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The expert's experts: sports broadcasters chosen by Brenner Woolley

PUBLISHED: 09:12 25 January 2011 | UPDATED: 20:32 20 February 2013

The expert's experts: sports broadcasters chosen by Brenner Woolley

The expert's experts: sports broadcasters chosen by Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk's Brenner Woolley chooses his greatest inspirations

BBC Radio Suffolk's Brenner Woolley chooses his greatest inspirations

John Inverdale

The apparently unflappable Inverdale is equally comfortable on TV or radio, anchoring the BBC's coverage of Wimbledon and golf. On the opening day of the last Ryder Cup heavy rain meant that he was left to present for several hours without a golf ball being struck in anger. The greatest compliment that can be paid to anyone in such a position is that he never sounded as if he was struggling. No one demonstrates the art of sounding conversational on-air better than Inverdale. Another trait I admire in him is that he never takes matters on the court, course, or field of play too seriously.

Peter Alliss

The greatest accolade for any sports broadcaster has to be when they are recognised as the voice of...a title previously accorded to the likes of Ted Lowe, Dan Maskell and Murray Walker in their respective fields. Peter Alliss is the only current broadcaster who falls into that category. For the past half a century his glorious lilting tones have detailed golf in a wonderfully descriptive, relaxed yet informative manner. He is also able to pass on his encyclopaedic knowledge of the sport in a friendly rather than condescending manner.

Darren Fletcher

I picked Darren after thinking long and hard over who to choose between him and his superb Five Live colleague Simon Brotherton. Although I admire Brothertons versatility and think hes a fantastic cycling as well as football commentator I plumped for Darren as I believe his football commentaries are the best around. As well as having an excellent voice ideally suited to football coverage he clearly has an in-depth knowledge of the game at all professional levels. He knows how and when to use his pre-match research and also how to get the best out of his summariser, the importance of which shouldn't be underestimated.

John Hunt

I have nothing but admiration for BBC Radios primary racing commentator. Every time I hear him call the final few furlongs of a Grand National, Derby or Cheltenham Gold Cup Im wondering how on earth he manages to do it. The speed at which hes not only able to identify the horses and jockeys in front of him is one thing but to then convey what's happening to the listener in a fluent, largely error free, way is quite remarkable.

John McEnroe

As far as I'm concerned the seven-times Grand Slam winner is the ultimate summariser / co-commentator. He speaks fluently with passion, knowledge, humour and honesty. Having been there, done it and probably thrown down the T-shirt in anger, what more could you want from a sports broadcaster? Wimbledon just wouldn't be the same without rain delays, strawberries and cream and John McEnroe.

Brenner Woolley commentates on Ipswich Town for BBC Radio Suffolk.


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