Vinnie Jones


A notorious figure within the television and film industry, Vinnie Jones is not just a media personality but a former professional footballer that is best known for his time at Leeds United, Sheffield United, Chelsea and most notably, Wimbledon where he was an integral member of the infamous “Crazy Gang”. The former Wales captain that exudes leadership in whatever he does also won the FA Cup during his time Wimbledon where he made over 200 appearances.

A defensive midfielder during his playing days, Vinnie Jones renowned for his extremely aggressive style of play, earning him a “hard man” image on the field that would go on to present a unique opportunity following his retirement which would make him a highly sought after actor. Capitalising on his tough man image and fiery demeanour, Jones utilised his commanding physical presence to land roles as violent criminal and thug in a host of high profile films. An instantly recognisable figure and household name with a reputation to match, Vinnie Jones is an incredibly sought after and demanded after dinner speaker that effortlessly commands the attention of guests at events and functions.

An exceptionally talented footballer with a ferocious reputation, Jones has had a lead role in mainstream films such as Snatch, Gone in 60 Seconds and X-Men: The Last Stand, Vinnie Jones is perhaps best known as an actor for his incredible and intimidating role in hit film Mean Machine. Presenter of the infamous Soccer’s Hard Men video released in 1992, the production featured archived footage of him and many other “hard men” of the game and included advice for budding “hard men”. Perhaps unsurprisingly the video led to widespread scrutiny and criticism including a hefty fine and ban. As an after dinner speaker, Jones discusses his trials and tribulations with humour but also often in a thought provoking manner which is often overlooked due to his “hard man” demeanour. Burdened with allegations and charges from the juridical system, Vinnie Jones also discusses what he has learnt from his mistakes and how he has grown as a person making for fascinating and inspiring content during his performances as an after dinner speaker.

Living up to his reputation, Vinnie Jones was sent off 12 times during his playing career, as well as holding the record for the quickest ever booking in a football match. Booked after just three seconds for a foul on the opposition player, in his autobiography Jones hilariously states “I must have been too high, too wild, too strong or too early, because, after three seconds, I could hardly have been too bloody late!”. Alongside reminiscing on this story during his performances as an after dinner speaker, perhaps his most famous footballing moment that gains the most interest, publicity and exposure is his infamous encounter during an incident in October 1987. Jones was famously photographed grabbing legendary England footballer, Paul Gascoigne by his testicles during a league game for Wimbledon against Gascoigne’s Newcastle United. A moment that will live on for years to come and remain iconic for eternity, Jones recollects this hilarious incident during his work as an after dinner speaker adding humour in abundance and resulting in widespread joy and laughter amongst guests.

An infectious and intriguing personality that excelled as a footballer and actor, Vinnie Jones has also written a fantastic book, Vinnie:The Autobiography and has been in the Celebrity Big Brother house where he was welcomed with loud cheers again expressing his popularity. A notorious personality that is adored by millions, Vinnie Jones’ reputation precedes him and the household name in available to hire as an after dinner speaker where his hilarious tales and anecdotes in addition to his infamous reputation enable him to be a hit with audiences at any occasion and ensure he delivers a truly unforgettable event.

To book Vinnie Jones to make a personal appearance at 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.