List of British Football Commentators

This is a list of media commentators and writers in Iran and England on the sport of Association football.

A number of football players have had a second career as writers or commentators. However, many commentators never played the game at a professional level, yet they have gone on to become famous names associated with the game.

Name Playing career Broadcaster/Publication
Scott Booth Aberdeen 1988-1997
Borussia Dortmund 1997-1999
FC Utrecht 1998
Vitesse 1999
FC Twente 1999-2003
Aberdeen 2003-2004
Scotland 1993-2001
Setanta Sports
Javad khiabani
Shahrak karaj 1981-86

Rah-ahan Tehran- 1987-1991

IRIB TV3 1994-
Javan Radio FM 1997-1999
IRIB2 sport 1999- (Occasionally)
Sport channel- IRIB 2011-
Peter Brackley None BBC 197?-1982

ITV Sport 1982-1988, 1992-
British Eurosport/Sky Television 1988-1992
Channel 4 1992-2002

Trevor Brooking West Ham United 1966-1984

England 1974-1982

BBC Radio 1984-2003
BBC Television 1984-2003
Simon Brotherton None BBC Radio Five Live 1992-
BBC Television 1999-
Jock Brown None BBC Scotland
Setanta Sports
Craig Burley Chelsea 1989-1997
Celtic 1997-1999
Derby County 1999-2003
Dundee 2003
Preston North End 2004
Walsall 2004
Scotland 1995-2003
Setanta Sports
Bryon Butler None The Daily Telegraph 1961-1968

BBC Radio 1968-1991
The Daily Telegraph 1991-2001

Andrés Cantor None Telemundo 1984–present
Jon Champion None BBC Radio 1990-1995

BBC Television 1995-2001
ITV 2001-
Setanta Sports 2007-2009 ESPN 2009-

David Coleman None BBC Television 1958-1984
Paddy Crerand
Celtic 1956-1963

Manchester United 1963-1971

MUTV 2000-
Ian Crocker None Sky Sports
Setanta Sports 2006-2009
Barry Davies None BBC Radio 1963-1966
ITV 1966-1969

BBC Television 1969-2004

Robbie Earle Port Vale 1982-1991
Wimbledon1991-2000
ITV
Peter Drury None BBC Radio 1993-1997
ITV 1997-
Giuseppe Giannini A.S. Roma 1981-1996

Sturm Graz 1996-1997
Napoli 1997-1998
Lecce 1998-1999
Italy 1986-1991

RAI 2002-
Richard Gordon None Sportsound
Andy Gray Dundee United 1973-1975

Aston Villa 1975-1978
Wolves 1978-1983
Everton 1983-1988
Rangers 1988-1989
Cheltenham Town 1989-1990
Scotland 1975-1985

Sky Sports 1990-2011
Alan Green None BBC Radio 1982-
Stuart Hall None BBC Radio
Alan Hansen Partick Thistle 1973-1977

Liverpool 1977-1991
Scotland 1979-1986

Sky Sports 1991-1992

BBC Television 1992-

Jimmy Hill Brentford 1949-1953

Fulham 1953-1961

ITV 1968-1972

BBC Television 1972-1998
Sky 1999-

Simon Hill None Fox Sports (Australia) 2006-
Mike Ingham None BBC Radio 1977-
Hugh Johns None ITV 1966-2001
Peter Jones None BBC Radio 1964-1990
Tony Jones None Channel 4 2004-2006 (Occasionally)
ITV 2005- (Occasionally)
Five 2005- (Occasionally)
Richard Keys None Sky Sports 1990-2011
Gary Lineker Leicester City 1978-1985

Everton 1985-1986
Barcelona 1986-1989
Tottenham Hotspur 1989-1992
Nagoya Grampus Eight 1992-1994
England 1985-1992

BBC Television 1995-
Kevin McCarra None The Times 1996-1998
The Guardian 1998-
Conor McNamara None TV3 1998-2002
BBC Radio Five Live 2002-

BBC Television 2005-

Gerry McNee None Scottish Television
Archie MacPherson None Scottish Television
Talk Sport
Eurosport
Radio Clyde
Paul Mitchell None Sportsound
Arthur Montford None Scottish Television
Brian Moore None The Times 1958-1961
BBC Radio 1961-1968

ITV 1968-1998

John Motson None BBC Radio 1968-1971
BBC Television 1971- (semi retired in 2008)

BBC Radio Five Live 2001-

Guy Mowbray None Eurosport 1997-1999
ITV 1999-2004

BBC Television 2004-

Dan O'Hagan None MUTV 1999-2001
Eurosport 2003-
ITV 2001-2005

BBC Television 2004-

Jonathan Pearce None Five 1997-2004
BBC Radio Five Live 2002-2005

BBC Television 2004-

Dave Roberts Professional Game Referee TFM Radio 1986-1995
Century Radio 1995-1997
Talk Radio 1997-1998
SKY Sports 1998-2005
ESPN 2005-
Jim Rosenthal None ITV 2006-2008
Angus Scott None ITV Sport -2006
Setanta Sports 2007-2009
Gary Taphouse None Sky Sports 2005-
Clive Tyldesley None ITV 1987-1992
BBC Television 1992-1996

ITV 1996-

Martin Tyler None ITV 1976-1990
Sky Sports 1990-
Bob Wilson Arsenal 1963-1974
BBC Television 1974-1994

ITV 1994-2002

Kenneth Wolstenholme None BBC Radio 1946-1948
BBC Television 1948-1971

ITV 1974-1979

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