Guy Mowbray: Sporting Memories Patron

We are delighted to have the support of Guy Mowbray, one of the leading football commentators on British television. Guy's career begun in his home city of York, working on a part-time basis for BBC local radio as a football and rugby league commentator. Guy eventually moved up to the North East of England to become the Sports Editor for Metro Radio. In 1999, his work was recognised with top honours in both the prestigious Sony & EMAP radio awards. During this time, his television career had begun with work for Eurosport, commentating on all of the channel's major football events. The highlight of this time was being chosen as principal commentator for the 1998 FIFA World Cup. Guy became the youngest ever television commentator of the World Cup final that year, an achievement recognised by the Royal Television Society the following year, who named him Best Newcomer in TV sport.

A lifelong York City supporter, Guy has recalled memories of the Minstermen.

"I was right behind the dugout for the Arsenal game. I went with my sister. Bizarrely enough I'm actually on the Match of the Day footage, brushing snow on to the heads of the people sitting in the dugout. I think I was busy waving everybody back after we scored the penalty, in true manager fashion, thinking I knew everything that was going on. I can still see the foul by Steve Williams and Keith Houchen tucking away the spot kick.

"I can see the whole of the Shipton Street End jumping up. It's the first time I can remember a whole end of a ground just jumping in unison."

ITV then secured Guy's services for his first exposure on national network television, beginning a five-year spell that took him to three major football tournaments and to every corner of Europe covering the UEFA Champions League. With the BBC regaining the rights to screen Premiership highlights from 2004, Guy crossed channels to become an integral and well-known member of the Match of the Day team.