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Football on 5 live for 2013-2014

Friday 16 August 2013, 10:45

Richard Burgess Richard Burgess Head of Sports News and Radio Sport

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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:

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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 1.

    I'd always choose 5 Live for my football commentary as I think Ingham, Green, Dennis and Murray are all considerably better commentators than anyone on TV. It's also nice to hear Chris Waddle back on the station.

    That makes it such a shame that I can't bear to listen to 606 on either Saturday or Sunday any more.
    I gave up on Saturday last year with Savage on it as his boorish, uninformed & argumentative views are unlistenable for me. I'd be really interested in hearing the editorial reasons for keeping him. Does the listener research suggest that he's popular because I've never spoken to anyone or read any comments of anyone who likes him! If anyone out there thinks he adds something to the coverage I'd be interested to hear what I'm missing.

    To make it worse Ian Wright has made Sunday night unbearable with his similar act. it's a sad day when Talksport's Press Pass offers a higher quality listen.

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    Comment number 2.

    Is Fighting Talk returning or are we stuck with the dire 7 Day Saturday?
    If it is returning who is the new presenter of Fighting Talk now that Colin Murray has jumped ship to Talk Sport?

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    Comment number 3.

    Totally agree with mistered5 - as soon as I hear either Robbie Savage or Ian Wright I turn over to Talksport immediately.

    Other than that, I love 5 Live's sports coverage.

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    Comment number 4.

    Commentary consistently superb. As soon as Savage comes on I turn over - he ruins any programme. Agree with mistered5 comments.

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    Comment number 5.

    Totally agree with Jasmine. Whoever made the misguided judgement that 7 day Saturday will ever climb above the heady levels of banal self edifying tripe is completely deluded. Al Murray is about as Witty and engaging as Reggie Yates. Ive had to fit a bilge pump to all my devices to filter this stinking garbage from ever reaching my ears again. Somebody please take an action and make the call to shelve this rancid poisoning of our Saturday airwaves.

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    Comment number 6.

    Richard,

    Who are the main summarisers going to be, the England vs Scotland game included Alistair Bruce-Ball, Danny Mills, Pat Nevin + John Murray, are Mills and Nevin the top 2 now>?What about Lawro, BBC TV have demoted him what about 5live? Hope to hear more from Graham Taylor.

    Could i ask a geniune Question, which i hope will get a response, what does Ian Wright bring to 606, that Alan Green did not,as Head of Radio Sport, what Qualities has Wright got that attracted you and Jonthan Wall to him?

    Also why was Greeny binned from 606?

    Lastly it has come to my attention that BBC Sport are expanding their European football coverage;http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/23518099, will it not be feasible for 5live to cover big European Games, i am thinking of El Clasico, the Milan Derby etc, obviously comes down to rights, but what do you say?

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    Comment number 7.

    Richard Burgess, please explain your obsession with Savage. He is truly awful at the kind of exposure he has through BBC stations. He will ruin Dan's programme with his opinionated rubbish. At the end of last season I managed to get on 606 and even Dan tried to tell him to calm down in his attitude to me and my point. This isn't shock jock radio and there are a thousand calmer voices to listen to on what potentially is a great programme ruined by his buffoon comments. It would be great if you could do some monitoring of programmes he appears on, and when he is away with a decent co-presenter.

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    Comment number 8.

    Well said Mistered5

    "That makes it such a shame that I can't bear to listen to 606 on either Saturday or Sunday any more.
    I gave up on Saturday last year with Savage on it as his boorish, uninformed & argumentative views are unlistenable for me. I'd be really interested in hearing the editorial reasons for keeping him. Does the listener research suggest that he's popular because I've never spoken to anyone or read any comments of anyone who likes him! If anyone out there thinks he adds something to the coverage I'd be interested to hear what I'm missing.

    To make it worse Ian Wright has made Sunday night unbearable with his similar act. it's a sad day when Talksport's Press Pass offers a higher quality listen."

    Come on fivelive what and indeed who was the reason for these choices?

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    Comment number 9.

    The lowering of standards at BBC 5Live has been a major concern for me for many years now and the unfathomable appointments of Robbie Savage and Ian Wright only tells me that 5Live and its management choose to sink deeper and deeper into the mire.Someone please get a grip,Talksport seems positively intellectual compared to 5Lives line up.

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    Comment number 10.

    I agree with mistered5 - Robbie Savage gives no insight into football what so ever, unlike Chris Waddle. RS would probably be okay if he was funny or sounded interested...but he's not. Some people just don't come across well on the radio and he is one of those. I love R5 but admit do switch of/over whenever RS is on :(

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    Comment number 12.

    Had the misfortune to hear some of the Al Murray programme yesterday. Is he Britain's unfunniest man (well next to Bob Mills)? There seems to be a small hyena in the corner of the studio who is primed to shriek uncontrollably ever time Murray utters anything considered 'funny'.

    The footie coverage was as good as ever. John Murray is quite superb but he was forced (by his producer toeing the company line no doubt) to engage in some banter with Savage to give a plug to 606. Poor John sounded quite embarrassed as clearly Savage had nothing to contribute. 606 is in real danger of becoming an advert for bloke radio which I always thought was the domain of white van man on TS.

    Still time to act Mr Wall. Those of us who post are the small minority who can be bothered. Think of what most others are thinking? Act now - Waddle as the expert on Sat 606 and a new host (or two) for Sundays.

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    Comment number 13.

    I agree that the commentary team are excellent. My only plea is that 5live remember that there are more than 4 clubs in the Premier League - they need to be more balanced and appreciate that not everyone is bothered that Man U have a new manager!

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    Comment number 14.

    Richard Burgess why bother to Blog, if you are not going to answer the Questions, sometimes the Questions are more intresting than the Blog!

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    Comment number 15.

    I have to agree with previous posts regarding robbie savage , i havent listened to 606 since he became host , in fact whenever i hear his voice the radio goes off . and now to add to your remaining listeners misery you have now have ian wright as well , as if savage wasnt bad enough. how these two get so much media work remains a mystery.where sport/football is concerned fivelive would normally be me station of choice , but savage and wright are both unlistenable in my opinion.

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    Comment number 16.

    Why do we need a presenter and an ex footballer on 606? Surely the days of Danny Baker or David Mellor, a presenter was good enough on their own. And if a footballer was needed why couldn't you have found better examples than Savage and Wright. Having two people presenting must mean less time for the punters, who make the programme.

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    Comment number 17.

    As an update on earlier post, Danny Murphy comes across well as a reasoned with a bit of humour and more importantly, someone with a real insight into pro soccer. I think Owen Hargreaves also shows promise but think he's a BT man now.

    Savage and Wright are products of the tabloid age which is not where I would hope Five Live want to be. Rent a quote (or an opinion) if you like. No real insight, just prepared to follow the pack and say something extreme or in the case of these two, nonsensical. Steve James' post (15) sums it up well - just what is the media obsession with these two who let's face it, will do anything for money? Astonishing really that the Beeb have bought into this culture.

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    Comment number 18.

    There are far better football phone ins' on my BBC local radio station ( Radio WM ) than you ever get on 5Live.Hearing about the same old Premiership clubs talked about endlessly on this station is rather tiresome.

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    Comment number 19.

    I like listening to 606 on Saturdays & Sundays, but was dismayed to hear Ian Wright & some woman ( daughter of Kenny Dalgleish I belief) fronting the show. I gave it a go but although I am a woman myself, this female voice with Ian Wright was just too much so I've switched off.

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