Viv Anderson MBE


One of the most accomplished and renowned footballers of his time, Viv Anderson MBE is a terrific football speaker for events and functions. Best known for his ten years at Nottingham Forest, Viv is also known for being the first black player to represent England in a full international match.

A stalwart figure in the Nottingham Forest team after the arrival of Brian Clough, Viv played an influential role in taking the side from the second division to winning the first division and the league cup just a year later.

Called up to England in 1978, Viv’s form for his club had led to a wonderful season, combining his tackling ability with pace to provide devastating counterattacks. Making thirty appearances for his country, including World Cup debuts, Viv lead the way for people of colour in the sporting industry. Over four decades later, he is still praised for his historic courage despite the racism and backlash he faced, a true hero for many.

Moving onto the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United, Viv continued his run of peak performance and adding to his reputation as a reliable player with strong leadership qualities. In 1991 Viv transferred to Sheffield Wednesday and helped them gain promotion from the Second Divison. Retiring in 1994, he naturally progressed into management positions at both Barnsley and Middlesbrough.

Since his professional career ended, Viv has been recognised for his achievements in football as a player and a pioneer for change. In 2000, Viv was made a Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) and in 2004 he was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame for his impact on the English League. Continuing his passion for the game, Viv is a regular supporter of events at the National Football Musem and is a goodwill ambassador for the Football Association.

An ideal after dinner speaker for events, Viv is an engaging character who compels audiences with his ability to entertain and interact. Through a series of fascinating, and often comical, stories, Viv navigates discussions on leadership, overcoming adversity and peak performance, to name a few.

To book Viv for your event, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency using the contact details below.

When he’s at corporate events, Viv is known to cover the following topics:

  • Football Speaker
  • Sports Speaker
  • Peak Performance
  • Leadership
  • Achieving Goals
  • Success Maximisation
  • Overcoming Adversity

“Viv was outstanding! He had broad appeal in our firm due to his footballing and ethnic background and people were really commending us for bringing him in. He was very entertaining and everyone loved his war stories and his opinions on diversity in the management of football.”Kenny, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP