John McGovern

European Cup Winning Nottingham Forest Captain

Double European cup winner John McGovern enjoyed success whilst at Nottingham Forest during the 1970s. Part of the Brian Clough era, McGovern became the youngest player at 19 years old to play in all four division of the football league. Scotsman McGovern never achieved a full senior international cap, but made an appearance for his countries U23 side on 2 occasions, and would go on to manage several teams throughout the 80s and 90s, most notably Bolton Wanderers. McGovern is now well known within speaker circuits as an articulate after dinner speaker and football speaker.

Plying his domestic trade throughout the English league, John McGovern enjoyed two very successful stints at Forest and Derby County, interspersed with spells at Bolton Wanderers, Leeds United and Hartlepool United where he kicked off his 19 year career. An industrious player who controlled the midfield of any team he represented, McGovern went on to make over 500 senior appearances, cementing his place as one of the most consistent midfielders of his time.

An eloquent after dinner speaker with an ability to lead and control on the pitch was rewarded with the captain’s armband at Nottingham Forest, coinciding with Forest’s epic European double success. His career accomplishments are undoubtedly a catalyst for his success as a sports speaker, with McGovern proving popular as an after dinner speaker.

A confident and exuberant sports speaker, McGovern is comfortable in the spotlight as a football speaker who can tell the tales of the most successful English club in the 70s and 80s. The achievement of Nottingham Forest throughout these times has propelled John McGovern’s career within after dinner event appearances and football speaking phenomenally.

John McGovern’s popularity as a sports speaker, specifically elaborating on the glory days he enjoyed leading Nottingham Forest to European glory is prolific; his ability to engage and connect with the audience and event guests is impressive, and undoubtedly the addition of John to any event or after dinner occasion as a football speaker is one that will live long in the memory of your guests.

To book John McGovern 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 is known to cover the following topics:

  • Football Speaker
  • Sports Speaker
  • Peak Performance Speaker
  • Teamwork Speaker
  • Leadership Speaker
  • Motivational Speaker
  • Inspirational Speaker