, ultra-endurance challenges.

Then in 2019, he announced he would undertake 7 IronMan distance triathlons in 7 days.

This consisted of a 2.4-mile swim, followed by 112 miles on a bike, and then running a marathon (26.2 miles) each day. Starting in Manchester and finishing in Southampton, Franny, with his team, completed the challenge.

Franny, along with his family and support team, has raised over £1million for Cancer Research UK, and continue to support them.

As a result of these efforts, Franny has also been awarded both the Cancer Research UK Flame of Hope Award Winner 2015 for Fundraising Volunteer of the Year, as well as the JustGiving Celebrity Fundraiser of the Year 2015.

He was also recognised by Southampton City Council, who made him a Freemen of the City. In 2019 he became an official Club Ambassador for Southampton FC and was awarded an MBE in the New Year 2020 Honours List.

Francis Benali — On his Charity run for Cancer Research

You will also have the chance to buy Francis’s autobiography on the night and the chance to purchase memorabilia boasting iconic past and present football legends for that total fan experience!

We look forward to welcoming you to ‘’An Evening with Francis Benali MBE” Southampton FC legend. Get your tickets quick before they GO!

By Pete Moore & Rebecca Gregory — Seamless Entertainment



Peter Moore
The Entertainment Engine

Peter has lived in New York, Los Angeles and London working in the music, film and TV industries for over three decades helping creators realize their vision.