Football commentator known for covering Football Italia on Channel 4 in the 1990s which helped popularise the Italian game in the UK. He also commentated for the computer game series Pro Evolution Soccer.
Peter Brackley began his career at BBC Radio Brighton in the early 1970s, before moving to the network. During his time with BBC Radio in London, Brackley covered football – including two FA Cup Finals and the 1982 European Cup Final – and athletics, as well as presenting flagship programmes Sport On Two and Sports Report. BBC Catalogue.
In 1982 Peter made the switch to television, initially with ITV company Central Independent Television replacing Hugh Johns. During his initial spell with the network he covered the 1986 FIFA World Cup and the European Championship in France in 1984 – including commentaries on semi-final matches in both tournaments.
He made the move to Rupert Murdoch’s Sky Television. The bulk of his work would be for the pan-European channel Eurosport, then part-owned by Sky. He led their commentary team at the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy, with Ian Darke, Paul Dempsey and Gary Bloom among his colleagues. Brackley was also behind the mic for Sky’s first live matches, which came in the Zenith Data Systems Cup.
When Sky and BSB merged in 1991, Brackley took up other duties including regular FA Cup matches and weekly coverage of live Italian football. This was the continuation of a long relationship with coverage of Serie A, which had actually begun in the middle of the 1980s when he took up work for CSI Sports who picked up the international broadcast rights.
This association with Italian football deepened in 1992 when, in the wake of Paul Gascoigne’s transfer from Tottenham to Serie A side Lazio, Channel 4 moved in to buy up the rights to cover the league. For the next decade they provided regular live action on Sunday afternoons, with Brackley commentating from a studio in England.
Peter returned to ITV in 1992 and featured prominently in coverage of another four World Cups, from 1994 to 2006 and the European Championships in 1996 and 2000. He was also a regular commentator on the network’s Champions League programmes and contributed frequently to highlights programmes on Central and Meridian Broadcasting in the south of England. He also commentated on his only major final for ITV in 2000 – covering the League Cup Final between Tranmere Rovers and Leicester City.
The 2008-09 season saw Peter do the FA Cup highlights show for ITV. His games were Leicester-Stevenage, Fleetwood-Hartlepool, Hull-Newcastle, Doncaster-Aston Villa, and Blackburn-Coventry.
As well as a successful broadcasting career, Peter Brackley has also carved a niche as a comedian and impressionist. He has undertaken several UK tours with Southampton fan and comedian Mike Osman, including a run as part of George Best and Rodney Marsh’s stage show. He has also performed with Osman, Richard Digance and others on several programmes for BBC Radio.