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theotherphantom

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10/09/2017 at 15:10

I'm just listening to the final commentary session of Henry Blofeld, recorded yesterday during the third England-West Indies game. I was reminded that John Motson is also retiring and it made me wonder why I tend to like cricket commentators but dislike football commentators. Wasn't keen on Barry Davies, and a few of the ITV commentators were not to my taste. Brian Moore was mostly good; Keith Macklin was okay. Names such as Gerry Harrison and Gerald Sinstadt were last heard so long ago that I can't remember whether they annoyed me or not. One of them looked from his eyes as though he was on drugs or booze, but he might have just been short of sleep.

When I started listening to commentaries, legends like John Arlott were around, and I've yet to hear anyone that good. Others were close, but Arlott was the best. The first football commentaries I recall were the 1970 FA Cup semi-finals between Leeds Utd and Manchester United. The first two games ended 0-0, and Leeds won the third 1-0. I didn't want them to. The commentator was Maurice Edleston. He was born in Hull, and his father was City player Joe Edleston. I don't recall hearing a better football commentator than Maurice Edleston (despite suspecting I heard a certain "relish" when he described a player with phrases like "...big broad chest..."). Father Joe played 109 war-interrupted games for City, before playing for Manchester City and Fulham. He later managed Fulham, Brentford, and Reading. Maurice's playing career was interrupted by the next war, and he turned out for Fulham, Winbledon, Brentford, Corinthians, and then Reading and Northampton. He was with Reading for 13 years, including the war, and played 209 games for them. His father was manager for 8 of those years.

Maurice Edleston: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maurice_Ede lston
Joe Edleston: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Edelsto n

I suspect the fact that I rate John Arlott and Maurice Edleston as the best commentators I've heard in those two sports may be related to whatever it is that makes the music we hear in our teens the stuff that most of us regard as the best music. 

>>>>> 12th season in exile <<<<< 

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10/09/2017 at 18:19

What about that cunt with the gogs who used to do yorksire tv goals on sunday etc,he was alright. 

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karlberg

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10/09/2017 at 19:08

Quote Quote by hcclog on 10/09/2017 at 18:19
What about that cunt with the gogs who used to do yorksire tv goals on sunday etc,he was alright.

John Helm ?
Not a lot of people know that Kenneth Wolstanholme's first every commentary was a Hull City game. I used to know who it was against but I've forgotten.

link; www.finesse-internet.co.uk/the-best-trip/ (THE BOOK THE CLUB REFUSED TO SELL). 

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charon-the-ferryman

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10/09/2017 at 20:09

Quote Quote by karlberg on 10/09/2017 at 19:08


Not a lot of people know that Kenneth Wolstanholme's first every commentary was a Hull City game. I used to know who it was against but I've forgotten.


I've got his autograph 

Post edited on 10/09/2017 at 20:10 by charon-the-ferryman

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10/09/2017 at 22:53

Hugh Johns had a certain style and voice that made footy exciting, especially in lesser rated World Cup games that they stuck him on. Iran v Peru or some such
Midlands based but the best around at that time.

When Martin Tyler first came out he was on YTV and did plenty of City games, he sounded like he looks, half asleep.
He is now Skys head commentator  

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