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Legendary commentator to come out of retirement at Crystal Palace

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Legendary BBC commentator Barry Davies is to make a one-off special return to the commentary box this weekend as part of Match of the Day's 50th anniversary.

The 76-year-old retired from the show in 2004, but will make a special return this weekend and he will be voicing the action between Crystal Palace and West Ham United at Selhurst Park.

Davies will be returning to Selhurst Park - the scene of his first ever commentary for the BBC in 1969 - when he was thrown into action, taking the show's main match - Palace against Manchester United - when David Coleman and Kenneth Wolstenholme were both taken ill.

Davies, who still does commentary work for the BBC's Wimbledon tennis coverage, has been responsible for some wonderful pieces of commentary during an illustrious career.

He started out working for British Forces Broadcasting while in the Army and worked for the Times newspaper before taking a job with ITV ahead of the 1966 World Cup.

He made the move to BBC and Match of the Day in 1969, spending 35 years there.

Legendary commentator to come out of retirement at Crystal Palace


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