Date of Birth: 9-5-1968
Debut: 14th August 1993 v Sheffield Wednesday (H). Premiership - won 2-0
1st team games: 150
1st team goals: 12
Other clubs: Tottenham Hotspur (twice), Southampton, Millwall, West Ham United, Crystal Palace, Swindon Town.
International caps while at Liverpool: England (1).
Honours with Liverpool: Coca Cola Cup 1995
Born: Wandsworth, South London
Neil Ruddock is better known as a football hard man, but now Neil Ruddock is one of the most sort after, after dinner speakers on the circuit. Neil Ruddock's stories from his foot balling life are hilarious, his stories from his time in I'm a Celebrity Get Me out Of Here will also have you falling around. Neil now regularly travels the country raising money for clubs at grass roots level. Neil has raised thousands of pounds to date. If you are thinking of having an annual dinner or a special one off evening look no further than Neil Ruddock, what you see is what you get. Neil Ruddock is the youngest and probably the best after dinner speaker around.
Graeme Souness signed hard man Neil 'Razor' Ruddock from Tottenham Hotspur in the summer of 1993 for £2.5 million to add steel to the defence. Souness saw him as the ideal partner for Mark Wright but it didn't quite work out like that. He already had a reputation as a hard man and his Anfield debut in a Red shirt was controversial to say the least. In Ronnie Whelan's testimonial a clash with former Red hero Peter Beardsley now playing for Newcastle, left the striker with a fractured cheekbone.
Ruddock made his Liverpool debut against Sheffield Wednesday at Anfield and set up one of the goals in a 2-0 win for Nigel Clough, then 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!
When Roy Evans took charge at Anfield, he used a different defensive formula with Ruddock playing as one of three centre halves and he looked more comfortable in this role.