Voices of Football

Sometimes we love to hate them, but there can be no doubting the importance of the football commentator in shaping our appreciation of the game and providing a soundtrack to the game’s most dramatic moments. In this series, we take back a look at some of the most prominent commentators on both the radio and the television.

Voices of Football: David Coleman, A Very Modern Anchor

When David Coleman died at the end of 2013 at the age of 87, despite it being a time of year when newsrooms might have been expecting to be running on a skeleton staff, it was no surprise to see a large number of obituaries for him being published. Coleman had, after...

Voices of Football: Gerry Harrison, The Beast From the East

For many who work within the football industry, the accumulation of medals and trophies is something that happens to other people. In order to function, the game requires a vast supporting cast which gives it context, which gives that silverware a sense of meaning....

Voices of Football: Bryon Butler – The Quiet Authority

Football commentary to a broadcast quality is an exceptionally difficult job, and it says a lot about those who make it to the top of the trade that they make it sound so easy. Having said that, though, commentating on the television and on the radio are very...

Voices of Football: Jacqui Oatley – The Trailblazer

In a sense it's understandable why, the first time it happens, it should be jarring. I tend to feel it when I hear commentators previously on the radio turning up on Match of the Day. It happened for me with Alan Green and also, going back further, Peter Drury and Jon...

Voices of Football: Hugh Johns – ITV’s Other Leading Man

It is a truth fairly universally acknowledged that the successful progression of a career in the media can be as much about who you know as what you know. Sometimes, though, the connections offered by an old school tie or a period in the armed services aren't...

Voices of Football: Martin Tyler – The Pre-Premier League Years

For anybody under the age of forty, Martin Tyler is the voice of the Premier League. Bombastic in style, though we suspect somewhat aware of the ridiculousness of it all, Tyler's position, as the main commentator on Sky Sports, has made him the soundtrack to the...

Voices of Football: Gerald Sinstadt – The Man Who Spoke Out

Racism, as has now become just about indisputable, has been on the rise again over the last three or four years, but the truth of the matter is that it's always been with us, and that it never really went away. What has changed has been its method of delivery. Racist...

Voices Of Football: Tony Gubba – A Fanfare For The Commentator Man

In spite of the obvious contradiction in making such a statement, there is much to said in praise of the stalwart. The stalwart is our representative of the unchosen many. They are the bread and butter of the game. The silent majority. The background cast as its...

Voices Of Football: Brian Moore – The Face And Voice Of ITV

When we look back to try and trace the history of football on the television in Britain, there are several dates that stand out as being of significance. The twenty-second of August 1964, for example, saw the first episode of Match Of The Day, whilst the sixteenth of...

Voices Of Football: Peter Jones – The BBC’s Voice Of Football

If football has changed almost over the last twenty or thirty years or so, one of the more comforting ways to reach back into the past is to delve into the all too rare BBC radio commentaries of matches from days gone by, and in particular to locate the lush, almost...

Voices Of Football: Forty Years Of John Motson

We're kicking off another new series on Twohundredpercent this evening, on the subject of the commentators that have brought the game to life. This evening, as an opener, here's a look at a many that celebrates the fortieth anniversary of his television debut this...