Gordon Strachan OBE


Gordon Strachan OBE is a former football player turned coach, who now tours the public speaking circuit presenting his highly-regarded speeches. As a keynote speaker, Gordon tailors his speeches to suit your event, effortlessly complementing the message of the occasion with his topics of discussion. As soon as Gordon steps onto the stage, his sporting expertise and personable nature take the audience by storm, leaving them captivated by his infectious passion.

Born in Scotland, Gordon’s love of football started at a young age and was even offered a contract by his favourite football team, Hibernian Football Club, as a boy. Gordon’s early career started at the age of 14 with Dundee Football Club. With the team, his natural footballing talent shone through, earning the Scottish Reserve Player of the Year Award despite his youth. During the 1975 to 1976 season, Gordon firmly secured his position as a go-to player and was later offered the role of captain in the following season – Gordon continues to hold the title of youngest captain, at the age of 19.

At the peak of his career, Gordon played in two FIFA World Cup tournaments and later won the 1982 to 1983 European Cup Winners’ Cup and 1983 European Super Cup. Whilst playing for Manchester, he secured the 1985 FA Cup Final. Over the course of 635 league games and  50 international caps, Gordon scored 138 goals before retiring at the age of 40, in 1997. The right-side midfielder was also the full-time manager for Coventry FC, managed the Scottish national team, Southampton FC, Celtic FC and Middlesborough FC.

After retiring, Gordon turned his hand to sports analysis, media appearances and as the official FIFA Ambassador for Scotland. The popular pundit is also a hit with fans nationwide, who he gladly meets for pictures. As an after-dinner speaker, he is noted as being humorous and knowledgeable, with his vast football experience Gordon is a sought after choice for numerous events. Covering such topics as drive and determination, peak performance, management and leadership, Gordon’s strategies for personal development are invaluable.

To book Gordon Strachan OBE as the football speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing agent@championsukplc.com or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.

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

  • International Football
  • Scottish League Football
  • Football Management
  • Drive & Determination
  • Peak Performance

Watch a compilation of Gordon’s best moments, here:

See what people had to say about Gordon, when he appeared at their corporate events, here:

“Gordon was a fabulous addition to our customers event, he spent the time prior to the event meeting with our clients and “playing the floor” happy and open to talk about anything, take selfies etc.  The after dinner talk was, as expected, very focused on football.  Specifically Gordon’s time playing for Sir Alex Fergusson.  We would absolutely recommend Gordon Strachan for an audience with a particular appetite for football.” – Russell, Manheim

“Yes Gordon Strachan very well received thank you and a really lovely man – and very funny!” – Sam, SJ Events