Chris Waddle


Football speaker and British legend, Chris Waddle is known for his heartbreaking penalty miss against West Germany in the 1990 World Cup semi-final. With a long and prolific career playing for numerous British and European clubs Waddle retired to become one of the most sought-after sports speakers in the UK.

Prior to becoming a dedicated football speaker, Waddle played in the winger position for Sunderland, Burnley, Torquay, Tottenham, Newcastle United and – an unusual move for an English player – French team Olympique de Marseille, with whom he won the French Championship three times.

Back at home, Waddle was presented with a number of awards for his footballing prowess, including the Football Writer’s Footballer of the Year in 1993, whilst his popularity also brought him into contact with various other members of the media and public figures; he even contributed to the infamous 1990 World Cup anthem by New Order.

Waddle works as a sports speaker for both live events and journalistic broadcasts, he contributes regularly to the British newspaper The Sun and has worked as a football speaker for BBC Radio Five Live. Thanks to his vast playing experience and the longevity of his public standing Waddle remains a hugely popular football speaker, he is available for hire for corporate events, award ceremonies, specialist sports functions and television and radio broadcasts.

To book Chris Waddle as the football speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency using the contact details below.

When at corporate events, Chris is known to cover the following topics:

  • Football Speaker
  • Sporting Success
  • Overcoming Adversity
  • International Football
  • European Football
  • FA Cup
  • Football Journalism