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Des Lynam OBE

Des Lynam OBE

Des has hosted television coverage of high profile events for many years. He has presented the popular shows, Grandstand, Match of the Day, Holiday, How Do They Do That? and Countdown. In the late 1960s, he began freelance work in radio, more as a hobby than a job, but it soon became apparent that broadcasting was what he truly wanted to do. His first job was with Radio Brighton in 1968, presenting the Saturday night sports report. He worked for the now defunct Radio Caroline before beginning his BBC career as a boxing commentator, moving on to host ‘Sports Report’ on Radio 2 from 1969 to 1978. Switching to television in 1978, he presented BBC’s Grandstand on Saturdays. It was in 1984, when David Coleman left the BBC, that Lynam truly became the face of BBC Sport. He also presented Continue Reading »

Ed Chamberlin

Ed Chamberlin

Ed first appeared on Sky Sports in 1999 as the resident bookie stats expert alongside Matthew Lorenzo and Kirsty Gallagher every Friday night on the Sports Centre. From there Ed went on to co-host the betting show The Full SP with Jeff Stelling before joining the Sky Sports News team on a full-time basis. He joined Sky Sports in August 2000 and is now considered one of their elite presenters. Ed regularly presents in the summer when Gillette Soccer Saturday is replaced with Sports Saturday. He also hosts the midweek Soccer Special, and he presented coverage of the UEFA Champions League and the World Cup draws. He has also presented rugby union and athletics on Sky Sports as well as shows like Football First and Goals on Sunday. At the beginning of 2011, Ed took on a role as one Continue Reading »

Geoff Shreeves

Geoff Shreeves

Geoff started as a booker on the long-running football discussion show The Footballers Show presented initially by Richard Keys, and Geoff went on to produce the show. The Footballers’ Football Show was widely regarded as the main football discussion show at the time and featured an impressive cast of over 500 guests during its run including the late Bobby Moore, FA Chief Executive Graham Kelly and Arsenal Chairman David Dein. As an on-site producer for all live football coverage Geoff became the Match Director’s eyes and ears on the ground for every game, and this was the role he performed until the end of the 1998-1999 season. In 1999 Geoff made the move to reporter alongside Claire Tomlinson on live Premier League and FA Cup coverage for both Sky Sports and Sky Sports News. The deal signing live coverage of Continue Reading »

Graham Gooch OBE DL

Graham Gooch OBE DL

Graham is a former cricketer and one of the most successful international batsmen of his generation. With a career spanning from 1973 until 2000, he became the most prolific run scorer of all time with 67,057 runs. He is the leading Test run scorer for England, and is one of only twenty-five players to have scored over 100 first-class centuries. Gooch also has the most runs in a career in List A cricket which totals 22211 runs. He has the most runs scored in a single Test, 456 (333 and 123) against India at Lords 1990 (Gooch is the only player to score a triple hundred and a hundred in a match in all first-class cricket). After he retired in 1997, the statistician Robert Brooke calculated that he had scored 21,087 in one-day cricket at first-class level, which added to his Continue Reading »

Jim Rosenthal

Jim Rosenthal

Jim is one of the most well-known, and most-respected, sports presenters on British television. He grew up in Oxford and attended Josca’s Preparatory School before going to Magdalen College School. He then joined the staff of the Oxford Mail went on to BBC local and national radio. In his radio career Rosenthal presented Sports Report on the then Radio 2 for several years. He was also the journalist on duty at BBC Radio Birmingham on the night of the Birmingham Pub Bombings. In his television career, which began when he joined ITV in August 1980, he has presented football, boxing and athletics, plus other minor sports. He has also been part of the teams covering the FIFA World Cup since 1982 and the Olympic Games. He was the presenter for Formula One (F1) on ITV for eight years and has presented over 150 Grands Continue Reading »

John Inverdale

John Inverdale

John is one of Britain’s foremost sports presenters. As well as his principal role as BBC’s face of rugby, he has covered almost all the major sporting events for television and radio. He was educated at Clifton College, Southampton University and UWIC and began his career as a reporter on the Lincolnshire Echo before moving to BBC Radio Lincolnshire in 1982. His first job with network radio was in 1986 as a sports reporter for BBC Radio 2 and a news reporter for Radio 4 on ‘Today.’ In 1988 he became presenter of ‘Sport on 2’ which he hosted for six years until the advent of Radio 5 Live when he moved to a daily news programme. His illustrious television career began with BSB in 1990 as presenter of rugby and football, and on the BBC he fronted ‘Rugby Special’ Continue Reading »

Jon Champion

Jon Champion

Jon is one of Britain’s leading sports commentators who has covered a wide variety of sports including football, rugby league, Test Cricket and swimming as well reporting on three Olympic Games. He is also one of Match of the Day‘s regular commentators, as well as, commentating on rugby league for BBC TV’s Grandstand, and covering football for BBC Radio 5 Live. He cut his footballing teeth as a commentator/reporter for BBC Radio Leeds before joining BBC Radio 2 network sport and, later, Radio 5 Live where he also has his own programme, Champion’s Sport. He also worked as a radio presenter on the 1990 World Cup Finals and as a presenter and commentator in 1994. Euro 96 was his first major championship as a TV commentator, and he also worked on the 1998 World Cup Finals in France. In 1995 Continue Reading »

Kevin Pietersen MBE

Kevin Pietersen MBE

Kevin is a world-class cricket player. He was born in South Africa to an English mother. His playing record includes hitting 158 on the final day of the last test at the Oval in the 2005 Ashes, securing England a first Ashes triumph in 18 years. He is one of the fastest ever English batsmen to reach 4000 test runs. His highest test score of 227 averages over 50 in test matches. His amazing reverse sweep for 6 off Muralitharan at Edgbaston became his trademark switch hit, another element of his game that rates him in the highest levels of World Class Batsmen. Throughout his career Kevin Pietersen has accrued an impressive list of cricketing Awards and Test match performance records. In 2009 Kevin became one of the World’s most expensive cricketers in the IPL (Indian Premier League) auction, playing for Continue Reading »

Michael Vaughan OBE

Michael Vaughan OBE

Michael was the captain of the England team when they regained the Ashes in 2005, eighteen years after having last won the trophy. After the Ashes in 2005, the England cricket team was awarded the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Team Award. Vaughan was nominated for the Sports Personality of the Year individual award, but that went to his team-mate, Andrew Flintoff. On 31 December 2005, the entire Ashes-winning England cricket team was awarded the Queen’s New Years’ Honours, with Vaughan, team coach Duncan Fletcher and manager Phil Neale being honoured with OBEs and the rest of the side being awarded MBEs. Gatting was known for his shrewd captaincy and man-management skills, Vaughan captained England in 51 Tests between 2003 and 2008, winning 26 (a national record) and losing 11; England won all seven home Tests of the 2004 Continue Reading »

Mike Gatting OBE

Mike Gatting OBE

Mike was a prolific county batsman who amassed nearly a hundred centuries over his long career, Mike captained England and was the last English Captain to retain the Ashes in Australia. He used to play football for Watford reserves before playing cricket. He made his debut for Middlesex in 1975 and played his home cricket at Lord’s for the next 23 years until retirement. Aged just 20 he made his Test debut against Pakistan in Karachi in 1978. Although it took him 54 innings to score his maiden hundred, once he started he did not let up, scoring ten in total, including 207 versus India in the same innings Graeme Fowler scored 201 – the first time two Englishmen had scored double centuries in the same Test innings. Mike Gatting’s two wins as captain came at the expense of Australia in Continue Reading »

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