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Tommy Smyth

Tommy Smyth
Born (1946-12-19) 19 December 1946
Knockbridge, County Louth, Republic of Ireland
Occupation Sports Commentator

Thomas Michael "Tommy" Smyth (pronounced Smith) (born 19 December 1946 in Knockbridge, County Louth, Republic of Ireland[1]) is a soccer commentator. Since February 1993, he has been employed by ESPN in the United States, where his primary role is as color commentator and in-studio analyst for major soccer events. He also commentates on Gaelic games, horse racing, and harness racing.


  • Career 1
    • Player 1.1
    • Commentator 1.2
    • Radio Host 1.3
  • St Patrick's Day Parade 2
  • Style 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5



Smyth moved to the United States in 1963 following a brief football career with a local Irish team. In America, he played with the Shamrock Club in the German American Soccer League as well as for the Boston Beacons of the North American Soccer League.


Early in his career, Smyth was a commentator for Gaelic sports at Gaelic Park in The Bronx, New York, including Gaelic football and hurling matches for the local leagues from U-12 up to senior level. He, at least once, made a comical remark in regards to the poor level of play in a UEFA Champions League game, saying "I've seen better games played at Gaelic Park in Riverdale."

Smyth was the voice of the MetroStars of Major League Soccer from the team's inception in 1996 to the early 2000s, when his ESPN contract prohibited him from working for the MSG Network.

He currently commentates regularly for ESPN International covering matches weekly for La Liga, Serie A, the FA Cup, and International matches and is one of the regular panelist on ESPNSoccernet PressPass which is hosted by Derek Rae. He also commentates matches from the UEFA Champions League coverage on ESPN networks outside the United States. In 2007 he joined ESPN's MLS broadcast team and has also done a few World Cups for ESPN, including 2006, where he partnered with Adrian Healey. He commentates on the UEFA Highlight show on Thursdays and Fridays. Mr. Smyth will occasionally be a phone-in guest pundit mostly during the UEFA Champions League campaigns on the CSRN radio programme, The 2 G's, sharing his opinion regarding the upcoming matches.

During ESPN's coverage of Euro 2008, Smyth shared commentary duties with Andy Gray, the two of them generally alternating matches. Smyth was an ESPN analyst for the 2010 World Cup, and has become an outspoken proponent of instant replay.[2]

Radio Host

Currently, Tommy Smyth cohosts a show with Rodney Marsh called "Grumpy Pundits" on SiriusXM FC, Channel 94 [3]

St Patrick's Day Parade

Smyth was the 2008 Grand Marshal of the 247th St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York City. He has been the co-host for WNBC coverage of the New York City's St. Patrick's Day Parade since 1998.


Smyth is known for signing off when commentating as "Tommy Smyth... with a Y," and for his description of a ball flying into the net when a goal is scored as "a bulge in the old onion bag".[4] He also is known for saying "a peach of a goal."


  1. ^ Tommy Smyth - Biography IMDb
  2. ^ "Best of Mike and Mike, June 28, 2010".  
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Is this the end for Tommy Smyth, possibly the most hated football commentator in history?". The Guardian. Apr 15, 2009. Retrieved June 19, 2014. 

External links

  • Tommy Smyth on ESPN
  • BME Talk Podcast interview
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