Legendary English Premier League Commentators Martin Tyler, Rob Hawthorne, Bill Leslie and Alan Parry will be the commentator for Sky Sports this year. BT Sport also has its team ready with Ian Darke and Darren Fletcher. The United States will hear Arlo White and Steve Bower during the live matches of Premier League.
We grow up watching football mostly on television besides visiting the ground to cheer for our favourite teams. When it comes to witnessing the football match on the ground it is always a thrilling experience to be there, to shout for the team, and to watch the football gods play in front of our eyes. But when we sit back home and relaxing on the couch while watching a football match, it is the commentators who convey us the exact emotions and excitements of the great game. The English Premier League is the most-viewed league in the world with a 4.7 billion potential TV audience. So it is always a commentator who serves their voice to replicate the excitement of the ground to the 643 million homes who has their eyes stick to the television watching Premier League. So here we present the list of Greatest English Premier League commentators of all time.
Greatest English Premier League commentators
Many great footballers choose commentary as their second career as their analytical power is great due to the on-ground attachment with the game. But many great commentators never played the game and still have the charisma to thrill the viewers with their superior voice and with their power to convey the emotions. So let’s start the list of greatest Premier League commentators.
Retired English footballer turned commentator Ray Hudson started his television journey in 2002 with World Cup coverage by ESPN. He then started his full-time commentary career with GolTV in 2004. Hudson held the position of co-commentator from 2004 and covered Premier League and European League matches. He was also the co-host of American Soccer till 29 August 2007 which was his final appearance for the program. He then started working as the morning show host of The Football Show on SiriusXM FC 85 in 2012. Hudson currently works as an English-language football commentator on beIN Sports. With his great voice and analytical skill, Ray Hudson is definitely one of the Greatest English Premier League commentators of all time.
Retired English defender and Football pundit Andy Hinchcliffe is considered as one of the best English Premier League commentators because of his powerful commentary. Before taking commentary as his profession, he played for the England national team from 1996 to 1998 and appeared in 7 international matches. Hinchcliffe now works on Sky Sports as a co-commentator mostly covering Premier League games and Skybet Championship games. He sometimes also appears as the analyst of morning football show on Sky Sports News HQ which is based on the recent football matches and transfer market of the soccer world.
Former Irish midfielder Andy Townsend is the current commentator of BT Sport and widely regarded as one of the marvellous English Premier League commentators of all time. After retiring from football, he joined ITV Sport and became the channel’s lead co-commentator of live football coverage with Clive Tyldesley. Townsend also co-hosted ‘Weekend Sports Breakfast’ by ‘Talksport’ with Mike Parry on Sundays. He then joined BT Sport as a co-commentator after leaving ITV in 2015 and made his debut for the channel on the 15th of February 2015 in an FA Cup match. Andy Townsend currently covers English Premier League, UEFA Champions League, FA Cup and UEFA Europa League for BT Sport.
Retired English right-back Lee Dixon began his commentary career working for the BBC after retiring from professional football and is now regarded as one of the excellent Premier League. He started hosting ‘Match of the Day 2’ on BBC as the football pundit and also appeared on ‘Football Focus’ and ‘Score’ for the channel. Lee Dixon then joined ITV Sport in July 2012 and made a great commentary partnership with Roy Keane. He then moved to NBC Sports and became the co-lead commentator for the English Premier League with Graeme Le Saux. He also works with the lead voice of NBC Sports’ live Premier League coverage Arlo White in the United States. Besides his regular EPL commentary, Dixon also contributed to the Premier League Download program of NBC.
Legendary English football commentator Ian Darke was the part of Sky Sports’ “Big Four” football commentators alongside Alan Parry, Martin Tyler and Rob Hawthorne. After spending 10 years in BBC Radio, he moved to Sky Sports to cover the newly formed FA Premier League in 1992. Ian Darke was the co-commentator of Premier League live coverage alongside Martin Tyler and also worked as the lead host of Ford Monday Night Football. He was then offered a three-year contract by ESPN as their voice of the Premier League coverage in U.S. in 2011. Darke then joined BT Sport as the lead commentator of their Premier League live coverage. Due to his prolific television career, Ian Darke is known as one of the legendary Premier League commentators of all time.
Retired Irish left-back Jim Beglin is known for his awesome voice and marvellous expressions during the live football coverage and is known as one of the best currently working Premier League commentators. After retiring from professional football, he joined RTÉ and covered English Premier League, UEFA Champions League alongside Ireland’s international matches as the main commentator. He then moved to ITV as the co-commentator of live football coverage. Jim Beglin currently works as the co-commentator for BT Sport and NBCSN mostly covering the Premier League matches. Besides commentary, he gave voice to Liverpool’s official DVD and video releases. Jim Beglin is also the co-commentator of the Pro Evolution Soccer game series since 2011.
Reputed Football commentator Jon Champion worked for several television and radio channels over the past 30 years and is known as one of the greatest Premier League Commentators of all time. He started his journey in the late 1980s with BBC Sports and covered football matches between 1992 and 1996 as a commentator for BBC Radio Five Live. Champion then moved to the television segment of BBC and worked as a commentator covering Premier League and FA Cup till 2001. He then moved to ITV and became a regular part of the commentary team. He then loaned out to Setanta Sports UK in 2007 for the live football commentary. Jon Champion then permanently moved to ESPN UK in 2009.
Widely known football commentator Peter Drury is known for his marvellous voice and smoothness of delivering emotions from the field and is regarded as one of the best Premier League Commentators of all time. He started his television journey with ITV Sport in 1998 as their number two live football commentator. He then moved to GMTV in 2000 and spent 9 years as the sports bulletins reader for the channel’s GMTV Today segment. Peter Drury joined BT Sport in 2013 and currently covers Premier League, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and FA Cup for the channel. Besides appearing on TV, he is also the lead commentator in the Pro Evolution Soccer since 2015.
Retired Scottish footballer Andy Gray chose commentary as his second profession after his retirement from professional football. He joined Sky Sports and became the live football commentator covering Premier League since its inception in 1992. Gray then moved to appear on a corporate hospitality show called ‘Smash It!’ in 2011. He then signed for talkSPORT for football coverage in February 2011. Andy Gray currently covers the Premier League matches on beIN Sports and also hosts the channel’s Friday evening Talk Sport show with Richard Keys. With his amazing voice and twisted talks, he is widely regarded as one of the best English Premier League Commentators of all time.
English football commentator Martin Tyler is the grand old leader of football commentary and is widely known as the best English Premier League Commentator of all time. He was voted as the Premier League Commentator of The Decade in the Premier League 10 Seasons Awards by fans and panel of football experts in April 2003. He made his commentary debut for ITV in 1974 and soon became the number two commentator of the channel. Tyler then moved to British Satellite Broadcasting in 1990 and soon became the lead Premier League commentator of Sky Sports after the channel’s merger with Sky. He was approached by Setanta to be their lead Premiership football commentator in 2007 which he rejected and signed a contract extension with Sky Sports.
All the commentators of Premier League have their own specific way to represent the situation and the excitement of the live game. But all the commentators always mesmerise us with their presentation style when we stick our eyes to the television and hear their voices at the same time. And for that, they will always be a major part of the football game around the globe and their voices will always be in our memories. Don’t forget to send us your opinion about this list of Greatest English Premier League Commentators in the comment box below.