Kelly Cates

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Kelly Cates
Kelly Dalglish

(1975-09-28) 28 September 1975 (age 45)
Glasgow, Scotland
Occupation Broadcaster
Tom Cates
(m. 2007;separated 2021)
Parent(s) Sir Kenny Dalglish
Marina Dalglish
Relatives Paul Dalglish

Kelly Cates (née Dalglish; born 28 September 1975) is a Scottish presenter, currently working for Sky Sports, [1] Radio 5 Live, and ESPN.


Early life

Born in Glasgow, Kelly is the eldest of four children of former Liverpool player and manager Sir Kenny Dalglish and his wife Marina. Her brother Paul also had a professional football career. She also has two younger sisters, Lynsey and Lauren.



Cates presented the news on The Biggest Breakfast Ever, the 8-hour Millennium special of The Big Breakfast. She was a presenter on Sky Sports News, and was part of the presenter line up for Virgin Media's new portal. She interviewed managers and footballers as part of Setanta's Premier League coverage in 2007, and was a presenter on Setanta Sports News.

In the 2009–10 football season, she was part of the ESPN team for their Premier League coverage and co-presented Talk of the Terrace alongside Mark Chapman and for Series 2, Nat Coombs.

In May 2010 she presented the sports news on GMTV in the absence of regular host Dan Lobb. Cates then worked as a reporter for ITV at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa [2] as well as for the 2011–2012 UEFA Champions League.

In 2012 she presented the sports news on Daybreak in the absence of Gavin Ramjaun. She was part of the UK Channel 4 presenting team for the London 2012 Paralympics. [3]

In the Autumn of 2012, Cates presented the six-part Scottish television series Coached Off the Couch for STV.

From the 2015/16 football season, Cates hosted Football League Tonight on Channel 5 with George Riley presenting weekly highlights from The Football League. [4]

On 3 August 2016, Sky Sports announced that Cates had rejoined them to present their live coverage of the Sky Bet English Football League. From August 2017, Cates has switched from the EFL to become the host of Premier League matches notably Friday Night Football (FNF) and also on Saturday mornings (Premier League Live) on Sky Sports.

Cates returned part time to ESPN to cover Euro 2020.


Cates was a regular presenter for national radio station talkSPORT, and hosted the Monday evening talk show between 7pm and 10pm alongside Jason Cundy.

Cates has presented Fighting Talk on Radio 5 Live, standing in for Colin Murray, and then presented on the station in Summer 2009 and since August 2013 presents the 606 show most Sundays alongside pundit Ian Wright. She also presents the midweek sports show, 5 Live Sport.

Personal life

Cates married her husband Tom in Glasgow in 2007. The couple have two daughters., [5] Cates and her husband separated in 2018. [6]

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  2. "ITV Media". ITV Media. Archived from the original on 14 June 2010. Retrieved 19 June 2010.
  3. "Kelly Cates – Meet the Team – London 2012 Paralympics – Channel 4". Channel 4 Paralympics. Retrieved 29 January 2016.
  4. "Football League Tonight: See Scunthorpe United on TV tonight". Scunthorpe Telegraph. Archived from the original on 31 October 2015. Retrieved 29 January 2016.
  5. "Kelly Cates reveals how landing top TV job as a football presenter has thrilled her famous dad Kenny Dalglish". Daily Record. 24 July 2015. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  6. "Sky Sports host Kelly Cates 'nervous' about being single again following split from husband". Daily Record. 12 March 2021. Retrieved 13 March 2021.