Eddie Gray

An illustrious 20 year career with Leeds United where he made 561 appearances and scored 68 goals from his position as winger and has the distinction of never being booked in his entire playing career, including his 12 International caps for Scotland

He won the FA Cup in 1972 and was on the losing side in 1973 as Leeds lost to Sunderland.

Gray assumed the role of player manager in 1982 before retiring from playing to concentrate on management. He stayed at Elland Road as manager until 1985

After leaving Leeds, he had spells managing both Rochdale and Hull in the football league before joining up with Leeds United again in the 90s as youth team manager and later reserve team boss. Eddie still works as a match commentator on the Clubs Radio Station, and for BBC Yorkshire Radio.

Barry Fry

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.

Barry was determined that his career in football wouldn’t stop there. He decided to go into management and thereafter managed teams such as Dunstable Town, Bedford Town, Maidstone United, Southend United, Barnet, Birmingham City and most recently, Peterborough United who he is currently Director of Football for.

Barry is as entertaining and unpredictable on the after dinner circuit as he was as a football manager. Always keeping things interesting!

Darren Farley

Darren Farley is now firmly established as the NO.1 Football Impressionist in the UK. Labelled ‘The Voice of Football’, for his hilarious impressions of the biggest names in the game; Darren has amassed more than 100 million hits online and has gained a loyal following on his YouTube channel The Darren Farley Show and his other social media pages.

Ryan Giggs

Ryan Giggs is quite simply a footballing great. An icon for Manchester United fans, his 963 appearances for the club are record breaking, and included 168 goals.  Choosing his native Wales to represent at international level, he secured 64 caps for his country, and is now the national manager.

Having spent his youth career with Manchester City, then on to Manchester United, he made his professional debut in 1990 and remained with the club, into his 40s, until finally calling time in 2014.  A brief spell period as interim manager at the club was followed by his appointment as Welsh Manager in 2018.

Ryan is football through and through, and has remained in the spotlight throughout his career, having achieved every club trophy possible throughout that time.

 

Paul Merson

Paul started his career at Arsenal, joining the club as an apprentice in 1984. After a stint at Brentford, he made his debut for the Gunners in November 1986 and gradually established himself in George Graham’s successful Arsenal side of the late 1980´s.

By the 1988-89 season, Paul was a regular on the right wing, at the end of which Arsenal secured the first division title. He scored ten times that season, made his debut for England U21 side, and was voted PFA Young Player of the Year.

Over the next few years, more winners medals were added to his collection as Arsenal bagged another league championship in 1991, both the FA Cup and League Cup in 1993 and the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1994. He also made his debut for the full England side.

Paul’s career was put on the line in November 1994 when he admitted to being an alcoholic and cocaine addict. The Football Association arranged for him to undergo a three-month rehabilitation programme and he returned to the side in February 1995.

In 1995-96 Paul remained a regular first team player under Arsenal’s new manager Bruce Rioch and continued to play regularly in 1996-97 following the appointment of Arsene Wenger. At the end of the 1996-97 Premiership campaign, in which Arsenal finished third, he was sold to relegated Middlesbrough in a £5 million deal making him the most expensive player ever signed by a non Premiership Club. In total, he played 425 times for Arsenal, scoring 99 goals.

Paul was a key player for Middlesbrough’s promotional success as Division One runners-up in 1997-98. He also held the distinction of being the only player in England’s 1998 World Cup squad not to play for a top flight club. In the 1998 World Cup he played in England’s famous second round match against Argentina, scoring in the penalty shootout.

In the Autumn of 1998 Paul was sold to Aston Villa for £6.75 million. He quickly established himself as a fans favourite due to his creative and flamboyant brand of football. He remained at the club for nearly five years, helping them reach the 2000 FA Cup Final. he was finally given a free transfer at the end of the 2001-02 season, signing for the Division One Club Portsmouth, and was instrumental in the club’s promotion to the Premiership in 2002-03.

In the summer of 2003 Paul moved to Division One Side Walsall.

In February 2004 he admitted himself to the Sierra Tucson in Arizona to seek help for his gambling addiction and missed several key games whilst Walsall slipped into the relegation zone. A couple of months after his return, he was quickly thrown into the manager’s spot at Walsall following Colin Lee’s sacking. He led a gallant bid to retain Division One status, but was hindered by a harsh last minute penalty against Crystal Palace, and eventually the club was relegated after a 3-2 victory against Rotherham United. The following month, despite relegation, Paul was rewarded witht the manager’s job on a permanent basis.

In 2004-05 Walsall slipped close to a second consecutive relegation. Paul responded by making several key signings on transfer deadline day. The side then went undefeated during May 2005, securing League One status for another year.

Unfortunately, Paul was unable to lift Walsall out of the relegation zone during the 2005-06 season and with the club in 19th place he was sacked. After a short spell at Conference Club Tamworth he announced his retirement in March 2006.

Now Paul is rapidly becoming one of the most sought after speakers on the after dinner circuit. His open and honest stories about his life in and out of the game he loves, and the characters he played with and against, are both fascinating and revealing.

He lived life to the full during his football career. He had highs and lows, good times and bad times, and he speaks about it all with nothing off limits.

