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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Phil Tufnell

Phil Tufnell

As a junior cricketer, Phil Tufnell was tipped to become the most talented English spinner of his generation. He made his debut for Middlesex in 1986. Phil played 42 Tests and 20 One Day Internationals for England between 1990 and 2001, and 316 first-class matches, mainly for Middlesex. He retired from professional cricket in 2003 in order to participate in the reality television show I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! from which he emerged as King of the Jungle. He was also a team captain on the sports quiz show They Think It’s All Over. Phil has tried his hand at punditry, working at Sky Sports and Channel 4, and has made appearances on current affairs programmes, chat shows and quiz shows. He has co-authored a humorous book called Phil Tufnell’s A To Z of Cricket and wrote his Continue Reading »

Rob Hawthorne

Rob Hawthorne

Rob was born in Dudley, Worcestershire now West Midlands. He was a pupil at Foxyards Primary School and later the Blue Coat School. His media career began at the age of 14, when he was still a pupil at the Blue Coat School. After participating in a local radio talent spotting competition, he was taken on by Beacon Radio in Wolverhampton as a member of the team for the Sunday morning show, “Kid’s Stuff”. He then became one of the regular commentators on live broadcasts for BBC Radio 5, shortly after its launch, before moving on to BBC Radio Five Live with the rest of its sports team in 1994. After senior commentators Mike Ingham and Alan Green, Hawthorne and colleague Ron Jones formed the second “tier” of commentators. During his time on radio Hawthorne commentated on several Division One Continue Reading »

Sarah-Jane Mee

Sarah-Jane Mee

Sarah-Jane moved from Sky Sports News to join the ITV’s sports team in October 2002 where she presented the sport on Central News West and also the main news programme. She also anchored the pan-regional programme, Soccer Monday. As a presenter with ITV Central, she became the face of sport for ITV in the Midlands. As well as presenting on the six o’clock news programme Central Tonight most evenings as Main and Sports Presenter, she was the main presenter of ITV Central’s popular weekly Central Soccer Night show. She co-hosted the ITV1 Central and London football programme Hancock’s Half-Time, along with Nick Hancock. The show was later given its original name of Central Soccer Night after Hancock departed, and Mee hosted the show into 2007, along with former striker Stan Collymore. Her radio career began in 2006, when she stood Continue Reading »