A comprehensive guide to English soccer TV commentators and co-commentators

 

TONY GALE

The former West Ham United footballer is another Englishman who does double duty for Sky Sports News (as a studio analyst) and for TWI/IMG as a Premier League co-commentator for the world feed. His London accent can be mistaken for Paul Walsh, but if you listen closely, you’ll be able to hear the differences after a while. 

 

ANDY GRAY

The former Everton and Scottish footballer used to be the number one co-commentator in the world for his expert analysis alongside Martin Tyler on games for Sky. However, after a series of scandals, Gray found himself at beIN SPORTS alongside presenter and friend Richard Keys. In the past two years, Gray has made a couple of co-commentary appearances for BT Sport, which were well received by the majority of fans.

 

DON GOODMAN

Journeyman striker Don Goodman, now retired from playing professionally, specializes in commentating Football League matches but can be found from time to time co-commentating Premier League matches for TWI/IMG’s world feed.

 

DANNY HIGGINBOTHAM

The former Premier League footballer is a keen observer of team tactics and formations, and is able to explain in a lot of detail the strategies that teams are employing on the pitch. Higginbotham is a more talkative co-commentator than average, so expect to hear a lot of insights and observations from the ex-pro.

 

ANDY HINCHCLIFFE

The former Manchester City, Everton and Sheffield Wednesday footballer is becoming more of a regular on Premier League co-commentaries each weekend. Hinchcliffe is a keen observer of tactics, nuances and where teams are weak or strong, and is able to clearly communicate these observations with the viewers. Hinchcliffe is one who is growing on me.

 

SHAKA HISLOP

Shaka brings a TNT (Trinidad and Tobago) flavor to his co-commentaries for soccer games on ESPN. The former West Ham United, Newcastle United and Portsmouth goalkeeper can be heard co-commentating European Championship qualifiers (among other games). In a world of English accents, Shaka’s Trinidadian accent is a breath of fresh air. 

 

BARRY HORNE

Just like Trevor Francis, Barry Horne can be annoying when he reactively criticizes players after they make mistakes (he should have aimed the ball at the other corner of the goal, he should have passed the ball to the other player, etc). Horne can often be found co-commentating games involving Everton or Swansea (and previously Cardiff, when they were in the top flight). But when teams are making fewer mistakes and playing well, Horne can be tolerable to listen to. 

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