Five best football commentators

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With BBC Sport currently celebrating 40 years of the legendary John Motson, GMF decided to take the opportunity to look at some of English footballs best commentators.

For those who aren't fortunate enough to attend live matches around the world, we require the dulcet tones of commentators to guide us through the most exciting of encounters.

Barry Davies

The BBC's man for all sports, Davies' tenure with the mic outstrips even that of Motson. Davies has taken his hand to numerous sports, most famously Ice Skating and Hockey, while his appearance during this year's Olympic Games with be the 12th different games he's attended.

Finest football moment
Very rarely will a pure moment of sport tip a commentator over the edge from informer, too true sports fan, and when Davies was describing Dennis Bergkamp's marvellous strike against Argentina in the 1998 World Cup he worked as an echo to every fan watching at home.

Brian Moore

Moore became the voice for ITV's football coverage for nearly 30 years, leading coverage of European Championships, FA Cup finals and the Champions League. In his final tournament, World Cup 98, his commentary for Michael Owen's solo goal against Argentina is almost as memorable as the goal itself.

Finest football moment
Despite the Owen commentary, Moore produced one of the most famous lines in football broadcasting during the Division One title decider between Liverpool and Arsenal. As Michael Thomas closed in, the words 'it's up for grabs now' accompanied the most thrilling climax to a domestic campaign.

Clive Tyldesley

He may somewhat divide opinion, but there's little doubt Tyldesley has spoken over some of the great football moments in the past decade, mainly surrounding the Champions League. Not withstanding his allegiance to Manchester United, the most memorable moments have come when commentating on the Old Trafford club.

Finest football moment
Just like with Brian Moore, and commentators past and present, one phrase will always stick with Tyldesley. 'That fateful night in Barcelona' appears to accompany many of his commentaries since United's big night at the Nou Camp, whether we like it or not.

Kenneth Wolstenholme

The daddy of football commentary, and the man who uttered the most iconic words in football history. Wolstenholme covered 22 years worth of FA Cup finals, including commentating on the first edition of Match of the Day in 1964. After his big moment in '66, he went on to cover Manchester United's 1968 European Cup win, and the World Cup Final in 1970.

Finest football moment
Geoff Hurst might only have been trying to smash the ball out of the stadium, but he instead contributed to one of the great moments of football commentary. "Some people are on the pitch, they think it's all over… is now." Enough said.

Martin Tyler

Voted as the Premier League commentator of the decade, Tyler has been there every step of the way in the Premier League with Sky Sports. He's been something of an ambassador for the division since it's inception, while also being an ever present in the Champions League.

Finest football moment
The league of late goals as he calls it, has often forced him into flurries of excitement and it was no different when Ji-Dong Won struck late against Manchester City earlier this season. His reaction worked more as a outpouring of emotion, rather than a description of the events.

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