List of British football commentators

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This is a list of media commentators and writers in the United Kingdom 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[1] Aberdeen (1988–1997)
Borussia Dortmund (1997–1999)
FC Utrecht (1998)
Vitesse (1999)
FC Twente (1999–2003)
Aberdeen (2003–2004)
Scotland (1993–2001)
Setanta Sports
Steve Bower None BBC
Setanta Sports
MUTV (1998–2007)
BT Sport (2013–present)
Peter Brackley None BBC (1972–1982, 2009–2011)
ITV Sport (1982–1988, 1992–present)
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 5 Live (1992–present)
BBC Television (1999–present)
Jock Brown None BBC Scotland
Setanta Sports
Craig Burley[2] Chelsea (1989–1997)
Celtic (1997–1999)
Derby County (1999–2003)
Dundee (2003)
Preston North End (2004)
Walsall (2004)
Scotland (1995–2003)
Setanta Sports
ESPN (2009–2013)
ITV (2010–2012)
ESPN FC (2013–present)
Bryon Butler None The Daily Telegraph (1961–1968, 1991–2001)
BBC Radio (1968–1991)
Jon Champion None BBC Radio (1990–1995)
BBC Television (1995–2001, 2013–present)
ITV (2001–2008, 2010, 2012, 2013–present)
Setanta Sports (2007–2009)
ESPN (2009–2013)
David Coleman None BBC Television (1958–1984)
Pat Crerand Celtic (1956–1963)
Manchester United (1963–1971)
MUTV (2000–present)
Ian Crocker None Sky Sports
Setanta Sports (2006–2009)
ITV (2010)
Ian Darke None Sky Sports (1992–2010)
ESPN (2010–present)
BT Sport (2013–present)
Barry Davies None BBC Radio (1963–1966)
ITV (1966–1969)
BBC Television (1969–2004, 2014)
Peter Drury None BBC Radio (1993–1997)
ITV (1997–2013)
ESPN (2012–2013)
BBC (2012)
BT Sport (2013–present)
BBC Radio 5 Live (2013–present)
Robbie Earle Port Vale (1982–1991)
Wimbledon (1991–2000)
ITV (2001–2010)
NBC (2013–present)
Darren Fletcher None BBC Radio (2010–present)
BT Sport (2014–present)
Giuseppe Giannini A.S. Roma (1981–1996)
Sturm Graz (1996–1997)
Napoli (1997–1998)
Lecce (1998–1999)
Italy (1986–1991)
RAI (2002–present)
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)
beIN Sports (2012–present)
Talksport (2011–present)
BT Sport (2014)
Alan Green None BBC Radio (1982–present)
BBC (2013–present)
Stuart Hall None BBC Radio (1959–2012)
Alan Hansen Partick Thistle (1973–1977)
Liverpool (1977–1991)
Scotland (1979–1986)
Sky Sports (1991–1992)
BBC Television (1992–2014)
Jimmy Hill Brentford (1949–1953)
Fulham (1953–1961)
ITV (1968–1972)
BBC Television (1972–1998)
Sky Sports (1999–2007)
Simon Hill None Fox Sports (Australia) (2006–present)
Mike Ingham None BBC Radio (1977–present)
Hugh Johns None ITV (1966–2001)
Peter Jones None BBC Radio (1964–1990)
Tony Jones None Channel 4 (2004–2006) (Occasionally)
ITV (2005–2009) (Occasionally)
Five (2005–2007) (Occasionally)
Sky Sports (2009–present)
Richard Keys None Sky Sports (1990–2011)
beIN Sports (2012–present)
Talksport (2011–present)
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–present)
NBC (2013–present)
BT Sport (2015–present)
Kevin McCarra None The Times (1996–1998)
The Guardian (1998–present)
Conor McNamara None TV3 (1998–2002, 2007)
BBC Radio 5 Live (2002–present)
BBC Television (2005–present)
Gerry McNee None Scottish Television
Archie Macpherson None Scottish Television
Radio Clyde
Paul Mitchell None Sportsound (2005–present)
Arthur Montford None Scottish Television
Brian Moore None The Times (1958–1961)
BBC Radio (1961–1968)
ITV (1968–1998)
Talksport (1998–2001)
John Motson None BBC Radio (1968–1971)
BBC Television (1971–present) (semi retired in 2008)
BBC Radio 5 Live (2001–present)
Guy Mowbray None Eurosport (1997–1999)
ITV (1999–2004)
BBC Television (2004–present)
Gary Neville Manchester United (1992–2011) Sky Sports (2011–present)
Dan O'Hagan None MUTV (1999–2001)
Eurosport (2003–present)
ITV (2001–2005)
BBC Television (2004–present)
96.3 Radio Aire (2013–present)
Michael Owen Liverpool (1996–2004)
Real Madrid (2004–2005)
Newcastle United (2005–2009)
Manchester United (2009–2012)
Stoke City (2012–2013)
BT Sport (2013–present)
Jonathan Pearce None Five (1997–2004)
BBC Radio 5 Live (2002–2005, 2013–present)
BBC Television (2004–present)
BT Sport (2013–present)
Dave Roberts Professional Game Referee TFM Radio (1986–1995)
Century Radio (1995–1997)
Talk Radio (1997–1998)
Sky Sports (1998–2005)
ESPN (2005–present)
Jim Rosenthal None ITV (1980–2010)
Channel 5 (2009–2012)
Robbie Savage Manchester United (1993–1994)
Crewe Alexandra (1994–1997)
Leicester City (1997–2002)
Birmingham City (2002–2005)
Blackburn Rovers (2005–2008)
Derby County (2008–2011)
Brighton & Hove Albion (2008)
Wales (1995–2004)
BBC Sport (2010–present)
BT Sport (2013–present)
Angus Scott None ITV Sport (1998–2006, 2010)
Setanta Sports (2007–2009)
beIN Sports (2009–present)
Joe Speight None Setanta Sports (2007–2009)
ESPN (2009–2013)
ITV Sport (2011–present)
Sky Sports (2009–present)
Gary Taphouse None Sky Sports (2005–present)
Talksport (2014–present)
Clive Tyldesley None ITV (1987–1992, 1996–present)
BBC Television (1992–1996)
Martin Tyler None ITV (1976–1990)
Sky Sports (1990–present)
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)