John Giles - International Soccer Legend, Irish Soccer Hero, Television Pundit, Media Personality and After Dinner Speaker
Current Senior Analyst on RTE’s football coverage, John is a hugely successful former footballer and current media personality. Widely regarded as one of the best footballers Ireland has ever produced, he formed one half, along with Billy Bremner, of the famous Leeds United midfield pairing that helped dominate English football in the late 1960’s.
Born in Ormond Square, Dublin, John was encouraged into the football world by his father Christy, himself a footballer with Bohemians. Having made the early switch to Manchester United as a boy, John went on to represent Leeds United, West Bromwich Albion, Philadelphia Fury and Shamrock Rovers as well as representing Ireland at International level. A glittering playing career was followed up with stints in management at West Bromwich Albion, Shamrock Rovers, Vancouver Whitecaps and the Republic of Ireland national team.
John is a mainstay of RTE’s continued football coverage, working as Senior Football Analyst on their coverage of the Barclays Premiership, UEFA Champions League, FIFA World Cup and UEFA European Championships.
His media credits also include 2 weekly columns for the Evening Herald newspaper and a weekly spot as the leading soccer analyst on Newstalk FM 106. John has also made countless guest appearances on shows including The Late Late Show, Saturday Night with Miriam and The Dunphy Show.
Carlsberg Advert - 'Gaffer Falls'
He has worked, in conjunction with JGA Sports Agency, on many projects including the Carlsberg television advert, alongside fellow ex Ireland managers Mick McCarthy and Jack Charlton, in the lead up to Euro 2008. He is also regularly requested for guest appearances, launches and photo calls. Carlsberg ‘Gaffer Falls’ Advert
An Irish Legend
In 2010, John released an acclaimed autobiography The Football Man, which became the bestselling book in the Republic of Ireland.
His list of honours in domestic football include two Football League First Divisions (1969 & ’74), one Football League Second Division (1964), two FA Cups (1963 & ’72), one League Cup (1968), two Fairs Cups (1968 & ’71), one FAI Cup (1978) and one Tylers Cup (1979).
John has also represented his country as a player on 59 occasions, scoring 5 goals in the process and cementing his status as one of the best footballers to ever wear the Irish jersey.
A natural entertainer, he is a regular after dinner speaker in the UK and Ireland, recounting memories of his extensive football career as a player, manager and media personality in football.
In 2004, John was presented with the UEFA Jubilee Award, an honour voted for by the FAI to recognize John Giles as the greatest Republic of Ireland player of the last 50 years. John is also renowned for his charity work and has recently set up the John Giles Foundation, which aims to offer help to Irish children from all backgrounds by providing them with facilities to improve their health and fitness.