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GolTV's Fitting Tribute to 11-Year-Old Rhys Jones

If GolTV will ever get an opportunity to broadcast Premier League matches in the future, soccer fans in the United States got a preview of what type of coverage they could expect during Tuesday’s Champions League qualifying round match featuring Liverpool against Toulouse.

From the second the coverage began, GolTV commentators Phil Schoen and Ray Hudson set the mood and eloquently shared with viewers what makes an Anfield European night so special. Hudson talked first hand about his experience playing for Newcastle against Liverpool at St. James’s Park back in the seventies, marking Terry McDermott and remembering the 10,000 Liverpool fans who outsung the Geordies on that night in Newcastle.

That’s what sets GolTV apart from its competitors. Hudson, a former player and manager, is able to speak candidly about the game and impart his wisdom on the audience. Schoen, meanwhile, is one of the most knowledgeable commentators in the United States on the world game. The two of them together fuse a formidable partnership.

After returning from commercial, the duo then paused to let the final sounds of Liverpool’s anthem “You’ll Never Walk Alone” bathe the audience and paid their respect — along with the players, fans and viewers at home — to 11-year old Everton fan Rhys Jones who was tragically shot dead last week.

The only shame about the opening coverage from GolTV was that they missed the two teams running out to the “Z Cars Theme” that was Jones’s favorite song and traditionally is the song that Everton always runs out to at their Goodison Park ground.

Other than that one oversight, kudos to GolTV for treating viewers to a touching opening for the match which Liverpool convincingly won 4-0 against the French opposition.

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  1. The Gaffer

    August 30, 2007 at 8:50 pm


    News about La Liga Talk and the blackout can be found on our sister site, La Liga Talk at http://www.laligatalk.coms

    The Gaffer

  2. Anonymous

    August 30, 2007 at 8:46 pm

    Hmmmm, I’ll have to see what packages are available on DirectTV out here in Denver, then.

    Thanks for the feedback y’all.

  3. Simon Burke

    August 30, 2007 at 6:37 pm

    Whats that about a La Liga rights problem? They are good for this coming season right?? Maybe.. hopefully…

  4. Anonymous

    August 30, 2007 at 2:07 pm

    I’d say GolTV’s coverage is on par with a high school football game on public access. First, they got the time wrong in the guide data and put a crawl on to say it’d be an hour later. The audio levels are awful, you can barely hear the crowd. The banter is forced, and they talk all over each other. I’ll have to admit Ray is growing on me for the comedic value, after preferring Jon Champion, David Pleat, or even Tommy Smyth on ESPN. His rip on Tom Cruise in the stands at the final Real Madrid game last season was classic. It’s worth it if you can get it, assuming the La Liga rights problem is sorted out.

  5. Hudsonland

    August 30, 2007 at 7:23 am

    It is whisperin’ Paul Giblin with the essential Sid Lowe on Worldsport.

    ‘John Motson on crack’ – I’m going to steal that.

  6. bcjohn02

    August 30, 2007 at 1:22 am

    I can’t stand Alan Parry. Jon Champion is serviceable and Clive Tyldesley runs very hot and cold depending on what game he calls.

    Martin Tyler is probably the best football commentator in England next to John Motson and I could listen to both call any game, regardless of who’s playing.

  7. MJ

    August 29, 2007 at 5:38 pm

    Martin Tyler?? He’s ok, but I’d rather have Alan Parry, Jon Champion, or Clive Tyldesley, thank you very much.

  8. Simon Burke

    August 29, 2007 at 1:35 pm

    Ray Hudson is basically John Motson on crack who clearly stays up night practicing his quotes in the mirror.
    I personally cant stand his commentary but i will grant you its unique and energetic. Does he know his stuff? Debatable – some his bias comes flying out and i remember some of his great quotes during the Cope match between Argentina and the US. He at one point said “There’s no greater Argentine fan on the planet than me” – this despite crowing about how well the US were outplaying them for a good 70 minutes. Final score Argentina won 4-1.
    He is too loud, talks too much and i grant you he has the occasional funny saying but overall give me Martin Tyler, Gary O Neill, John Motson any day…

  9. Anonymous

    August 29, 2007 at 10:07 am

    Hudson is by far the best and the most entertaining football commentator in the US. I had only heard about his antics from friends before I got Gol TV this season. He is an absolute riot to listen to. In fact, I am planning on watching as many Primera games this season as I can so that I can catch his quotes. “The Crouchozaurus” last night killed me. Beyond the entertainment value, I do believe that he is very knowledgeable when it comes to understanding the intricacies of the game.
    After listening to the guy for 3 games, I am convinced that Hudson is the best football commentator in this country!

  10. Anonymous

    August 29, 2007 at 9:09 am

    Hudsonland, thank you kindly for deferring to THE REAL GAFFER : )


    Btw is Sid Lowe still doing the comm on WorldSportHD?

  11. Hudsonland

    August 29, 2007 at 7:50 am

    If you can get WorldSportHD too you get an extra La Liga game a week, with good commentary, in hi-def.

  12. The Gaffer

    August 28, 2007 at 10:30 pm

    The easy answer is to get all three. Setanta for EPL, Championship and Lique Un. Fox Soccer Channel for the EPL and Serie A, and GolTV for the Bundesliga and La Liga.

    ESPN, Setanta and GolTV show Champions League matches (GolTV – the qualifying rounds only).

    All of GolTV’s commentaries are available in English.

    The Gaffer

  13. Anonymous

    August 28, 2007 at 10:22 pm

    So, which is better to get: GolTV or Setanta? I’m in the U.S. and I love following the BPL, the Championship, the Bundesliga, French Ligue Un, once in a while, the Serie A. Which is better? Also, when the south american league games are played on gol, is the commentary in Spanish? Are the only games commentated in English on GolTV the Bundesliga, Serie A and Premiership games?

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