Football After Dinner Speaker
A former Scottish International footballer, Alan Brazil amassed 13 appearances up front for his National team. Born 15th June 1959 in Glasgow, Brazil’s career began with Ipswich Town in 1977. During his time with Ipswich he scored 80 goals within 210 appearances, before being loaned out to American team Detroit Express, and later returning to be part of the 1980-81 UEFA cup winning Ipswich squad. Alan’s diverse and extensive career makes him a highly regarded football speaker for events and conferences in a mulititude of both business and lifestyle sectors.
Alan Hansen was one of the most successful English football players of all time until a devastating knee injury ended his playing career in 1981.
Alan Kennedy was born in Sunderland in 1954. On the pitch he gained the affectionate nickname 'Barney Rubble'. He was Liverpool FC's right back for many a year in the early eighties and he won the reds two European Cups with the winning goals in the 1981 and 1984 Finals.
A former professional footballer, Alan played in England, Germany and Scotland and is now a loveable pundit on Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday show every week.
Alvin started out with Merseyside club Everton as a schoolboy, but left in 1973 after the Goodison Park club only offered him an apprenticeship on a part-time basis, stating at the time that he “would never kick a ball for them again”. An unsuccessful trial later that summer with Queens Park Rangers was followed the very next day by one for West Ham United, where he was awarded a contract.
Football After Dinner Speaker
Andrew Alexander Cole know as ‘Andy’ is a former professional English footballer. Andy Coles sensational career as a striker lasted from 1988 until 2008. He was an extraordinary player who was put down in history as one of the most talented Premier League players to have played for Manchester United.
Andy Gray has played a pivotal role in the development of Sky's football coverage. From Andy Gray's Boot Room to operating Virtual Reality and Replay 2000, his contribution has been widely recognised with a number of awards including The Royal Television Society's Sports Presenter of the Year.
Archie Gemmill started his football career at St Mirren before moving to English football with Preston North End in 1967.
Barry Fry started out his footballing career as a Manchester United winger apprentice. He went onto to briefly play for Bolton Wanderers, Luton Town and Leyton Orient, before being forced into an early retirement due to injury.
Sports speaker and prolific goalkeeper Bruce “Brucie” Grobbelaar is known the world over as one of the well-loved players to grace the Liverpool team; now a coach and football speaker Grobbelaar has saved a number of clubs from league relegation and worked as a coach for teams all over the world.
The longest ever serving team captain at Manchester United, Bryan Robson OBE, began his footballing career in the early 1970’s and went on to cultivate an almost thirteen yearlong place at Manchester United between 1981 and 1994. Now an experienced sports speaker and club manager Robson is available for hire as a football player for various sports themed and corporate events.
Carlton played as a midfielder for several clubs including Leeds United and West Bromwich Albion but most notably Sheffield Wednesday.
Football speaker, coach and public personality Chris Kamara has worked in the football industry since the early 1970’s; spending more than twenty years as a player for a number of British teams including Leeds United, Sheffield United and Portsmouth.
Top Table, Guest Speaker,Chris Sutton gained a place in British football's history books as the subject of the first £5million transfer between two British clubs. This occurred in July 1994 when he joined Kenny Dalglish's big spending Blackburn Rovers from Norwich City.
Former Welsh footballer Clayton Blackmore is best known for his illustrious career with Manchester United between 1982-1994. A combative player who was renowned for his piercing free kicks, Clayton was one of the most versatile players in the top division of English football, playing equally well in midfield and upfront as he did as part of the back four. Blackmore is a highly regarded football speaker, delivering anecdotal tales of his time as a professional football as well as what it takes to stay a prominent figure in such a competitive environment, a skill comparable to those required in the business and social environments.
Craig played for Scottish schools, youth and junior international teams, before joining Rangers in 1958 from Coltness United, aged just 19. He failed to find a regular first team place, and moved to Dundee in October 1960, where he won a League Championship medal.
Craig had a four year career at Crewe Alexandra playing more than 120 games for the club then in 1992 moved to Middlesbrough where he made over 150 appearances. During his time there, the club were runners up in both the FA Cup and League Cup Finals.
Curtis Woodhouse has a unique story to tell, as a former professional footballer turned professional boxer and football manager.
Danny John Mills is a former professional footballer best known for his great spell with Leeds United. Danny was always a solid and reliable force on the field and as such is a great guest speaker and inspirational motivator who can talk about wha it takes to make it at the top of the sport. Born in 1977, Mills was a solid defender who most often played at right back. He had to sadly retire from the game aged 32 due to an on going knee injury. In all he played 321 games and scored seven goals for sides like Hull City, Leeds, Charlton, Manchester City, Middlesborough, Derby County and more. Danny also played for England at many different levels and ended up with 19 caps for the senior side.
