Neil Ruddock – Former Liverpool and England Football Defender, Pundit and After-Dinner Speaker
Neil “Razor” Ruddock was born 9th May, 1968 in Wandsworth, London.
Neil Ruddock made his debut at Millwall in 1985 aged 16, he transferred to Tottenham in April 1986 for £50,000.00 and made his Spurs debut in a 1-0 victory against Charlton.
After 9 league appearances and 1 goal for Spurs he transferred back to Millwall for a short spell in 1988 for £300,000.00.
1989 took Razor to Southampton for 3 years where he played 107 games and produced 9 goals.
Neil Ruddock moved back to Spurs in May 1992 when Terry Venables signed him for a fee of £750, 000. After only a year, Graeme Souness signed the hard man to Liverpool in the summer of 1993 for £2.5 million to add steel to the defence.
He made his Liverpool debut against Sheffield Wednesday at Anfield and set up one of the goals in a 2-0 win for Nigel Clough, and followed that up in his third game by scoring his first goal against Swindon Town. His best moment from the 1993-94 season was scoring an equaliser in the 3-3 draw with Manchester United at Anfield, with a thumping header past Peter Schmeichel. In fact he did not know he had scored. After the game it transpired Ruddock was suffering from concussion and only realised afterwards what that goal had meant.
Neil had his longest run at Liverpool where he made 115 appearances and scored 11 goals between 1993 and 1998.
After short spells at QPR, Crystal Palace and West Ham, Neil finished his career as player/coach at Swindon
During his career he won a single cap for England, playing in a friendly against Nigeria in 1994. He also had four caps for the England Under-21 squad and one for the England B team.
Razor Ruddock became a household name after appearing on the third series of I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! and continues working in the media with appearances on Soccer AM, Question of Sport and Talksport.