John Aldridge - Irish Soccer Legend, Television and Radio pundit, Media Personality and After Dinner Speaker
Best known for his time with his boyhood team Liverpool FC, John was a prolific record-breaking striker who led the line for Ireland through the golden years of the Jack Charlton era.
A native of Liverpool, England, he forged an illustrious football career and represented clubs such as Newport County, Oxford United, Real Sociedad and Tranmere Rovers along with his most successful period with Liverpool FC.
His media credits include a weekly column for the Sunday World and the Liverpool Echo along with a regular spot on Radio City 96.7’s weekly talk show documenting Liverpool FC home and away.
John is a regular pundit with various media organizations and has also made many guest appearances on shows including The Late Late Show, The Craig Doyle Show, The Podge and Rodge Show, Newstalk and RTE’s Charity You’re A Star.
He has worked, in conjunction with JGA Sports Agency, on many projects including the Dublin Docklands Regeneration Programme and countless after dinner speaker events.
Honours and Achievements
John released an acclaimed autobiography John Aldridge: My Story (1998) and has also taken part in the autobiography CD series 60 minutes with John Aldridge, where he spoke in depth about his footballing career.
His list of achievements includes a Welsh Cup winner’s medal in 1980, a League Cup winner’s medal in 1986, an FA Cup winner’s medal in 1989, 2 FA Charity Shields in 1988 and 1989 and Football League Division 1, 2 and 3 winner’s medals in 1988, 1985 and 1984 respectively.
A natural people person, he is a regular after dinner speaker, captivating audiences up and down the country by recounting memories of his experiences throughout his illustrious career in football.
John was recruited to represent Ireland at international level and played a major part in the national team’s success in the 80’s and 90’s. He represented Ireland at 2 world cups (1990 & 1994) and 1 European Championships (1988) and retired with 19 goals in 69 caps, leaving a lasting impression of a hardworking and down to earth footballer with all Irish fans.
In 2006, John gained the hearts of the Irish public once more by appearing in RTE’s Charity You’re A Star competition. He won the public vote and in the process raised money for his nominated charity Temple Street Children’s Hospital.