Dave Bassett is one of football’s colourful characters. Affectionately known as ‘Harry’, he plied his trade at several clubs with considerable success including: Wimbledon, Watford, Sheffield United, Crystal Palace, Nottingham Forest, Barnsley, Leicester City, Southampton and most recently Leeds United.
David Fairclough was a footballer whose special role in the great Liverpool side of the 1970s was that of Supersub.
David Johnson is one of the small band of players to have played for both Liverpool and Everton the England centre forward blended power and precision and his fierce shooting complemented by some deft touches.
Known for an almost ten year stay with Manchester United, David remains a loyal fan and appears at many of United’s functions and after dinner speaking events.
David Seaman acquired much success at Arsenal, including three championship medals, four FA cup medals, one League Cup winner's medal and a European cup winners' cup medal.
Dean Nicholas Saunders was born 21 June 1964 in Swansea and is a former Welsh footballer who played as a striker in a professional career between 1982 until 2001. He is currently manager of Wrexham.
Dean is a former footballer with Hull City, Middlesborough, Aberdeen and Bradford City.
Dean's personal life off the pitch has perhaps brought him as much media coverage as that on the pitch, culminating in an attempted suicide in 2012 following his retirement from the game.
Dermot Gallagher first took up the whistle in 1978 at the suggestion of an ex-Football League linesman called Dick Bartlett. He was elected to the assistant referees´ list of the Football League in 1985. Five years later he became a Football League referee at the age of only thirty three. Even by his second season he was regularly handling top division games and was chosen for the new Premier League in 1992. He progressed to the FIFA list in 1994 after only three and a half seasons on the List.
Hamann primarily played as a holding midfielder for Liverpool, however he did develop a reputation for having a fearsome shot after such goals as against Leeds United in 2000, Fulham in 2002 and Portsmouth in 2004.
Dominic signed for Liverpool Football Club in 1992, and in 1993 he made his debut in a game against Manchester City. On this occasion he played left of midfield, but over the next couple of seasons he played in a range of positions including centre back and left back. He went on to spend an impressive eight years at Anfield.
Don began his career at Bradford City and his debut season saw the club win the Division Three championship.
Duncan McKenzie will always be remembered as an entertainer both on an off the pitch. His career in soccer began at Nottingham Forest and when Brian Clough became Leeds United Manager for the famous 44 days, he signed McKenzie for the Elland Road Club.
Nicknamed ‘The Smiling Assassin’ Dwight was born in Trinidad and Tobago, and went on to become one of the Premier Leagues great characters. He famously won the 1999 Champions League and three successive Premiership titles in a four-year spell at Manchester United.
Eddie was a schoolboy international for Scotland, he had aspirations of signing for his boyhood team Glasgow Celtic, but signed professional forms for Leeds at the age of 16.
Frank started his playing career in Scottish Junior League football. His first senior football club was St Mirren.
Former Scottish footballer turned football speaker Gary McAllister MBE enjoyed a successful career which saw him play over 700 games and score over 120 goals for 5 different British domestic teams.
Gary is probably most noted for his nine-year tenure at Manchester United from 1989 until 1998. He was also capped 22 times by England between 1988 and 1996.
Graeme Souness is a former Scottish professional footballer and manager. Brought up in Edinburgh, he played for the local boys’ club North Merchiston as a teenager. He went on to join London side Tottenham Hotspur as an apprentice and signed on professional terms in 1968 at the age of fifteen. Unfortunately Graeme made just one appearance for Spurs in the UEFA cup as a substitute.
Graham Poll is a British football speaker and ex-International referee who has presided over some of the biggest games in the Premiership.
Howard Webb MBE is recognised as one of the all-time top football referees.
A professional football referee for 12 years, Howard refereed almost 300 matches in the English Premier League.
Welsh former football player and sports speaker Ian Rush MBE is best known for his time at Liverpool football club and his position on the Welsh national team during the 1980s and 1990s. Now retired Rush works primarily as a television presenter, analyst and football speaker in the media, appearing on a variety of television networks including Sky Sports and ESPN. Bought by Liverpool for a record breaking fee of £300,000 in 1980.
Arsenal's all-time record goalscorer Ian Wright turned to professional football relatively late, at the age of 22.
Jamie Carragher is a former English footballer who played as a defender for Premier League club, Liverpool for an impressive seventeen years.
