Alan Parry – born 1948 in Garston, Liverpool – is a sports commentator, concentrating on football and athletics.
He has commentated for all four main broadcasters of football in the UK – the BBC, BT Sport, ITV and Sky TV.
Starting his career at BBC Radio Merseyside, he joined the BBC in London in 1973, and immediately started regular football commentaries. Within a short time he was covering England matches, and by 1975 he was covering the European Cup final.
In 1985, he left the BBC to join ITV, initially as an athletics commentator after the commercial channel won the rights to cover British athletics. However, by the late 1980s, Parry had also become a key football commentator for the network, and in 1990, Parry was Brian Moore’s number two at the World Cup – this was a role he would retain until he left the network.
After covering Euro 96 for ITV, Parry left to join Sky TV by which time ITV’s athletics portfolio had dwindled almost to nothing (he continued covering what little athletics ITV had left until 1997).
Parry has also covered athletics for Sky, but his main role has been as a football commentator.
For five years he was the Monday Night Football commentator, before working on the pay-per-view games on PremPlus for four years.
In more recent times, Parry has been one of Sky’s ‘Big Five’ commentators – including Martin Tyler, Ian Darke, Bill Leslie and Rob Hawthorne (now ‘Big Four’ since Darke left Sky)
Parry became commentator of the revived Gladiators on Sky One replacing John Sachs.
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