He wasn't that bad, was he?

Andy Gray – A Tribute

Caption competiton, anyone?


After a long, hard night staring into the bottom of a whiskey glass, listening to Blood on the Tracks and wondering how it all came to this, The Spoiler reached an epiphany at around four o’clock this morning…

Let’s remember the good times, shall we? From the garish early 90s suits through to the giant iPads and starship studios – Andy Gray, you really weren’t that bad (at your job, the sexist stuff was bad).

Gray was there at the start of the Premier League/Premiership along with Martin Tyler and they formed a lovely double act. With Tyler unable to summon any kind of emotion above a ‘Lawrenson-meh’, Gray was an excitable foil. He seemed happy to be there and was always on hand to shout something like ‘Take a bow, son!’

TAKE A BOW, SON! It was brilliant. Far better than anything Little Britain or Catherine Tate ever came up with. It’s entered the football lexicon, kids run up and down the street screaming it at each other while kicking an empty tin of pop – you can’t move without hearing it. Great stuff.

He was one of the few to do proper analysis of the game. Whether using magnets on a blackboard or MASSIVE touch screen super-computers, he did provide some very good insight. He was more than happy to look at the movement of players and offer an alternative when a mistake was made, rather than a MOTD-endorsed ‘should have done better there.’

But perhaps our favourite thing about Andy Gray was when his inner-schizophrenic came out and he imagined conversations between players: “Kevin Richardson has looked up there and Saunders has gone ‘Okay, son, stick it on my chest.’ Richardson has gone ‘alright, boss.’ Tony Daley bursts through…” Lovely, lovely stuff.

Anyway, after all that glowing praise, here’s our favourite Andy Gray moment. It’s basically him screaming.

Share your memories (or your captions) below…

9 responses so far
  • Elvisio // January 26, 2011 at 11:58 am

    I’m pretty sure you just listed the exact reasons why I won’t be missing this twunt in the slightest. That and his weird obsession with headers…

  • Richard Keys // January 26, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    Gerrard smashed it

  • miki // January 26, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    where the hell is twitter button? Take a bow son!

  • Matt // January 26, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Stevie’s 91st minute blast against West Ham in the 2006 FA Cup Final, I propose, brought out the best of Martin: “We know the name, son!”

    That said, I will miss Andy. The next best entertainer is snorting grunting Macca on ESPN. meh.

  • Nicola Vaughen // January 26, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    The number of sexism videos is growing rapidly:

    They are being added by the hour.

  • Bokolis // January 26, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Degrading others is all most of us got, and it’s surely all you Brits have left. Why take that away from a man? To all the high-brow, sanctimonious hypocrite punk MFs frontin’ like they don’t say things like this: Fuck all y’all.

    Andy Gray is my hero because he had all manner of broads pumping out his progeny. If he seeds the lino, he should get back his job.

    Either way, he’ll probably wind up on whatever the Brit verson of Fox is.

  • Roger Melly // January 26, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    The uk lost its head at a cat being put in a bin and now every woman in the country is getting her knickers in a twist about this, calm down love, go and make a cup of tea, watch the soaps and get the ironing done, is it really worth worrying your pretty little head about eh?

  • Alanis Partidge // January 26, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    I’ll miss Gray’s enthusiasm for the game, unmatched by any other pundit. Sad to see The Dark Forces at BSkyB continue to twist the knife by “leaking” videos showing off-air pub-like banter from as far back as 1991.

  • Simon Waite // January 28, 2011 at 3:19 am

    I’m struggling to see how they can replace Grey. He really was good at his job. Maybe I’m just too used to hearing his voice!

    What a shame.

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