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04 Feb 20 17:28
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Report stewarts rise February 4, 2020 6:40 PM GMT
Arlott, Coleman, O'Hehir, amd Waring.
Report SlippyBlue February 4, 2020 6:48 PM GMT
In my lifetime I would have to vote for Richie Benaud as being the best in any sporting field.
Report twizzle22 February 4, 2020 6:56 PM GMT
Alan Weeks on the BBC..used to cover the Footy/Ice much passion
Report Dr Crippen February 4, 2020 7:04 PM GMT
John Arlott was the greatest.
Report 1st time poster February 4, 2020 7:24 PM GMT
brian moore/ the big match
Report ----you-have-to-laugh--- February 4, 2020 7:25 PM GMT
richie benaud
henry longhurst
bill mclalen
john arlott
jim nance
dan maskell
Report bigmo February 4, 2020 7:47 PM GMT
John Arlott

But a special mention to Sid Waddell.
Report sixtwosix February 4, 2020 7:59 PM GMT
David Coleman always the best for me

Peter O'Sullevan , Hugh Johns , Barry Davies , Alan Weeks , Tony Pickering , John Helm , Bryan Butler , Peter Jones

Most of today's are hopeless.
Report Make my hay February 4, 2020 8:02 PM GMT
Report acey deucy February 4, 2020 8:36 PM GMT
Peter O'Sullevan.Horse Racing lost a little bit of Magic for me when he Retired.
Report terry mccann February 4, 2020 8:43 PM GMT
Murray Walker shouldn't be left out also Harry Carpenter
Report Crisp77 February 4, 2020 8:43 PM GMT
Albert Bartlett
Report terry mccann February 4, 2020 8:44 PM GMT
Mighty fine spudsHappy
Report tictacman1 February 4, 2020 8:49 PM GMT
Bill mclalen

Snooker commentator 'Whispering' Ted Lowe
Report Dr Crippen February 4, 2020 8:56 PM GMT
Ted Lowe:

''For those of you who are watching in black and white, the pink is next to the green.''
Report Johnny_Mustang February 4, 2020 8:56 PM GMT
This is the market without John McEnroe, right?
Report sewter lives again February 4, 2020 9:02 PM GMT
Tony Romo is very good
Report sewter lives again February 4, 2020 9:03 PM GMT
Richie Benaud was very good
Report Hanx February 4, 2020 9:05 PM GMT
John Arlott
Report Johnny_Mustang February 4, 2020 9:08 PM GMT
Couldn’t stand him as a player (archetypal miserable Jock) but as a commentator I could listen to Colin Montgomerie a lot. Not any more of course since he’s left Sky. Shame.
Report terry mccann February 4, 2020 9:10 PM GMT
Come to that Faldo is pretty good
Report kincsem February 4, 2020 10:25 PM GMT
"There," whispered the television commentator Henry Longhurst, "but for the grace of God..."
Report alfee February 5, 2020 12:55 AM GMT
Michael O'Hehir, always a Delight to Hear.
Report G Hall February 5, 2020 1:14 AM GMT
Peter o Sullivan
Report Ramruma February 5, 2020 4:07 AM GMT
No lady commentators? Most of those nominated have fairly deep and/or whispery voices, so is it significant that Clare Balding, who became the nation's, or at least the television companies' sweetheart after the Beijing Olympics, does too?
Report stickyvicky February 5, 2020 9:53 AM GMT
Report BonnieDday February 5, 2020 1:41 PM GMT
Some wonderful nominations here.

A recommendation though for the late great Ron Pickering. His commentary on the Men's 4 x 100 Relay at, I think, the 1983 World Athletics Championships, as the baton was passed to Carl Lewis for the final leg, still makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up -:

Report alun2005 February 5, 2020 2:26 PM GMT
One of the reasons why Richie Benaud excelled was because he was allowed to shadow the master, Peter O'Sullevan, before he started in cricket commentary.
Report lovegod February 5, 2020 2:28 PM GMT
On the cricket they would say that Benaud has joined the commentary box.