Jan Molby was born on 4th July 1963 in Kolding, Denmark. Jan Molby was signed by Joe Fagan in 1984 for £200,000 from Ajax and had a good career at Anfield. He had a varied career at Liverpool, ranging from one of the greatest midfielders Liverpool have ever had to weight problems and a stint behind prison bars. Jan though made the transition to Liverpool easily and worked on the accent, quickly becoming a fluent scouser which adopted him to the crowd well.
Hailed by former Liverpool manager and team-mate Kenny Dalglish as “one of the finest midfield players of his generation” the great Dane was a contemporary in the celebrated Ajax youth academy, with Marco van Basten, Frank Rijkaard and Jesper Olsen. He also came under the influence of Dutch master Johann Cruyff.
Jason McAteer got his big break aged 20, at local non-league team Marine, when he was discovered by scouts from Bolton Wanderers. He would go on to amass well over 100 appearances for the Trotters over his three year stay.
Sky Sports anchor and stalwart of ‘Gillette Soccer Saturday’ Jeff Stelling is one of the most instantly recognisable faces within football broadcasting today. Known for his excitable and passionate personality, he has been a part of the Sky Sports team since 1994, fronting Soccer Saturday since 1998. A household name within sports broadcasting, Stelling is an exceptional after dinner guest, and applies his profound and extensive knowledge on his role as a football speaker and after dinner speaker.
British referee Jeff Winter retired from Premiership football in 2004 and has made a successful career as an after dinner speaker working for the sporting and corporate event circuit.
James Robert Case was born in Liverpool, on 18 May 1954 and was a player who shot to fame with the all-conquering great Liverpool side of the 70s and became known as a player with one of the hardest shots in the game.
John was born in Liverpool on 18 Sept 1958. He was to go on and play for Newport County, Oxford, Liverpool, Real Sociedad, Tranmere and Rep of Ireland.
John Aldridge & Jason McAteer
John Aldridge & Jason McAteer can now be booked as individual after dinner speakers or as a duo where they share the limelight and will enthrall audiences with their tales of their many clubs notably Liverpool and also their International careers with Republic of Ireland.
Former Watford, Liverpool, Newcastle United and England footballer.
Former footballer and sports speaker John Beresford is a television and radio presenter known for his work as a pundit and TV presenter for both ITV and ESPN.
John Gahagan was born in Glasgow and freely admits that life never really began until he signed for Motherwell Football Club in 1979 following short spells at Clydebank F.C. and Shettleston Juniors.
John Hartson had a glittering career which started as a teenager at Luton Town, then going onto play for Arsenal, West Ham, Wimbledon, Coventry City, Celtic, WBA & Norwich City. Swansea born John was Capped 51 times for Wales and was a big, strong, old-fashioned type of target man who had the knack of scoring important goals.
Playing a vital role in Nottingham Forest’s European successes, Kenny Burns is a former international Scottish footballer who enjoyed a hugely successful career spanning 22 years. A compelling guest at events, Kenny has addressed numerous audiences as a football speaker, enabling listeners to experience the life of a professional footballer.
Kevin Keegan is one of the best known faces in English football. A former England international player, Kevin Keegan went on to manage several English clubs - most notably Newcastle United - as well as the English national side.
Former referee and football speaker Kevin Lynch worked in professional sports for more than thirty years, officiating at some of the most high profile and notorious matches of the 1990’s. Retiring in 2000 Lynch now works as an after dinner speaker, sharing stories of his time on the pitch, the famous names he has worked with the controversial calls he has made.
Keys & Gray
Controversial Talk Sports pundits Richard Keys and Andy Gray are now available for after dinner speaking.
Ex-Professional footballer Lee Sharpe represented England on eight occasions in a career which spanned across 18 years and nine different domestic teams. Most recognisable for his time at Manchester United where he amassed nearly 200 caps, Sharpe is now known as a TV pundit and reality TV personality. An accomplished football speaker, Lee Sharpe is a popular addition as an after dinner speaker for events.
A qualified helicopter pilot, Les had a memorable partnership at Newcastle with Alan Shearer and only a succession of injuries stopped him making a bigger impact in the Premier League.
Mark Crossley Former Welsh International Goalkeeper and After Dinner Speaker
Mark Crossley is an English-born Wales international football goalkeeper, who can boast that he is the only goalkeeper to stop a Matthew Le Tissier penalty kick.!
Mark is a former Liverpool and Republic of Ireland international, and now a popular pundit on Match of the Day.
