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06/05/2015
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The start of the Premier League season is always an exciting time for everyone at 5 live.

We're extremely proud to bring you a total of 128 live matches from the Premier League, with our commentary team led by Mike Ingham, Alan Green, John Murray and Ian Dennis. On top of that, we'll also have coverage of the Champions League, Scottish Premiership, Football League, FA Cup, Capital One Cup, the Europa League and next summer, the World Cup in Brazil. Plus, this year, we'll also be enhancing our coverage of women's football with commentaries from the Super League and some of the key World Cup qualifiers.

However, as we embark on the new season, there is also a sense of sadness in our ranks. For the first time in nearly 40 years, 5pm on Saturdays will not be graced by the familiar, melodious tones of James Alexander Gordon reading the classified football results.

James - or JAG as he is known to friends and colleagues - has been forced to retire as his voice is no longer strong enough to broadcast following surgery to treat throat cancer.

It is a cruel way to end a legendary career. He had made reading the results into an art form - every inflection of his voice indicating which way a match had turned. We will miss him terribly.

It was never going to be easy to replace James, but I am delighted that the former Radio 4 newsreader, Charlotte Green, has agreed to take on the role. She will start on Saturday September 28th and says it is a dream come true.

Only myself and producer, Audrey Adams, have been fortunate enough to hear Charlotte reading the results. We met up earlier this month to have a run through - and it left us in no doubt that Charlotte is the perfect choice to take over one of the most high-profile roles in radio. She can't wait to get started.

Our football line-up includes more new voices this season as well, with Chris Waddle and John Hartson joining our team of pundits, Ian Wright and Kelly Cates presenting Sunday 606 while Dan Walker takes over as Friday 5 live Sport presenter.

So there's lots that is new, but Dan will also be bringing back something old and much loved - the theme music which used to herald the start of Sport On Two many years ago will now play out at the opening of Dan's show every Friday night. It's a wonderfully evocative piece of music and we hope it will get everyone in the mood for our big weekend preview show. You can listen to it by pressing play below:

Then, after all the action, the Monday Night Club returns with Mark Chapman, Motty and Steve Claridge debating the big issues from the weekend.

But it's not just about big clubs on 5 live - listen out for Caroline Barker's excellent Non League Football Show at 5.30am every Sunday or, if that's too early, it's available as a podcast.

It promises to be another great season and we hope our blend of old and new will be a winning combination for all our listeners.

Dan Walker’s first Friday night 5 live Sport begins at 7pm on August 16th. You can get in touch with the programme on by calling 0500 909 693, by texting 85058 or by tweeting @bbc5live.

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  • Comment number 29. Posted by Jackstumps

    on 21 Aug 2013 12:57

    Private Eye today - 'Street of Shame' highlights the dislike of Ian Wright even within The Sun. Described by Sun's own critic Ally Ross as "unintelligible" and a "bandwagon jumping half wit" It is a shame that his latest destination (again) is the Beeb. And before you sensor me Mr Moderator - it's a quote from a fellow journalist.

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  • Comment number 28. Posted by 405_Lines

    on 21 Aug 2013 07:04

    I must admit to thinking that it was 'just me' in finding Mr. Savage a little too abrasive for 606. The show is no longer a 'must listen' for me I'm afraid and it doesn't help that I miss Alan Green terribly. Did we ever get to know the reason why he left in the first place? I realise that 'nothing lasts forever' but was he pushed or did he decide that he'd had enough? If it's the latter then I probably couldn't blame him with 606 being as it currently is...

    How about giving Matt Holland a go (if he's available) as co-presenter? At least he wouldn't play 'devil's advocate' for the sake of it.

    As others have already politely pointed-out, Mr Burgess, you have some questions to answer...

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  • Comment number 27. Posted by Fedster

    on 20 Aug 2013 11:56

    Will, can you get Mr Burgess to answer some Questions, it appears to me he has been forced to do a Blog piece, and now he has not bothered to read any of the comments.

    A little bit of courtesy for members who have took time out from our busy schedules to post comments, wouldnt go amiss!¬

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  • Comment number 26. Posted by Jackstumps

    on 19 Aug 2013 17:01

    Great shame that all this animation has failed to stir anyone into action. Wall you can understand - the latest faceless leader - but the author might have had the decency to respond?

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  • Comment number 25. Posted by CyrilTheWasp

    on 19 Aug 2013 10:45

    The whole football phone in circus and coverage of live matches is over loaded with ex players.For once lets have a 606 programme where the true fans who pay their money at the gate get a chance to say what they think with just one presenter taking the calls.To me that is far more entertaining then listening to countless incoherent ex footballers taking up time rambling on.

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  • Comment number 24. Posted by mistered5

    on 19 Aug 2013 09:48

    One of my major issues with Savage is the fact that he HAS played the game.
    When I have listened I really disliked his attitude of disagreeing with the callers 'because they haven't played the game'
    Such an attitude makes the post match phone-in programme pretty pointless if the presenter thinks the caller's views are worthless.

    606 is so far away from Danny Baker's original programme that it's not really worthy of the name any more. It was originally a programme that covered what fans actually talk about on the way home from a match such as quality of pies and funny stories.
    Now it's just ex-pros giving their views on tactics. Why would someone driving home after a Hereford game want to listen to Savage's views on Arsenal's left back?

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  • Comment number 23. Posted by av it

    on 19 Aug 2013 09:17

    If you're going to compare 5 Live and Talk Sport would you rather have the likes of that numpty Adrian Durham than Savage? At least Savage has played the game, Durham has no credentials and spouts absolute rubbish just to be controversial.

    Savage may not be the greatest on the radio but at least he brings an insight of a ex-players opinion, the same with Ian Wright.

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  • Comment number 22. Posted by shaun-1982

    on 19 Aug 2013 07:42

    Hi Richard, so far this season we've heard from Steve Wilson and Steve Bower and tonight is Guy Mowbray I believe, will you be using the Match Of The Day commentators regularly this year?

    If so why are they getting commentary opportunities ahead of your own well known voices such as Ian Brown, Alistair Bruce-Ball and Dave Woods, all of whom were on reporting duty this weekend.

    Finally, I wonder if you could explain how it is decided what matches are to have two commentators? So far it's been England 2 Others 1, will this always be the way now?

    Thanks.

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  • Comment number 21. Posted by Fedster

    on 18 Aug 2013 19:44

    Poas 19, i think 5live are trying to get the diversity box ticked,with the hiring of Daglish, same goes for the new footy announcer....

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  • Comment number 20. Posted by Fedster

    on 18 Aug 2013 19:40

    This comment was removed because it broke the house rules. Explain

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