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Sunday, 14 May, 2000, 17:05 GMT 18:05 UK
Barry Davies
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Barry Davies is Match of the Day's longest serving commentator and also commentates on a range of other sports including tennis, ice skating, rowing, gymnastics, badminton and hockey.

He was educated at Cranbrook School, Kent, which has also produced two other noted sports commentators, Brian Moore (football) and Peter West (cricket), and attended London University before entering the Royal Army Dental Corps.

Davies gained his first broadcasting experience with British Forces Network in Cologne. He joined BBC Radio in 1963 after leaving the Army, and also worked as a football correspondent for The Times newspaper.

He switched to ITV to become a television football commentator: his first assignment for the commercial network was Chelsea v AC Milan. He was part of the ITV commentary team for the 1966 World Cup, and also reported on a variety of sports at the 1968 Olympic Games.

In 1969, he re-joined the BBC and has since been involved in covering many major sporting occasions including World Cup Finals, Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games and Wimbledon. He also presented the highly regarded Maestro series for BBC TV.

Big matches Davies has commentated on include the 1994 World Cup Final, the 1995 and 1996 FA Cup Final, and the Euro 96 semi-final between England and West Germany.

In January 2000, he commentated on the BBC's live TV coverage for Manchester United's games in the inaugural FIFA World Club Championship.

Davies lives in Berkshire with his wife, Penny. Their daughter, Giselle, is Head of Press & Publicity for the Jordan Grand Prix Team.

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