Ray Stubbs is a former footballer and now successful sports broadcaster, he is the chief football reporter for BT Sport. An ideal speaker for an after-dinner event, Ray can recount his stories from the sporting world amusing and impressing audiences of all calibres. His vast presenting career ensures he is well-place to handle all manner of events and audiences, using his charm, wit and library of tales to entertain.
Ray has carved a successful career in sports broadcasting after playing professional football with Tranmere Rovers FC. He is the chief football reporter for BT Sport, and was formerly working for ESPN presenting Premier League and Scottish Premier League matches. Ray is an entertaining and highly amusing after dinner speaker recounting his tales from the sporting world. Ray is a great fit for most events, bringing his charming wit and humour to any occasion.
Ray joined Tranmere from school and was on the club’s books for five years before switching to an administrative role with the club. He then spent three years with BBC Radio Merseyside as a reporter and presenter. In 1986, Ray moved to BBC Manchester as an Assistant Producer, working on a number of sports including snooker, darts and bowls, as well as A Question of Sport. He also worked as a Producer, reporter and presenter on BBC Two’s investigative series On the Line, a series which saw him go to Italy in 1990 to report on England football fans at the World Cup Finals.
Later that year, Ray began working as a reporter on Grandstand, Match of the Day and Sportsnight. He reported from the Irish camp during the 1994 World Cup in America, and was the BBC’s reporter-in-residence in the England camp during Euro 96 and the 1998 World Cup in France. He co-hosted coverage of the 1998 Winter Olympics and co- presented coverage of the 1998 Commonwealth Games.
Ray has covered several World Cups for BBC Sport as well as the European Championships in 2000 and 2004. Ray presented Score each week and was the regular presenter of the BBC’s snooker and darts coverage. He also occasionally presented of Match of the Day. In 2009, Ray left the BBC after 26 years to join ESPN. He presented the Premier League and Scottish Premier League matches on the satellite sports channel. Since leaving ESPN he has worked as the BT Sport chief football commentator.
He is also a big supporter of Sport Relief and has taken part in countless charity challenges for the cause.
A brilliant after-dinner entertainer, Ray’s experience in front of a camera combined with his wit makes him an adept speaker for all occasions.