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He scored 387 goals for seven clubs in 581 league matches, his speed and shooting power devastating many defences. He is a legend at Arsenal, with whom he scored a record of 128 league goals in 221 games. The lethal striker also netted another 9 goals in 33 appearances for England.
Originally from Germany, Dietmar Hamann is a professional footballer who has alsomanaged Stockport County. With a reputation for being a reliable and consistent footballer, he played for Bayern Munich, Newcastle United, Liverpool, Manchester City and Milton Keynes Dons during his career – mainly in the position of midfield defense. He was also a member of the German national team between the years of 1997 and 2006.
A one man club Jamie Carragher is one of the most successful and longest serving players in Liverpool’s history. The no nonsense defender is the ultimate professional both on and off the field. With a total of 737 appearances, 5 goals and 12 winners medals in all competitions he is a legend in his own right.
Known as ‘God’ by the Kop, Robbie was born in 1975 in the Toxteth area of the city. One of the most revered players in the club’s history, he began his career with Liverpool FC in 1991 when he signed as a youth player. A natural goalscorer, he progressed through the ranks and signed as a professional in 1992.
Razor is a well-known household name and can appeal to all kinds of audiences with his tales of football, jungles and other adventures. He made his debut at Millwall and then went on to have a long football career playing for Tottenham Hotspur, Southampton, Liverpool, West Ham, Crystal Palace, and finally concluded his career as a player and coach at Swindon Town.
John Hartson is an inspirational speaker who has battled with cancer in a courageous manner that has earned him the admiration of all who have followed his touching story. John was capped 51 times by Wales; he was a barnstorming striker with Luton, Arsenal, West Ham, Wimbledon, Coventry, Celtic and West Bromwich Albion.
Graeme is perhaps best remembered for his time spent at Liverpool. He was a member of the very successful team that won five League Championships, three European Cups and four League Cups. His time with the Reds began in 1978 when he joined two other recently signed Scottish players – Alan Hansen and Kenny Dalglish.
Born in 1964, Gary McAllister is a Scottish former professional footballer. During his long and successful career he played mainly as a midfielder. Nicknamed ‘The Enforcer’, he began his career with Scottish side Motherwell, but went on to play for a number of English clubs including Leicester City, Leeds United, Coventry City and Liverpool.
Terry Venables is a name synonymous with success in English football. The former coach is the only English player to have represented his country at all possible football levels, an achievement that can never be equalled. He was also commentator for ITV for the most important football events world-wide.
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.
Former player and football speaker Ryan Giggs OBE is a Welsh athlete know for devoting his career to Manchester United, where he play for an amazing 25 years. Making his debut for the team in 1991, Giggs played on United’s first team until 2014 when he retired from his position to focus on management and football speaking.
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 of football. Dean is a former footballer with Hull City, Middlesborough, Aberdeen and Bradford City.
A warhorse of a defensive midfield player, he first established himself with Bolton Wanderers before joining Everton in 1982. He was voted PFA Players’ Player of the Year in 1985 while helping the Goodison club win domestic and European honors, including two League championships.
One of the greatest English strikers of modern times now owns a magnificent racehorse-training yard that is home to a string of expensive thoroughbreds. Owen retired from football in 2013 playing for Liverpool, Real Madrid, Newcastle, Manchester United & Stoke City. He was European footballer the year in 2001 and scored 40 goals in 89 international appearances for England.
After a career in which he defended with pride for Preston, Brighton, Liverpool and, briefly, Barnet, Tampa Bay Rowdies and Corby Town. Born in Lancashire but with Irish heritage, he played 39 times for the Republic of Ireland, and later dipped his toe in the managing game with Oxford United and Peterborough.
With a reputation built on his tenacious and effective defending and known for his competitive spirit. Keown collected 43 England caps over a ten-year international span. He also played with distinction for Aston Villa & Everton but it was his two spells at Arsenal where he built his reputation.
John Charles Bryan Barnes was born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1963 but it was in England that he got his reputation as one of the most exciting and gifted players of the 1980s and 1990s, amassing nearly 600 league appearances for Watford, Liverpool, Newcastle and Charlton before hanging the boots up.
John remains one of the most prolific goal scorers in the history of the Football League, nicknamed ‘Gentleman John’ his 330 goals make him sixth top marksman in the all-time list. He was 2o before he broke into the league with Newport County, finally arriving in his hometown club Liverpool after a spell at Oxford United.
Born in the East End, Harry’s Cockney wit lightens the sometimes too serious world of the Premier League; he is one of the most popular characters in British football. Playing for West Ham Harry played a right-winger before starting a managerial career with Bournemouth in 1983.
Alan Hansen was born in Sauchie in Scotland. He is a well-known and respected football pundit on the popular BBC's Match of the Day, when he shows an in depth knowledge of the game which he has previously played. Alan played a central defender along with Patrick Thistle and then Liverpool, where he became captain of the team during their golden age of the 1980's. He has 17 titles under his belt including 2 FA Cups, 7 League Championships, 4 League Cups, 1 Scottish First Division medal champ; 3 European Cups.
Middlesbrough born Chris played 641 league games on travels that took him to Portsmouth (twice), Swindon (twice), Brentford, Stoke, Leeds, Luton, Sheffield United (twice), Middlesbrough & Bradford City. While mainly a defensive player, he scored 28 goals in a more positive role with Brentford when playing 128 League games for the Bees.
Originally from Chester-le-street in County Durham Bryan was established at West Bromwich Albion as a storming midfielder who got snapped up by manager Alex Ferguson at Manchester Utd in 1981. He was known for his ball winning, a maker and taker of goals, with a total of 74 goals out of 345 league games for united.