Mark began his career at Preston North End, and also played for Brighton and Hove Albion before moving to Liverpool in 1981.
Matt Le Tissier
One of the greatest players in Southampton’s history and almost unique in the modern game. He turned down several big- money moves to help Saints defy the odds by remaining in the top flight throughout his glorious career.
England’s youngest ever goal scorer, Michael Owen has carved out an impressive career for himself from a young age. Enjoying his most prolific years whilst playing for his boyhood club of Liverpool, Owen received the Ballon d’Or in 2001 for his performances at club and country, eventually amassing 89 senior international caps after having represented England from U15s. The only Englishman to score in four major tournaments, Owen retired from professional football in 2013 and has since turned his attentions to a career as a football speaker, commentary, punditry and becoming a formidable after dinner speaker.
The former England defender Neil 'Razor' Ruddock enjoyed spells at Tottenham, Liverpool and West Ham before ending his club career as player coach at Swindon.
Very few people can match the football experiences and adventures of Neil Warnock, who has known all the peaks and troughs of the game. He played as a have-boots-will-travel winger for Aldershot, Barnsley, Chesterfield, Crewe, Hartlepool, Rotherham, Scunthorpe and York City.
Neville Southall MBE is a former Everton and Wales Goalkeeper.
Southall was one of the greatest goalkeepers of his time.
He was a mainstay of the Everton and Wales team for over a decade, before moving into management.
Norman Whiteside achieved legendary status when he became Manchester United's youngest player since Duncan Edwards. From that moment on he was a cult hero.
Born in Glasgow in 1939. Paddy Crerand began his career with Celtic and was regarded as a legend before the great Sir Matt Busby came along and signed him for Manchester United in 1963. He became a legend there also and played in the great United team of that era with players such as Best, Law, Stiles and Charlton. Paddy went on to win the European Cup in 1968 during that famous victory against Benfica at Wembley.
Following a 16 year career as a professional footballer, Paul Fletcher has now become one of Europe's leading Stadium experts. He is former Chief Executive of the Reebok Stadium and the Ricoh Arena, and Commercial Director of Wembley Stadium. Paul believes the teamwork skills he learnt on the pitch are what has driven his success, and shares this insight with audiences through his keynote speeches.
Paul Gascoigne As you can imagine, has a huge store of amazing stories to share about his life and times in and out of football, the game he played with more skill than almost anybody else on the planet.
Paul Merson is one of the characters of football, enjoying a successful professional football career as well as turning his hand to managerial and punditry work. Known for his playmaking ability and, Merson’s career span from 1985 to 2006 with a number of elite clubs and his national side. An ideal football speaker for events, Paul describes the drive and determination needed to perform at a high level consistently combined with the ability to perform under the pressure of a huge fan following, making him one of the most desirable sports speakers on the after dinner speaker circuit.
Having started speaking at events back in 1998 at only 16 years of age, he has appeared at benefit dinners for many famous names including, Sir Alex Ferguson, Mark Hateley,Neil Lennon, Gordon Strachan, Artur Boruc, Lubo Moravcik and Maurice Malpas, he has also been the official guest speaker for the Clydesdale Bank SPL Awards Evening and The Scottish Sports Writers Dinner.
Paul Scholes is one of the most decorated players in English football winning a total of 25 trophies, 11 Premier League Titles and two Champions Leagues titles. He also represented England 66 times appearing in two World Cups in 1998 and 2002 and UEFA Euro Tournaments in 2000 and 2004.
A leading English footballer with a career spanning twenty years, Peter Beardsley played for a number of leading football clubs and has branched out into managerial roles, proving testament to his knowledge and reputation as a leading figure of the sport. A terrific football speaker, Beardsley multiple decades in football has allowed to gain tremendous repute as a highly engaging football speaker on the after dinner speaker circuit.
With a career that spans more than twenty years and includes being a football speaker, player and manager Peter Reid is arguably one of the most versatile men in the British footballing industry; with time spent at Bolton, Everton and Manchester City Reid can boast a plethora of footballing achievements including appearing in two World Cups, winning the FA Cup with Everton in 1984 and winning the Football League First Division trophy as manager of Sunderland in both 1996 and 1999.
As an English sporting legend and highly regarded football speaker throughout the sporting world, Peter Shilton is one of the best goalkeepers to ever play for England. During his international career, Peter established a record of 125 caps for his country, a feat that has yet to be replicated.
Phil Thompson was a cultured defender in the dominant Liverpool team of the 1970s and 1980s. During this time, he also represented the England national football team on 37 occasions. After retiring as a player, he later served Liverpool as a coach.
