Perry Groves is one of the most recognisable former Arsenal players there is. He began his footballing career as a young schoolboy, when he had a trial for Wolverhampton Wanderers FC back in 1981. Immediately spotting the talent in which Groves possessed, Colchester United offered him a position as an apprentice. One year later, Groves turned professional and went on to play a staggering 142 league games, scoring 26 goals along the way.
Groves, who was now getting more and more recognised, then signed for Arsenal for a fee of £50,000 in 1986 and was the first signing under new manager George Graham. In his first season at Arsenal, Groves helped set up Charlie Nicholas for the winning goal in the 1987 League Cup final, dribbling past three Liverpool players before laying the ball off for the winner. This was a victorious and prestigious moment for Groves and just one of the many brilliant highlights of his footballing career.
Noted for his enthusiasm and hard work, Groves started the majority of Arsenal games during the 1987-88 season, helping Arsenal to reach another League Cup Final the following season, by scoring the only goal in the semi-final against Everton.
Groves also played regularly in the famous 1988-89 season and helped produce the goal that allowed Arsenal to go on and win the league. Arsenal also won the title the season after this, in which Groves played a huge part in the team’s success in the season. Following this, Groves moved to Southampton for a staggering £750,000 and continued to develop as a professional football player before a serious injury cut his playing days short.
Groves has worked with many footballing organisations including Sky Sports, Radio 5 Live and BT Sport. He has also attended Arsenal Legends charity matches and London Masters matches to which he has been honored by football fans of all clubs. Perry Groves is one of the most level headed, disciplined football speakers there is and makes a brilliant motivational speaker for all manner of different events.
Still regarded as a footballing legend by Arsenal, Perry Groves makes a brilliant after dinner speaker with his motivational and inspirational stories. Groves shares his most personal experiences and triumphs, whilst interacting with the audience to ensure the event is thoroughly enjoyed by all.