Born in Dublin, Philip Greene began his radio career in the 1940s. He was editor, producer and presenter of the popular 'Sports Stadium' programme. His first commentary on a soccer international was the game against Argentina at Dalymount Park in 1951. He went on to cover many famous games for radio, including the 1957 World Cup qualifier against England.
A life-long Shamrock Rovers and Manchester United supporter, he also wrote a column in the 'Evening Press' newspaper. Although best known as a soccer commentator, Greene also commentated on athletics and cricket, and was Head of Sport in RTÉ Radio. He covered his last soccer international for radio in 1985, the year of his official retirement. Philip Greene died in May 2011.
The accompanying image shows Philip Greene in 1974. The photograph was taken by Thomas Holton.
At a packed Dalymount Park, Ireland faces England in a World Cup qualifier.
Australian Herb Elliott sets a new world record for the mile of 3:54.5. Phil Greene recalls this event and his commentary.
A life-long Shamrock Rovers fan, Phil Greene tells Gay Byrne of his love for the club and about the accusations of bias in his commentary.