Paul Ince

Professional Footballer and Former West Ham United Player

Paul Ince is a footballing icon. Having played for two of England’s biggest rivals, Liverpool FC and Manchester United FC, at the San Siro for Inter Milan and making 53 England caps – there is no doubting Paul’s pedigree. Now his experience and knowledge make him one of the leading football speakers in the United Kingdom.

Known for his great leadership skills, Paul became the first black player ever to captain the England team and later the first black British manager to coach in the highest tier of English football.Often cited as a leader of men by many within the game, Paul went on to become a stalwart of the modern game.

Affectionately known as the ‘Guv’nor’ by fans and football associates alike, Paul garnered a reputation for getting stuck in on the football field. This was typified in a critical World Cup qualifier in 1997. The game was finally poised between England and Italy in Rome when Paul received a nasty head wound.

Though he required stitches, Paul demanded to be bandaged up and let back on. The game turned out to be one of the most famous in England’s footballing history, as they held on for the draw against Italy, with Paul staying on to captain them to an historic night. The image of Ince became one of the most iconic images of English national footballing history and signifies leadership, bravery and teamwork.

Paul is the perfect inspirational football speaker to talk at your events. With his authority, experience and knowledge, Paul is able to delve into exciting topics to motivate and inspire your team.

Having come up through the ranks of West Ham United FC, he moved to Manchester United FC at a young age. Paul showcased confidence in himself and his teammates which later made him a fantastic captain. He showed the right traits that helped him in becoming an elite level footballer, and rising above the other rising stars hoping to breakthrough to the professional game.

He made a controversial move to Liverpool FC having played for rivals Manchester United before his time with Inter Milan, this was a move scarcely made in football and showcased Paul’s mental strength.

This ferocity, passion and outright dedication to his craft allowed Paul to become a midfield master. He became known for his ability to rouse his team as well as his natural talent and hard work.

Paul went into management after a playing career that saw him rack up 609 appearances with West Ham, Manchester United, Internazionale, Liverpool, Middlesbrough, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Swindon Town and Macclesfield Town. His first role was as a player manager for the latter, before he moved to manage MK Dons on two occasions, as well as Blackburn Rovers, Notts County and Blackpool.

A tireless worker who always worked hard for his team, Paul is the perfect choice to inspire and motivate your team at corporate events, gala dinners, product launches and award ceremonies.

Book Paul Ince as your motivational speaker today! Contact the Champions Speakers agency now via email: or call a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.

Paul Ince is available to speak on the following topics:

  • Football Speaker
  • Sports Speaker
  • Maximising Success
  • Peak Performance


Watch Paul Ince’s Goals whilst playing Internationally: