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Garth has spent his entire adult life immersed in football and the politics of sport. He was introduced to the media in 1981 while preparing for the FA Cup Final. Having been left out of England’s World Cup squad bound for Spain in 1982 he joined the BBC sports team as a television pundit. During those early years Garth consistently made contributions to numerous radio and television programmes.

Born in the Potteries he developed a love for the game and went on to play for his local team Stoke City in 1978. Garth moved to Tottenham Hotspur for a record fee in 1980 and

soon established himself in what is still regarded as one of Tottenham’s most attractive teams. During his time at White Hart Lane he won the FA Cup in ’81 and ’82 followed by the UEFA cup in ‘84. He went on to play for Manchester United, West Bromwich Albion and Charlton Athletic.

In 1990 he retired from the game through injury having scored over 200 goals and in ’93 became a full time contributor to the BBC sports department working as a presenter, analyst, and reporter for its flagship programmes Match of the Day, Football Focus and Grandstand.

Garth is currently one of the regular panellists on the BBC’s live interactive football result service ‘Final Score’. He has covered two Olympic Games (Atlanta ‘96 and Sydney 2000) four World Cup Finals and European Championships and the FIFA World Club Championships. He presented the BBC Two coverage of the African Nations Cup in 2000 and 2004 followed by eight years as the BBC’s England National Team Football reporter.