A prolific record-breaking striker, John Aldridge enjoyed a career in professional football as both a player and manager. Known for his successful stint at Liverpool FC in the late 1980s, John tallied a total of 330 league goals during his career, the sixth-highest in history. A terrific football speaker, John is passionate about his sport as well as trying to teach others how to achieve the most they can.
Beginning his professional career at Newport County, ‘Aldo’, as he became known, played 198 times for the team, scoring a commendable 87 times for the squad. After a further three years with Oxford United, John hit the big time, being signed for Kenny Dalglish’s Liverpool for a fee of £750,000 in 1987. Becoming partners with Rush, Aldridge immediately made an important figure of the team.
With the additions of Beardsley and Barnes in later years, Aldridge formed part of one of the most exciting strike forces in the nation. Discussing the trial and tribulations of top-flight football as a sports speaker, John compels audiences and is sure to make your event a success, qualities that make John a leading after dinner speaker.
Playing for teams including Real Sociedad and Tranmere Rovers after his career at Liverpool, Aldridge proved to be a hugely reliable and skilled player all the way up to retirement, which came in 1998 after two years as player-manager of Tranmere. Aldridge’s playing career had spanned almost two decades including playing for his home nation, Ireland, 69 times.
After his playing career, John managed Tranmere for a further three years whilst establishing a successful career in broadcasting and punditry. A regular on radio stations such as Radio City 96.7, John shares his insightful knowledge of the game with thousands of loyal fans. He has also become a patron of the non-league team set up by Liverpool FC Fans, AFC Liverpool and has become a regular contributor on LFC TV and for the Sunday World.