The man with a voice able to command the hairs on people’s bodies to stand up and send shivers down spines. Martin Tyler is truly a sporting commentary legend.
The veteran commentator’s career has spanned a colossal 48 years thus far, providing fans with the most incredible and unforgettable moments. Now 72, Tyler’s appearances have inevitably slowed down yet the FA Premier League Commentator of the decade has been an ever-present in the Sky commentary box since Sky Sports was created in 1991, giving fans the most remarkable of memories that have been replayed time and time again.
There are a plethora of clips to choose from however these five we believe are the Englishman’s most magical moments with the mic from his illustrious career.
KANU BELIEVE IT!
Chelsea 2-3 Arsenal (1999): Going into the 90th minute, Nwankwo Kanu had rescued a point for an off the pace Arsenal team with a quickfire brace. Persistence from the Nigerian allowed him to beat the defender to the ball and dribble down the line. De Goey came out but was quickly turned inside out by the striker before a stunning curling shot from the tightest of angles to complete his hattrick and left The Blues astonished. The pun from Tyler has made the clip a classic…
Skip to 42 seconds for the moment!
IT’S ELEVEN! IT’S HEAVEN FOR JAMIE VARDY!
Leicester 1-1 Manchester United (2015): After scoring in Foxes’ 3-0 thrashing of Newcastle, Jamie Vardy had equalled Ruud Van Nistelrooy’s remarkable record of scoring in 10 consecutive games. Scoring in the next game would make the former Fleetwood Town striker break the long-standing record.
An inch-perfect through ball from Christian Fuchs had put the ex-non league forward clean through on goal. Of course, he fired it past De Gea into the bottom left corner and Martin takes it away in vintage fashion. The execution, the rhyme, the passion. Everything panned out perfectly doing justice to Vardy’s extraordinary achievement.
COLLYMORE CLOSING IN!
Liverpool 4-3 Newcastle (1996): A title decider was being hosted at Anfield with Newcastle having 2 games in hand on leaders Manchester United and Liverpool not trailing too far behind. Fowler started proceedings putting The Reds 1-0 up before Les Ferdinand and Ginola gave The Magpies a 2-1 lead, all within the first 14 minutes. A goal from Fowler levelled the score in the second half before Asprilla restored the visitors lead.
A strike in the 68th minute from Stan Collymore meant the score was now 3 goals apiece. But in the dying embers of the game, Barnes and Rush combined brilliantly to set Collymore clean through on goal with the winger hammering in to win the game in stoppage time. Anfield erupted and so did Martin Tyler. A goal fest forever in the memory of the Kopites and a nightmare for Geordies.
Bayern Munich 1-1 Chelsea AET, Chelsea won 4-3 on pens (2012): The Germans dominated the final for the most part, but Didier Drogba rose to the occasion, pulling Chelsea into extra times and penalties. The deadlock was broken in the 83rd minute when Thomas Muller headed in with the trophy looking certain to be going to Bavaria…
However, Chelsea’s first corner of the game in the 88th minute saw the Ivorian beat his man to the ball and rocketed his header past a helpless Manuel Neuer into the top corner. Some say Martin Tyler is still passionately shouting Drogba to this day and Gary Neville’s orgasm in the background is just the icing on the cake.
Manchester City 3-2 QPR (2012): How could you not expect this to end up on the list? The best moment of Tyler’s commentary career. After Manchester United’s win over Sunderland, the title was going to the red side of the city with the Cityzens 2-1 down going into injury time needing a win to claim the title. Yet a header from a corner by Edin Dzeko drew City level in the 92nd minute, opening up an opportunity for a winner with 2 minutes to play.
With just 20 seconds to go, Sergio Agüero’s one-two with Balotelli set the Argentine through on goal and we all know what happened next. City had snatched the title from the clutches of United with both Sergio Agüero and Martin Tyler forever cementing their legacy in Premier League history. The man from Chester had absolutely nailed it.
OH YES! WELCOME TO MANCHESTER UNITED ANTHONY MARTIAL!
TO JI! HE’S ROUND THE KEEPER, HE’S DONE IT!
EMILE HESKEY! IT’S FIVE!
GRIFFITHS GOES AGAIN! OH! IT’S ASTONISHING!
HERE HE IS AGAIN! IT’S ASTONISHING, IT’S ABSOLUTELY WORLD CLASS!