Ian Rush MBE


Welsh former football player and sports speaker Ian Rush MBE is best known for his time at Liverpool football club and his position on the Welsh national team during the 1980s and 1990s. Now retired Rush works primarily as a television presenter, analyst and football speaker in the media, appearing on a variety of television networks including Sky Sports and ESPN. Bought by Liverpool for a record breaking fee of £300,000 in 1980, Ian lead a consistently strong and impressive career, voted PFA Young Player Of The Year three years after joining the Reds, Rush helped to bring the team two consecutive First Division League Cup doubles. Rush was the first British footballer to be awarded the European Golden Boot Award as Liverpool retained both the League and the League Cup and won the European Cup to complete a unique treble in 1984.

Thanks to his successful tenure at Liverpool Ian Rush remains a popular football speaker for the club and is often called upon to share tales from his time with the infamous team at after dinner speaker events. As well as playing for Liverpool, Ian Rush MBE also had stints playing for Chester, Juventus, Leeds United, Newcastle United, Sheffield United, Wrexham and Sydney Olympic. Rush eventually retired from professional football in 1999, going on to become a dedicated after dinner speaker and media personality.

Rush’s appearances for the Welsh national side culminated in a record 28 goals in 73 games helping to make him a popular football speaker at Welsh sporting ceremonies and after dinner speaker events. He was awarded both the Young Player and Player of the Year awards by the PFA as well as the Football Writers of the Year award. Since 2005, Ian Rush MBE has worked as a television presenter, pundit and sports speaker, holding roles as an analyst with ESPN, a pundit for Sky Sports and a reporter for Sky Sports News. Outside his work in the media Rush is currently the Elite League Performance Director for the Welsh FA.

To book Ian Rush MBE 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, Ian is known to cover the following topics:

  • British & International Football
  • Drive & Determination
  • Liverpool FC
  • Sporting Success
  • The Premier League