Steve Hodge


Steve Hodge is a British football speaker and ex-player who played for a variety of English clubs during his high profile career. Beginning his senior career in 1980 Hodge played for almost twenty years at a range of clubs including two stints at Nottingham Forest. Retiring in 1998 Steve Hodge as gone on to work as a manager, coach and sports speaker.

With a total of eight years spent at Nottingham Forest, Steve Hodge remains one of the clubs most well respected players, though he now works as a development coach and caretaker manager for the team’s local rivals Notts County. Alongside his work as a coach, Hodge has also cultivated a prolific career as a sports speaker, appearing at specialist sporting events, corporate functions and as an after dinner speaker at both Nottingham Forest and Notts County.

Known as a left footed goal scorer on the pitch and as a charismatic football speaker off it Steve Hodge was popular with Nottingham Forest fans and had played for the team as a child. It came as a surprise to many when Forest accepted a transfer bid of £450,000 for Hodge from Aston Villa in 1985. Less than three years later however Hodge would return to Forest and his former glory.

Above all else however Hodge is remembered by most football fans for his part in the fateful 1984 World Cup game against Argentina when Diego Maradona and fellow British East Midlandser and football speaker, Peter Shilton OBE challenged for the ball culminating in an allowed hand ball goal from Maradona which knocked England out of the competition. As an after dinner speaker Steve Hodge continues to speak bitterly about the Hand of God incident and though he would go on to have a number of successes in his club career the incident would forever over shadow his career.

To book Steve Hodge 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, Steve is known to cover the following topics:

  • Football Speaker
  • Drive & Determination
  • Peak Performance
  • Sporting Success
  • International Football
  • The 1986 FIFA World Cup

“All was good and everybody enjoyed the evening. There was some very interesting stories about his Forest and England career. Please pass on our thanks to Steve from everyone also many thanks to yourself for the professional manner that you have dealt with Gareth and myself throughout.”Paul, NFFC Supporters Club

“The night was a great success, Steve was excellent , he really engaged with the crowd  and gave some great advice to the kids he told some great stories from his playing days, he was really patient and a pleasure to have.” – Concord Rangers Football Club