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Clive Tyldesley is an English sports commentator, who since 1998 has been the main football commentator for ITV. He has commentated on eleven Champions League finals and numerous World Cup and European Championship matches.


Tyldesley was born in Lancashiremarker and was educated at Kirkham Grammar Schoolmarker. He began his career in local radio in Nottinghammarker before joining Liverpoolmarker's Radio City in 1977. After succeeding Elton Welsby as sports editor, he began commentating during a highly successful era for Liverpool F.C. in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He also covered Everton F.C.'s rise to prominence in the mid-1980s. Tyldesley was on-air at the scene of the Heysel disastermarker during the 1985 European Cup Final.

He also broadcast extensively during the aftermath of the Hillsborough, although he was not present on the day. Throughout his time he also commentated on other events such as Rugby League, the Grand National and even the Pope John Paul II's visit to Liverpool.

Early ITV career

Tyldesley joined Granada Television in the late 1980s as a commentator on their Kick Off and Granada Soccer Night programmes. He also anchored Granada's coverage of Lancashire cricket until the sport was dropped by the channel in the early 90s, and also covered rugby league for the region.

Between 1988 and 1992, ITV held exclusive rights to the Football League. They would show one match live on Sunday afternoons, and no weekly highlights programme. However, they would show all the goals from Division One during the half time interval of their live match, and Tyldesley would usually provide the voiceover.

BBC (1992-1996)

Tyldesley joined the BBC as they obtained highlights rights for the new Premier League in 1992. For four years he worked as a commentator on Match of the Day and Sportsnight. Despite proving himself as an accomplished performer, he was unable to dislodge John Motson and Barry Davies and only covered four live matches in his entire time there. These were two matches at the 1994 World Cup, one at Euro 96 and an FA Cup tie between Sheffield United F.C. and Aston Villa F.C.. After being consigned to basketball at the 1996 Olympics, he left the BBC.

Return to ITV (1996-present)

Tyldesley returned to ITV at a time when veteran football commentator Brian Moore was beginning to scale down his commitments. Over the next two years, Tyldesley was frequently heard commentating on live matches for the ITV network, as well as making occasional regional appearances on Granada, where he started his TV career. However, Moore was still used for most major finals.

Moore retired after the 1998 World Cup, and Tyldesley was soon made the network's leading football commentator, despite attempts to poach John Motson from the BBC.

Tyldesley has commentated on 2 World Cup finals for ITV, and 2 European Championship finals, as well as successes for Manchester United and Liverpool in the Champions League.

He has been repeatedly slated by many fans for being biased towards his boyhood team Liverpool. This was never more evident than during a crucial champions league group game away in Lyon. Liverpool conceded a last minute goal to level the score at 1-1 and Tyldesley fell silent for several minutes with many viewers erroneously complaining to ITV that their audio feed was down.

Computer games

Tyldesley and Andy Gray provide commentary in the four most recent versions of EA Sports' football video games: FIFA 06, FIFA 07, FIFA 08, and FIFA 09 (PC, Nintendo DS, Wii and PlayStation 2 only; he's replaced by Martin Tyler for other consoles). Tyldesley is also heard in another of EA's football games, 2006 FIFA World Cup. He is also present in Euro 2008 and UEFA Champions League 2004-2005 and 2006-2007 along with Andy Townsend. He also provided commentary for Championship Manager 2, the last in the franchise to feature verbal analysis.

Other Work

Tyldesley also writes a column for the Daily Telegraph which is reproduced online at Many of his columns address his love for hunting buffalo.

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