- Regular Soccer Pundit Appearing On Talk Radio & Sky Sports & Ex Professional
Jan Molby was born on 4th July 1963 in Kolding, Denmark. Jan Molby was signed by Joe Fagan in 1984 for £200,000 from Ajax and had a good career at Anfield. He had a varied career at Liverpool, ranging from one of the greatest midfielders Liverpool have ever had to weight problems and a stint behind prison bars. Jan though made the transition to Liverpool easily and worked on the accent, quickly becoming a fluent scouser which adopted him to the crowd well.
Jan struggled in the team to begin with and had a few critics but Kenny Dalglish gave him a new lease of life after he took over as manager. Big Jan had slimmed down a bit and having adapted to the pace of the game became a midfield man of great vision and power. He supplied many a ball to Ian Rush who with his predator instincts finished moves off with a goal. Jan was superb at free-kicks and penalties in his time as well and the kop was often awaiting the net to burst at times under the pressure of his shots.
Jan was instrumental in the FA Cup success of 1986 over Everton when he turned the game on its head by setting up the first goal and then spreading the ball at every perceivable angle to open the game up completely and eventually for the second and third goals which completed the double. Jan suffered a broken foot in the following season and missed much of the 87/88 season only to return in defence the next year. This stint in the team was interrupted though by a three month jail sentence for a driving offence.
However, Jan returned to the game a trim man and ready to play his part again in the Liverpool team. After winning a second FA Cup in 1992 Jan suffered in the game through injury and problems controlling his weight and as the game moved on it seemed to pass the great Dane by. Jan could pull the ball down and hold it for the defence splitting ball as and when required but this often wasn’t used as effectively as it should have been.
Jan was eventually released by Liverpool in February 1996 to allow him to take up his position as player manager of Swansea. He nearly directed them to promotion only to fall to a twice taken free kick in injury time of play offs. After being sacked by Swansea and a short career in punditry Jan is back in management with Kidderminster Harriers. Jan was given a testimonial by Liverpool and typically of Jan this changed from the normal pay-off to a great player in that it cost Jan money to stage his testimonial after he pledged so much to charity. Molby has the unique record of scoring a hat trick of penalties against Coventry City in a LC tie in 1986.
Molby Career statistics: 251 with 30 Sub appearances scoring 58 goals
Honours – 2 League Championships, 2 FA Cups, 1 Double and represented Denmark including The World Cup in Mexico.
Jan is now a superb after dinner speaker, with some great anecdotes and stories from his glittering career with some former great Anfield favourites, even the non Liverpool fans will fully appreciate Jan’s light hearted speech! Jan is available for Corporate Events, Sporting Lunches and Dinners.