Speakers

After Dinner Speakers

For any corporate or charity event a guest after dinner speaker can add that finishing touch turning a good event into a great event.

At www.soccerspeaker.co.uk we pride ourselves on providing top quality sporting after dinner speakers, motivational after dinner speakers, corporate after dinner speakers, celebrity speakers, comedians or comperes. On this site we have a selection of our most frequently booked celebrity after dinner speakers, although we can arrange for many other celebrity after dinner speakers to ensure your event is an event to remember.

0We have a large selection of celebrity after dinner speakers from many different backgrounds whether it be sport, entertainment or any other genre. If the celebrity after dinner speaker you are looking for does not appear on this page, please call or e-mail and we’ll get the details of the after dinner speakers you require. A good after dinner speaker could be your secret weapon. A good after dinner speaker will raise the profile of the event and hopefully increase the size of the audience.

The menu on the left gives additional information about a selection of our celebrity after dinner speakers.

Sporting after dinner speakers we can arrange include;
Football After Dinner Speakers

 

Neil-Ruddock

Neil Ruddock after dinner speakerJack Charlton O.B.E, Tommy Docherty, Bob “The Cat” Bevan, Ian St. John, Gordon Banks, Sir Geoff Hurst MBE, Duncan McKenzie, Peter Shilton MBE OBE, Paul Fletcher, Ron Yeats, Alan Kennedy, Steve Kindon, Jimmy Greaves, Wilf McGuinness, Frank McLintock MBE, John Lloyd, Jeff Winter, Mike Summerbee, Ron Atkinson, Sir Trevor Brooking, Craig Brown, Peter Bonetti, Steve Kindon, Stan Bowles, Martin Chivers, George Cohen, Archie Gemmell, Charlie George, Sven Goren Erikson, Trevor Francis, Alan Hanson, Jimmy Hill, Sir Geoff Hurst, Pat Jennings, Graham Kelly, Brian Kidd, Gary Lineker, Lawrie McMenemy, John Motson, Alan Mullery MBE, David Platt, Harry Redknapp, Ray Wilkins, Terry Venables, Bob Wilson, Rodney Marsh, Norman Hunter, Ray Clemence, Peter Shilton, Tommy Smith, David Johnson, Ron ‘Chopper’ Harris, Malcolm Macdonald, Kevin Keegan, Frank Worthington, Dave Bassett, and many more…..(click here to see our football speakers page)

Rugby After Dinner Speakers

Austin Healey, Jason Leonard, Brian Moore, Kyran Bracken, Willie John McBride, Scott Quinnell, Fergus Slattery, Jeff Probyn, John Bentley, Ian Robertson, Nigel Redman, Martin Johnson, Phil Bennett, Gareth Chilcott, Ray Gravell, Will Carling, Derek Quinnell, JJ Williams, Nigel Walker, Jonathan Davies, Bill Beaumont, Martin Bayfield, Rob Andrew, John Bentley, Gareth Edwards, Johnathan Edwards, Jeremy Guscott, Scott Hastings, Will Greenwood, and many more…..(click here to see our rugby speakers page)

Cricket After Dinner Speakers

Alec Stewart, Geoff Miller, Graham Gooch, Graeme Fowler, Ronnie Irani, Robin Smith, David Shepherd, Graham Lloyd, Dickie Bird, Phil Tufnell, David Lloyd, Allan Lamb, Ian Botham, Angus Fraser, Chris Adams, Chris Cowdrey, Geoff Boycott, Paul Allott, and many more…..(click here to see our cricket speakers page)

Remember you don’t just have to have a celebrity after dinner speaker, we can arrange fun golf days, auctions or dinners with any of our celebrities.

After dinner speakers of the week Chris Kamara, Lee Sharpe, Jason McAteer, Robbie Fowler, Ray Parlour

Neil Ruddock

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Date of Birth: 9-5-1968
Debut: 14th August 1993 v Sheffield Wednesday (H). Premiership – won 2-0
1st team games: 150
1st team goals: 12
Other clubs: Tottenham Hotspur (twice), Southampton, Millwall, West Ham United, Crystal Palace, Swindon Town.
International caps while at Liverpool: England (1).
Honours with Liverpool: Coca Cola Cup 1995
Born: Wandsworth, South London

John Hartson

0John Hartson (born 5 April 1975) is a former Welsh international footballer who played as a striker, best known for his spells with West Ham and Celtic. Hartson also featured prominently for Wales, earning 51 caps until his international retirement in 2006. He retired from professional football after being released by West Bromwich Albion in January 2008.

Matt Le Tissier

0Matthew Le Tissier was born in St Peter Port, Guernsey on 14th October, 1968.

He played youth football on the island and was clearly a class above his team. He signed pro at Southampton in May 1985 after spending a successful trial at Oxford Utd. He played his first professional game on 2nd September 1986.

Lee Sharpe

Former professional footballer who was born in Worcestershire in 1971.
He played for a number of clubs during his long career including Manchester United and Leeds United.

