A team of footballers are set to take on the Eggheads tonight in a stellar, star-studded episode.
Do you have what it takes to be an Egghead?
We’ve all sat there, dinner perched on our laps and thought “yes, absolutely”. “I knew that one,” we’ll say, grinning over to the person next to us, as if we’ve locked into some sort of contest ourselves; the contestants watching us from the TV and not the other way around.
The British quiz show is a staple of most households, giving viewers a welcome weekday brain exercise. It first began airing as far back as 2003, helmed by Dermot Murnaghan. However, Jeremy Vine arrived in 2008 and eventually became the sole chair.
Each episode, we see the titular Eggheads – a team of five – go head to head with another team of five for a cash prize. There have been some really special moments across its lifespan, but there’s nothing quite like the celebrity editions, which have been airing on-and-off since 2008. Fortunately, it’s back again, so let’s take a look at these exciting new challengers set to take on the Eggheads on Thursday, July 25th 2019.
Celebrity Eggheads contestants today: Pat Nevin
First up, Pat Nevin has been confirmed to tackle the opposition in tonight’s episode.
The retired Scottish footballer – full name Patrick Kevin Francis Michael – boasts quite the successful career, having played for Chelse, Clyde, Everton, Tranmere Rovers and more across a career spanning a mighty two decades.
According to his Wikipedia, he earned twenty-eight caps for Scotland and was selected for the UEFA Euro 1992 finals squad; not exactly a small feat! Since his departure from playing football, he hasn’t exactly gone far. He has also made a name writing about the sport, as well as boasting a taking on a career in broadcast.
Let’s see if he knows his stuff beyond the ball!
Next up, Perry Groves
Joining this footballer’s edition of Celebrity Eggheads, we have Perry Groves joining the team of hopefuls.
The 54-year-old former footballer is best remembered for his time playing for Arsenal. This London-born left winger occasionally played as a striker, while he’s also noted for his time at Southampton and Colchester United. Now a popular media pundit, we’re excited to see what he’ll bring to the competition. He’s renowned for his speed on the field, so let’s hope he’s fast on the answers.
Eggheads, welcome Helen Ward!
Competing for charity, Helen Ward will join Pat and Perry in fighting to secure a bountiful cash prize.
The international striker spent an impressive three seasons with Chelsea Ladies, and currently plays club football for FA WSL 2 team Watford Ladies Ward. Helen has a wonderful and long history with the sport, having played for the England women’s national under-23 football team in 2007, according to Wikipedia.
Considering she’s the Welsh national team’s all-time record goalscorer, perhaps we’ll see her set some Eggheads records too… no pressure!
Well, with the way this line-up of contestants is shaping up, we know who’d come out on top after a kick-about.
Next up, the team welcomes Matt Elliot, known by most for his time as a defender at Leicester City; he scored both goals in the team’s 2000 Football League Cup Final victory.
Playing on an international level for Scotland rather than England, Matt won eighteen caps for the national team, and after his professional retirement, he was most wonderfully hired as a coach at Leicester’s De Montfort University, inspiring many to achieve and succeed.
We’re sure he’ll prove a valued addition to the team, and if not his colleague’s at the university will surely have something to teach him after the showt!
Last but not least, Pat Bonner
With Pat Bonner, the team is complete; do they have what it takes to defeat the Eggheads?
Pat – full name Patrick Joseph Bonner – is a retired goalkeeper, and is definitely what you’d describe as a one-club player. That’s right, he spent his whole career at Celtic. That’s some serious loyalty.
The Irish footballer won eighty caps for the Republic of Ireland national football team and will forever be foremostly associated with for his famous save from Daniel Timofte’s searing penalty during the 1990 FIFA World Cup. Pressure is a goalkeeper’s middle name, so we can expect him to hold his own against the Eggheads tonight on BBC Two at 6 pm.
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