English football commentator for BBC TV’s Match of the Day and part of the commentary team for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
Steve Bower began his career in 1991 at Radio City (Liverpool), where he presented sports bulletins on the weekday breakfast show. He then began providing commentary and presenting on the stations coverage of local football teams Liverpool F.C., Everton F.C. and Tranmere Rovers matches.
He was appointed Head of Sport at Piccadilly Radio in Manchester, in 1996, at the time the youngest Sports Editor in UK Independent Radio. He also presented various sports programme, and match commentary on Manchester United, Manchester City and Bolton Wanderers.
From September 1998 to July 2007, Bower was senior commentator and presenter at Manchester United Television (MUTV) where he provided commentary on Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup matches.
He conducted after-match interviews at every game with players and manager, plus special exclusive sit-downs such as with David Beckham on signing in Madrid, Sir Alex Ferguson on announcing his retirement and Roy Keane on ‘prawn sandwich’ fans.
Bower was the England reporter for talkSPORT radio during Euro 2000 which saw him conduct daily interviews with manager and players, and offer on-location studio presentation. He also provided studio presentation throughout Euro 2004 for talkSPORT radio in addition to full match commentaries on England qualifiers and Champions League matches.
In July 2007, Bower made the move to Setanta Sports where he was a commentator and presenter. His work included live Premier League games, live FA Cup matches, live UEFA Cup matches, live World Cup qualifiers, commentary and presentation of live Blue Square Premier (conference) games, including play-off games and a final at Wembley.
Steve Bower can also be heard on ESPN UK covering the Europa League, NBCSN covering the Premier League in the US, Serie A and the Bundesliga.