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After dinner speaker and footballing hero, Kevin Keegan, was a European Cup winner with Liverpool, European Player of the Year.  He is one of the few to have both captained and managed England.


Kevin started as a teenager with Scunthorpe, but his talent as a creative midfielder led to a quick move to Bill Shankly’s Liverpool. Kevin quickly established his place, moving to striker and a fruitful partnership with John Toshack. He went on to win three First Division titles and numerous trophies.

After 323 appearances and 100 goals Kevin left Merseyside to become Germany’s highest paid player, winning the Bundesliga with Hamburg. At the same time he was appointed England captain, a role he held until after the team were ejected from the 1982 World Cup. He returned to the UK to play for Southampton and Newcastle United, helping the latter to promotion in his second season.

Following an eight year break Kevin returned to Newcastle as manager, and once again steered the club into the top tier of the domestic game. Admired for his attacking tactics, he took them to second place in the Premier League. Then, after a spell at Fulham, he took charge of the national side. This proved to be a hugely popular choice with press and public. However, his time in charge ended harshly with a media backlash after the team’s loss to Germany in a World Cup qualifier.

After a spell at Manchester City and a final return to Newcastle, Kevin retired from management – but continues to be involved in the game with academies, and as a pundit. He speaks about his eventful career, the lessons he’s learned, and the value of looking forward instead of reflecting on past glories.

After dinner speaker

Kevin is a captivating speaker on the motivation and team working skills that brought him success both as a player and as a manager. He is also funny warm and engaging and popular as an after dinner speaker and host.

Feedback includes:

“Kevin was absolutely fantastic – he went down a storm with the guests and we have a lot of feedback and comments that he was the best speaker at the event for many years.”  Mineral Products Association Dec 2023

“[He was] so engaging and really set the tone for what was a marvellous evening. He had time for all and seemed to enjoy meeting everyone as much as they clearly enjoyed meeting someone who to many has been a hero to them.” British Tunnelling Society 2023

“Excellent in every way!” B/E Aerospace (UK) Ltd

“Last night went very well and Kevin was just right for the event. Please can you thank him very much for an excellent presentation … The problem now is who will be as good next year as I am hopeful we will be making this an annual fixture.” Investment Property Forum

“We had an amazing day and fabulous evening. Kevin was truly superb and was the absolute icing on the cake!” – Hemmersbach

Kevin was a pleasure to work with and one of the nicest keynote speakers we have had. He put great detail in to finding out about the event, researching around the company / event in order to align his presentation. Kevin gave a very light hearted keynote which is just what the audience wants to hear at the end of the day and was happy to answer questions. I think the audience would have gladly sat there for an hour longer listening to Kevin and asking questions.” – FIX Trading Community

Articulate, witty and clever – Kevin was great they way he incorporated our company KPI’s in his speech. It was interesting to hear how he treated his players and the board like in a business model. I look forward to working with Kevin again in the future.” –  M2K Service, Paul Addison, Managing Director


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