Simon Thomas is the current presenter of Sky Sports’ legendary and flagship football results show, Soccer Saturday.
A highly respected broadcaster with 25 years’ experience, Simon began his career on Blue Peter when he became the 27th presenter on the iconic BBC children’s show, which he fronted with Katy Hill, Konnie Huq, Matt Baker, and Liz Barker.
After six years with Blue Peter, Simon moved into sports broadcasting and joined Sky Sports as one of the faces of Sky Sports News. Along with being a regular presenter on the Afternoon Report with Georgie Thompson and Kirsty Gallacher, Simon also presented Sky Sports News’ World Cup Report in Cape Town and anchored their coverage of the 2010 Ryder Cup and the 2010-11 Ashes Series in Australia. He also played a big part in the presenting team at the Olympic Games in London in 2012 and in early 2013 Simon presented Sky’s live launch of the FA 150th Anniversary at the Connaught Rooms in London.
Simon’s versatility as a presenter also saw him become the first ever presenter of Sky Sports’ Cricket AM programme, where he presented the Saturday morning summer magazine show for four years alongside Anita Rani and Sarah-Jane Mee.
Simon went on to become the lead presenter for Sky Sports’ Football League coverage, before going on to present the Premier League for Sky at the start of the 2016-17 season.
In 2017, Simon experienced a life changing event when his first wife, Gemma, died very suddenly, just three days after being diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. Four months later, he made the hard decision to leave Sky Sports and devote his time to looking after his son, Ethan. Since then, Simon has become President of Blood Cancer UK, written his first book, Love Interrupted, about his journey through grief, and has written a number of blogs on his site A Grief Shared. To date, his posts on grief and mental health have been read by over a million people.
Simon had his own podcast series with Global, Life Interrupted, which ran for three series, in which he spoke to the likes of Fearne Cotton, Andrea Corr, Billy Billingham, and many more about how they found a way through some of life’s toughest challenges and found hope again.
After a period away from broadcasting, Simon returned in 2019 to present a series of films for ITV’s This Morning and has also presented several films for BBC’s Morning Live and Sunday Morning Live. In 2020 he returned to sports broadcasting and became one of Amazon Prime’s lead presenters for their Premier League coverage. He has also been a regular panellist on Channel 5’s The Jeremy Vine Show.
Away from the camera, Simon is equally at home with live events. At London 2012 he hosted the Olympic Stadium morning warm up and post show in front of 80,000 people. He also compered the ECB Twenty20 Cup, as well as hosting a number of end of season dinners for clubs, including Chelsea, Norwich City, and Wolverhampton Wanderers. He has hosted a number of awards ceremonies, including the Football League Awards on three occasions.
Simon has also become a popular speaker on mental health, grief, and sobriety, and has spoken to organisations such as Asda, Aviva, the Home Office, and Linklaters.