Strictly Come Dancing a popular dancing show within the UK is known for having various celebrities on their, of which include footballers.
Right from the first season in which it aired, there has been a few that have appeared on the show over the past 17 years.
The show tends to attract footballers who are retired from the game, as being on the show requires full-time practising and preparing.
So with a new season likely getting underway towards the end of September, in this post we are going to go over some of the footballers who have been on strictly over the years.
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1. Peter Schmeichel
The first footballer to have been on strictly, was Peter Schmeichel back in 2006 at the age of 43.
Peter was a fantastic shot-stopper back in his day, leading Manchester United to many cups wins, including the then European Cup. He also won the Euros with Denmark in 92.
He was someone who was great with reflexes on the pitch, and this reflected with his performance in the show as he faired well.
Being the second oldest in the competition he was unable to last more than 5 weeks in the competition with dance partner Erin Boag.
2. John Barnes
A year after Peter entered, John Barnes became the second footballer to enter the competition in Series 5.
The footballer who was one of the best of his generation back in the ’80s to 90’s era, was a lethal left-winger scoring 149 goals in 547 appearances during his time with Watford and Liverpool.
After retiring in 1999 John Barnes entered coaching a role he did either sides of his appearance on Strictly.
Now during his time on Strictly Come Dancing in 2007 the Jamaican born winger lasted 9 weeks finishing 7th with partner Nicole Cutler.
Considering his skills out of Football, with him creating a rap song around England that went viral many years ago, its no surprise that he did well in the competition.
3. Peter Shilton
Record England cap holder with 125 caps for country Peter Shilton was a player who had a great but also long playing career.
Making his debut in 1966 for Leicster City he made 286 appearances before playing for 11 other clubs around England.
Peter Shilton was next after Barnes, becoming a participant for 8th Season of strictly, where he was matched with Schmeichel’s partner Erin Boag.
Now unfortunately for him, it was a short stay for him, with him being the 3rd person to leave the show.
While he was the highest points he managed was 21 and the lowest he got was 17 out of a possible 40.
4. Robbie Savage
Robbie Savage who was on the 9th edition of Strictly retired from football back in 2011.
Having made his way through the Manchester United academy, he went on to make a number of appearances for Leicester City, Birmingham City, Blackburn Rovers and Derby County.
At the age of 46 now, he is well known for being a football pundit/commentator on BBC Sport and BT Sport.
Now going one better than John Barnes, Robbie Savage entered the 9th edition of Strictly with Ola Jordan finishing in 6th place out of 14.
The Welshman had a successful time on the show, managing to reach 31 points during his time.
5. David James
David James was the fifth footballer on the show, and while he had a long and illustrious career, his Strictly Come Dancing appearance was anything but.
A goalkeeper who played from 1988 with Watford to as recent with Kerala Blasters in 2014, exited the show in the 5th week.
Paired up with Nadiya Bychkova, the couple finished 12th out of 15.
However, while he was not the worst on their, he did have the lowest points total of any pair that year, receiving 10 points for one of his dances within the 5 weeks.
6. Alex Scott
Alex Scott was the first female footballer to go on Strictly Come Dancing in the 17th series, 2 years ago in 2019.
The now-retired footballer has been handed presenting and punditry work by a number of broadcasters such as BBC Sport and Sky Sports.
This included being one of the main presenters of Sports Personality Of The Year and more recently working at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Now the Ex-Arsenal Women’s right-back who played 140 times for her country, has finished In the best position of any footballer to enter the competition.
As in 2019, she finished 5th place lasting 11 weeks with Neil Jones, achieving a points high of 34 during her journey too.