There is nothing conventional about Mark Lawrenson, one of the most entertaining characters on the after-dinner speaking circuit. As well as being a renowned television and radio football pundit, he can also talk with expertise about gardening, playing the trombone and flying kites.

It is, of course, on football that he is a humorous and opinionated specialist after a career in which he defended with pride for Preston, Brighton, Liverpool and, briefly, Barnet, Tampa Bay Rowdies and Corby Town. Born in Lancashire but with Irish heritage, he played 39 times for the Republic of Ireland, and later dipped his toe in the managing game with Oxford United and Peterborough.

Book Mark Lawrenson and you are guaranteed laughs to go with his true stories about the worlds of football and the media.