A moving and beautifully-written love letter to football and its people from one of the sport’s most eminent voices. An intelligent, thoughtful, sensitive book about how football casts its spell on us all.
‘This is really good. Raw, funny and revealing on football, on Ferguson, Clough, Dalglish & worth getting for the Roy Keane selfie story alone. Emotional on his ITV exit. Talent like Tyldesley’s appeals to all ages.’ Henry Winter
‘Started reading this and couldn’t stop … wise and entertaining on the big names and games. Clever work.’ Paul Hayward
‘Clive Tyldesley’s brilliant, emotive commentaries became the soundtrack to matches that will stay with the fans for the rest of their lives.’ Oliver Holt
Football changes everything. It changes how we feel, how we think, how we behave. It turns us into someone else.
You love your team first. It’s tribal. Except I did love something else. I loved the idea of commentating on my team, on every team. I loved it even more than my team. I ditched the girl next door for the diva on the silver screen.
Like all true romances, it was irrational and intoxicating, it was tangled and foolish, it became addictive and occasionally heart-breaking and it kept on changing.
Two United goals inside two minutes changed it in 1999. A teenage Evertonian called Rooney twisted the plot in 2002. Three Liverpool goals in less than six minutes changed everything again in 2005. Hello, hello.
Moments. Mere blinks of wide eyes. Football happens in heartbeats. Meeting those moments is my job. Seeing them, saying them, spelling out the difference they have just made. It’s all I’ve ever wanted to do. Probably all I can do.
Spending time in the company of the ‘greats’ of football like Sir Alex Ferguson, Bill Shankly, Brian Clough and Sir Kenny Dalglish has changed everything for me, and probably for you too.
Born in Lancashire in 1954, Clive Tyldesley is a television sports broadcaster. He was ITV’s senior football commentator for twenty-two years, succeeding Brian Moore after the 1998 World Cup final. In that role, he led the commentary team at the subsequent five World Cups and five European Championships. He has taken the microphone at twenty-two UEFA Champions League finals as well as eleven FA Cup finals. He won the prestigious Royal Television Society Sports Commentator of the Year in 1998, 2000, 2002 and 2005, and was voted the Sony Radio Awards’ Sports Broadcaster of the Year in 1983.
Not For Me, Clive: Stories From the Voice of Football
By Clive Tyldesley