Andy Townsend is a former professional footballer, who played in two World Cups for the Republic of Ireland and is now a television and radio pundit.
He is considered a Republic of Ireland and Aston Villa legend, having noteably captained his country in a World Cup Finals, and lead the team, managed by Jack Charlton, to a historic victory over the eventual finalists Italy in the group stage.
During his career he played for Welling United, Southampton, Norwich and Chelsea. He then made his move to Aston Villa, where he enjoyed four very successful years before his transfer to Middlesbrough. His final club was West Bromwich Albion, where he retired in 2000.
Following his retirement as a player he became a highly regarded football pundit, most notably with ITV, where he can currently be seen as part of their live football coverage.
He and Mike Parry host Talksport's Weekend Sports Breakfast programme on Sunday, and they now host the mid morning discussion on talkSPORT from 10am to 1pm from Monday to Friday.
He also hosts ITV1's regional programme Soccer Night, alongside Peter Beagrie. He has also presented BBC Radio 5 Live and written columns for the Daily Mail.