Bambalan announce local football heroes as hosts for their World Cup screenings

Bambalan announce local football heroes as hosts for their World Cup screenings

Posted on: 16 Nov 2022

Popular city centre bar Bambalan has announced five Bristol footballing legends will be in attendance for their screenings of the winter World Cup in Qatar.


Bambalan will host a plethora of World Cup matches, including all of England's group games and beyond - should they qualify.


Although known more as a summer destination thanks to its rooftop location, Bambalan has big plans for World Cup 2022 with Bristol footballing figureheads, Ian Holloway, Louis Carey and Marvin Elliott all dropping by for England's group matches and Lee Trundle hosting the final - whether The Three Lions are there or not.


Bambalan's coverage of the football is booking only and tickets are running very low so grab yours here.



Located opposite the grand Bristol Beacon building and overlooking the city centre, Bambalan have gone all out for World Cup 2022. During their coverage, football fans will be able to sample food from around the world, take part in football-focused games with prizes on offer, and join a table to watch the games on big anti-glare screens.


Another way that the bar will be making the Qatar World Cup a truly unforgettable experience for attendees is through a number of local celebrity experiences. Each of England's Group B fixtures (as well as the round of 16 should they qualify) will feature hosted by a recognisable figure from Bristol's footballing history - whether from the blue side or the red.


England's first game versus Iran on Monday 21 November will be hosted by Ian Holloway. Born and raised in Kingswood, the 59-year-old is a Bristol Rovers legend through and through, having amassed almost 300 appearances for the club over three spells as a player as well as managing the club between 1996 and 2001.


Holloway is perhaps the most well-known name in the league having guided both Blackpool and Crystal Palace into the Premier League, he has also become a regular contributor to Sky Sports over recent years. Tickets for the England vs Iran match can be found here.

The Three Lions' second match sees them face USA on Friday 25 November with Bristol City record appearance holder Louis Carey play the role of host. A City supporter and Bristolian, Carey rose through the ranks in the 1990s going on to only spend one season away from his boyhood club (an ill-fated spell at Coventry) before his retirement in 2014.


The 45-year-old who now works with Southampton's youth setup, made Robins history in December 2013 when he made his 646th appearance for the club, thus beating club legend and top goalscorer John Atyeo. Tickets for the England vs USA match can be found here.

The final match of England's group stage is the big one as Gareth Southgate's men take on Wales on Tuesday 29 November. Another ex-player in the shape of Marvin Elliott will be hosting this one; a staple of Gary Johnson's successful side, he played 242 games over 7 years becoming the definition of a fan favourite in doing so.


Elliott was a product of Millwall's academy in the early 2000s where he ended up playing well over 100 games before signing for City in 2007, where he was named in the PFA Team of the Year as well as winning his club's Young Player of The Year award - he is also an ex-Jamaica international. Tickets for England vs Wales can be found here.

Bambalan will also screen England's round of 16 game (which will either take place on Saturday 3 December or Sunday 4 December) should they qualify. Fans will be able to get a refund if The Three Lions don't qualify, purchase your ticket here.


The bar's final hosted screening of the tournament will also be the tournament's final game, the battle for the biggest prize in football - the World Cup. Whether or not England will be there (here's hoping they will), Bristol City and Swansea City stalwart Lee Trundle will be in attendance.


Known for his penchant for cheeky skills, Trundle rose through the ranks of non-league football before signing for Swansea in 2003 where he became a cult hero, playing 146 games and scoring 78 goals in the process. He then moved on to City and once more garnered a cult following, playing 53 times. He is still playing for Welsh non-league outfit Ammanford today, aged 46. Grab tickets for the World Cup final at Bambalans here.

It's not only England games showing at Bambalan, head to the bar's website to find out everything they have on offer. 

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Stanley Gray

Stan is a born and bred Bristolian, recently graduated from studying English Literature in Sheffield. His passions are music and literature and he spends the majority of his time in venues all over the city, immersing himself in Bristol’s alternative music scene. A lifelong Bristol City fan, Stan’s Saturdays are spent watching his team both home and away.