Eddie Hemmings to call it quits after Wigan-Saints crunch

Rugby league commentator Eddie Hemmings, who has been the voice of Sky Sports since 1990, has announced he will retire at Easter.

Friday, 1st March 2019, 6:14 pm
Updated Friday, 1st March 2019, 7:17 pm
Eddie Hemmmings (left) with Mike Stephenson at their book launch in Wigan

Hemmings’ retirement after the Good Friday derby between Wigan and St Helens follows that of his long-term partner Mike “Stevo” Stephenson at the end of the 2016 season and will mark the end of an era for the satellite broadcaster.

“It’s been an honour and a privilege to work for Sky Sports for nearly 30 years,” said Hemmings.

“When Stevo retired, I said I’d give it a couple more years without him, and with Terry O’Connor and Barrie McDermott alongside me the fun has never stopped.

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“I’ll miss it, there’s no doubt about that - but now I will have more time for my wife and family.”

Sky Sports managing director Barney Francis said: “What Eddie has done for rugby league over four decades is truly exceptional.

“He’s helped tell the incredible story of a sport that has been transformed in front of his eyes, relayed with eloquence and charm through his microphone to the viewers.

“His charismatic, witty and straight-talking commentary will be greatly missed by all, but he leaves behind a legacy and many fond memories.”