Presenter of Home Under The Hammer on BBC1, Dion Dublin is a master of many trades as an ex-professional footballer, a musician, and an accomplished awards host and conference facilitator. Warm and eloquent, Dion speaks candidly about the highs and lows of his footballing career. He regularly appears as a football pundit and he manages a band called The Establishment.
He is one of the most recognisable English footballers of his time, Dion enjoyed an illustrious career in elite football spanning twenty years, representing a number of famous clubs as well as his country on multiple occasions. A perfect football speaker for both business and social events, Dion can give all audience members an insight into his playing days as well as what is needed to achieve success at this level, making one of the most sought after characters on the after dinner speaker circuit.
Beginning his career in 1988 at Norwich City, Dion soon moved to Cambridge United as a centre-half. Over three seasons, Dublin began to make an impression with Premier League sides with goals against many of them in FA Cup ties. Signed by Sir Alex Ferguson for Manchester United in 1992 for £1 million. A promising player for the side, Dion unfortunately suffered a broken leg during a match against Crystal Palace, taking him out off action for six months.
Moving to Coventry City in 1994, Dion began to establish himself as one of the Premier League’s top strikers. Winning his first England cap three years later in 1997, Dion had become a prominent player for club and country, equaling the record for 23 goals in a season for Coventry City the very same year. As a football speaker, Dion delivers many stories from his career to give audience members an insight into key moments in his football history.
After moving to Aston Villa in 1998, Dion suffered a broken neck a year later resulting in a titanium plate being inserted to hold three of his vertebrae together. Dion overcame this adversity and returned to full fitness just three months later. The drive and determination to do this is a skill desired by both business and social environments alike and is also a topic discussed by Dion during talks as a football speaker.
After retiring from football in 2008, Dion has become a successful football pundit for Sky Sports and BBC as well as commentating on a number of Champions League games. As an after dinner speaker, Dion uses his experience from being in front of the camera to deliver accomplished talks as a sports speaker.
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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