Harry Redknapp

Harry Redknapp is a former professional footballer who has also enjoyed a lengthy career as a manager. He was born in Poplar, London and demonstrated a talent for the game from an early age. While playing as a youngster he was spotted by Dickie Walker, a Tottenham Hotspur scout. He progressed through the Tottenham youth ranks, but moved to West Ham at the age of fifteen. In the 1965/66 season he made his debut for the first team.

Paul Merson

Paul MersonBorn in London, Paul Merson started his career at Arsenal, joining the club as an apprentice in 1984. After a loan spell at Brentford, he made his debut for Arsenal on November 22, 1986 against Manchester City, and gradually established himself in George Graham’s successful Arsenal side of the late 1980s.

Jeff Stelling

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Stelling was brought up in the North-East town of Hartlepool and is a supporter of local team Hartlepool United. After an apprenticeship on the local newspaper, his first broadcasting position was as a reporter on Middlesbrough F.C. for Radio Tees before moving to BBC Radio 2′s weekend sports programme Sport on 2, covering the Los Angeles and Seoul Olympic games. He later spent time as a sports newsreader at TV-am, Channel 4, Eurosport and British Satellite Broadcasting before moving to Sky in 1992 to present coverage of horse racing, snooker and darts.

Paul Gascoigne

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Nicknamed Gazza, Paul is a retired footballer who enjoyed a long career playing for a number of different clubs. Born in Gateshead in 1967, he showed a great deal of promise for the game at an early age. He was talent spotted by football scouts while playing for Gateshead Boys. Following a couple of unsuccessful trials he was signed by Newcastle, as a school boy, in 1980. In 1983 he joined their youth team as an apprentice.

He made his debut for Newcastle United’s first team in 1985 in a match against Queens Park Rangers.

Chris Kamara

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Chris Kamara was born in 1957 and is a retired English footballer. Nicknamed Kammy, he played as defender / midfielder during his career which spanned twenty years. His father was of Sierra Leonian roots and, before his football career, Chris served in the Royal Navy. During his footballing career he played for many different teams.

Ray Parlour

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Ray Parlour is a professional footballer who currently plays for Wembley FC. Born in 1973, he is most famous for his time at Arsenal where he was nicknamed ‘The Romford Pele’. He joined the Gunners in 1989 as a trainee and made his debut in 1992 in a match against Liverpool. He is fondly remembered by the fans even though it is a number of years since he left the club.

John Fashanu

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The younger brother of Justin Fashanu, John in many ways was the more successful of the two. However both of them have courted controversy with John charged with match-fixing along with Hans Segers and Bruce Grobelaar.

Although an associate schoolboy with Cambridge United, he was signed by Norwich in October 1979. He made his debut two years later on 17th October 1981 as substitute at home to Shrewsbury.

Phil Thompson

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Phil Thompson is a retired English football player who was born in 1954. He is best known for playing as a defender for Liverpool although he also had a two year spell at Sheffield United. Furthermore he also represented England a total of forty two times. After retirement he moved into management and eventually became the assistant manager at Liverpool.

Jason McAteer

Jason McAteer is a retired professional footballer who represented five clubs during his career – Bolton, Liverpool, Blackburn Rovers, Sunderland and Tranmere Rovers. He also played at international level gaining a total of fifty two caps for the Republic of Ireland.

Born in 1971 in Birkenhead, Jason showed promise from an early age.

Dave Watson

1Dave Watson is made of stern stuff. He’s had to be. After not reaching the first team as a teenager at Anfield, the resolute stopper joined Norwich, with whom his career gathered momentum to such effect that he won England caps. Thus, when Everton paid a club record £900,000 to bring him back to his native city in August 1986, the move had all the hallmarks of a triumphant homecoming. Initially, however, nothing could have been further than the truth.

John Aldridge

1Date of Birth: 18-9-1958
Debut: 21st February 1987 v Aston Villa (A) Football League Division One: Drew 2-2
1st team games: 104
1st team goals: 63
Former clubs: South Liverpool, Newport County,
Oxford United, Real Sociedad, Tranmere Rovers (as player then manager)
Honours with Liverpool: Division One Champions 1988, FA Cup 1989, Charity Shield 1988
International caps while at Liverpool: 69 (Republic of Ireland)
Birth Place: Liverpool

Ian Snodin

1Ian Snodin is an almost unique figure in modern football in so much as he declined an invitation, which few receive and virtually no one declines, to join Liverpool in January 1987.

Having established himself an aggressive, yet thoughtful, midfielder in a struggling Leeds United side during the mid-eighties, Snodin was pursued by several leading clubs but only two – Everton

Ronnie Whelan

Ronnie WhelanDate of Birth: 25-09-1961.
Debut: 3rd April 1981 v Stoke City (H) Football League Division One: won 3-0.
1st team games: 443.
1st team goals: 73.
Other clubs: Home Farm, Southend United (player and manager), Panionios (manager), Olympiakos Nicosia (manager).
International caps while with Liverpool: 51.
International goals while with Liverpool: 3.

Frank Bruno

0Frank started boxing at the age of nine when he joined the Wandsworth Boys Club. It was while he was at Wandsworth Boys Club that he won an NABC title. Frank boxed three times as junior, winning twice. During his amateur career he boxed 21 times, winning 20 (he avenged his only defeat by Irish International, Joe Christie).