Steve Kindon

Former Burnley, Wolves and Huddersfield Town footballer.

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.
With over 160 first-class goals to his credit, this former strikerleft winger starred with Wolves, Burnley and Huddersfield in the 70’s and 80’s and he also won caps for England in the Youth team, the under-23’s and England B.
For seven years running, he gained the title of the fastest footballer in Britain at the annual competition at the Meadowbank Stadium.
Nowadays, “Kindo” – as he is affectionately known – prefers to take a more leisurely pace, though travelling the length and breadth of the country at sporting and corporate dinners throughout the land where his humorous reminiscences always leave the audience wanting more.
He is now very much in demand on the after dinner circuit, as he is certainly one of the best football speakers around.

Kevin Keegan

Kevin Keegan is a Liverpool and footballing legend. With his crazy hair styles and fantastic football, Kevin is never without something to talk about in his after dinner speeches.
Kevin started out playing for the town of Scunthorpe and got his lucky break with Liverpool under Bill Shankly. Kevin has been both England Player of the Year and European Player of the Year. He is also one of the very few players who has both captained for and managed England. After an impressive football career and taking the managerial position at both Newcastle and England, Kevin retired from management.
He now shares his enthusiasms and experiences through his coaching and his after dinner speaking. He has the ability to tailor his presentations to his audience and is an undeniable gentleman on all occasions. A truly fantastic speaker and character.

Ray Parlour

Ray Parlour was loyal, dependable, tenacious – and a much better player than he was given credit for.

Instantly recognisable with his blond curls, the man tagged ‘Romford Pele’ by Marc Overmars rose through the ranks and broke into the Arsenal side in January 1992. It was a baptism of fire – he conceded a penalty in a 2-0 defeat at Anfield – but, unabashed, the teenager came back for more. Seven months later, he ran the show at the same ground as Arsenal reversed that score line.

George Graham clearly had faith in the young midfielder and the player himself fitted snugly into a midfield which prided itself on its industry and grit while the likes of Ian Wright and Paul Merson were left to weave the magic further forward.

However he was much more than a workhorse and would blossom under the tutelage of Arsène Wenger. Some thought the Frenchman’s arrival in September 1996 would herald the end of his Highbury career but, encouraged to express himself on the pitch, he added an extra dimension to his game.

He never lost the tackling ability and will to win which gave Arsenal’s midfield such perfect balance and won the hearts of the Highbury faithful but, increasingly, showed he had subtlety too. Training and playing alongside the likes of Patrick Vieira and Dennis Bergkamp no doubt helped.

The Dutch master was the star of Wenger’s first Double side but Ray scooped the man of the match award when Arsenal added the FA Cup to their League title by beating Newcastle at Wembley in May 1998. Four years later, he would score one of the great Cup Final goals himself, stunning Chelsea from 25 yards at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium.

Ray was never prolific – indeed, he barely registered a goal before Wenger arrived – but he certainly had an eye for the spectacular. A stunning hat-trick at Werder Bremen, another treble against Newcastle and a thunderous Champions League strike against Valencia at Highbury all spring to mind.

Having landed his second Double in 2002, he was increasingly sidelined by knee trouble and the emergence of Freddie Ljungberg. But he remained a key member of the squad, stepping in for the injured Patrick Vieira in the FA Cup Final win against Southampton and captaining the side to that famous 5-1 win against Inter Milan at the San Siro.

Ray left Highbury on a high note in the summer of 2004, shortly after Wenger’s ‘Invincibles’ had completed an unbeaten title campaign. He was no superstar but remains one of the most underrated – and highly decorated – players in Arsenal’s history.

He is now gaining a reputation as one of the best speakers on the after dinner circuit.

Dean Saunders

Dean 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 also enjoying a career in management and is currently managing Doncaster Rovers.

In his football career Dean started at Swansea City, joined Cardiff City on loan before moving on to Brighton, Oxford United, Derby County, Liverpool, Galatasary, Nottingham Forest, Sheffield United, Benfica and Bradford City.

After retiring from football in 2001 he became a coach and then moved on to Newcastle United in 2004 initially as strikers coach, and then first team coach under old boss Graeme Souness. He left Newcastle in 2006 and took his coaching badges and was appointed assistant manger of Wales in June 2007.

He was one of the Welsh national side’s most prolific scorers. Made his debut as a 21 year old against Ireland in 1986, no Welsh fan will ever forget his goal which secured a famous 1-0 win over Brazil in Cardiff in 1991. He won the last of his caps against Ukraine in 2001 just a few months short of his 37th birthday.

As well as enjoying life in football management Dean Saunders is is building a very good reputation as an after dinner speaker, he comes very highly rated and above all enjoys doing the events.

Matt Le Tissier

Matt is one of the best and most well respected players in Southampton’s history. He turned down a number of money rich moves in order to see his team through the tough times. His loyalty to Southampton was noted by fans who nick named him “Le God.”
In 1990 Matt won the PFA Young Players award, for his outstanding performances and ability. An unfortunate case of repeated injuries meant that his career came to an early finish. Matt is now a panellist on Sky Soccer Saturday.