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Match of the Day

Category: Sport

Date: 24.07.2004
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Premiership football highlights return to the BBC this August, and Match of the Day will be back on BBC ONE on Saturday nights with the pick of the day's action.


As well as the return of Match of the Day, there’s also Match of the Day 2 new for Sunday nights on BBC TWO, a re-vamped Football Focus, and a brand new interactive score service Score Interactive throughout the afternoon for digital viewers.

Match of the Day


…It's all about the football


Celebrating its 40th year on BBC Television, Match of the Day will be live on Saturday nights from 14 August with comprehensive highlights and analysis of the English Premiership.


Gary Lineker is joined by pundits Alan Hansen, Mark Lawrenson and Peter Schmeichel and a range of special guests within a brand new studio.


For the first time, Match of the Day is sending a commentator to every match, and will include highlights of every match within the programme – not just the goals.


Match of the Day commentators for the new season include: John Motson, Barry Davies, Steve Wilson, Jonathan Pearce, Simon Brotherton, Guy Mowbray, John Roder, Tony Gubba and Ian Gwyn Hughes.


As well as the Premiership, Match of the Day will also have live coverage of all England home World Cup qualifiers as well as England friendlies, and three live FA Cup games from the third round onwards.


Match of the Day is live at 10.30pm, BBC ONE, on Saturday nights.


For younger football fans, the programme is repeated every Sunday morning on BBC ONE with a special feature for children included.

Match of the Day 2


…The last word on the Premiership weekend


Adrian Chiles presents Match of the Day 2, a new programme for Sunday evenings on BBC TWO at 10.00pm.


As well as comprehensive highlights from Sunday's games Match of the Day 2 will wrap up all the weekend's Premiership games, taking in all the incidents, talking points and controversy.


Joining Adrian will be a range of pundits from the world of football, including the likes of Gordon Strachan and Tony Adams, to analyse the action.

Final Score


Presented by Ray Stubbs, Final Score returns to our screens on 7 August. And in addition, from September Ray Stubbs presents Score Interactive.


Score Interactive


…All the scores from all the divisions, as they happen


Score Interactive is a new live scores and results service on BBCi – available to all digital television viewers.


Score Interactive will run throughout the afternoon on BBCi, returning to BBC ONE for half-time scores and Final Score at 4.30pm and then continuing on BBCi until 6.00pm for further analysis of the results.


Analysing the scores with Ray Stubbs will be guests including Gary Pallister and Gavin Peacock.


Digital viewers* can access Score Interactive by pressing the red button on their remote control on any BBC channel and selecting Score i from the list of features.


*Digital television can be accessed through DSat (eg. Sky, Freesat), DCable, or Freeview services.


Football Focus


…Previewing the weekend's football action, and more


Football Focus returns to BBC ONE for the new football season, beginning Saturday 7 August at 12.10pm.


Hosted by new presenter Manish Bhasin, with guests including Mark Lawrenson and Gordon Strachan, Football Focus previews the weekend's games across the English and Scottish leagues.


Features for the new season include Cult Heroes, a search for the nation's favourite footballing cult heroes – whether they had cheeky charisma or a certain sartorial style.


Full details are available at


Match of the Day at 40


…Celebrating 40 years of Match of the Day


Match of the Day celebrates 40 years as football's flagship programme this year.


Combining classic action and cherished memories Match of the Day at 40 (Sunday 8 August, BBC ONE, 10.15pm) discovers how Match of the Day became a national treasure, and the country's main access to the national sport.


In this celebration of the show, the great and good from the football world, together with true fans, reminisce about the programme's prominent place in British TV football.


Topics up for discussion include the famous theme tune, how football managers used MOTD as a training tool, a look at the different presenters, why comedians have always targeted MOTD, and much more.


Guests include Gary Lineker, Des Lynam, Jimmy Hill, David Beckham, Michael Owen, Arsene Wenger, George Best, Brian Clough, Ian Wright, Sir Bobby Robson, Delia Smith and Noel Gallagher.


…The nation's most popular sports website


From the latest transfer stories, to analysis of tactical formations, it's all at


The nation's favourite sport website includes homepages for every English and Scottish club, as well as comprehensive coverage of international and women's football.


In addition to all the latest news, scores and breaking stories, highlights for the 2004/5 season include:


weekly columns written by Match of the Day experts Alan Hansen and Mark Lawrenson;


an interactive 'squad selector' tool for all Premiership clubs, allowing users to pick their favourite XI;


live Premiership commentary from Five Live;


the UK's biggest online football community at the 606 messageboard;


video masterclasses from the top Premiership players on the BBC Sport Academy site –





Category: Sport

Date: 24.07.2004
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