Terry Venables

English Former Football Player & Manager

Super TV soccer pundit, part time crooner and after-dinner speaker extraordinaire, Terry Venables has a place in the heart of the nation. His warm, embracing smile and seemingly endless flow of anecdotes keep him in high demand. Born in Dagenham, Essex in 1943, Terry signed a professional contract with Chelsea making his senior debut at the age of 17 against West Ham. He was later made the captain of Chelsea by the age of 19, the youngest ever in the English Premier Division.

His move to Tottenham Hotspur led to Venables being awarded an FA Cup winner’s medal in 1967. Terry Venables is the only English player to have represented his country at all possible footballing levels, i.e. Schoolboy, Youth, Amateur, Under 23’s, Football League and Full International.  This is an achievement that, due to charges in the footballing structure in the UK, can never be equalled. Appointed manager of the top Spanish club Barcelona, in 1984, He then led them to win the Spanish Championship in his first year and to the European Cup Final the following year. In 1987, Venables was appointed manager of Tottenham Hotspur FC whom he led to a record breaking eighth FA Cup win in 1991.

1994 saw Venables appointed as England manager, leading the team to the semi-finals of Euro’96, only to be beaten in “sudden death” penalty shoot out after Gareth Southgate failed to convert for England. Terry has several interests outside football, mainly in the leisure industry. He has also ventured into the world of literature and media entertainment, having written the following: They Used To Play on Grass 1971 Terry Venables: Autobiography September 1994 Venables’ EnglandThe Making of the Team April 1996
The Best Game in the World September 1996 and co-written series of successful TV scripts Hazell.

Terry’s media work includes providing expert commentary for ITV’s football coverage. Terry also writes for News of the World and can be heard on the Saturday Show on Virgin Radio.

To book Terry Butcher 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, Terry is known to cover the following topics:

  • Drive & Determination
  • Peak Performance
  • Literature & Entertainment
  • Performing Under Pressure
  • Premier League
  • England National Team