For listeners outside Europe, one of the greatest benefits of talkSPORT is their audio coverage of every single Premier League match online via talkSPORT.com or via their talkSPORT app. talkSPORT has the audio rights until the end of the 2015-16 season, so whether you’ve had a chance to listen to their commentaries or not, here’s a helpful guide to the voices that you’ll hear during a typical Premier League season.
Ray Parlour joined the talkSPORT squad after a playing career at Arsenal, Middlesbrough and Hull City. Nicknamed The Romford Pelé, he spent 14 years with the Gunners and won 10 caps for England. He now makes regular appearances on talkSPORT’s big football shows Matchday Live and Sunday Exclusive and talkSPORT Live.
Starting out at Coventry City, Bobby he scored 40 goals for the Sky Blues before going to Arsenal, Wolves, West Brom and winning the FA Cup with West Ham before becoming player-coach at Bristol and Hereford United. He also led Wimbledon to victory in the 1988 FA Cup and was Wales manager for 4 years in the late nineties.
Ex-England defender Alvin Martin appeared in 598 matches for West Ham and scored 34 goals in that time. After 22 years marshaling the Hammers’ back line, he was handed two testimonials and went into management with Southend United for two seasons. His Liverpudlian tones can be heard on Football First for post-match analysis and talkSPORT Live.
Danter started his media career commentating on Villa, Birmingham and Albion games at BRMB radio in Birmingham. He joined talkSPORT at the start of 2004/5 football season as a Midlands-based reporter and now presents Football First and can regularly be heard on talkSPORT Live.
Stan played for Nottingham Forest, Liverpool and Aston Villa – breaking national transfer records at all three – and also made an appearance for England during his football career. He is now talkSPORT’s Chief Football Commentator and hosts the fastest football phone-in on the dial, Call Collymore, every Saturday and Sunday as well as talkSPORT Live.
Sam Matterface kicked off his media career at hospital radio, before moving to BBC Radio Kent. He came to prominence in 2001 on 107.4 The Quay, where as the sports editor he covered Portsmouth’s rise to the Premier League under Harry Redknapp. From there, he got a gig on Sky Sports News before landing a role at talkSPORT as Chief Football Commentator alongside Stan Collymore.
John Anderson is talkSPORT’s England correspondent and covered the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012 for the station. In a 30-year broadcasting career he has covered three World Cups, five European Championships and six Olympic Games, and his experiences as a globetrotting reporter are chronicled in his memoir A Great Face For Radio.
Kevin Hatchard has been a sports commentator for fifteen years, and has covered matches at all levels from Halifax and Highworth to the Barclays Premier League. Kevin has commentated on Grand Slam deciders in rugby, FA Cup and play-off finals in football, and was proud to be part of Channel 4’s commentary team for the London 2012 Paralympics.