Ian Crocker – born 1965 – is a football commentator who works for Sky Sports.
Crocker grew up in the small village of Sutton Poyntz near Weymouth in Dorset and attended Broadway Secondary School.
Prior to his television career, Crocker commentated for Capital Gold in London, alongside Jonathan Pearce and Steve Wilson.
He covered some live Premier League matches during Sky’s first season of coverage 1992/93, before joining permanently in 1997.
After joining Sky, Crocker commentated regularly on Premier League matches, but was best known for his four years (1998–2002) as the voice of Scottish football, covering live matches from the Scottish Premier League, Scottish Cup and Scottish internationals.
After Sky lost the rights to the SPL, Crocker became Sky’s chief football league commentator between 2002 and 2006.
Crocker left Sky to progress his career with Setanta Sports, working for them during the following three years. Crocker was Setanta’s lead commentator on the SPL, and also shared commentating duties with Jon Champion on Setanta’s 46 ‘live’ Premier League games.
Setanta went into administration in June 2009 and the UK side of their broadcasting operations was wound up soon after. Crocker went freelance and spent the next season (2009–2010) working for a variety of different outlets.
Crocker travelled to South Africa for the 2010 World Cup where he was ITV’s fourth commentator, covering two matches live and several other matches for their highlights shows, including Switzerland’s defeat of Spain, and Portugal’s 7–0 victory over North Korea.
In late 2010, Crocker was re-signed by Sky Sports on a permanent basis as an integral part of their football commentating line-up. Crocker commentates frequently for Sky Sports coverage of Scottish football.
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