Now becoming one of the most sought after speakers on the circuit Dean Saunders is a former footballer with a wealth of stories about his vast career which has taken him too many places.
In his football career Dean started at Swansea City, joined Cardiff City on loan before moving on to Brighton, Oxford United, Derby County, Liverpool, Galatasary, Nottingham Forest, Sheffield United, Benfica and Bradford City.
Appears regularly on BBC TV and SKY as a summariser and is constantly in demand as an After dinner speaker.
Dean played in over 700 games and scored 254 goals, capped by Wales on 75 occasions, scoring 22 goals for his country.
After retiring from football in 2001 he became a coach and then moved on to Newcastle United in 2004 initially as strikers coach, and then first team coach under old boss Graeme Souness. He left Newcastle in 2006 and took his coaching badges and was appointed assistant manger of Wales in June 2007.
Became manager of Conference side Wrexham and took them to the Play- offs before joining League one side Doncaster Rovers where once again he took them in to the promotion places before leaving to join Championship side – Wolves, a short spell at Molineux to say the least departing at the end of the season.
He was one of the Welsh national side’s most prolific scorers. Made his debut as a 21 year old against Ireland in 1986, no Welsh fan will ever forget his goal which secured a famous 1-0 win over Brazil in Cardiff in 1991. He won the last of his caps against Ukraine in 2001 just a few months short of his 37th birthday.
A first class speaker with a first class reputation.
Harry Hackett – Salford Schools FA.
I can honestly say that Dean Saunders was one of the best speakers we have had over the 20 years of our dinner. I have received more feedback from our guests about this dinner than ever before. Our audience loved the speakers. Dean is an absolute gentleman and couldn’t do enough. He stayed right to the end and was happy to pose for photographs and sign autographs all night. His speech was excellent and I can’t believe he was on his feet for nearly 50 minutes!!! Never had that before, that’s value for money.
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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