Six Of The Best: Football Commentators, Part One


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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7 Responses

  1. Gervillian Swike says:

    Can’t argue with those three. Fantastic piece with Hugh Johns there too. Being a Swansea lad myself, I remember many of his more colourful comments towards the end of his career on HTV Soccer Sunday with a great deal of affection – “Torpey’s going to hit it to the back stick – aye, that was seriously adjacent!” and “Bowen doesn’t miss chances like this! Or does he? He just did!” Incidentally, in the first clip in that piece – the George Best goal – my Physics teacher was the referee; just out of the clip, Hugh Johns said, “Johnny Gow raises his hands above his head and applauds Best!” Marvellous commentator, decorating the action with both his words and his personality. And a definite case for the old days of listening to one commentator, instead of the dreary double-acts that are all too common now.

  2. Tim Vickerman says:

    “Maradona, turns like a little eel and comes away from trouble. Little squat man, he comes inside Butcher, leaves him for dead, outside Fenwick, leaves him for dead and then he puts the ball away and THAT is why Maradona is the greatest player in the world.”

    Brilliant, brilliant piece of commentary. And that is how commentary can actually enhance a memorable moment of football.

    I guess the problem is that every commentator has already prepared their ‘iconic’ lines for big games so it just sounds fake and lacking in spontaneity. Not to say it didn’t happen back in the day, too…

  3. Tim Vickerman says:

    Damn, I think he said ‘Hoddle’, not ‘trouble’. Well, I almost knew it off by heart. Glenn Trouble…

  4. Ray (AFCW) says:

    Hugh Johns was the ‘daddy’ and is much missed.

  5. sixmartletsandaseagull says:

    Barry davies, Hugh Johns and Bryan Butler for me too.

    In the 70s commentators did tend to exclaim great save, shot etc for actions that seem quite standard.

    I like many I imagine very often watch with the sound off these dqays.

  6. Deshane says:

    I think Peter Druary, Efan Ekoko and Daniel Mann are fantastic comentators in their own right and deserve a mention. Paul Walsh, Jim Beglin, Matt Jackson and Craig Burley also impart some fantastic analysis

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