Clive began his career in local radio in Nottingham before joining Liverpool’s Radio City in 1977. After succeeding Elton Welsby as sports editor, he began commentating in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He also covered Everton F.C.‘s rise to prominence in the mid-1980s. Tyldesley was on-air at the scene of the Heysel disaster during the 1985 European Cup Final.
Tyldesley joined Granada Television in the late 1980s as a commentator on their Kick Off and Granada Soccer Night programmes.
He returned to ITV at a time when veteran football commentator Brian Moore was beginning to scale down his commitments. Over the next two years, Tyldesley was frequently heard commentating on live matches for the ITV network, as well as making occasional regional appearances on Granada, where he started his TV career.
Tyldesley has commentated on 3 World Cup finals for ITV (2002, 2006 and 2010), 2 European Championship finals (2000 and 2004) and 5 FA Cup Finals (1999,2000, 2001, 2009 and 2010), as well as successes for Manchester United and Liverpool in the Champions League.
Tyldesley and Andy Gray provide commentary in the seven most recent versions of EA Sports’ football games: FIFA 06, FIFA 07, FIFA 08, FIFA 09. Clive also provided commentary for Championship Manager 2, the last in the franchise to feature verbal analysis. He also provided commentary for the PlayStation 1 video games This is Football and FA Premier League Stars 2001.
Clive has developed an excellent reputation on the after dinner circuit with his fascinating insight into the Premier League and World football scene.