Arnie was one of the last of the people to play professionally at both Cricket and Football. His football career took in Manchester Utd, (when in the 2nd division) and later Huddersfield and Halifax Town. He played for Yorkshire County Cricket Club from 1973 to 1991 and one test for England.
Steve started playing football for a number of clubs including Southampton, for which he scored a goal during his debut. He also played for the England Youth team, also scoring a goal in his debut match. In September 1979 Steve joined Manchester City for a then British record transfer fee of £1,437,500. Having signed a ten year contract and leaving after just two, it soon became obvious it was not the most successful transfer in football!
Jeff has an array of amusing anecdotes and motivating moments you can enjoy by hiring him for after dinner speaking, motivational presentations, product endorsements, personal appearances, hosting of events, auctioneering and more. Jeff's career as a referee of over 25 years until he retired at the end of the 2003/04 season after taking charge of the FA Cup Final.
After a distinguished one-club career with Manchester United, Gary has now developed into the leading television football analyst with Sky Sports as well as coaching the England team. He is England’s most-capped right-back with a run of 85 matches, Manchester United’s captain for five years during their golden years under Sir Alex Ferguson.
Few players epitomise the bulldog spirit better than the ferociously competitive Londoner, whose nickname ‘Psycho’, though fitting to a point, does him scant justice. A career with a slow-burning fuse – Pearce trained as an electrician and began life with non-League Wealdstone – took off under Brian Clough at Nottingham Forest after a switch from Coventry City in 1985.
Ronnie made his Liverpool debut in 1981, he then went on to pretty much win every accolade under the sun with the Liverpool Dream Team of the 1980s. European Cup, FA Cup, League titles, League Cup and the Charity Shield, Ronnie played at the highest level for 10 years and became on of the all time Kop Greats.
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.
Trevor was a European Cup winner with Nottingham Forest and played for England in 52 internationals. A boy wonder, he developed into one of the finest strikers on the world stage and was described by Fabio Capello as “the best British footballer ever to play in Italy.” Forever known as Britain’s first £1 million footballer, It was the legendary Brian Clough who plucked Trevor from Birmingham City for Forest, and his after-dinner speeches are studded with hilarious stories about the one and only Cloughie.
Sheringham became part of Manchester United history when he helped them win the Treble of FA Cup, Premier League championship and European Champions’ League title in the 1998-99 season. This was the Everest peak of his achievements during a goal-gorged career, which also took him to Millwall, Nottingham Forest, Tottenham (twice), Portsmouth, West Ham and Colchester.
Brooking made over 600 appearances for his beloved club West Ham United scoring 103 times during a 17-year spell at Upton Park. He was born and raised in the Barking area of east London. The midfielder was noted for his intelligent play, making the number 10 shirt his own at the Boleyn Ground, and his style exemplified the traditional pass and move style that West Ham had been associated with during the late sixties and early seventies.
‘Big Ron’ played for Oxford United, where his robust style in midfield earned him the nickname The Tank, and he then set off on a managing marathon with Kettering Town, Cambridge United, West Bromwich Albion, Manchester United, Atletico Madrid, Sheffield Wednesday, Aston Villa, Coventry City and Nottingham Forest.
A former striker, goal scoring legend and manager, Alan is regarded as one of the best players in the history of the Premier League. Born in Newcastle in 1970, his talents for the game became apparent at an early age. He began his career at Southampton where he initially played for the youth team for two years. This was followed with promotion to the first team, making his professional debut in 1988.
Arrived at White Hart Lane at the age of 19 when he signed for Tottenham. The Northern Irish legend spent 13 distinguished years at Spurs, amassing an incredible 472 league appearances for the Lilywhites – and 591 in all competitions – and during his reign as the club’s undisputed number one keeper, Tottenham won the 1967 FA Cup, the 1971 and 1973 League Cup and the 1972 FA Cup.
Belfast-born Norman was a boy wonder who broke records galore early in his career with Manchester United. He holds records as the youngest player to take part in a World Cup, the youngest player to score in a League Cup and FA Cup final, and the youngest player to score a senior goal for United. He won 38 caps for Northern Ireland, played at the 1982 and 1986 World Cups, and also helped his country win the last ever British Home Championship in 1984.
Andy started off as a part time player for Welling united and Weymouth while he worked as a computer technician. He is the son of a former professional. He made his breakthrough in the football League for Southampton at the age of 21 under manager Lawrie McMenemy . He was a smart midfielder who later transferred to Norwich City, Chelsea, Aston Villa, Middlesbrough & West Bromwich Albion.
One of the greatest goalkeepers of his time Neville was a mainstay of the Everton and Wales team for over a decade, before he moved into management. Southall was born in Llandudno and originally played centre back for his school team and Llandudno Swifts, alongside Joey Jones.
Born in Southampton, he began his professional career with Saints but in January 1968 Tottenham manager, Nicholson decided he needed to bolster his attacking resources and signed Chivers for a then club record fee of £125,000. The deal made him the most expensive player in the country and he began replaying the club’s considerable investment immediately – scoring on his debut against Sheffield Wednesday.
Montrose-born John was brought up in Hartlepool and at the age of 19 became the youngest player to appear in all four divisions. John McGovern entered the land of football legend when he skippered the Brian Clough-managed Nottingham Forest side that won back-to-back European Cup finals.
Ian St John was signed by Liverpool for a club record of £37,500 in 1961 after impressing at his hometown club Motherwell. The striker quickly established himself as a key figure at Anfield, scoring a hatrick on his debut and notching 18, 19 & 21 goals in his first 3 seasons at the club.