15 minutes or more later Richie would say morning everyone, less is more.

Unlike Shane Warne who never stops talking.
Report ----you-have-to-laugh--- February 5, 2020 3:24 PM GMT
virginia wade made a decent co commentator

i'm struggling to think of a really good lady commentator, but they all seem to go down
the over excited route that so many of todays male commentators also suffer from.

sue barker is great on tv too, but i dont hear her talking very much about tennis.

mcenroe and becker are genius with their insights on tennis,
Report SteelCurtain February 5, 2020 3:52 PM GMT
pat summerall john madden al michaels
Report FatherMaguire February 5, 2020 4:35 PM GMT
ITV Tour De France team seem to do a great job even though its not particularly my bag
Report cribbage king February 5, 2020 5:18 PM GMT
Mr David Coleman
Report Coachbuster February 5, 2020 5:56 PM GMT
King Edward  followed by a good old Maris piper for me
Report 1st time poster February 5, 2020 6:19 PM GMT
my early sport days always equate david coleman with lilian board, emery,sherwood, ann pacca, mexico 1968 Olympics etc,not a commentator but hugh mcavelaney docu,s were/are legendary
Report Pokermonster February 5, 2020 6:24 PM GMT
I think Alan McManus is one of the best snooker commentators. He notices things most others miss.
Report mad mad moon February 5, 2020 6:36 PM GMT
I miss the late,great Tony Cosier.
We are due to play the Windies again in June, but it just won’t be the same without the great man.
Report twizzle22 February 5, 2020 6:47 PM GMT
So true mmm
Report Injera February 5, 2020 7:15 PM GMT
Bryon Butler & Peter Jones were wonderful football commentators. Iconic voices.
Report Cardinal Scott February 5, 2020 7:49 PM GMT
Coleman could turn his hand (or voice) to a multitude of sports.....brilliant example of his style seen here down a phone line
Report HGS February 5, 2020 8:37 PM GMT
Great thread and some true greats on here, sadly most have now passed, but fair play to the poster who put up Ron Pickering RIP. Good shout that.

And also to the poster for the best ever.........Sid Waddell up there, he's sweating like a hippo in a power shower!! LaughLaugh
Report Richie_Burnett February 6, 2020 2:02 AM GMT
Forgot about Waddell,  he was amazing.

Also forgot Greig and Lawry. Great doubleact.
Report driver2 February 6, 2020 10:54 AM GMT
David "Bumble" Lloyd always good for a laugh and a great cricket commentator
Report lfc1971 February 6, 2020 11:22 AM GMT
Peter Aliss,much more than a commentator on golf.
Report boxingthefox February 6, 2020 8:15 PM GMT
EAMONN ANDREWS,EAMONN ANDREWS... was a keen amateur boxer and won the Irish junior middleweight title ... Cooper described Eamonn as 'the best boxing commentator ever'.
Report Ramruma February 7, 2020 6:58 PM GMT
This thread seems to have changed from commentators who conveyed both information and insight on the event, into those who were entertaining.

To take just one example, Peter Alliss was great company for the viewer but would you want to bet in running based only on what he told you? As someone who grew up listening to Test Match Special, I'm not knocking entertainment but is it enough on its own to define a great commentator?
Report HGS February 7, 2020 9:00 PM GMT
Ram, Sid Wadell was both. Very knowledgeable man who knew so much about the darting game amongst other sports. Brilliant on the mic with it. Still the all time best for  me.
Report February 7, 2020 9:11 PM GMT
julie collier lol
Report Mr Spock February 7, 2020 11:08 PM GMT
I think it was Trevor Denman doing Zenyatta's Breeders Cup win, This is un    believe   able. Never get tired of watching that.
Report CLYDEBANK29 February 8, 2020 9:13 AM GMT
Dean Macey a shocking omission
Report bungalow bill February 8, 2020 12:07 PM GMT
Ken Wolstenholme deserves a mention for his "Some people are on the pitch - they think it's all over - it is now!" line alone.

