Clive Tyldesley (born 25 August 1954) is an English sports commentator, television presenter and voiceover artist, who since 1998 has been the main football commentator for ITV. He has commentated on fifteen Champions League finals, eight FA Cup Finals and numerous World Cup and European Championship matches.
Tyldesley was born in Radcliffe, Bury, and was educated at Kirkham Grammar School before attending The University of Nottingham. He 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.
He also broadcast during the aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster, which saw 96 Liverpool fans die,although he was not present on the day. Throughout his time he also commentated on other events such as Rugby League, the Grand National and even the Pope John Paul II's visit to Liverpool.
Early ITV career
Tyldesley joined Granada Television in the late 1980s as a commentator on their Kick Off and Granada Soccer Night programmes. He also anchored Granada's coverage of Lancashire cricket until the sport was dropped by the channel in the early 90s, and also covered rugby league for the region.
Tyldesley joined the BBC as they obtained highlights rights for the new Premier League in 1992. For four years he worked as a commentator on Match of the Day and Sportsnight. Despite proving himself as an accomplished performer, he was unable to dislodge John Motson and Barry Davies and only covered four live matches in his entire time there. These were two matches at the 1994 World Cup, one at Euro 96 and an FA Cup tie between Sheffield United and Aston Villa. After being consigned to basketball at the 1996 Olympics, he left the BBC.
Return to ITV (1996–present)
Tyldesley 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. However, Moore was still used for most major finals.
Moore retired after the 1998 World Cup, and Tyldesley was soon made the network's leading football commentator.
Tyldesley has commentated on four World Cup finals for ITV (2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014), three European Championship finals (2000, 2004 and 2012) and eight FA Cup Finals (1999, 2000, 2001, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013), as well as successes for Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea in the Champions League.
Clive is famously known among Manchester United fans for his commentary as United won the UEFA Champions League in 1999, particularly the phrases "Can Manchester United score? They always score" and "Name on the trophy". His reaction to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scoring the winning goal has become Manchester United folklore "And Solskjaer has won it!! – Manchester United have reached the Promised Land".
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 (PC, Nintendo DS, Wii, PlayStation 2 and PSP FIFA 10 consoles TBA only; he is replaced by Martin Tyler for other consoles and PC in FIFA 11, FIFA 12, and FIFA 13). Tyldesley is also heard in another of EA's football games, 2006 FIFA World Cup. He is also present in Euro 2008 and UEFA Champions League 2004–2005 and 2006–2007 along with Andy Townsend. He and Townsend are the Commentators for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa, all versions of FIFA for iOS and Android, and are also options in commentary for FIFA 13 and FIFA 14 along with Martin Tyler. He 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. Tyldesley also commentates in the "World Cup Mode" in FIFA 13 and FIFA 14
Tyldesley is a lifelong Manchester United fan. He explained that he had been brought up following the club, but his enthusiasm had been "diluted" when he worked at Nottingham Forest. He is related by marriage to Manning musician Kathy Hampson, and his niece is the American musician Nite Jewel. He is a supporter of the Labour Party and in 2010 he hosted a husting between the leadership contenders.
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