John Barnes

Liverpool Legend & Football Speaker

Known as one of the best wingers to have ever played in the English Premier League, John Barnes enjoyed an illustrious career with Liverpool and the England national squad. The winner of two First Division titles and two FA Cups, John also set a new record for black players of the time by recording 79 appearances for the national side.

Inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2005, Barnes’ was recognised for his dedication to the game and enthusiasm for supporting the development of new players. A fabulous football speaker, John’s charismatic persona and articulate delivery of after dinner speeches make him a highly desirable personality to appear and host events.

Making his debut for Liverpool in August 1987, John enjoyed a 2-1 victory over Arsenal and went on to prove his exceptional talent as a winger during his first season. John had joined one of the best performing clubs of the era, with the side only losing two matches in Barnes’ first season, John rose to the challenge and proved his place as an instrumental element of Liverpool’s team chemistry.

John ended his time at Liverpool in 1997, after playing 407 times and scoring 108 goals. Barnes’ time at an elite level of the sport gives him the experience and knowledge to deliver talks as a football speaker on achieving peak performance and maximising success at any opportunity.

John became even more well known after his leading role on the New Order song World in Motion, where he rapped his way into the charts in what is considered to be one of the best ever football pop songs. Approaching appearances with an amiable and relaxed manner, John is a warming and inviting personality that can relate to audience members during after dinner speeches.

Equally at home participating in question and answer sessions, John thoroughly enjoys giving answers to fan’s questions, giving them an insight into the real premier league and international football lifestyle. John vast portfolio of previous speaking arrangements make him one of the most desirable sports speakers around.

To book John Barnes as the football speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.

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

  • Football Speaker
  • Sports Speaker
  • Achieving Goals
  • Peak Performance
  • Teamwork & Leadership
  • Drive & Determination

“I didn’t get to say by to John but he was absolutely amazing and I cannot begin to thank him enough!! He got up on the tannoy and did two fantastic raps, he really motivated so many people to give. Thank you so much, John and we will let you know how much you helped us raise. We are sharing the fun of the day on social media but I wanted to send John a huge thank you.”
Deutsche Bank

“I asked John if he minded diving straight in, he was more than happy with this and provided a great opening, describing his early years, his family background and how he came to live England. He also echoed much of the philosophy we coach here, which was fantastic as we’d not had a chance to brief him on that, it was all very natural and spontaneous, both myself and Luke Webb were enthusiastically nodding away as he spoke to the audience. During the meal, he went table to table and signed various items for the students and staff.

Later in the evening we retreated with some staff members to the bar where John was more candid about his career and life experiences, which I personally found fascinating, I think we could have booked him in for a week and still only scratched the surface of his life experiences and thoughts on the game. I’ve suggested a “John Barnes Part II” because of that.

I really appreciated that John devoted so much time to each of our students’ questions and you could instantly perceive his passion for football but also the passing on of his knowledge and development of kids, not just in sport but as people. Many of them (who board) were looking forward to Face-timing or Skyping home to tell their parents about it, which was great to see.

Once again a great evening – thanks for your help in arranging everything.”
Trevor BenstockBradfield College