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 worked as a football commentator for talkSPORT and a presenter during the World Cup hosting a phone-in. In the 2002-03 season he presented Saturday afternoon football coverage on Capital Gold.
The 2006-2007 season was another busy one for Parry. As well as his core commitment of 1 live match from every weekend of the FA Barclays Premier League, (plus several live matches for overseas viewers for TWI), Parry covered several live matches from the UEFA Champions League, the Coca-Cola Championship and the Carling Cup.
Alan is also an avid supporter of Liverpool Football Club.
He has also been involved with Wycombe Wanderers for over ten years now including a spell as a director.
Parry then became commentator of the revived Gladiators on Sky One replacing John Sachs.
One of the most respected commentators in sport, Alan Parry is in demand as an event host and after dinner speaker for his football anecdotes and memories.