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Oliver Dearden | 10:23 UK time, Friday, 24 February 2012

The World Football Phone-in

Good ideas are worth repeating and sharing, such as democracy, popular beat combos, boiled sweets and the four-hour world football phone in special.

That’s right, the hugely popular and super successful soccer chat marathon that took 5 live to places that other phone-in shows can only dare to dream of….is back. From 0100 on Saturday 16 March Up All Night’s Dotun Adebayo will be joined by Tim “The Legendinho” Vickery, Andy “The Top Brass” Brassell and Sean “The Big Wheel” Wheelock.

If you missed the show we did before Christmas we had some wonderful guests who came to meet Andy and Dotun and the usual quality questions from listeners around the world. So, we’re going to do it all over again.

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The question I was asked most by our studio audience was, “Where is Tim?” Well, last time Tim was in his usual location, broadcasting from his hammock in the eternal paradise of Rio de Janeiro. So it gives me great pleasure to confirm that the man with the tan is leaving the beach for a few days and will be with Dotun and at World Footy HQ in Salford.

How can you get involved? We need 20 willing world football phone-in fans to form our studio audience and to test our team’s knowledge. To apply for a ticket, please send an email to upallnight@bbc.co.uk with the subject: Four-hour World Footy Special.

What are you talking about? If you’ve never heard the World Football phone in before then you are missing out. Download the podcast now to catch up.

Olly Dearden is a producer with Up All Night


  • Comment number 1.

    Brillant Show,Brillant Guests,Brilliant Presenter, shame its tucked away in the graveyard slot.

  • Comment number 2.

    Unless I've missed it, has 5Live reported / updated users on the radical, problematic, unpopular changes to the BBC Sports Website? It's of great interest to your listeners, there have been literally thousands of posts on the issue, and the sole remaining relevant blog (that of Ben Gallop, Sports Editor) has 'closed for comments' without any explanation.
    Given 5Live's remit, and the once hugely respected BBC website, I would hope that the issue will be aired v shortly. Apologies if it already has been - where and when if so?
    John Winfield

  • Comment number 3.

    I agree about the awful new sports website. A right mess.

    However I wanted to post that one of the great programmes of the week is this football phone in. It is so entertaining and so informative, and I, like Fed, agree it is brilliant in all areas.

    Sadly as I do not live anywhere near Salford I will have to give applying for a ticket a miss. Would love to see this show live.

  • Comment number 4.

    Hi Carrie, you will be able to see the show from our studio cameras if you go to bbc.co.uk/5lve from 0100 on the 17th March. Thanks for listening.

  • Comment number 5.

    Olly, thanks for the information and congratulations on bringing such a great show to us insomniacs.

  • Comment number 6.

    Beg to differ folks but the BBC Sport website is superb. Use it to its capability - there is nothing you cannot access.

  • Comment number 7.

    Excellent news and thanks for the advanced warning, last time you did this I only found it by chance.

    Sorry for going off tropic, but I'm surprised there has not been a blog about one of the best things Five Live have ever done - What's the Score on Friday night.

    Also thank you for putting it live on the red button so I could watch and record it when I went out. It was brilliant and too short there was loads of pieces of music I would have loved to have heard.

    Thank you in particular for playing the Sport on 2 (5) music, I hadn't expected that. Colin Murray said bring it back and I hope you do. Briilaint radio.

  • Comment number 8.

    @msg 6..... unlike the rest of the BBC website then. Bloody hard to get around in my experience. I find most things by accident and then loose them again.

  • Comment number 9.

    Not sure of this is the right place for opening a blog topic of discussion.
    This one is about cheating in football and to ask - Is it about time football authorities introduced post match bans to footballers who blatantly dive and intentionally deceive the referee and touch judges.
    Another example was Gareth Bale today - he wasnt touched yet dived to get a undeserved penalty for Spurs (now he is not the only one who dives to get his side an advantage) - but all players caught cheating (and in this case earning Spurs an undeserved goal from a falsely given penalty) should face some form of post match punishment when it is proven - they are bringing the game into disrepute.

  • Comment number 10.

    Why are the BBC unilaterally saying the appointment of Scott Parker as captain tonight is a suprise? He was the most obvious choice. BEEB getting it wrong (again) and then creating its own news story that will go on 5 Live again and again. Nicky Campbell tomorrow anyone? (without the 'comedy') we hope.

  • Comment number 11.

    Stumps i never enjoy disagreeing with you, however on this occasion your anti 5live bias is showing through like a sore thumb, Sky,ITV,Daily Mail......... actually all the Media has reported in a similar way, so its hardly the BBC getting it wrong, eh Stumps.

  • Comment number 12.

    Not so Fed - Jamie Redknapp (Mail/Sky) - 'ideal captain for this game': Roy Keane (Sun/ITV) - 'the obvious one for this game'; Jason Burt (Telegraph) - 'Parker shows qualitiies that earned him the armband': Daily Telegraph - 'Wembley approves of Parker appointment'. Dissenters were predictably non entities Barton and Savage.


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