22 Facts About Andy Townsend


Andrew David Townsend was born on 23 July 1963 and is a former professional footballer and sports co-commentator for Premier League Productions and CBS Sports.

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Andy Townsend played in the Football League for Southampton, Norwich City and West Bromwich Albion.

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Andy Townsend has commentated for BT Sport, Talksport and BBC Radio 5 Live.

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Andy Townsend was born in Maidstone, Kent, but grew up in Bexley, where he attended Upton Primary School in Bexleyheath, followed by Bexleyheath School.

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Andy Townsend began his playing career in August 1980 with Welling United in the Athenian League, while working as a computer operator for Greenwich Borough Council in south-east London.

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Andy Townsend was a hard-tackling, hard-working midfielder with an eye for goal.

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Andy Townsend retained his place in the Norwich midfield and ended the season with 36 league appearances with five goals.

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Andy Townsend made six FA Cup appearances with two goals against Port Vale in the Third Round on 7 January 1989.

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At the season's end, Andy Townsend was shortlisted for the PFA Players' Player of the Year award, which was won by Mark Hughes.

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Andy Townsend made 37 appearances in his first season on Teesside, scoring twice as Boro' won promotion to the Premier League.

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Andy Townsend played in the next year's World Cup, in Italy, where he played in all five of Ireland's matches.

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Andy Townsend was captain of the Ireland squad for the 1994 World Cup.

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Andy Townsend took over from Ron Atkinson as the channel's lead co-commentator, forming a long-running partnership with main commentator Clive Tyldesley, as well as appearing as a studio pundit.

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Andy Townsend co-hosted Talksport's Weekend Sports Breakfast on Sundays with Mike Parry, and hosted the station's drive-time show on Fridays.

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Andy Townsend hosted the mid morning discussion on talkSPORT from 10am to 1pm from Monday to Friday, having replaced Jon Gaunt, who was sacked for calling a guest a Nazi.

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Andy Townsend left the station because he no longer wanted to commute from his Midlands home to the London studio.

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Andy Townsend was part of ITV's coverage of the Premier League after they won the rights from the BBC to show top flight football on Saturday evening.

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Andy Townsend made his co-commentating debut on 15 February 2015, co-commentating on Arsenal vs Middlesbrough in the FA Cup fifth round alongside Ian Darke.

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Andy Townsend has presented BBC Radio 5 Live and written columns for the Daily Mail.

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Andy Townsend is the son of former Charlton Athletic and Crystal Palace defender Don Townsend.

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Andy Townsend was a consultant for Harlequin Property, where he helps set up football schools at their Caribbean resorts.

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Andy Townsend ran in the Great North Run in 2007, finishing in a time of 2 hours and 20 minutes.

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