Andy TownsendThe son of a former professional, Andy played as a part-timer with Welling United and Weymouth while working as a computer technician. He was 21 before he made a breakthrough in the Football League under Lawrie McMenemy at Southampton. He was an industrious and intelligent midfielder who later travelled the football circuit with Norwich City, Chelsea, Aston Villa, Middlesbrough and West Bromwich Albion.

Jack Charlton discovered he had an Irish grandmother and gave him the first of 70 Republic of Ireland caps. He captained Ireland in the 1994 World Cup finals and skippered the Aston Villa team to two League Cup final triumphs.

Andy is now the respected Voice of Football with ITV, and has lots of interesting stories to tell of his time on the pitch and behind the microphone.