The only TV football commentator in the early/mid sixties and the guy we grew up with.

Flew a 100 missions in WWII with the RAF, geez!
Report Richie_Burnett February 8, 2020 7:18 PM GMT
Yeah, but the 66 world cup win was a hoax like the moon landing.
Report Akak February 8, 2020 8:06 PM GMT
Derek Thompson surely deserves a mention ?
Report Coachbuster February 8, 2020 9:04 PM GMT
Sandown ,  3.30 Chicory tip incest cup 

epileptic fridge boy , Christs chin  .....astonishing bum queen is nowhere    Laugh
Report Coachbuster February 8, 2020 9:06 PM GMT
in a later incident , Lester Piggot fell fron his horse and had to be destroyed  Grin
Report mecca February 11, 2020 2:18 AM GMT
What was that commentators name that used to do the football on ATV..?

Back in the '60s, '70s and '80s.. He used to wear massive gloves.

Oh, that was him ... Hugh Johns 
Report mecca February 11, 2020 2:19 AM GMT
It's a black country thing
Report GoBallistic February 11, 2020 8:43 AM GMT
A few of my favourites:-
Reg Gutteridge
Pat Summerall
Dave Duffield
Clive Tyldesley
Clive Everton
Report BrendanScrote February 11, 2020 2:03 PM GMT
Kent Walton
Report lovegod February 11, 2020 3:57 PM GMT
Yes 4pm on World of Sport, good afternoon grappling fans.
Report geordie1956 February 11, 2020 5:57 PM GMT
Reg Gutteridge & Harry Carpenter were both great boxing commentators
Coleman was superb in his hey day ... in lots of sports ...  I'll always remember "Its Hemery for the gold" ... pity he forgot about Sherwood who got the bronze
Cricket has has Ritchie Benaud; Arlott; Laker & a few more really good uns
Anyone remember Idwal Robling (football) ... not the best but he won a competition to commentate at the 1970 World Cup
Bill Mclaren excellent at rugby
Ron Pickering athletics

Shame the very best are all long gone  ... standards have definitely fallen dramatically
Report lovegod February 12, 2020 6:42 AM GMT
All those used to commentate on their own. Nowadays you have a co-commentator or two and then a 3/4/5/6 person panel to discuss at half time.
Report Reynard February 12, 2020 1:03 PM GMT
Report Whisperingdeath February 12, 2020 1:41 PM GMT
Jon Arlott

May not have been the best but so interesting and entertaining
Report JJmbe February 12, 2020 2:06 PM GMT
Never be a another coat to take his place.
Report Whisperingdeath February 12, 2020 2:18 PM GMT
Funny you should say that. I didn’t like Motson commentary’s. he was a great broadcaster and knowledgeable but I did not like his style.

If you read a piece by Clive James when Hermann Hermann who was a Swiss German rather than a German German exposed Motty’s style of fact commentating as dull, boring and without insight you would understand
Report JJmbe February 12, 2020 2:54 PM GMT
I loved it, guess its who you grow up with, full of useless facts Cool.
Report Whisperingdeath February 12, 2020 3:05 PM GMT
I am sad enough to like facts too but in sport I prefer a story teller or raconteur and there were few finer than Arlott but cricket can be a slow boring game so there is room for a commentator to indulge his audience

I preferred the enthusiasm of Barry Baldhead over monotone Motty
Report lfc1971 February 12, 2020 3:55 PM GMT
never noticed any football commentator
Report ----you-have-to-laugh--- February 12, 2020 8:11 PM GMT
brian moore doing world cup on the radio, 1966

he was a decent commentator

good on the rugby now too, Mischief
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