Clive Tyldesley

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Football Commentator

Clive took over as ITV’s principal commentator when the late Brian Moore retired following the 1998 World Cup finals. After stepping into the hot-seat, he won the industry’s most prestigious award, ‘Royal Television Society Sports Commentator of the Year’, an unprecedented four times in the space of seven years.

His partnership with co-commentator Ron Atkinson became a cornerstone of ITV’s football coverage. Their famous reading of the dramatic conclusion to the 1999 Champions League final between Manchester United and Bayern Munich was shared with 19 million viewers. Clive has commentated on every one of the last 19 finals including Liverpool’s extraordinary triumph over Milan and Chelsea’s nail-biting success in Munich.

Lancashire-born Clive began his career in local radio in Nottingham and Liverpool before joining Granada TV in 1987. He was not only the leading football commentator in the country’s leading football region, but covered rugby league, cricket, golf and a variety of other sports. He graduated into network television via a stint as a reporter on ITV’s popular football magazine ‘Saint’n’Greavsie’ before a ‘transfer’ to BBC Television’s sports department in 1992.

During four years at the Beeb, Clive worked as a commentator on ‘Match of the Day’ and ‘Sportsnight’, and figured prominently in live coverage of the 1994 World Cup, Euro’96 and the Atlanta Olympics. Following the Games, ITV asked him to return to understudy the late Brian Moore at the 1998 World Cup in readiness for Clive’s elevation to his current position of senior commentator. He has since led ITV’s commentary team at five European Championships and four World Cup finals, broadcasting to audiences in excess of 20 million on three occasions.

He has been the host of the International Electronic Games conference as part of the Edinburgh Festival, and followed in the footsteps of the Prince of Wales and many notable public figures in being asked to deliver the Roscoe Lecture at St. George’s Hall in Liverpool in 2008. Clive is featured on FIFA 2016 and EA Sports’ other main video football games. He is also a patron of the Bobby Moore Bowel Cancer charity, an active member of the Kick It Out anti-racism organisation and the host of www.footballcommentator.org – a website aimed at helping young broadcasters get a foothold on the ladder into the industry.

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