Chris Waddle is one of the country’s most recognised football stars, of the 80’s and 90’s; and as such is an illuminating after dinner speaker, who can talk comfortably about his myriad of sporting experiences at any event. Chris has played his football besides some of the greatest names in the game, and was an England regular for several years.
Marseille to Sheffield
Chris Waddle played for top football teams including: Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspurs, Olympique de Marseille, Sheffield Wednesday, Sunderland, Burnley and Torquay. It was his big money move to French club Marseille, where he saw most success; winning the French Championship three times and finalists in the European Cup (1990-91).
On his return to Britain, he signed for Sheffield Wednesday. Enjoying an Indian summer, putting in some super performances and taking the side to two domestic cup finals in 92-93; sadly losing to Arsenal in both. However that season he was awarded the 1993 Football Writers Footballer of the Year, for his consistent excellent performances at Wednesday.
In his long career, Waddle scored a total of 147 goals; but equally memorably, also sang besides his 1990 England team mates, on the New Order penned hit ‘World in Motion’. He even sang on Top of the Pops with his Tottenham playing mate Glen Hoddle; with charting success ‘Diamond Lights’.
Sadly for Chris, he is probably most synonymous with a heart breaking penalty miss; against West Germany in the semi final of the 1990 FIFA World Cup. Just minutes after cracking the ball against the post, in normal time; when the scores were locked at 1-1.
Chris Waddle Professional Honours
- Division 1 (3): 1989-90, 1900-91, 1991-92
- 1990-91 European Cup: finalist
- Runner up Leagues cup final 1992–93 (Sheffield Wednesday)
- Runner up F.A.Cup final 1992–93 (Sheffield Wednesday)
- 1990 FIFA World Cup: fourth place
Chris Waddle Honours
- First Division PFA Team of the Year: 1984–85, 1988–89
- Tottenham Hotspur Player of the Year: 1988
- Onze d’Argent: 1991 FIFA XI: 1991
- Footballer of the Year 1992–93 (while at Sheffield Wednesday)
- Premier League Player of the Month: January 1995
Chris Waddle Now
Having played in a number of leagues and with plenty of stories from international football, Chris Waddle now writes for The Sun, works on BBC Radio Five Live; and as a result, is a choice speaker at sports dinners, award ceremonies or business events.
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Matthew Willetts MA is the Director of Comicus who has over 35 years experience in television, film, theatre, and comedy club/cabaret entertainment, working as a performer, screenwriter, producer and agent. He lectured at Southampton Solent University in Comedy, Screenwriting, Television, Theatre & Radio. Matthew can sometimes be seen and heard on TV & Radio and often quoted in the national press and media publications. As well as speaking regularly at festivals and industry conferences, he has been a judge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreux Television Festival.
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