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Alan Parry

Alan Parry

British sports commentator who has commentated for all three main broadcasters of football in the UK; the BBC, ITV and Sky TV, as well as for both BBC and commercial radio. He started his career at BBC Radio Merseyside, he joined the BBC in London in 1973, and immediately started regular football commentaries. Within a short time he was covering England matches, and by 1975 he was covering the European Cup final. By the mid-1970s he was also BBC radio’s athletics commentator, covering the 1976, 1980 and 1984 Summer Olympics. From 1981 he largely relinquished his radio football commentary to commentate for Match of the Day on BBC television. In 1985 he left the BBC to join ITV, initially as an athletics commentator after the commercial channel won the rights to cover British athletics. Between 1998 and 2002 he also Continue Reading »

Alan Shearer OBE DL

Alan Shearer OBE DL

One of England’s greatest ever strikers. A veritable goal machine during his playing days. Now a respected pundit for the BBC. Shearer made his professional debut with English top-flight club Southampton in 1988, scoring a hat-trick in the process. During several years on the south coast, he became known for his classic style of play, strength and goalscoring ability: he soon received an international call-up along with a transfer to Blackburn Rovers in 1992. During that season he became a regular in the England squad, and his 34-goal tally helped Blackburn secure the Premier League title in 1994–95. He was named Football Writers’ Association Player of the Year in 1994 and won the PFA Player of the Year award in 1995. The 1995–96 season saw Shearer make his first Champions League appearances and finish as the top scorer in the Continue Reading »

Alan Smith

Alan Smith

Famed for his goalscoring prowess during his career and now a popular football commentator and pundit. Alan Smith started his career at non-league Alvechurch in north Worcestershire,  before signing professional forms with Leicester City in June 1982. In his first season, Smith scored 13 goals in a partnership with Gary Lineker, as the Foxes won promotion to the First Division. He spent five seasons at Leicester, scoring 84 goals in 217 appearances. He was transferred to Arsenal in 1987. Smith enjoyed a successful career with the Gunners, winning all three major domestic trophies – two League Championships, the FA Cup, the Football League Cup (in their 1993 ‘Cup Double’) and in Europe the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup. Smith was Arsenal’s top scorer for four consecutive seasons, and the top scorer in the First Division in the 1988-89 season with 23 Continue Reading »

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Andy Townsend

Andy began his playing career in August 1980 with Welling United in the Athenian League. After making 105 appearances for Welling, he was signed by Weymouth in March 1984 for £13,500. In 1988 he moved on to Norwich City, before joining Chelsea two years later. His contribution to Norwich’s successful season saw Andy selected for the Republic of Ireland, making his debut against France in February 1989. He played in the next year’s World Cup, in Italy, where he played in all five of Ireland’s matches. They reached the quarter-finals, the country’s strongest ever campaign. He was captain of the Ireland squad for the 1994 World Cup. After making a total of 138 appearances for Chelsea, scoring 12 goals but winning no trophies, he transferred to Aston Villa in July 1993 for £2.1million. He finally won some silverware when Villa Continue Reading »

Barry Davies MBE

Barry Davies MBE

Barry is a legendary commentator with one of the most-recognisable voices in Britain. He has covered a wide range of sports in a long career, primarily for the BBC. Although he is best known for his football commentary, Davies has commentated on numerous other sports, including badminton, beach volleyball, cycling, ice hockey, ice skating, tennis, gymnastics, hockey and athletics, and primarily in the BBC’s Olympics coverage, where he twice (Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004) commentated on the opening and closing ceremonies of the Summer Games. He was also the ‘Voice of the Boat Race’ between 1993 and 2004, until the BBC lost the rights to cover the event, and the presenter of Maestro in the 1980s, a series of interviews with retired sporting legends. About Barry Davies was educated at Cranbrook School—which also numbers commentators Brian Moore and Peter West Continue Reading »

Barry McGuigan MBE

Barry McGuigan MBE

Barry rose to fame in the 1980s as WBA featherweight boxing champion and a non-sectarian sporting ambassador. He has worked as a Daily Mirror columnist and TV sports commentator, having also been the winner of ITV’s Hells Kitchen reality show in 2007. He  won a multitude of titles as a junior. At the age of just 17 he represented Northern Ireland at the 1978 Commonwealth Games, winning the gold medal, and he also represented Ireland at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow. As a Professional he won the British, European and World Titles. McGuigan was voted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 2000 and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2005. Barry has also been writing a successful weekly column for the Daily Mirror for over 10 years. He has commentated throughout the world; in the USA for Continue Reading »

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Boris Becker

Boris is a former World No. 1 professional tennis player from Germany and one of the game’s greatest-ever stars. He is a six-time Grand Slam singles champion and an Olympic gold medallist. Save

Brendan Foster CBE

Brendan Foster CBE

Brendan was a world-class middle-distance runner who has gone on to become a TV personality and the driving force behind the Great North Run. He was educated at St Joseph’s Grammar School and the University of Sussex. Foster’s athletic career saw him compete in three Olympic Games, claiming Britain’s only track and field medal – bronze in the 10,000m – at the 1976 Montreal Olympics. In 1974 he won the European Championships 5000m, beating Olympic champ Lasse Viren en route to gold. In the same year he also broke the 3000m world record on his home track, Gateshead Stadium. Also that year, Foster was awarded the BBC’s prestigious Sports Personality of the Year award. He also won 10,000m gold at the 1978 Commonwealth Games in Edmonton and, in 1973, broke the world record for two miles at Crystal Palace. Foster Continue Reading »

Chris Coleman

Chris Coleman

Chris’s first chance as a professional, at age 16, came when he was contracted to Manchester City. He then joined Swansea City which was his boyhood club which he still supports to this day. Coleman made his first professional appearance for Swansea aged 17, in 1987. He made nearly 200 appearances for the south Wales club and helped win the Welsh Cup in 1989 and 1991. He had a very successful stint at Crystal Palace where he is considered to have legend status. After spending four years with his hometown club, Coleman was signed by Crystal Palace. He later joined Fulham and quickly became club captain, and led Fulham to promotion under manager Kevin Keegan in 1998–99 to the First Division. Chris’ international career was also impressive, winning 32 caps playing for Wales. As a manager, Coleman . Coleman joined Continue Reading »

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