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Welcome to Close Encounter Events. 
Our passion is organising amazing events where guests get to meet their Heroes, have a great time listening to stories from sporting legends and go home with memories that last a lifetime.

Our Team


Richard Cracknell

For over 20 years, I have been involved in sports entertainment.

It all started by providing Sky Sports with fan commentary (Fanzone) for Premier League games. Since then, I’ve gone on to provide live analysis for overseas broadcasting coverage of the Champions League, transfer deadline day coverage for Talksport, and onto my passion, which is live audience shows with retired Sports stars.

From FIFA World Cup winners to World Champion boxers, and every sport in-between, I’ve put the questions to them all live on stage. But it’s not just sports in my locker! I’m always happy to interview people from any walk of life: music, film, military, adventurers, authors – you name it!


Gary Taylor

Hi, I've worked in the Sports & Events industry for nearly a quarter of a century - Wow saying that makes me feel really old LOL! 

I was one of the founder members of the Barmy Army back in 1992 and when my pals turned it into a business, it inspired me to dedicate my working life to the sports industry. Along with having a passion for sport, I love organising events and making sure people have a bloody good time!


Events Gallery

What They're Saying

An evening with Danny Rose

Jana and I want to thank you for putting on such a great function last night with Danny! It went really well and actually it was a ‘cosy’ number in the end and was comfortable to walk around! I think everyone really enjoyed it.

Peter R

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