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Alan Pardew

Alan Pardew

A midfield dynamo during his playing days, Alan Pardew has since become one of the most respected managers in the English Premier League. Alan Pardew began his playing career in Whyteleafe whilst working as a cab driver and a glazier, and later, due to his outstanding midfielder skills, he was invited to Yeovil Town, where he played one season. In 1988/1999, Alan and his new team, Crystal Palace, were promoted to the Championship. During the five years he had at the club, Pardew made 150 appearances in different tournaments and netted 12 goals. In November 1991, Alan signed a contract with Charlton Athletic and became the top goalscorer of the 1992/1993 season. In 1995, he went on loan to Tottenham Hotspur and found the net a further 26 times. After rejecting an opportunity to play in Hong Kong, he then Continue Reading »

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 »

Alessandro Del Piero

Alessandro Del Piero

Alessandro has enjoyed an accomplished footballing career. He was named in the FIFA 100, a list of the 125 greatest living footballers selected by Pelé as a part of FIFA’s centenary celebrations. He was also voted in the list of best European players for the past 50 years in the UEFA Golden Jubilee Poll. Along with three awards in Italy for gentlemanly conduct he has also won the Golden Foot award, which pertains to personality and playing ability. In the year 2000, Del Piero was the world’s best-paid football player from salary, bonuses and advertising revenue. Del Piero holds the all-time goalscoring record at Juventus. On 6 April 2008, Alessandro Del Piero became the all-time highest-capped Juventus player, ahead of Juventus legend Gaetano Scirea. As of May 2012, he is in ninth place in the UEFA Champions League all-time goalscorer records and joint fourth with Roberto Continue Reading »

Andy Gray

Andy Gray

Andy is one of Scotland’s greatest ever footballers. He played for several clubs in Scotland and England and was renowned for his scoring abilities–especially his ability to score goals from headers. He was a primary football pundit for Sky Sports, as well as a presenter on Andy Gray’s Last Word. Andy Gray started his professional career as a player with Dundee United where he scored 46 goals in 62 appearances. In October 1975, at the age of 20, Andy headed south to Aston Villa and won England’s golden boot in 1976/77 with his tally of 25 league goals. His 29 goals in the following season earned him the PFA Young Player of the Year and PFA Players’ Player of the Year awards. Gray then moved to Everton in November 1983 for £250,000. He enjoyed two seasons with the Merseyside club, winning 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 »

Bobby Charlton CBE

Bobby Charlton CBE

Sir Bobby is a footballing legend and without doubt one of the most famous English players of all time. His name is synonymous with some of the greatest moments in the English game, but also with the highest traditions of sportsmanship and integrity. He played almost all of his professional club football at Manchester United where he became renowned for his attacking instincts and ferocious long-range shot. After helping United to win the Football League in 1965, he won a World Cup medal with England in 1966 and another Football League title with United the following year. In 1968, Bobby captained the Manchester United team that won the European Cup, scoring two goals in the final to help his team be the first English side to win the competition. He set goalscoring records at both international and club level, with both Continue Reading »

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