Gordon Banks

0Gordon Banks was born in Sheffield 1937 and grew to become not only England’s World Cup winning keeper in 1966, but was acknowledged and later officially crowned as the World’s Best Goalkeeper in the 1970 World Cup Tournament in Mexico.
Yet the story could have been so much different. Although Banks had played for both his school team, Tinsley County Secondary Modern and Sheffield boys in goal, through his own admission he’d not given serious thought to becoming a professional goalkeeper.

Tommy Docherty

0Tommy Docherty is renowned as one of the most colourful characters in football, the man who often claims to have had more clubs than Jack Nicklaus!

The fast-talking, wisecracking Glaswegian is a stalwart of the after dinner circuit and is known throughout the country as THE DOC.

Geoff Hurst

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Sir Geoff Hurst, Kt, MBE was born in Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire, on the 8th December 1941.

He secured his place among the World Cup greats when he became the first player to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final.

Hurst’s three goals came in the 1966 final for England in their 4-2 win over West Germany at Wembley.

Peter Shilton

0Peter Shilton is one of the greatest goalkeepers to play in this country, his 25 clean sheets in one season at Nottingham Forest, and 67 throughout a lengthy international career are landmarks in the modern game.

He started his career with Leicester City aged 15, achieved fame at Stoke City, and went on to win two European Cups and a League Championship medal with Nottingham Forest.

John H. Stracey

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John H. Stracey was born in Bethnal Green on September 22nd, 1950.

Stracey began his professional career in September, 1969, knocking out Santos Martins in two rounds. Stracey won his first thirteen fights, eleven by knockout, one by points and one by a controversial disqualification.

Ronnie Irani

Ronnie Irani
Lancashire, Essex and England all rounder. Played 3 test matches and 31 one-day internationals. In all professional cricket finished with better all round statistics that Andrew Flintoff, scoring over 20,000 runs and taking over 650 wickets at an average of 41 and 29 respectively.

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Alan Kennedy

0Twenty years have now passed since the greatest period of European dominance by any English football club came to an end. Between 1977 and 1984, Liverpool won the European Cup an unprecedented four times – and it was an unlikely figure that dominated the headlines for the last two of those victories – left-back Alan Kennedy – nicknamed ‘Barney’ by fans after the Flintstones character due to his straightforward, no-frills approach to the game.

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Nicky Summerbee

Hailing from a family of football legends, it is no surprise that Nicky became a professional footballer. His father, Mike; Grandfather, George; and Great Uncle, Gordon, all played professional football and Nicky followed in their footsteps when making his debut for Swindon Town at the age of 18.

Following 112 appearances for Swindon between 1989 and 1994, Summerbee joined Manchester City where he played over 130 games for The Blues.

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Jan Molby

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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.

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Mark Wright

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Mark, started his career at Oxford United and signed professional forms in the 1980/81 season, after only 11 appearances he was bought by Southampton as he had caught their eye. Wright played along side Kevin Keegan and impressed as a player, he was called up to the England squad by Bobby Robson who was looking for a long term replacement for Terry Butcher.

After 222 appearances for the Saints in which he scored 11 goals, Wright signed for Derby County, on 8 August 1987. After 171 games for Derby as Captain he was then spotted by Graeme Souness.

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Stuart McCall

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Stuart started his career at Bradford City FC where he made his senior debut in 1982. He played a total of 763 league games in his career – only 12 other British players have played more games. Stuart’s other clubs were Everton, Rangers and Sheffield United. Stuart also played 40 games for Scotland scoring 1 goal.

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Martin Allen

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In his playing career he was known as ‘Mad Dog’. He played for Queens Park Rangers, signing professional in 1983 and spending six years at Loftus Road. He played in the 1986 League Cup Final against Oxford United, before a £670,000 move to West Ham United. He played in their promotion teams of 1991 and 1993.

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Jason Cundy

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Jason Cundy was born on 12th November 1969 in Wandsworth London (not the prison). He played for Chelsea, Tottenham and Ipswich Town.

Cundy is famously remembered for the “freak” goal that he scored against Ipswich Town in a Premiership match for Tottenham in 1992/93. In an attempt to clear the ball away on the half-way line from Jason Dozell (who would then sign with the Spurs), he managed a wind-assisted effort that ended up flying over keeper Craig Forrest and into the back of the net.

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John Lukic

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John’s career started with his debut in 1979 for Leeds United and went on to span four decades making him one of only four players to achieve this feat, the others being Steve Ogres, Peter Shilton and the legendary Stanley Matthews.

He spent his career at only two clubs, Leeds and Arsenal and was fortunate to win the league title with both clubs – the only post war goalie to do this with two different teams.

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Jeff Winter

1Commenced Teesside January 1979.
Progressed to the National List via local leagues,Northern League,Northern Intermediate League,Central League and G.M.Vauxhall Conference.

Was a linesman on the Football League for 6 seasons,then a referee for 3 seasons, completed 9 seasons as a Premier League Referee.

One of the first group of professional referees season 2001/2.

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