Ray is most recognised for not only his football career, but for his blonde curls and his nick name ‘Romford Pele’. His Arsenal career began in 1992, he was a young midfielder who later bloomed under the management of Arsene Wenger. In 2004 Ray left on a high note for Middlesborough where he stayed until 2007, before transferring to Hull City. Ray remains a largely underrated player for Arsenal and now a regular on TalkSport Radio and Sky Sports as well as being a fantastic name on the after dinner circuit.
Raymond "Ray" Parlour (born 7 March 1973 in Romford, London), is a retired English footballer. He spent his career playing for Arsenal, Middlesbrough and Hull City. During his Arsenal career he was nicknamed "The Romford Pelé"; although the nickname was given with an ironic sense of humour, on account of his solid performance but unglamorous image. Nonetheless he has been described as an "unsung hero" and praised as a "fans' favourite" for his high-energy performances. He is now a pundit on television, as well as on radio stations BBC Radio 5 Live and Talksport.
One of the highest goal scorers in the history of the Premier League Robbie Fowler is a British footballing legend and accomplished sports speaker known for his time at Liverpool FC. A Liverpudlian by birth Fowler was frequently called upon to appear as a football speaker at sporting, club and after dinner speaker events. He remains hugely popular amongst both Liverpool and England fans.
Commonly known as ‘Big Ron’, Ron Atkinson is an English footballing legend. Spending his entire playing career at Oxford United, Ron went on to manage some of the largest football clubs in the country before turning his attention to punditry and guest appearances. A wonderful football speaker, Ron talks of both his playing and managerial career, with insights into the sport not often caught by the cameras.
Ronnie Whelan was born 25th September 1961 in Dublin, Ireland. Ronnie is a popular after dinner speaker at Sporting Dinners & Lunches.
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“Bully” Steve Bull was born on 28 march 1965, in Tipton. Former Wolves and England International. “Bully” will always be remembered as a Molineux legend, scoring an incredible 306 goals for them. “Bully” also played 13 times for England and scored on his debut against the old enemy, Scotland in 1989.
Former Cambridge United, Birmingham City, Leicester City, Wolves and Millwall Footballer.
Steve Daley Sporting speaker of the year two years running had a great career as a pro footballer, starting at Wolves as a 15 year old, making his professional debut in 1971, during his 8 year spell with the west midlands club, Steve Daley made 212 appearances and scored 38 goals Steve won a League Cup winners medal with Wolves in 1974 and played in their run through to the 1972 UEFA Cup Final, scoring a vital goal in the semi final against Ferencváros inside the first minute.
Football After Dinner Speaker
One of the genuine "characters" of football, Steve Kindon is a great raconteur whose contribution to any dinner is guaranteed to have the audience rolling with laughter.
Few players epitomise the bulldog spirit better than the ferociously competitive Londoner, whose nickname ‘Psycho’, though fitting to a point, does him scant justice.
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A legendary player, most notably for Manchester United and England, Teddy Sheringham was most recently the player-manager of Stevenage. During his lengthy career, Sheringham played as the striker and for nearly three decades has devoted his life to the sport. Taking a look back into where this passion was first kindled, you’ll see his career started with Millwall, where he remains the club’s second all-time leading scorer with 111 goals.
Terry McDermott was a spectacular midfield player who graced the Kop and scored arguably the best goal ever seen at Anfield during the 7-0 win over Tottenham at Anfield in 1978.
He needed two years to settle into the side, but he blossomed when he did. He scored some truly memorable goals and his wizadry in midfield with tough tackling Souness by his side was justly rewarded in 1980 when he became the first player to win the Football Writers' and PFA's Player of the year awards in the same season.
During his career Tony Cottee played for a number of sides, including West Ham United, Everton and Leicester City. He made his West Ham first team debut against Tottenham Hotspur on New Year´s Day 1983, scoring in the process.
Football Speakers for Hire in the UK and Europe
Laughter UK provide Football Speakers for a wide variety of events such as, corporate events, sportsmans dinners, golf days, awards ceremonies, comedy and curry nights, theatre shows, pub & club entertainment, and many many more. We cover all areas of the UK including Lancashire and Cumbriain the North West of England. Laughter UK will be able to help you make the best choice of Football Speaker for your event. Our Football Speakers include the above personalities. Click on a link to view more information about any of our Football Speakers.
Ian St John
Sir Geoff Hurst
Bob “The Cat” Bevan
Sir Trevor Brooking
Sir Bobby Charlton