Legendary football commentator hints he’s worked his last FA Cup clash as fans blast ITV decision as ‘criminal’

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FOOTBALL fans have ripped into ITV after commentator Clive Tyldesley revealed he may have worked on his last FA Cup match.

The Brit, 69, led the broadcast of Coventry’s 3-2 win over Wolves in their quarter-final tie at Molineux on Saturday lunchtime.

Clive Tyldesley has been a legendary commentator down the years

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Clive Tyldesley has been a legendary commentator down the yearsCredit: Twitter / CliveTyldesley
Tyldesley, left, seems set not to work the FA Cup final for ITV

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Tyldesley, left, seems set not to work the FA Cup final for ITVCredit: ITV

He was joined by Scottish football legend Ally McCoist as two dramatic stoppage-time goals saw the Championship side book their place at Wembley.

But viewers were completely unaware during the coverage that it could well be the last time Tyldesley commentates on an FA Cup match.

He confirmed the news on social media on Saturday evening, saying: “Maybe the last FA Cup tie I’ll ever call.

“Thank you for the big finish!!”

This led to a host of fans pouring in with messages as they called on ITV not to make the mistake of ditching Tyldesley – who appears set to miss out on the channel’s FA Cup final broadcast.

One said: “ITV’s biggest mistake not keeping you as lead commentator. Even bigger mistake that BT/TNT didn’t continue to have you as the voice of UCL. CBS’s gain.”

Another added: “Ahhh, what a way to go out. You were class today as always. I hope it isn’t the last one!”

A third replied: “I really hope it’s not your last Clive. Loved your comms today and the chemistry with Ally is the best in the business.”

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While a fourth responded: “You and Ally are the best combo currently out there. It’d be a crying shame.”

And a fifth said: “BBC for final then – criminal by ITV not using you – I mean we’re not talking Motson or Davies here it’s not even close.

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“Thanks for all the classics starting on Radio City too 👏.”

Tyldesley has been an ITV commentator since 1998, voicing 17 Champions League finals, nine FA Cup finals, five World Cups and five European Championships.

Since 2020, he has also worked for CBS Sports and Rangers TV.





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